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Terror threat or dad with drone? Hobbyist admits that he crashed his quadcopter on White House lawn

WASHINGTON — A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security – and a growing threat from the sky. 852 more words

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ISIS fighters chased out of Kobani after months-long battle, rebel commander says

Kurdish fighters claimed victory over Islamic State in Kobani, the Syrian border town where months of urban guerrilla warfare backed by U.S. airstrikes has held up the militant group’s expansion. 627 more words

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S&P: Russia Foreign Currency Ratings Lowered To 'BB+/B'; Outlook Negative

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  • In our view, the Russian Federation’s monetary policy flexibility has weakened, as have its economic growth prospects.
  • We are therefore lowering our foreign currency sovereign credit ratings on Russia to ‘BB+/B’ from ‘BBB-/A-3′ and our local currency sovereign credit ratings to ‘BBB-/A-3′ from ‘BBB/A-2′.
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1.13.15: S&P Gets a Time Out

In its first enforcement action against a major rating agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused S&P of fraudulent misconduct, saying S&P loosened standards to drum up business in recent years. 195 more words

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Here's our first good look at asteroid 2004 BL86 — the giant space rock that's whizzing past Earth

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Here is a pic of the movie shown by Dr. Lance Benner of Goldstone images of Ast BL86 on close approach! …

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Highways, streets and transit systems shut down as ‘life-threatening’ blizzard bears down on eastern U.S.

The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a potentially “life-threatening” storm that could unload a paralyzing 30 to 90 centimetres of snow. 1,000 more words

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Critics pounce on Australian PM's decision to knight Prince Philip: 'He didn’t really knight a prince, did he?’

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under. 327 more words

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