U.S. military's Mosul briefing 'inaccurate': Pentagon

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. military's Mosul briefing 'inaccurate': Pentagon

A U.S. military official who briefed news media about Iraq’s upcoming offensive to retake Mosul provided inaccurate information but should never have publicly discussed war plans anyway, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday. Carter’s criticism of the February news briefing by an official ...

China plays down U.S. concerns over anti-terror legislation

Mar 4, 2015

China plays down U.S. concerns over anti-terror legislation

China has played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China’s $465 billion technology market, saying Wednesday that the law is purely designed to ...

Mar 4, 2015

Failed suicide bridge jumper says sea lion saved him

A man who tried to kill himself by jumping off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge but was kept afloat by a sea lion said Wednesday suicide prevention is now his life’s work. Kevin Hines, in Australia to speak at several conferences, was a teenager ...

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

Mar 4, 2015

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

China’s central government will increase defense spending at a slower pace than last year as President Xi Jinping overhauls the military and seeks to stamp out the corruption that hinders the country’s combat readiness. The defense budget will rise about 10 percent this year, ...

Mar 4, 2015

Emwazi's father says there is no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

The father of “Jihadi John” said in an interview published Wednesday that there is no proof that his son is the Islamic State executioner, adding that there are a number of “false rumors” circulating. “There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in ...

Mar 4, 2015

Vegas hospital sends stillborn babies to laundry by mistake

Authorities say a Las Vegas hospital mistakenly sent two stillborn babies wrapped in linens to a laundry facility, leading to a grisly surprise for the cleaners. The remains were in a load of laundry that Spring Valley Hospital sent Tuesday to the medical laundry ...

Mar 4, 2015

Washington museums ban selfie sticks

Washington’s top museums have banned selfie sticks, part of a growing trend among visitor centers in the United States to outlaw the devices. “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and ...