Sweeping conquests test U.S. hopes of more moderate Taliban

Sweeping Taliban conquests in Afghanistan this week are challenging the Biden administration’s hopes that a desire for international respect — and for international aid and cash — will moderate the fundamentalist militia’s worst behaviors when the U.S. ends its war there. Taliban commanders seized three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan and an army headquarters, officials said Wednesday, in a blitz

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Ammunition shelves bare as U.S. gun sales continue to soar

SEATTLE — The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with record sales of firearms, has fueled a shortage of ammunition in the United States that’s impacting law enforcement agencies, people seeking personal protection, recreational shooters and hunters — and could deny new gun owners the practice they need to handle their weapons safely. Manufacturers say they’re producing as much ammunition as they can,

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Top U.S. general hits back at right-wing uproar over racism teachings

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley DEFENDS teaching critical race theory in the military, slams ‘offensive’ claims troops are turning woke and links ‘white rage’ to the Capitol riot  Milley faced heated questions from Republican House members on Wednesday ‘What is wrong with understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?’ Milley told the Armed Services Committee He also

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Thirty-seven U.S. police officers were murdered in the first five months of 2021

WASHINGTON — With violent crime on the upswing across the nation, the number of police officers who have died violently in the line of duty is also spiking. FBI Director Christopher Wray highlighted the issue in an appearance Tuesday before the House Oversight Committee. Wray said a total of 37 officers had been murdered in the first five months of

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U.S. documents solve mystery of war criminal Tojo's remains

TOKYO (AP) — Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led.  Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents that appear to hold the answer.  The documents show the cremated ashes of Tojo, one of the masterminds of

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U.S. airlines refunded $12.8 billion to travelers in 2020 – trade group says

By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Eleven U.S. airlines issued $12.84 billion in cash refunds to customers in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic upended the travel industry, the head of industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A) said in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.    Airlines have faced a backlash from passengers and some lawmakers over their handling

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Bank of America to raise U.S. minimum hourly wage to $25 by 2025

By Noor Zainab Hussain    (Reuters) -Bank of America plans to raise its minimum wage for U.S. workers to $25 an hour by 2025, the latest among major firms promising to pay employees more after a year of pandemic risks and government subsidies that fueled conversations on whether companies pay their workers enough.    Bank of America's announcement on Tuesday went further

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