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Another Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Community Centers

Several Jewish community centers across the U.S. were targeted by bomb threats on Monday, according to the JCC Association of North America, in the fourth wave of such threats in the past two months.

In total, there have been 69 threats at 54 JCCs, in 27 states and a Canadian province, the organization reports — including previous threats on Jan. 9, 18 and 31, as well as 11 threats by telephone on Monday.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster looks on as President Trump announces him as his national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday.

New Trump Adviser H.R. McMaster Faces An Old Challenge — Iraq

In April 1991, I met a young U.S. Army captain in the moonscape of southern Iraq. He was frustrated.

Just weeks earlier, the officer and his troops had been part of the wave of U.S. forces that drove Saddam Hussein's Iraqi military out of Kuwait. The Americans kept advancing, pushing some 150 miles into southern Iraq — but then they received orders to halt in place.

People pay respects to the late Russian U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin outside Moscow's Foreign Ministry.

Remembering Moscow's U.N. Ambassador, The Russian In My Rolodex

When Vitaly Churkin was Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman in the early 1990s, he would in effect brief the Moscow press corps twice.

First he'd speak in Russian, formally, behind a lectern.

Then he'd step to the side, his hands folded before him, and wait for the foreign broadcast journalists to approach with their cameras and microphones. The questions and answers were in English, and the audience, it was understood, was the United States.

From left: Democrats Keith Ellison, Jamie Harrison, Tom Perez and Pete Buttigieg are competing to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Donna Brazile has been acting in the role since Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned after a hack of the organization showed it was not providing equal support to candidates in the presidential primary.

Who's Who In The Race For DNC Chair — And Their Plans For Democrats To Win Again

Against a backdrop of turmoil and after big losses in November, the Democratic National Committee votes this week for its next leader. The winner of the DNC chair race will likely reflect whether the committee's voting members think it prudent to align their party with the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama camp, the Bernie Sanders camp — or neither.

Entertainer David Cassidy has revealed that he is now fighting dementia. He's seen here after singing the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park in 2009.

Singer And Actor David Cassidy Says He Has Dementia

Saying that he's been diagnosed with the same condition that struck his mother and grandfather, singer David Cassidy has revealed that he is fighting dementia. The star whose career was launched by 1970s TV show The Partridge Family had recently told fans that he was on a farewell tour.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy, 66, tells People magazine, in an interview about his condition.

The father, center, and mother of Palestinian Abdul Fatah al-Sharif watch the sentencing hearing of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who killed their son in March of 2016.

Israeli Soldier Who Killed A Wounded Palestinian Is Sentenced To 18 Months

More than a month after an Israeli military court found Sgt. Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter, the soldier has been ordered to serve an 18-month prison sentence. Azaria, who worked as an army medic, shot and killed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian assailant who was already incapacitated.

Toy Fair Shows Off What's New As Toys R Us Cuts 250 Corporate Jobs

The 114th North American International Toy Fair boosts a chance for industry players to see "hundreds of thousands of innovative new toys and games before they hit store shelves."

To attend the four-day event in New York City must be a lot like being a kid in a candy store — er — make that toy store.

At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, hundreds of thousands of square feet are dedicated to the "hottest new toys and trends."

Taylor Hutchinson says having subsidized health care costs has been critical to being able to start a farm with her partner, Jake Mendell.

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care.

A University of Vermont researcher found that nationally, most farmers cited health care costs as a top concern.

Resources to help parents are typically aimed at moms, not dads.

As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

As a Seattle-based fiction writer and a part-time stay-at-home dad, Josh Mohr, 40, spends his days in the world of make-believe.

His routine begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, waves a magic wand to turn him into a children's storyteller.

Mohr cozies up to his toddler, who's dressed for the occasion in a purple princess dress and a sparkly crown with rainbow jewels. After they've finished a few readings of Curious George, Ava asks her dad to read the story again.

A border in the Rio Grande culvert divides the Mexican city of Juárez (bottom) and the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas, shown here in 2010.

Supreme Court To Decide If Mexican Nationals May Sue For Border Shooting

The cellphone video is vivid. A Border Patrol agent aims his gun at an unarmed 15-year-old some 60 feet away, across the border with Mexico, and shoots him dead.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case testing whether the family of the dead boy can sue the agent for damages in the U.S.

Between 2005 and 2013, there were 42 such cross-border shootings, a dramatic increase over earlier times.

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