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Defense Secretary Mark told NPR on Monday that the U.S. has the constitutional authority to strike Iranian proxies in Iraq and Iran on its home soil in retaliation for attacks on American forces.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 21:26

In an interview with NPR on Monday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said if U.S. troops or interests are threatened, the U.S. will have the right to retaliate.

U.S. citizen Moustafa Kassem was arrested amid a massive crackdown on sit-ins in Cairo in Aug. 2013. Police are shown arresting men as they clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:30

Moustafa Kassem, who sold auto parts in New York, was arrested amid a massive crackdown in Egypt in 2013. He had been on hunger strike for more than a year at the time of his death.

A cyclist rides past a destroyed building in Guanica, Puerto Rico. The island was hit by a series of earthquakes over the past couple of weeks, leading to a state of emergency, power outages and millions of dollars of damage.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:04

Puerto Rico's public utility, PREPA said 99% of its customers' electricity has been restored following last week's 6.4 earthquake. Thousands remain in makeshift camps unsure when they can return home.

The Rev. Randolph Hollerith, dean of the Washington National Cathedral (from left); the Rev. Carl Wright, the Episcopal Church's bishop suffragan for the armed forces; and Maj. Gen. Steven Schaick, the Air Force chief of chaplains, participate in the blessing of a Bible for swearing in U.S. Space Force officials.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 16:43

The dedication at the Washington National Cathedral of an official Bible of the new U.S. Space Force is being criticized as a violation of laws separating church and state.

Alipay and WeChat QR codes for online payment are displayed at a vegetable stall in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Now China's central bank is preparing to test a digital currency.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 16:27

Bitcoin promises users anonymity, but transactions using China's digital currency would be tracked by its central bank. Experts say it could someday rival the dollar in international payments.

Dr. John Dunlap runs a direct primary care practice in Overland Park, Kan., offering patients direct access to him by phone, and longer appointment times. The model is similar to concierge medicine.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 16:20

The model, which gives patients direct access to their doctors and longer appointment times, is proving hard to scale up.

The dormitory in an orphanage in Vietnam.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:36

There's a growing global outcry over what critics call ''orphanage tourism." But some charities are proponents of volunteering in orphanages.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, seen here last week in London, conferred with other members of the royal family on Monday to discuss their status going forward.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:06

William and Harry also released a joint statement denying an article that claimed "bullying" by the elder brother. Meghan and Harry will no longer participate in the Royal Rota media system.

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, shown here during the 2019 World Series, has been fired by team owner Jim Crane.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:33

MLB ordered the team to pay a fine of $5 million — the highest amount allowable under league rules. The Astros also will forfeit first- and second-round selections in player drafts in 2020 and 2021.

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:32

Videos appear to show security forces using live ammunition, which Iran's government has denied. The demonstrations erupted after Iran acknowledged that it accidentally shot down a passenger plane.

Attorney General William Barr announced an update in the investigation of the deadly shooting last month at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla. He said Monday: "This was an act of terrorism."
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:14

The announcement comes a month after a Saudi national opened fire at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., killing three sailors. Attorney General William Barr called the shooting an act of terrorism.

DMV offices around the U.S. were slowed down for hours on Monday, due to a network outage in a key database. Here, people wait at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office in  Brooklyn last month.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 13:38

The network that motor vehicle agencies around the U.S. use to verify critical information went down Monday morning. It took roughly four hours to fix the problem.

Afghan Army commandos attend their graduation ceremony after a 3 1/2-month training program, at the Commando Training Center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 12:56

As this high-stakes situation plays out, the danger is that Iran's fragile neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan, will become collateral damage, writes the head of the United States Institute of Peace.

Children in the Bronx visit a New York Public Library bookmobile in the 1950s. The institution turns 125 this year.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 12:30

"The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived," the library's president said.

Robert Bozick (right), a demographer at the RAND Corporation, and Beverly Weidmer, a survey director, review maps of a neighborhood selected to be included in the California Neighborhoods Count at the think tank's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif.
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:56

This year, some homes in California may be asked to participate in two head counts. To check the accuracy of the 2020 census, the state is sending out its own workers to survey certain neighborhoods.

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