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Help Slow To Come For Returning U.S. Veterans

As thousands of troops are set to return from Afghanistan over the next two years, veterans on the homefront say they want to see increased reintegration support this year.

The latest jobs report — and the first of the new year — shows a dismal picture for the nation’s newest veterans. Unemployment among those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan stands at 10.8 percent — far higher than the national rate of 7.8 percent.

Anonymous takes down US Sentencing Commission website

Hacktivist group Anonymous said Saturday it had hijacked the website of the US Sentencing Commission in a brazen act of cyber-revenge for the death of internet freedom advocate Aaron Swart

Barack Obama vows to push on with progressive agenda

President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to press on with his progressive second-term agenda in a speech that touched on the key issues he is expected to tackle in the coming year.

Algeria made mistakes over hostage crisis, foreign minister admits

The Algerian army made mistakes in its handling of the hostage crisis at a gas plant deep in the Sahara desert in which dozens of foreign workers, including six Britons, were killed, the country’s foreign minister has admitted.

Newtown residents to join Washington march for gun control

Residents from Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six teachers were killed in an elementary school shooting, are joining a march on Washington for gun control on Saturday with parents, pastors, and survivors of gun violence.

Sexual assault crisis tempers euphoria over end of combat ban

The day before defense secretary Leon Panetta announced the lifting of the ban on women in combat, Jennifer Norris, an air force veteran andrape survivor, testified before a congressional panel into one of the worst sexual scandals in military history.

At least 26 die in Egyptian clashes over death sentences

(Reuters) – At least 26 people died on Saturday when Egyptians rampaged in protest at the sentencing of 21 people to death over a soccer stadium disaster, adding to bloody street turmoil confronting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

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