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1Baghdad, Iraq

Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army, militants' threat

President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight. Questioning Obama's strategy to destroy the group, House Speaker John Boehner said the U.S. may have "no choice" but to send in American troops if the mix of U.S.-led airstrikes and a ground campaign reliant on Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and soon-to-be trained Syrian rebels fails to achieve that goal.

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2US News

Anti-Gay Bigot Terrorizes Patrons At Gay Bar In Minneapolis; Shoots Couple With BB Gun

A 43 year old anti-gay man walked into a gay bar in Minneapolis on Thursday night and began harassing customers inside. And, before the incident was contained, he shot an out of town gay couple with a BB gun while quoting a Bible verse.

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3Explosion

Darwin on the rocks

Stephen Meyer is director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute. He is one of the founders of the "intelligent design" movement and author of two books about biological origins, Signature in the Cell and the 2013 bestseller, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design .

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4Crimean, Ukraine

Russian, or Else

If a recent Russian directive is fulfilled to the letter, thousands of Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians, and others who did not take Russian citizenship could in 2015 be treated as foreigners and conceivably be forced to leave Crimea. In its latest monitoring report , the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights highlights numerous issues regarding citizenship since Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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5The Washington Post Company

Obama Rode in an Elevator With an Armed Man Who Had a Criminal Record

President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports. The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took full responsibility for a Sept.

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6US Secret Service

Secret Service director faces grilling over security breaches

The head of the U.S. Secret Service is expected to face blistering questions from lawmakers on Tuesday about the latest White House security breach and a string of scandals that have tarnished the image of the agency charged with protecting the president. Republicans and Democrats alike said they want Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to explain during her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee how she plans to change the agency's culture and procedures.

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7Sports

Possible Raiders coaching candidates

In the meantime, they will have an interim coach and owner Mark Davis will have to decide the future of general manager Reggie McKenzie. So, there will be a lot change in the next few months.

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8Terre Haute, IN

Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Makes Court Appearance

Police say that 31 year old Joseph Diehl, of Terre Haute, got into an alcohol fueled argument with the woman Sunday morning. Allegedly Cheryl Reynolds grabbed a gun from Diehl and when he grabbed it back it went off with the bullet striking her in the chest and killing her.

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9Serbia, Serbia

Cops Outnumber Marchers in Belgrade Gay Pride Parade

In Belgrade, though, the parade on Sunday had an unusual accompaniment. Thousands of Serbian police officers in full gear with water cannons and armored personnel carriers sealed off capital's sunny downtown, in a reminder that Belgrade is not quite San Francisco, London or Amsterdam when it comes to gay demonstrations.

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10Illinois

Divorce Law Out Of Synch With Same-Sex Marriage

Cori Jo Long, 31, and Brooke Powell, 30, did everything right before they married. They fell in love slowly, based on years of friendship stretching back to high school.

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