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U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Platoon, G Troop, Task Force 1-35, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, move out on patrol in Iraq in 2008. A bi-partisan panel says a Pentagon plan to cut Army strength go too far.

Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far

A Pentagon plan to cut tens of thousands of soldiers from the U.S. Army's ranks in coming years goes too far given the growing global threats, including Russian aggression in Ukraine and unrest in Syria and Iraq, a bi-partisan review panel says.

The death of Eric Garner in police custody has sparked controversy in New York City — and it's now been ruled a homicide. On Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) sat with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (left) and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a discussion on police-community relations.

NYC Man's Chokehold Death Was A Homicide, Medical Examiner Says

Eric Garner, the unarmed man who died two weeks ago after police placed him in a chokehold, was a victim of homicide, says New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Garner's death was captured in a video that showed his confrontation with police on a Staten Island sidewalk.

The update on Garner's controversial death was announced Friday afternoon. Member station WNYC cites spokeswoman Julie Bolcer:

As Flow Of Migrants Into Mexico Grows, So Do Claims Of Abuse

Like the United States, Mexico is dealing with a substantial increase of Central Americans migrants, including unaccompanied minors, crossing its borders. Earlier this month, Mexico's president announced plans to crack down on the illegal flow and strengthen security along the southern border with Guatemala.

English poet and author Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967) wearing his army uniform. His experiences in the First World War resulted in his hatred of war, which he expressed in much of his work.

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Nearly two dozen diaries and notebooks of Siegfried Sassoon – among a handful of prominent soldier-poets whose artistic sensibilities were forged in the trenches of World War I – are being published online for the first time by the Cambridge University Library.

Sassoon, who served in the British Army, was "A gifted diarist [who] ... kept a journal for most of his life," the library says.

Amber Medel weighs her 3-week-old baby, Elijah, as lactation consultant Carol Chamblin takes note. Medel had problems breast-feeding and Chamblin encouraged her to use a breast pump to get the milk flowing more easily.

Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms

When Elizabeth O'Connell was expecting her first child, she knew she wanted to breast-feed. And, she says, she sort of expected it to just happen, naturally.

That's not quite how it panned out. "I was experiencing very tremendous pain," she says.

At first she figured that was normal — but soon it became too much to handle. "I was devastated," she says. "The reality is nursing is a wonderful bonding experience, but when you're in pain, you aren't really thinking about that."

Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

Public pension funds have been doing something new in recent years — investing in hedge funds.

Hedge funds are often secretive investment firms led by supposedly super-smart fund managers. Though, sometimes they implode spectacularly — think Long-Term Capital Management. Another prominent firm, Galleon Group, recently got shut down for rampant insider trading.

As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, West Africa Turns To Quarantines

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President Barack Obama upbraided Congress Friday, saying that lawmakers haven't done enough to help America's economic recovery.

President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Touting rosy U.S. economic news that has come out this week, President Obama said America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he also said the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress were working harder.

Citing the 200,000 jobs created in July – continuing a six-month streak of at least that level – Obama noted that it was "the first time that has happened since 1997."

Fla. Judge Orders Lawmakers Back To Work On A New Congressional Map

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In July Jobs Numbers, Fodder For Cautious Optimism

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