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Afghan Highway Battle Kills 16 Civilians

An American convoy suffered a militant ambush on a crowded Afghan highway Sunday, after which U.S. forces opened fire. Up to 16 civilians were killed and as many as 34 wounded in the chaos that followed. The U.S. military says it is possible that militants were responsible for the deaths, but one witness said U.S. soldiers fired on his car after he had pulled over to let them through.

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Cherokees Oust Slave Descendants

The Cherokee nation has voted against recognizing the descendants of former slaves, despite a tribal supreme court ruling to the contrary last year. Of the estimated 250,000 to 270,000 members, 8,700 took part in the election. Defenders of the decision say they have a right to determine the nation’s makeup without interference from the U.S. government or others.

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Married With Children in the Minority

Fewer than a quarter of American households contain a married couple with children, down from half in 1960. While the numbers are lower across the board, the nuclear family appears to have become a luxury, with wealthier people far more likely to marry before having children.

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Ahmadinejad and King Abdullah Talk War and Peace

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got some face time for the first time with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Saturday.  The Mideast leaders discussed how to curb sectarian violence in the region, the Iraq war and Iran’s developing nuclear program, among other weighty topics.

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Deadly Week, Deadly Weekend in Iraq

The week’s deadly trend of sectarian aggression accelerated Friday and Saturday.  Yet another car bomb claimed 12 lives Saturday in Ramadi.  Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki pledged to avenge the deaths of 14 police officers found slain in Baquba on Friday. 

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ucar.edu

Having Your Bomb and Eating It Too

For the first time in two decades, the United States will produce a new design of the hydrogen bomb. The weapon is meant to ease insecurities caused by the aging of America’s nuclear arsenal but probably will be a mortal blow to the administration’s credibility as it attempts to deter other countries from building nuclear weapons.

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Taliban Official Nabbed in Pakistan?

A raid in the Pakistani city of Quetta early this week reportedly resulted in the capture of Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Obaidullah Akhund and other suspects.  Officials said the arrest occurred as Vice President Dick Cheney was passing through the country’s southwestern region.

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Newsweek

Plame Ready for Close-Up

Variety reported Friday that Warner Bros. has bought the “life rights” (a somewhat alarming term) of former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and plans to make a movie about their lives. In addition to using secondhand accounts of Plame’s outing by big players in the Bush administration, WB scribes may pull from her memoir, “if the CIA permits her to publish it.”

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theepochtimes.com

Japanese PM Doth Protest Too Much

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dabbling in revisionist history. Despite the historical evidence, and a 1993 apology by a government official, Abe now denies any Japanese military involvement in forcing thousands of women into brothels throughout Asia in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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Famed Historian Schlesinger Dead at 89

Arthur M. Schlesinger died Wednesday from a heart attack at the age of 89. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy White House fixture, Schlesinger wrote or edited more than 25 books and once referred to George W. Bush’s post-9/11 policy as “a ghastly mess.”

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