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Israel's Defense Minister: Mideast Borders 'Absolutely' Will Change

The blunt-talking Moshe Ya'alon says that Syria, Iraq and Libya have all been shattered by fighting in recent years and that the future map of the Middle East will look very different.
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Former Blackwater Security Guards Found Guilty In Iraq Shootings

A federal jury found four former security guards with the company Blackwater guilty in connection with the shooting of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007 at a Baghdad traffic circle. That shooting revealed the leeway given outside contractors and became a symbol of the U.S. intervention in Iraq.
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Should Police Be Able To Keep Their Devices Secret?

Officers use "StingRays" to mimic a cell phone tower and intercept information from phones in a whole neighborhood. Versions of the devices have been around for years, but the federal government and local police have kept them under wraps.
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Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In 2007 Shootings In Iraq

One guard was found guilty of first-degree murder and three others of voluntary manslaughter in a 2007 incident in Baghdad in which 14 civilians were killed.
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A Transportation Plan For Our Region

Long-range transit plans for our region aim to hold car traffic steady while expanding other modes of transportation, including using congestion pricing for cars downtown.

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Leading From Behind: The Importance Of Being Number Two

Richard Hytner spent his career climbing the corporate ladder, but as CEO, he realized he was both miserable and uncomfortable with the mounting responsibilities. In a new book, Hytner examines the realities of leadership and the importance of the advisers who keep those at the helm happy.

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Turkey's Call For Buffer Along Border Could Drag U.S. Into Syria

As a condition for further assistance in fighting the Islamic State, Turkey has requested the creation of a buffer zone just south of its border with Syria. Some U.S. officials are also calling for this, along with a no-fly zone.
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Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack

In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.
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Understanding The Kurds' Different Roles In Different Conflicts

The Kurds are deeply involved in the current conflicts in Syria and Iraq. But their roles vary in countries throughout the region, so we wanted to step back and take a broader look at the Kurds.
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California Proposition Re-evaluates Approach To Crime

California's Proposition 47 would make several nonviolent crimes into misdemeanors, like forgery, drug possession for personal use, and petty theft. The idea is to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state. The move is part of a backlash against the state's three-strikes-you're-out law, passed 20 years ago.

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