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Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford covers his nose from the smell of dead bodies during a visit to a mass grave in the country in 2011. Ford has criticized the U.S. failure to back opposition forces early on.

Ex-Ambassador To Syria: Civil War Could Drag On For Years

When Robert Ford — the U.S. ambassador to Syria — resigned in February, he said he no longer felt he could defend American policy in that country. Ford faults the U.S. for having been unable to address the root causes of the conflict and for being consistently behind the curve as the Syrian civil war intensified.

The diplomat had to leave Damascus in early 2012 and had been working on Syria from Washington until his resignation.

NFL loses the roman numerals.

NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers

The old saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans."

But in the case of the Roman numeral for 50, the National Football League has decided, at least for 2016 (and, admittedly in San Francisco, not Rome), to do as the Arabs.

The official explanation is that "Super Bowl L" just isn't as pleasing to the eye as its Arabic numeral equivalent, "Super Bowl 50."

Mark, a California minister, says the day he was first shut out of all treatment discussions regarding his mentally ill teenage son "was the first time we really started to feel hopeless."

Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children

The horrifying mass shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., last month brought up many questions. What could parents have done to prevent the tragedy? And what did they actually know about their son's mental illness?

A slide from a presentation at a tech conference in Berlin.

Women 'Complain A Lot, Interrupt,' Developer Says At Conference

The consequences of a dearth of women in technology are showing up again, this time in a show of sexism at a tech conference in Berlin.

Atlassian, the company behind software products Jira, Confluence, HipChat and more, is holding its #AtlasCamp for developers, and a developer there took the stage to present. Business Insider details what went down:

Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly

New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

In Keynote Speech, Obama Marks A Quarter-Century Of Polish Democracy

Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff

After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

How much does sexual orientation matter to voters in rural Pennsylvania? Incumbent Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. But he's not out of the race yet: He won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.

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