Saturday, February 4, 2017

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February 4, 2017
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Car bombs, civilians will complicate fight to free western Mosul
Minimizing civilian casualties and neutralizing car bombs will be the toughest tasks for Iraqi troops when they restart their offensive in Mosul this month, commanders say.

Trump’s pick for Army secretary drops out
Vincent Viola, the billionaire founder of trading firm Virtu Financial Inc., has withdrawn his nomination to be secretary of the Army after distancing himself from his business ties proved too difficult, Trump officials said.

US suspends enforcement of travel ban; Trump says ruling 'will be overturned'
The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban and scurried to appeal a judge's order, plunging the new administration into a crisis that has challenged Trump's authority — and ability to fulfill campaign promises.

Philippine president ends cease-fire with communist rebels
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he has ended the government's six-month cease-fire with communist rebels and ordered troops to prepare for new fighting after the guerrillas lifted their own truce and killed six soldiers in fresh violence.

'Most feared aircraft in the world': F-22 Raptor demonstrates prowess
The “most feared aircraft in the world” took to the gray morning skies Friday above Langley Air Force Base, doing flips, turns and slides to showcase its prowess.

Discarded Islamic State receipts offer glimpse into former Mosul life
Receipts from taxi rides, ledgers listing internet usage for the privileged few and random logbooks documenting an ever tighter economy are just some of the documents that Islamic State militants left behind when they fled eastern Mosul in the face of advancing Iraqi forces.

Trump travel ban, other pressures lead Pakistan to rein in Islamist militants
Confronted with a U.S. president who has declared war against Islamist extremism and has expressed little interest in the long history of political accommodation and security alliances between Washington and Islamabad, officials here are seeking a middle ground that may no longer exist.

Many veterans OK with possible pardon of sailor who took sub photos
The submarine community is expressing mixed reaction to the possibility of President Donald Trump pardoning a former Navy sailor currently serving prison time for taking photos on a nuclear attack submarine.

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect refusing his medication
The man accused of killing five people and injuring six others in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport is refusing to take psychotropic medication prescribed to him in prison, a judge said Friday.

Idaho 'adrenaline junkie' wins skydiving gold
Aleksa Davis has completed more than 500 skydives. The first was a tandem jump for her 18th birthday. “I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie,” the Boise native said. “I saw people skydiving and always wanted to do it.” Davis, 25 and a senior at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, was on the team that won two gold medals at the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in January in Arizona.

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