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CIA urged to build rapport with terrorists to extract intelligence

- The Washington Times

In building a case for their sweeping conclusion that the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques were simply “not effective” during the years after 9/11, Senate Democrats cited in their report example after example in which another tactic, known as “rapport-building,” succeeded in extracting valuable intelligence from al Qaeda suspects.

A Russian Tu-95 Bear H. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russian bombers buzz U.S. Pacific island of Guam

Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said.

FILE - In this Aug. 2014 file photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prepares to be interviewed by Army investigators. U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban.  (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Bowe Bergdahl investigation ends; Chuck Hagel and top leaders briefed

- Associated Press

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

** FILE ** Guards escort a Guantanamo detainee carrying a book at the Camp 4 detention facility's open-air common area at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Obama signs defense bill that keeps Gitmo open

- The Washington Times

President Obama signed the annual defense policy bill into law Friday, but once again protested the provision that prevents him from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where suspected terrorist detainees are held.

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Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

Task force to combat South Texas public corruption

- Associated Press

The FBI and Texas Rangers are leading a new task force created in the wake of public corruption cases in South Texas that brought down a sheriff, a judge, a district attorney and other elected officials.

FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 file photo, Allina paramedic Jake Shepard gets help putting on a face shield as Allina EMS first responders receive training on the latest protocol for handling future patients possibly infected with Ebola in Mounds View, Minn.  The Ebola outbreak in West Africa hit home in Minnesota, which shelters one of the largest Liberian communities in the U.S. Health officials began monitoring travelers returning from the affected countries this fall and four Minnesota hospitals became designated treatment centers. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File)

National events played out in Minnesota in 2014

- Associated Press

Some events that grabbed Americans' attention the most in 2014 played out on a smaller stage in Minnesota, from questions of race and policing to Ebola, terrorism, and the Republican resurgence. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura returned to the national stage when he won a defamation lawsuit against the estate of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Minnesota decided to join other states in experimenting with medical marijuana. And as the nation shivered through a polar vortex, Minnesota led the way.

FILE - In this April 20, 2014, file photo, relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Over 300 people were killed in the accident, many of them students. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

- Associated Press

Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.

Flying a thrill for model plane enthusiasts

- Associated Press

Planes dipped, soared and looped through the air over a field along C.M. Fagan Drive. Their pilots stood with eyes skyward, thumbs deftly maneuvering joysticks on boxy controllers.

Ohio farmers voice concern over flood-control plan

Associated Press

The head of an agency overseeing a plan to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio says a firsthand look at the area has helped him understand the problem.

President Obama signs Montana wilderness law

Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed wilderness legislation that preserves large areas of land in the North Fork of the Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front.