AP - Thailand’s police chief said the Iranians who were arrested after accidentally setting off explosives at their rented home in Bangkok were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats, bolstering claims by Israel that the group was part of an Iranian-backed network of terror.
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- Oklahoma tornado victims astounded at how they survivedBy Carey Gillam and Ian Simpson MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction. At least one family took refuge in a bathtub and some people shut themselves in underground shelters built into their houses on Monday when the powerful storm tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. ...
- U.S. military lawyers put more pressure on GuantanamoBy Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Military and civilian lawyers for prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base urged U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to improve conditions for detainees, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to make good its promise to close the camp. The plea from 18 lawyers representing "high-value" prisoners came before a speech by President Barack Obama on Thursday when he will address counterterrorism measures such as drone strikes and closing Guantanamo. ...
- Who makes money off your student loans? You might be surprisedMaking money off the student loan industry isn’t just for big banks anymore. Thanks to new lending rules and historically low interest rates, the federal government is now getting a sizable piece of the action. Commercial banks like Sallie Mae, a former government agency now the nation’s largest private student loan lender, continue to make [...]
- Woman being praised for calming suspected attackers in LondonThe horrific attack that left a U.K. soldier dead on the streets of London could have been worse, were it not for the actions of a 48-year-old single mom, the U.K.'s Telegraph reports. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett spoke with the Telegraph about speaking directly with the suspected killers in the attack's immediate aftermath. In a photograph, Loyau-Kennett [...]
- 94-year-old woman lost home for second time in tornado, helped neighbors survive in shelterNancy Davis, a 94-year-old resident of Moore, Oklahoma, lost her house during Monday's tornado. It was the second time a tornado had destroyed her home, CBS News reports. In 1999, Davis lost another home to another massive tornado that killed 36 people. Following that deadly twister, Davis rebuilt her home on the same land, according [...]
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- Man shot by FBI had spoken with bombing suspectORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Chechen immigrant shot to death in central Florida after an altercation with an FBI agent had several ties to that of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects who authorities were questioning him about at the time.
- Quotations of the day"Plaza (Towers Elementary School) did the best they could. That's all they have. I'm big on the schools need shelters. They need storm cellars, something where these kids can go and we're not picking through rubble to try and find our kids." — Mikki Davis, mother of 8-year-old Oklahoma tornado victim Kyle Davis.
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