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Fort Shafter developing wartime evacuation plan for Americans in South Korea

The head of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter and his staff have been tasked with creating a noncombatant evacuation operation plan for Americans in South Korea should war occur on the peninsula, the top military commander in the Pacific said this week.
15 hours 8 min ago

Maine groups say state rule change capping cash raffle prizes hurts fundraising efforts

A rule change from Maine's last budget bill caps cash raffle prizes at $1,000. Leaders of local organizations that raise funds with raffles said while they could give away prizes other than cash, or smaller cash prizes, those don’t seem to generate nearly as much interest from the raffle-ticket-buying public.
15 hours 59 min ago

Trio of suicide bombers kill 20 at crowded market in Nigeria

The bombers, all believed to be female, left dozens wounded at the fish market in Konduga, just outside the state capital, Maiduguri.
16 hours 16 min ago

Ethiopia in disarray after leader Desalegn resigns

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desaleg’s announcement Thursday came after several years of growing instability and protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions of the country, and what critics call a heavy-handed response from security forces.
16 hours 24 min ago

6-year-old tells NASA to make Pluto a planet again: 'You need to fix this problem for me'

Pluto used to be one of the nine planets in the solar system, and it isn't anymore. That's not right, said the little girl from Ireland. So Cara Lucy O'Connor, with the help of her teacher, wrote a letter to NASA hoping to persuade the space agency to "make Pluto a planet again."
16 hours 38 min ago

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

A doctor at Afrin’s main hospital said the facility was treating six people who had been poisoned. The civilians arrived Friday night from the village of Arandi, after it was attacked by Turkish troops.
16 hours 55 min ago