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U.S. defense chief says F-35 still the jet of the future

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. defense chief says F-35 still the jet of the future

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told military fliers on Thursday the stealthy F-35 attack plane has “issues” but is still “the future for our fighter aircraft” despite a fire that grounded the fleet and jeopardized its international debut in Britain. In a visit to ...

U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Jul 11, 2014

U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the ...

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Jul 11, 2014

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation’s standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died. She was 92 and died Wednesday, said Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman ...

Jul 11, 2014

Compromise surfaces on Obama border request

Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency border spending request were emerging Thursday in Congress, which would involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The ...

Jul 11, 2014

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to win presidential elections next month. The jailed leader of the outlawed rebel Kurdistan ...

Jul 11, 2014

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds in north Syria

Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday. The clashes came as a Syrian watchdog group said the death toll ...

'Holy Grail' of watches set for November auction

Jul 11, 2014

'Holy Grail' of watches set for November auction

Timekeeping afficionados set their alarms Thursday, when auction house Sotheby’s announced the “Holy Grail” of watches will be up for sale in November. The Henry Graves Supercomplication, a timepiece that has an estimated value of €12 million ($16 million), is “the most complicated watch ...

British public-sector workers stage major strike over pay and cuts

Jul 11, 2014

British public-sector workers stage major strike over pay and cuts

A major public-sector strike took place in Britain on Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of workers rallying against the government’s austerity-driven spending cuts and pay restraint measures. The strike involves a wide range of workers from teachers and civil servants to street sweepers and ...

No 'stand down' order in Benghazi: testimony

Jul 11, 2014

No 'stand down' order in Benghazi: testimony

The testimony of nine military officers undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a “stand-down order” held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. The “stand-down” theory ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. military brass backed Bergdahl prisoner swap

The top U.S. military leaders unanimously supported the Obama administration’s exchange of five Taliban leaders for an army sergeant held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. In letters to the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the chairman and the Joint Chiefs of ...