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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Conviction Of Guantanamo Detainee

In a blow to U.S. military commissions trying Guantanamo Bay detainees, a U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a Yemeni man tied to al-Qaida. The court said the special military tribunal on the naval base did not have the authority to charge Ali Hamza al Bahlul with conspiracy — as it is not a crime under international law of war — and that the commissions themselves are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
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Senate Compromise Could Help Obama Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

The Senate is debating a defense policy bill that would make it virtually impossible for President Obama to close the war captive lockup at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the bill has an escape clause.
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Virginia Teen Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Support Islamic State

The 17-year-old plead guilty Thursday to conspiring to provide support to the self-declared Islamic State. Ali Shukri Amin acknowledged raising money and helping inspire a friend to travel to Syria.
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Experiencing The 'Realities Of Being A Police Officer'

A group that raises money for police officers subjected to investigation or lawsuits is using a simulator program to help outsiders understand the challenges of the job.
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Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker: Partitioned Iraq Is An Iranian Strategy

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, dean at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University, about the idea of a partitioned Iraq.
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Obama Orders 450 Troops To Help Iraq Fight Self-Declared Islamic State

The United States will send an additional 450 troops to Iraq to act as trainers. The move comes not as a change in policy, but to speed up training and equipping of Sunni soldiers in Anbar province.
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Bush Talks Tough Against Russia In First Foreign Address

The likely 2016 GOP presidential contender also pushed for increased U.S. trade relations in the region.
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Watchdog Questions Whether TSA Can Do Its Job

Senators hear from the inspector general and whistleblowers about recent lapses.
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The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget

The Colorado hospital has been in the works for a decade and has cost more than five times the original estimate. Funding runs out this week and it's not clear where additional money will come from.
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Latest Domestic Surveillance Issues Conjure Up Church Committee's Probe

Overreach by U.S. intelligence agencies and calls for more oversight — may sound like recent headlines but it happened 4 decades ago. The response: a landmark Senate inquiry by the Church Committee.

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