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Keeping Up With the Surge

In an effort to meet the demands of the administration, Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to send 12,000 National Guard troops to Iraq, according to a report from NBC News. In other news, the Pentagon said Monday that roughly 4,500 troops would soon redeploy without getting their full year off.

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In Orlando, Charity Can Be a Crime

A 21-year-old Floridian was arrested in Orlando for feeding a group of 30 homeless people. It is illegal in Orlando to feed more than 25 destitute people without a permit, which can be obtained only twice a year. As if to drive home the absurdity of the law, authorities took a sample of Eric Montanez’s illegal stew for evidence.

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Gay TV Comes to China

A Hong Kong broadcaster is about to release China’s first gay-themed TV show. Although the program will air only over the Internet, it’s a big step for a country that treated homosexuality, or “buggery,” as a mental illness until 2001.

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Friendly Fire May Have Killed Two GI’s

The Army is admitting the possibility that two U.S. soldiers were killed by friendly fire in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Feb. 2.  An investigation is still underway, but an Army official says it’s possible that the “confusion that you frequently find on the battlefield” may have caused the soldiers to be shot by their own side.

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The Obama Bombshell

Barack Obama surpassed expectations Wednesday with the announcement that his campaign raised $25 million in the first quarter, almost as much as Hillary Clinton with her record $26 million. Though Clinton pulled in more overall, Obama had twice as many individual donors and outraised the front-runner online.

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Street surveillance is taking an alarming turn for the interactive in England.  As part of a government plan to target “antisocial” behavior and petty crime, closed-circuit television cameras will be installed around the country with the capacity to talk back to people engaging in unseemly acts in public places.

 

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Iran’s Trump Card

Evidence of Iran’s influence over the global economy appeared Wednesday as the oil-rich nation agreed to release 15 British captives and petroleum prices consequently fell. If a relatively minor diplomatic dispute can perturb investors, imagine how invading or bombing Iran would affect global markets.

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Mass Kidnappings Trouble Iraqi Authorities

Iraqi police are searching for victims of mass kidnappings that occurred Wednesday. At least 43 people were abducted in two areas of Iraq. Some of the gunmen responsible for the attacks reportedly wore uniforms resembling those of Iraqi security forces.

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sfgate.com

Jailed Blogger Goes Free

After spending 7 1/2 months in jail, longer than anyone else in a modern journalism rights case, blogger Josh Wolf reached a deal with prosecutors and was set free Tuesday. Wolf turned over unedited video of WTO protesters and, in exchange, was excused from identifying the individuals shown in the footage. He said he proposed the same deal in November but was turned down.

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