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US, Taliban Reportedly Reach Truce Agreement

A senior US official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan, The Associated Press reports.

Honda Announces Odyssey Recall

Honda has announced a recall for perhaps one of the most common vehicles used in the Jewish community nationwide, the Honda Odyssey minivan. The recall is over a wiring harness running to a third-row power outlet that may have been pinched and damaged during manufacturing, creating the risk of a fire.

Federal Judge Approved Sprint and T-Mobile Merger

United States District Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of the $26 billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger on February 11th, according to The New York Times and other news outlets. The transaction will bring together the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the United States and create a new industry rival for AT&T and Verizon.

Iranian Attempt to Put Satellite Into Orbit Fails

An attempt by Iran to launch a satellite into orbit failed Sunday, the Iranian state television outlet Fars reported Sunday evening. The launch failed to deploy the satellite into orbit, however, Iranian television reported, due to low rocket speed.

FDA Approves First Drug for Treatment of Peanut Allergy in Children

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat life-threatening peanut allergies in children. The new drug — AR101, or Palforzia — does not provide a cure for allergy sufferers, but it helps increase their tolerance to small quantities of peanuts and decrease the risk of a reaction to accidental exposure.

Al Qaeda Leader Arrested in Arizona

An alleged al Qaeda leader somehow slipped through immigration and was arrested in Phoenix Friday evening. The arrest comes following an extradition request from the Iraqi government.