Panel suggests Yemeni at Gitmo be released
A panel established by the Obama administration to review the cases of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, announced the results of its first case Thursday, recommending that a detainee previously deemed too dangerous to release be transferred out of the prison. The Defense Department said the board had agreed by consensus to recommend release for Mahmoud Abd al Aziz al Mujahid, 36, a Yemeni detainee who was among the first to arrive at Guantanamo in January 2002. It is unclear when Mujahid will be transferred or where he will be sent.
Obama announces 5 'Promise Zones'
A year after promising to direct federal attention and support to needy areas, President Barack Obama said Thursday the government would begin helping five economically hard-hit communities fight poverty and help children. Obama said the five areas would become "Promise Zones," where federal agencies will cut through red tape to give struggling residents a chance at a better life. The communities are San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; southeastern Kentucky; and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Report: Disrespect fuels sex assaults
A culture of bad behavior and disrespect among athletes at U.S. military academies is part of the continuing problem of sexual assaults at the schools, according to a new Defense Department report that comes in the wake of scandals that rocked teams last year at all three academies. Defense officials say the culture permeates the academies beyond the locker room, saying students often feel they need to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to the report obtained by the Associated Press. The report is expected to be made public today.
Syrian groups try to recruit travelers
Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to al-Qaida are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to senior U.S. officials.