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Oil prices rose sharply on Thursday amid concerns that fighting in the Arabian Peninsula between Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels in Yemen could disrupt supplies.Stanley Reed
Three major Shiite militia groups pulled out of the fight for Tikrit on Thursday, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as U.S. warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.Rod Nordland and Omar Al-Jawoshy
Egypt said Thursday that it was prepared to send troops into Yemen as part of a Saudi-led campaign to drive back the Iranian-backed Houthi advance, signaling the growing likelihood of a protracted ground war on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.David D. Kirkpatrick
The FBI has made great strides since the Sept. 11 attacks but urgently needs to improve its intelligence capabilities, hire more linguists and elevate the stature of its analysts to counter the rapidly evolving threats to the United States, according to a report released Wednesday.Michael S. Schmidt
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, charged with desertion and 'misbehavior before the enemy,' is trying to avoid punishment by detailing his conduct and treatment as a POW in Afghanistan.Brad Knickerbocker
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who returned to the US in a swap for Taliban prisoners, has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The second charge is more serious.Anna Mulrine
A powerful explosion in Lower Manhattan on Thursday caused two buildings to collapse and ignited a large fire that quickly spread to neighboring buildings, leaving at least 19 people injured.AL BAKER and MARC SANTORA
In the military's case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the charge of desertion, with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for five years, is the lesser count and the easier one to prove, legal experts say.RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr,Helene Cooper
The co-pilot of a Germanwings jet who's now suspected of deliberately crashing a plane loaded with 150 people into a mountainside in the French Alps may have had a brief, untreated bout of depression while undergoing pilot training.Matthew Schofield
In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a Medicare overhaul bill that shields doctors from pay cuts and extends a children's health insurance program.William Douglas
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