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Since returning home from combat, at least 121 American veterans of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan have been charged or otherwise linked to killings in the US, The New York Times reported Sunday. About a third of the victims were girlfriends or relatives. A military spokesman suggested that greater media "awareness" might make it appear such homocides were on the rise.

Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence, said in an interview with The New Yorker that if he were ever subjected to the interrogation technique known as waterboarding he'd call it "torture." For legal reasons, however, he declined to say whether pouring water into the nose of a strapped-down prisoner could categorically be considered torture.

Looking to reduce a backlog of immigration applications for citizenship, the federal government announced that Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Homeland Security Depart-ment, will rehire an unspecified number of retirees.

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