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BAGHDAD - Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of American airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, opening a path from the autonomous Kurdish region to Mount Sinjar in the west near the Syrian border. The two-day offensive, which involved 8,000 fighters, known as pesh merga, was the largest one to date in the war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, according to Kurdish officials. It was also a successful demonstration of President Obama's strategy for battling the extremist group: American airpower combined with local forces doing the fighting on the ground.   more...
 
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It's the most wonderful time of the year for PC gamers looking for deals on cheap software. Well, probably the second most wonderful, after you take the annual Steam Summer Sale into account. Anyway, it's still a pretty wonderful time to get discounted games through Steam's annual Holiday Sale, running today through January 2. As in years past, this year's sale includes a handful of "featured" daily discounts, updated with new offers every 12 hours, as well as daily "community choice" votes on which of a few select games will go on sale next, and thousands of titles that have just had their prices slashed for the duration of the event.   more...
 
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Ever wonder what happens to those chunky armored trucks you see carrying cash between banks? Like every other business asset they get auctioned off when they're used up, and a few have been converted into ridiculous(ly awesome?) rolling night clubs. The Dartz Black Shark is the latest armored luxury-truck truck out of Latvia; a chunky lunar-lander ... Read more Read more After seeing this 1996 International 4700 described as an "armored vehicle limousine" I was intrigued. Turns out a shop called " GoArmored" refurbishes them, and while keeping the Level II/III armor adds: "...a complete seating/lounge area with a 32" Samsung Smart TV with Wifi, 40" Samsung Thin LED TV on the rear wall and a custom stereo system with DVD player.   more...
 
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What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task underneath New York. We've seen plenty of photos depicting the incredible process of building the new Second Avenue subway line, but the new ones never cease to amaze. The latest series released by the MTA show the latest progress on the years-long construction project.   more...
 
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A son of a former Virginia governor was arrested Thursday on drunk-driving charges, police here said. Robert "Bobby" Ryan McDonnell, 23, of the Richmond, Va., suburb of Glen Allen, was arrested at 3:25 a.m. ET Thursday, about 2 miles from two beach houses that his family owns. McDonnell's father, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, was convicted Sept. 4 in federal court on multiple public corruption charges along with his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The younger McDonnell was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a breath test.   more...
 
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WASHINGTON - President Obama's steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba don't alter two key facts: Only Congress can overturn the law barring widespread commerce with Cuba, and there's almost no chance that will happen anytime soon. Key Republican lawmakers, whose party will take full control of Congress come January, say there's no reason to normalize relations with the communist nation, much less roll back the embargo under the Helms-Burton Act enacted in 1996. "Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom - and not one second sooner," House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said after Obama announced Wednesday his administration would loosen restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.   more...
 
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WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said Republicans have asked to work with him next year on a wide range of issues. And Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has noticed that her GOP colleagues "are all being very nice" to her. They and other moderate Senate Democrats expect to be in high demand as Republicans prepare to take over the Senate in the next Congress and will need Democratic allies to push their agenda. Most Senate bills require 60 votes to overcome the threat of a filibuster. Republicans will claim 54 votes next year, six shy of that mark.   more...
 
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United States markets opened sharply higher on Thursday, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates. The market is coming off its biggest one-day rise since October 2013. KEEPING SCORE The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.27 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index was up 1.32 percent. The Nasdaq composite index gained 1.35 percent. Energy shares rose the most as oil gained. EUROPEAN MARKETS In Germany, the DAX leapt 1.9 percent and in France, the CAC 40 jumped 2.2 percent. The FTSE 100 was up 0.7 percent in Britain.   more...
 
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WASHINGTON - A White House official said on Thursday that the administration was considering a "proportional response" against those who hacked into Sony Pictures computers, a retaliation that could thrust the United States into a direct confrontation with North Korea. Officials would not describe what such a response might entail, but they stressed that the episode had become a major concern at the upper levels of government, including President Obama, who lately has been discussing the issue with aides every day. "This is something that's being treated as a serious national security matter," Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters.   more...
 
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