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A man comforts the wife of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Jordan on Wednesday offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan to Islamic State: Need proof captive pilot is alive before any trade

- Associated Press

Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset unless an al Qaeda prisoner is freed from death row in Jordan.

In the wake of the crash of a small commercial drone craft on the White House lawn, President Obama is calling for greater regulation of private drones and restricting their operations. Critics argue private industry can keep a similar incident from recurring. (Associated Press)

Drone makers working to keep White House sky off-limits

- The Washington Times

President Obama is calling for more regulations on the growing number of drones in U.S. skies, but industry leaders say it’s doubtful more rules would’ve prevented a small unmanned craft from crashing onto the White House lawn earlier this week.

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Bosnians split over sale of weapons to Ukraine

- Associated Press

A Bosnian arms exporter has threatened to sue government officials who are blocking a 5 million-euro deal his company has with Ukraine because of objections from Russia.

Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital

- Associated Press

Yemen's Shiite rebels took over a key military base south of Sanaa where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces, officials said Thursday.

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin leaves a strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. Baldwin says she is accepting responsibility for not calling for an investigation sooner amid allegations that a Tomah VA medical center overprescribed opiates. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

- Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Thursday asked that the lead investigator looking into allegations of opiates being overprescribed and retaliatory practices at the VA hospital in Tomah take into account whistleblowers' testimony.

President Barack Obama, speaks during the farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.

Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship

- Associated Press

Thailand's junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. Hasan, who killed 13 people in a 2009 shooting spree at a Texas Army base, has a court hearing in his case Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is being held on the military death row. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)

Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer

- Associated Press

The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. A change of counsel could complicate an already delayed review process.