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Detroit is the most bedbug-infested city in the U.S.

Detroit is the most bedbug-infested city in the U.S.

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Carolyn Kaster/ASSOCIATED PRESS No one likes bedbugs. But Detroit is dealing with them in droves. Detroit is new bug city. The heavy metal town is also the itchiest in the country, topping a new list of the worst metro areas for bedbugs. Rock City bumped Philadelphia from the top spot on the Terminix list for the first time in four years - but the city of City of Brotherly Love is still scratching in second place. New Yorkers can sleep easy, since far fewer bedbugs are reportedly biting in the Big Apple. The city plummeted from No. 3 to No. 15 on the scratch-inducing chart. JEFF KOWALSKY/EPA Detroit — Bedbug City The exterminating company crafted the flesh-crawling chart by compiling call data from more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. Bedbug populations have been growing si
ISIS 'Jihadi John' believed dead from U.S. drone strike

ISIS 'Jihadi John' believed dead from U.S. drone strike

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Uncredited/AP The ISIS killer known as "Jihadi John" was targeted by a drone strike. Jihadi John has gone to hell. A U.S. drone strike most likely finally wiped the masked ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John” off the face of the Earth, officials said Thursday. “We are 99% sure we got him,” a senior U.S. military official told Fox News. The air strike Thursday near Raqqa, Syria, targeted the 27-year-old barbaric British monster — but his death could not be verified early Friday, in part because he likely was vaporized. The Pentagon said in a statement that the military was “assessing the results” of the strike. One unnamed official told ABC News the planned mission to take out John, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, was “flawless” and a “clean hit” with no collateral damage and that Em
CDC study finds that heavy drinking costs U.S. 249B a year

CDC study finds that heavy drinking costs U.S. 249B a year

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Sam Ryley/Getty Images/iStockphoto A CDC study found that drinking too much costs the U.S. economy around $ 249 billion a year. Glug-glug-glug — that’s the sound of America drinking away $ 249 billion a year. A study, released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that excessive drinking — mostly binge-drinking — cost the U.S. $ 249 billion in crime, health care costs and lost productivity in 2010. The study breaks down the cost by state, and California comes out in the lead at $ 35 billion. At close to $ 19 billion Texas is next, followed by New York with $ 16 billion. In cost per capita, D.C. leads the pack, followed by Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. Overall, the numbers represent a sizable increase of more than $ 20 billion since the last s
U.S. to halt Afghanistan withdrawal, will keep 5,500 troops

U.S. to halt Afghanistan withdrawal, will keep 5,500 troops

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JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS President Obama announced plans to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, while delivering a statement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday. President Obama said Thursday the U.S. will keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan after he leaves office in 2017, abandoning plans to end the war on his watch. “I believe this mission is vital to our national security interests in preventing terrorist attacks against our citizens and our nation,” Obama said at a White House news conference. “I am firmly convinced that we should make this extra effort.” “This modest but meaningful extension of our presence — while sticking to our current, narrow missions — can make a real difference. It’s the right thing to do,” he added. Military leaders, who have argued
Pope Francis will begin U.S. visit with a welcome from Obama

Pope Francis will begin U.S. visit with a welcome from Obama

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FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Pope Francis will kick off his U.S. visit with a stop in Washington. WASHINGTON — President Obama and First Lady Michelle will lead the welcoming committee when Pope Francis arrives in Washington for a historic visit later this month. The White House says the Obamas will travel to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sept. 22 to formally welcome Francis on his first-ever U.S. visit. Francis will meet privately with Obama the next day, becoming just the third Pope to visit the White House. The Pope’s schedule in Washington includes a midday prayer with bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, and Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Alex Wong/Getty Images President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the welcomin
Top ISIS leader killed in U.S. drone strike

Top ISIS leader killed in U.S. drone strike

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U.S. State Department Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, a top ISIS leader, was killed in a US-led airstrike in Syri, the Pentagon reported. WASHINGTON — A coalition airstrike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State leader, who has been responsible for moving fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. A senior U.S. official said that Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, a Tunisian, and another fighter with him were killed by a U.S. drone strike and that there were no reports of any civilian casualties in the operation. The official was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. According to Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, al-Harzi was killed June 16 in Shaddadi. He said that al-Harzi coordinated the use of suicid

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