Islamists destroy bridge in Mali

Islamists destroy bridge in Mali


Islamic extremists based in the Malian town of Ansongo have destroyed a bridge near the Niger border, officials said Friday, marking the first use of explosives by the insurgents since the start of a French-led military intervention two weeks ago.

The explosion shows that the extremists remain a nimble and daunting enemy, despite gains by the French, who have recaptured three towns from the insurgents and Friday pushed toward the Islamist stronghold of Gao.

Court: Appointments unconstitutional


President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive’s powers to make recess appointments.

If it stands, the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could invalidate hundreds of board decisions over the past year, including some that make it easier for unions to organize.

Cops: Dad aims gun at girl over grades


A Minnesota man threatened his daughter with an AK-47 rifle because she was getting two B’s in school rather than straight A’s, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Kirill Bartashevitch, 51, of St. Paul, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two felony counts of terroristic threats after purportedly pointing the gun at his daughter, 15, and his wife during an argument at their house Jan. 17.

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