White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan
Someone in the Obama camp committed a dangerous snafu. The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan when his name and title were released in an e-mail to reporters who traveled with President Obama on his surprise visit to Bagram Air Base. He was called "Chief of Station," a term used for the top spy in a country, according to the Washington Post. The CIA and the White House aren't talking. It's unclear if the officer will be able to continue working as a spy.
Rebels seize Ukraine's airport after 'Chocolate King' president elected
The Willy Wonka of Ukraine says he's all about calming the country — he's got his work cut out for him. On Sunday, Ukraine elected "Chocolate King" Petro Poroshenko as its new president. (Poroshenko is a billionaire candy tycoon.) One day later, Ukrainian fighter jets attacked armed militants who took over a Ukrainian airport. The country has been in chaos for six months after a revolt toppled its pro-Russia president and then Russia started causing all kinds of trouble trying to exert influence in Ukraine. Poroshenko said "peace in the country and peace in the east is my main priority." Russian President Vladimir Putin said he'll respect the vote. No one really believes him.
3 missing after 'unbelievably big' Colorado mudslide
It sounded like a freight train. A massive mudslide — 2 miles wide, 4 miles long and 250 miles deep in many places — hit Sunday in a remote area near Collbran, Colo., and now rescue teams are searching for three men reported missing. "This slide is unbelievably big," said Lt. Phil Stratton with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The person who reported the slide "described hearing a noise that sounded much like a freight train."
Three people are missing after a massive mudslide in Colorado that is estimated to be 250 feet deep in places. VPC
Egyptians hit the polls, but next president largely decided
Is Egypt's democracy just going through the motions? Egyptians hit the polls Monday, 11 months after former military chief and presidential front-runner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi from power (the public was largely on board). Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi is the only other candidate in the election, but experts are saying that al-Sisi is pretty much a sure thing. "While Egypt is going through the motions of presidential elections, the reality is that there is one candidate on the presidential ballot and that is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi," said Fawaz Gerges, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics. "Barring a political miracle, or God forbid an assassination attempt on his life, I think al-Sisi will be the next president of Egypt."
Oscar Pistorius starts psych evaluation
Doctors began evaluating the Paralympian known as the "Blade Runner" on Monday to determine if he had a mental disorder when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. Oscar Pistorius, who is a double-amputee, said he feels vulnerable because of his disability and was paranoid about crime. The 30-day evaluation is a big deal. The results could affect whether he should be held criminally responsible for Steenkamp's death.
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In honor of Memorial Day, take a moment to watch some of our favorite Armed Forces reunions. VPC
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