In fits and starts, for nearly a decade, the U.S. has talked about and struggled to make progress on building an Afghan military that can take control of its own nation's security and lay the groundwork for a stable government.
This time, they think they have it right.
After five days criss-crossing Afghanistan, meeting with everyone from the Afghan president to the new American trainers on the ground, Gen. Joseph Dunford headed home Friday with a palpable sense of optimism.
A school district in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks in what the superintendent says would be a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.
Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel says every classroom in the district about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia has a 5-gallon bucket of river stones.
The bodies of an Iowa couple and their two children were found in a rented condo in Mexico on Friday, though it wasn't immediately clear what caused their deaths, according to investigators.
The family was reported missing by relatives in their hometown of Creston, Iowa, earlier in the day, about a week after the family left for vacation. Creston police contacted the U.S. Department of State, and the bodies were found during a welfare check at the condo in Tulum, on the Yucatan Peninsula.
In Mexico, the Quintana Roo state prosecutors office tweeted that the bodies were found in a tourist compound.
Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
Lawmakers acted after a lobbying campaign by a small Washington state pharmaceutical company called Omeros.
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A gun-wielding extremist went on a rampage Friday in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat locker or ran through the aisles.
After an hours-long standoff, the 25-year-old attacker was slain as elite police forces stormed the market. They were aided by a heroic police officer who had offered himself up in a hostage swap and suffered life-threatening wounds as a result — one of 16 people injured in the day's violence.
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Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports on biodiversity.
Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports Friday on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area.
Their conclusion after three years of study : Nowhere is doing well.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem was about more than just critters, said study team chairman Robert Watson. It is about keeping Earth livable for humans, because we rely on biodiversity for food, clean water and public health, the prominent British and U.S. scientist said.
It's a beautiful day in your mailbox.
The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," with a stamp.
The release of the Mister Rogers "forever" stamp, which was unveiled Friday, coincides with the 50th anniversary of his PBS show.
The Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania is putting 5-gallon buckets filled with rocks in each classroom as a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.
President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will ban bump stock devices that "turn legal weapons into illegal machines."
The Justice Department announced that it has started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Stephon Clark was shot at 20 times after police mistook him for a suspect.
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John Bolton, President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser — and his third to date — is a divisive foreign policy figure who was an unabashed supporter of the Iraq war and advocates regime change in Iran.
The rise of the mustached Bolton, a former U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush who served in three federal agencies under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is likely to herald a rightward shift in Trump's foreign policy and an embrace of more hard-line policies.
Bolton, 69, has been an especially outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump had campaigned against the deal and vowed to end it, but instead heeded the advice of two outgoing aides, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to delay the move.
The FBI says an attack at a Northern California Air Force base this week has no known "nexus to terrorism."
FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan on Friday said a van that illegally entered Travis Air Force Base on Wednesday was on fire as it approached the gate of the base, then veered away and crashed. He says the driver was dead when authorities reached the wreck.
Google said Friday it would comply with a Brazilian judge's order to remove 16 videos from YouTube that expressed "assumptions and opinions" about a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was murdered last week.
It came in a push by the family of Marielle Franco to squash rumors floated online that the former activist was connected to criminals.
Franco and driver Anderson Gomes were shot and killed in their car after returning from an event focused on empowering black women. Franco, who was black grew up in a rough part of Rio, was a frequent critic of police brutality.
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The massive spending plan signed by President Donald Trump Friday includes language barring the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana programs in states where they are legal, defying Attorney General Jeff Sessions.