West apologizes for mistakenly killing 5 troops
A NATO airstrike Thursday killed at least five Afghan soldiers in one of the most devastating incidents of friendly fire in the 12-year history of the war in Afghanistan. The troops were killed at an outpost in volatile Logar province, about 50 miles outside Kabul, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. It remains unclear how the incident occurred, and officials said it was under investigation. Western officials were quick to apologize for the airstrike, which occurred before sunrise.
Health marketplace official to resign
Gary M. Cohen, the official in charge of the federal health insurance marketplace, who repeatedly told Congress before its troubled rollout that it would work well, said Thursday he was resigning. Cohen is the chief architect of federal rules regulating the operations of private health insurance under the new health care law. He said he would resign to return to California at the end of this month, when the open enrollment period closes for individuals and families shopping for insurance.
Niger sends son of Gadhafi to Libya
Niger on Thursday extradited al-Saadi Gadhafi, the third son of Moammar Gadhafi, back to Libya, where he is accused of participating in the corruption and abuses of his father's more than 40-year rule. Libya has sought Gadhafi and other fugitive members of his family since rebels toppled his father's government in 2011. Among other crimes, Libyans accuse Gadhafi, 40, of ordering security forces to fire on protesters in Benghazi as the uprising began.
2 Marines relieved of duty after blast
An explosion during a training exercise that killed four Marines at Camp Pendleton last year most likely was caused by a dropped or kicked grenade, and two Marines have been relieved of duty as a result, military officials said Thursday. The accident occurred while Marines were removing unexploded ordnance from an artillery range Nov. 13.