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Florida A&M University will require all incoming students to sign an anti-hazing pledge before taking classes at the school, the university announced Friday.
The 20-year-old nephew of a grocery store owner was accidentally shot and killed by a New York City police officer early Friday after officers responded to an armed robbery at a corner bodega in the Bronx, police said.
POL-Jackson-Congress-Depression (will update)
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has checked out of the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar depression, and is now back in Washington with his family, his chief of staff said Friday.
POL-Campaign Wrap (will update)
President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney both were in New Hampshire and Iowa on Friday, making their pitches to voters a day after the close of the Democratic National Convention.
Venezuela-US-Ship (will update)
A decision could arrive Friday or Saturday on what Venezuelan prosecutors are going to do with the captain of a U.S.-flagged ship and its crew in a case accusing them of arms trafficking. The captain and crew were to give depositions to Venezuelan investigators Friday.
Syria-Civil-War (will update)
The death toll is 130 in Syria Friday as the fighting between government forces and rebels uproots civilians and causes humanitarian nightmares. Of the 130 people reported killed in fighting in flashpoint cities across the country, at least 40 died in Damascus and its suburbs, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, another opposition group. Fifteen children were among the dead, it said. Many deaths also occurred in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor.
A protest in solidarity with 13 people convicted of plotting to overthrow the government in Bahrain led to arrests in the capital Friday, state media said. Six protesters were accused of participating in rioting and sabotage Friday, according to the Bahrain News Agency.
Hurricane Leslie lost power as it idled over the ocean Friday, weakening into a tropical storm that appeared likely to miss Bermuda. Forecasters warned that large waves and dangerous rip currents would still pose a threat to coastal areas, and near-tropical-storm-force winds would lash the island Sunday.
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An al-Qaeda linked network that for decades has been responsible for kidnappings and suicide bombings against the United States and its allies will be formally designated a terrorist organization by the Obama administration.
The U.S. decision to cripple the finances of the insurgent Haqqani network has put the the limelight on its influential and respected leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani. Based in North Waziristan, a tribal area of Pakistan, the group is aligned with the Taliban and al Qaeda and is considered one of the most significant threats to stability in Afghanistan.