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Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:48:11 -0400

NH SotloffAn online video purports to show the beheading of U.S. writer Steven Sotloff by ISIL.



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Another American medical missionary has Ebola
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:35:12 -0400

UN peacekeepers wear a face mask to protect themselves from the Ebola virus as they patrol in Kandopleu, Ivory Coast, on August 14, 2014 near the border with Guinea and LiberiaAnother American doctor working in West Africa has contracted the deadly Ebola virus, a missionary group announced Tuesday morning.



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Joan Rivers on life support, family says
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:46:18 -0400

Joan Rivers' Family Remains Hopeful About RecoveryJoan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.



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Ukraine rebels: We are poised to recapture Donetsk airport
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:30:25 -0400

A Ukrainian serviceman rides in an armoured vehicle near DonetskEU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armored columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favor of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a new front towards a major port. Russia denies its troops are involved in fighting on the ground, in the face of what Western countries and Ukraine say is overwhelming evidence. According to the United Nations, the war, in which pro-Russian separatists are fighting to throw off rule from Kiev, has killed more than 2,600 people and driven nearly a million from their homes in east Ukraine.



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Girl from Uzi shooting said gun was too much for her
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:51:56 -0400

An employee smokes outside of an office for the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)PHOENIX (AP) ? A 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday.



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Celebrity lawyer: Avoid using iCloud, smartphones
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:52:10 -0400

Jennifer Lawrence smiles on the red carpet at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly HillsBy Jeffrey Dastin, Michael Parks, Patricia Reaney and Eric Kelsey NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity representatives and security experts used the online posting of intimate photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers to sound new warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of storing data on the Internet. Martin Garbus, a New York trial lawyer who over the years has represented actors Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Robert Redford and others, said worried clients had approached him after the apparent mass hacking over the weekend. ...



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'Losing the battle' with Ebola
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:22:32 -0400

Health care workers, wearing protective suits, leave a high-risk area at the MSF-run Elwa hospital on August 30, 2014 in MonroviaDoctors Without Borders tells U.N. that world leaders are failing to address the epidemic.



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Bieber in trouble again: Ontario police charge him with assault
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:08:24 -0400

FILE - In this March 19, 2013, file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Canadian police say the pop star has been charged Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police say that the incident happened Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)TORONTO (AP) ? Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.



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Local cops: Dude, where's my Humvee?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:05:12 -0400

A police tactical team moves in to disperse a group of protesters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Among the issues that Obama is likely to find is that the program lacks oversight and accountability. Once Pentagon weapons reach the 8,000 police departments that participate in the program, many of them in tiny towns, the federal government has little control over them. The departments are not allowed to sell or dispose of any of the 1033 program's ?controlled? items, which include small arms and tactical vehicles. An agency in each state takes over responsibility for checking the inventory once a year and reporting anything missing to the Defense Department?s Defense Logistics Agency.



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Jury begins deliberations in ex-Va. governor's corruption case
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:56:52 -0400

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his son Bobby, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Richmond, Va. A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge on Tuesday before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of the former governor and his wife, Maureen. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? The jury began deliberations Tuesday in the corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison if jurors conclude that the couple sold the influence of his office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product.



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Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:06:41 -0400

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell IssaWhen the House voted in May to authorize the select committee, which could cost taxpayers up to $3.3 million to operate, the media attention such a panel was sure to draw was a huge part of the attraction for the Republicans who pushed for it. They wanted a channel to attack President Obama and the Democrats in the lead-up to the midterm elections ? so much so that House Democrats weren?t even sure they wanted to appoint representatives to the panel out of fear it would legitimize the GOP?s charged rhetoric on the issue. But the politics of Benghazi have shifted. Domestically, the GOP appears poised to win back the Senate for the first time in nearly a decade, and internationally, the foreign policy picture has become much more complicated, with unrest in the Middle East growing dramatically since the last election.



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Could E.coli bacteria be a fossil fuel alternative?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:05:20 -0400

Colony of E. coli cellsIn possibly five to 10 years, commercial production may be possible.



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Halliburton's $1.1 billion settlement
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:25:53 -0400

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP operated off shore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 21, 2010Oil services company Halliburton said Tuesday it would pay a $1.1 billion settlement over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout that led to the United States' most disastrous oil spill. Halliburton said the money would be paid to the Gulf fishing industry and other victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, including some claims made in suits against oil giant BP. Under contract with BP, Halliburton constructed the cement casing of the offshore deepwater Macondo well that blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people. The blast sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico over 78 days, soaking shores in several states, killing wildlife, and shutting down the fishing industry on much of the US gulf coast.



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Controversial Texas voter ID law heads to trial
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:29:20 -0400

Several new Texas laws go into effect Sept. 1Republicans claim the law is not discriminatory.



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Russia and NATO go head to head
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:42:34 -0400

Russian President Vladimir PutinRussia declared NATO a major "threat" on Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin's perceived stoking of war in Ukraine. Moscow's surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine came just ahead of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military support.



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U.S. military attacks Islamists in Somalia
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:25:33 -0400

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)A Somali official says the strike targeted the Islamic extremist network's fugitive leader.



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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage: SITE
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:55:23 -0400

File photo of U.S. journalist Steven SotloffThe Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State", the SITE monitoring service said.



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Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White House
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:43:07 -0400

U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in PyongyangSecuring the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release." On Monday, three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S.



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Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:06:56 -0400

A pro-democracy activist is detained by the police during a confrontation in Hong KongHong Kong police said on Tuesday they arrested 19 people during scuffles with pro-democracy activists prompted by China's decision not to allow the Asian financial hub to choose its next leader. The 19, aged between 20 and 45, were arrested on Monday for illegal assembly, trying to force their way on to a carriageway, charging a police line and for pushing barriers, a police spokeswoman said. Police used pepper spray to disperse activists as Hong Kong center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision. Hong Kong is in the midst of a political upheaval as activists in the former British colony push for full democracy.



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Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:52:13 -0400

Police carry blocks of seized cocaineLIMA, Peru (AP) ? Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons).



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Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:20:38 -0400

Obama delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014 at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, WisconsinWASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.



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Florida power utilities fear return of ?Green Governor' Crist
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:28:00 -0400

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami in this file photoBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...



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Cuba's new crackdown takes effect
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:09:00 -0400

People put their luggage in a private taxi as they arrive from the U.S. to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)New government restrictions are upsetting travelers to the island nation.



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Cry for help from Americans detained in North Korea
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:55:37 -0400

Americans Detained In North Korea Call For US HelpThree detained Americans seek diplomatic negotiations for their freedom.



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Horrors committed by Islamists in Iraq
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:29:44 -0400

Kurdish peshmerga forces celebrate as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit cityUN officials say ISIS has carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale."



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Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram pre-dawn raid
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:33:16 -0400

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state on June 5, 2013 near MaiduguriBoko Haram militants on Monday launched a pre-dawn raid on Nigerian troops as they prepared for a major offensive to retake a town that the group's leader declared part of his Islamic caliphate. Scores of Boko Haram fighters stormed the town of Bama as soldiers readied for an attack on the nearby town of Gwoza, which was seized by the Islamists on August 7. Bama is just 70 kilometres (45 miles) by road from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. Boko Haram has seized a number of towns and villages in southern Borno and near the border with Cameroon in recent weeks, leading to claims that it is planning to encircle Maiduguri and make it the centre of a hardline Islamic state.



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Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:30:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents.
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China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:29:39 -0400

File photo shows students studying in a building at a university in Beijing, on May 30, 2013Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten "ideological" control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies. The comments came from the Communist Party committees of Peking University, Shanghai's Fudan University, and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, which each wrote a statement in the Communist Party theoretical journal Qiushi. The statement from Peking University -- China's top academic institution -- condemned those with "ulterior motives" who target the ruling party. "In recent years, some people go on the Internet and with ulterior motives add fuel to the fire... ultimately targeting the Chinese Communist Party and the socialist system," it said.



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Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:14:29 -0400
By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday it had pulled its forces back from defending a vital airport in the east against Russian tanks, as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of "direct and open aggression". The withdrawal from the civilian airport outside the city of Luhansk was the latest in a string of reverses for Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists who Kiev says have the direct support of hundreds of Russian troops and armor. A military statement said Ukrainian paratroopers were engaging a Russian tank battalion near the airport.
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Brace yourselves: Campaign cash buying tons of ads
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:34:49 -0400

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2013, file photo shows Cornell Woolridge of Windsor Mill, Md., as he demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. The first midterm elections since both parties embraced a historic change in campaign finance, and with it a sea of campaign cash, will mean for most voters an avalanche of television ads trying to reach the few able to be swayed and willing to vote. In the nation's closest races for U.S. Senate, that translates into "price per vote" that could easily double what was spent in the 2012 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Iowa's airwaves are already jammed with political ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majority.



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Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:19:56 -0400
By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.
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Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:38:26 -0400
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.
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Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:50:25 -0400
PARIS (AP) ? The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.
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