News Roundup 1/12/17

  • Trump appoints Robert Kennedy Jr. to chair a commission looking into the integrity and safety of vaccines. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • A Michigan man is given a parking ticket for leaving his car unintended in his own driveway. The car owner went inside for a few minutes after starting his car and letting it warm up. [Link] Regulations Fyle
  • The US is paying for tens of thousands ghost soldiers in the Afghan army. Ghost soldiers enlist but do not remain in the army so a higher ranking officer can collect their paycheck. This has practice has cost the US government $300 million. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Chelsea Manning is reported to be on Obama’s short list of possible commutation. Obama has about a week left to commute the 35-year sentence of Manning. [Link] Whistleblower Fyle
  • Since the start of 2017, 26 people have been killed in fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fighting began in 2016 after the president lost an election and is refusing to leave office. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The Pentagon confirms that a November airstrike killed 33 civilians. Afghan troops called in the airstrike after receiving advice from US troops to do so. Afghan troops were fighting The Taliban at the time. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • ISIS is using small commercial drones to drop small bombs on Iraqi forces in Mosul. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia makes a second push to take a mountain base near the Red Sea from Houthis. The attack leaves 55 dead, mostly Houthis. [Link] US/Saudi War on Yemen Fyle

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