TALIBAN SPOX CONFIRMS DEATH OF LEADER MULLAH MANSOUR IN U.S. DRONE STRIKE, ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ONE OF MANSOUR'S DEPUTIES AS SUCCESSOR *

MAWLAWI HAIBATULLAH AKHUNDZADA WAS SELECTED AS NEW LEADER, AND SARAJUDDIN HAQQANI AND MULLAH MUHAMMAD YAQOUB AS HIS DEPUTIES *

YAQOUB IS SON OF PREVIOUS TALIBAN CHIEF MULLAH OMAR, WHOSE DEATH WAS ACKNOWLEDGED LAST JULY *

ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWED CONFIRMATION ON MON BY PRES OBAMA THAT MANSOUR WAS KILLED IN A U.S. DRONE STRIKE SAT IN PAKISTAN'S BALUCHISTAN PROVINCE *

AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR'S EL NINO OCEANIC PHENOMENON HAS ENDED *

WARMING OF PACIFIC OCEAN SURFACE WATERS IS NATURAL EVENT KNOWN TO AFFECT WEATHER IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD *

AT ITS PEAK IN DEC 2015, IT WAS THE STRONGEST EL NINO FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS, AND WAS BLAMED FOR SEVERE FLOODING IN SOUTH AMERICA AND ETHIOPIA AND DROUGHT IN THAILAND AND SOUTHERN AFRICA, AMONG OTHER EVENTS *

END OF EL NINO BRINGS RISK OF OPPOSITE PHENOMENON, LA NINA - BELOW-AVERAGE SEA-SURFACE TEMPS IN THE PACIFIC - THAT COULD CREATE DIFFERENT WEATHER PROBLEMS *

CHIEF OF EGYPTAIR SAYS EGYPT HAS CONTRACTED TWO FOREIGN COMPANIES TO HELP LOCATE FLIGHT DATA RECORDERS OF EGYPTAIR FLIGHT 804 THAT CRASHED LAST WEEK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN *

FRENCH AND ITALIAN COMPANIES WILL WORK WITH EGYPTIAN SEARCH TEAMS TO TRY AND FIND BLACK BOXES, WHICH COULD INDICATE WHAT HAPPENED IN FLIGHT'S FINAL MINUTES *

SHIPS AND PLANES FROM BRITAIN, CYPRUS, FRANCE, GREECE AND THE U.S. ARE ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE SEARCH FOR DEBRIS FROM THE AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING THE BLACK BOXES *

AIRBUS A320-232 CRASHED EARLY THURS WHILE TRAVELING FROM PARIS TO CAIRO WITH 66 PEOPLE ON BOARD *

CREWS EVALUATING DAMAGE AFTER SERIES OF TORNADOES DESTROYED AT LEAST TWO WESTERN KS HOMES AND LEFT TWO PEOPLE WITH CRITICAL INJURIES *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS STORM DROPPED MULTIPLE TORNADOES DURING TWO-HOUR SPAN TUES NIGHT IN FORD AND HODGEMAN COUNTIES *

PRELIMINARY REPORTS INDICATE AT LEAST ONE OF THE TWISTERS WAS A HALF-MILE WIDE *

BESIDES DAMAGED HOMES, AUTHORITIES SAY THE STORM TOPPLED A TRACTOR-TRAILER AND A LARGE PROPANE TANK, BLOCKING MAJOR ROADS *

INTERNAL AUDIT FINDS HILLARY CLINTON DISREGARDED STATE DEPT CYBERSECURITY GUIDELINES BY USING A PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNT AND SERVER *

INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REVIEW ALSO FOUND THAT HACKING ATTEMPTS FORCED THE THEN-SECY OF STATE OFF EMAIL AT ONE POINT IN 2011 *

78-PG REPORT SAYS CLINTON IGNORED CLEAR DIRECTIVES, NEVER SOUGHT APPROVAL TO CONDUCT PRIVATE BUSINESS OVER PRIVATE EMAIL AND NEVER DEMONSTRATED THE BLACKBERRY SHE USED "MET MINIMUM INFORMATION SECURITY REQUIREMENTS" *

FBI IS CONDUCTING A SEPARATE INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER CLINTON'S PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER ENDANGERED GOVT SECRETS *

ROMANIAN HACKER WHO REVEALED EXISTENCE OF THEN-SECY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON'S PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER PLEADS GUILTY TO HACKING CHARGES, JUSTICE DEPT SAYS *

44-YR-OLD MARCEL LAZAR, WHO USES ALIAS "GUCCIFER," ENTERED PLEA IN VA FED COURT *

HE COULD FACE UP TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON WHEN HE IS SENTENCED ON SEPT 1 *

LAZAR CLAIMED IN RECENT INTERVIEWS HE HAD EASILY HACKED INTO CLINTON'S PRIVATE SERVER, BUT JUSTICE DEPT STATEMENT HASN'T CONFIRMED CLAIM AND INVESTIGATORS REPORTEDLY FOUND NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT *

GOOGLE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO OPEN A TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN SUBURBAN DETROIT TO BEGIN WORK ON SELF-DRIVING CAR PROJECT *

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA-BASED COMPANY SAYS ENGINEERS AT NOVI, MI FACILITY WILL BEGIN WITH FITTING COMPANY'S AUTONOMOUS DRIVING SYSTEMS INTO CHRYSLER PACIFICA MINIVANS, UNDER PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED DEAL WITH FIAT CHRYSLER *

GOOGLE SAYS THE 53,000-SQ-FT FACILITY "WILL HELP US COLLABORATE MORE EASILY AND ACCESS MICHIGAN'S TOP TALENT IN VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING" *

FL JUDGE DENIES GAWKER'S MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL IN HULK HOGAN SEX-VIDEO CASE AND UPHOLDS $140 MIL JURY VERDICT *

HOGAN WON VERDICT IN MARCH AFTER SUING THE GOSSIP WEBSITE FOR POSTING A VIDEO OF HIM HAVING SEX WITH HIS THEN-BEST FRIEND'S WIFE *

EARLIER THIS MONTH, HOGAN SUED GAWKER AGAIN, ACCUSING IT OF LEAKING SEALED COURT DOCUMENTS WITH A TRANSCRIPT IN WHICH HE IS QUOTED MAKING RACIST REMARKS *

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (MSF) SAYS SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN MAY 19 BOKO HARAM ATTACK ON A VILLAGE IN SOUTHEASTERN NIGER, JUST ACROSS NIGERIAN BORDER *

MSF SAYS THE TERRORISTS ATTACKED A HEALTH CLINIC, DESTROYED HOMES, A MARKET AND WELLS IN VILLAGE OF YEBI, LEAVING IT WITH NO WATER SUPPLY *

MSF SAYS IT'S EVACUATED EIGHT SEVERELY INJURED PEOPLE TO A HOSPITAL IN REGIONAL CAPITAL, DIFFA, WHERE THOUSANDS DISPLACED BY VIOLENCE IN LAKE CHAD REGION HAVE TAKEN REFUGE *

TX AND 10 OTHER STATES FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA ADMIN OVER RECENT DIRECTIVE CALLING ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO LET TRANSGENDER STUDENTS USE BATHROOMS AND LOCKER ROOMS THAT MATCH THEIR GENDER IDENTITY RATHER THAN THEIR BIOLOGICAL IDENTITY *

TEXAS' LT GOVERNOR HAD SAID STATE IS WILLING TO FORFEIT $10 BIL IN FED EDUCATION DOLLARS RATHER THAN COMPLY *

CRITICS CALL DIRECTIVE A THREAT TO SAFETY FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS *

OTHER STATES FILING SUIT INCLUDE AL, AZ, GA, LA, ME, OK, TN, UT WI AND WV *

CROSS MEMORIAL FOR FALLEN VETERANS BACK UP ALONG A STATE HIGHWAY IN GEORGIA AFTER PUBLIC OUTCRY *

OFFICIALS SAY 79 WHITE, HANDMADE CROSSES IN HIRAM, GA, REPRESENT 79 PAULDING COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO DIED IN AMERICA'S WARS *

CROSSES WERE TAKEN DOWN LAST FRI AFTER AN UNNAMED RESIDENT QUESTIONED WHETHER FALLEN SOLDIERS WERE ALL CHRISTIAN, PROMPTING TOWN TO REMOVE THEM FROM PUBLIC LAND OVER FEARS OF LAWSUIT *

NC SCHOOL SYSTEM PROPOSES BAN ON SKINNY JEANS *

POLICY WOULD PROHIBIT ALL STUDENTS FROM WEARING LEGGINGS, SKINNY JEANS AND "ANY OTHER EXCESSIVELY TIGHT FITTING PANTS" UNLESS WORN WITH A TOP OR DRESS THAT "MUST COVER THE POSTERIOR IN ITS ENTIRETY" *

NEW HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM OFFICIAL SAYS PROPOSAL WAS DEVELOPED AFTER SOME "BIGGER GIRLS" WERE BULLIED BECAUSE OF THEIR TIGHT JEANS *

CHIEF EXECS AT NATION'S BIGGEST COMPANIES GOT 4.5% PAY RAISE LAST YEAR, ALMOST DOUBLE THE TYPICAL AMERICAN WORKER'S *

CEOS IN STANDARD & POOR'S 500 INDEX MADE $10.8 MIL LAST YEAR, INCLUDING BONUSES, STOCK AWARDS AND OTHER COMPENSATION, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY EXECUTIVE-DATA FIRM EQUILAR, UP FROM $10.3 MIL IN 2014 *

$468,449 RAISE FOR MEDIAN CEO IS MORE THAN 10 TIMES WHAT TYPICAL U.S. WORKER MAKES IN A YEAR, WITH MEDIAN FULL-TIME WORKERS EARNING $809 WEEKLY IN 2015, UP FROM $791 IN 2014 *

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