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As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals

The 12-year U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has sought to drive out extremists and help Afghans rebuild their country. As the American forces prepare to withdraw, the focus is on practical security measures and those ambitious nation-building goals seem to be fading away.
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Texas Man To Serve 25 Years In Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador

Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in Texas for three decades, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. Last October, Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting to kill the ambassador.
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Even Terrorists Have To Fill Out Expense Reports

A scathing performance review of an al-Qaida employee offers another reminder of how bureaucratic large, illicit organizations can be. News reports have shown that even drug traffickers keep receipts.
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Obama Expected To Select Next FBI Director

President Obama is expected to name former Justice Department official James Comey as the next director of the FBI, sources tell NPR. Comey is a Republican who has a reputation for bipartisanship and even-handedness.
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Police Say Ricin-Laced Letters Sent To New York Mayor Bloomberg

Police say two anonymous letters were received — one in New York City and another at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of Bloomberg's nonprofit.
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For Ailing Vets In Rural Areas, Telemedicine Can Be The Cure

For many veterans in out-of-the-way locations, getting medical care at a VA facility can be expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient. Telemedicine is changing that, providing access to doctors over the Internet.
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Forgotten For Decades, WWII Alaskans Finally Get Their Due

More than 6,000 Alaska Natives served without pay in the Alaska Territorial Guard, a response to Japan's 1942 foray into the Aleutian Islands. Members were finally granted veterans status in 2000. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to ensure that the elderly survivors get their rightful benefits.
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Tragic Result: Sniper Tries To Help Troubled Veteran

Chris Kyle was one of the deadliest American military snipers in history. In February, the former Navy SEAL was shot and killed — not on the battlefield, but on the homefront at the hands of a fellow veteran. David Greene talks to Nicholas Schmidle, who reports in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine how these two men and their invisible scars of war intersected tragically.
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What's Changed Since U.S. Last Moved Detainees To Yemen

Host Rachel Martin talks with Greg Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia. They discuss President Obama's plan to restart prisoner transfers of Yemeni detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison.

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