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Wanda Witter, 80, celebrated the arrival of $100,000 from Social Security on Tuesday.

Homeless woman proves Social Security owed her $100,000

For years, Wanda Witter had lived on the streets in Washington, D.C., trying to persuade officials that Social Security owed her more than $100,000. For years, the 80-year-old woman says people dismissed her as crazy. But finally someone listened — and on Tuesday she received a $99,999 payout, the Washington Post r …

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  1. Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on ISIS

    World

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Wednesday launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country's civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed by U.S. airstrikes to help Syrian rebels retake a border town from Islamic State militants.

    Turkish army tanks and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces move toward the Syrian border as pictured from Karkamis, Turkey,on  Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  2. Washington Monument could close for up to nine months

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says the Washington Monument elevator needs a major renovation that will likely require the monument to be closed for up to nine months.

     The Washington Monument's elevator has broken down frequently over the past two years, and the National Park Service has said the problems may trace back to an earthquake that damaged the monument five years ago. [Associated Press]
  3. Congress asked to block Pentagon's FOIA change request

    Nation

    A wide-ranging group of government transparency advocates asked Congress on Wednesday to block new changes to the Freedom of Information Act requested by the Defense Department, saying that approving them would allow the Pentagon to "excuse itself from the hard fought and necessary reforms."

  4. Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon resigned

    Nation

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon's exit the "falling out" of the "wicked boss" of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its forces on high alert …

     In this Oct. 13, 1973, photo, then-vice presidential nominee Gerald Ford, right, listens as President Richard Nixon, accompanied by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. [Associated Press]
  5. Militants attack American University in Afghanistan; one dead

    World

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding another 18, officials said.

    Afghan security forces rush to respond to an attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday. [Associated Press]