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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.


Farewell to Mark Mansfield, a ‘happy warrior,’ CIA spokesman

Mark Mansfield died last week. I doubt that many readers of the news, even intelligence devotees, knew about Mark. Writers of the news, however, — especially intelligence beat reporters — knew him well. He was, in a phrase he once dubbed the ultimate oxymoron, “the CIA spokesman” and — in one way or another — served the public affairs needs of nine CIA directors.

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Protesters expected at Texas Muslim Capitol Day

- Associated Press

Hundreds of Muslims - and dozens of protesters - are planning to gather at the Texas Capitol to rally and meet with lawmakers during the biennial Texas Muslim Capitol Day.

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 limits on domestic, defense spending

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law.

Lawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice resign

- Associated Press

Lawyers and rights activist on Wednesday demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan, was captured by the Taliban and held for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

- Associated Press

Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange.

Lead-tainted toys seized at Port of Savannah

Associated Press

Department of Homeland Security officials say more than 1,300 toys that could have exposed children to lead were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Savannah.

Shaheen reintroduces veterans benefits bill

Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has reintroduced legislation to extend veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families regardless of where they live.

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

- Associated Press

The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.

Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists

Associated Press

A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.