Washington, D.C.

Pentagon's inspector general resigns

Jon Rymer, the Pentagon's inspector general, announced his resignation Monday, saying he planned to return to the private sector. Rymer served as the inspector general for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation before his confirmation as Pentagon IG in September 2013. Rymer's resignation is effective Jan. 8, 2016.


Detroit in compliance after bankruptcy

The city of Detroit is on track with its sweeping restructuring and reinvestment plan rolled out nearly one year ago when the city exited the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy. In a biannual report to Gov. Rick Snyder, the Detroit Financial Review Commission concluded that the city has been in compliance with the plan in its first year by providing commission members with updated financial plans.

Midwest U.S.

Eight people die in Texas from flooding

Southern Plains states were recovering after heavy rain and freezing rain over the Thanksgiving holiday. Search crews in Texas found a body Monday in the submerged car of a woman who was swept off a bridge by floodwaters three days earlier near Fort Worth. Eight people died from the flooding in Texas over the past few days. Teams also were working to restore power to tens of thousands of people in Oklahoma, where the governor issued a statewide disaster declaration after an ice storm knocked out power to about 150,000 utility customers.


Burglar dies in chimney from burns

A suspected burglar who sneaked into a central California home chimney Saturday died of thermal burns and smoke inhalation after the homeowner unwittingly lighted the fireplace. Cody Caldwell, 19, climbed into the chimney to burglarize the home and became stuck, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. When the homeowner returned, he lit a small blaze in the fireplace, sheriff's deputies said.


Teens guilty of murdering Palestinian

Two Jewish teenagers were found guilty of murder by an Israeli court Monday for their roles in the kidnapping and killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian 16-year-old who was bludgeoned with a wrench and burned to death in a Jerusalem forest in July 2014. The episode enraged Palestinians and shocked Israelis, and it contributed to a spiral of violence that culminated in a 50-day war in Gaza that summer.


U.S. warns of "imminent attack"

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Monday warned American citizens in Afghanistan that officials had received "credible reports of an imminent attack," and urged them to be careful when traveling in the area. The embassy said in a statement that the reports indicated that an attack could happen in the capital "within the next 48 hours."

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