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Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

FILE - This photo released by the New York City Police Department in this May 16, 2008 file photo shows Yitzhak Shuchat. The extradition of a white Orthodox Jewish man to New York City to face hate crime charges over a black man’s attack has renewed questions about the case. Supporters of Shuchat say there’s no evidence of racial hatred in the 2008 street encounter he had with Andrew Charles. (AP Photo/NYPD, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 in a neighborhood with a history of racial strife — that much is certain.

08/02/2014 - 02:17 PM


Congress backs Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

A man stands in front of a van damaged from a rocket fired from Gaza which landed in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014. An Israeli was seriously wounded when a Palestinian rocket exploded in a residential area of the city. Another rocket was intercepted over Tel Aviv by Israel's rocket defense system. Israeli attacks on Gaza continued today, killing many people as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy the Hamas tunnel network. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved a $225 million package to replenish Israel's missile defenses with its last order of business before a five-week recess, as the Jewish state's cease-fire with Hamas unraveled and Israeli forces pushed deep into Gaza in search of a missing army officer.

08/02/2014 - 01:45 PM


Factory blast in east China kills at least 65: state TV
An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including General Motors, state media said, as the country suffered its worst industrial accident in a year. Chinese state television identified the factory as Zhongrong Plating. Its website said it employs 450 workers and counts General Motors and other U.S. companies as clients. China, the world's second-largest economy, has a poor record on workplace safety.
08/02/2014 - 01:34 PM


Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier

A Palestinian supporter of Hamas holds the Quran as others shout slogans against the Israeli military action in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank town of Tulkarem town on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A Palestinian man was shot and killed during clashes with Israeli troops, following the demonstration in Tulkarem, Palestinian security sources said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is striking dozens of sites in Gaza as it continues a massive search for an officer it fears was captured by Hamas militants.

08/02/2014 - 01:23 PM


Push for charges in NYC police chokehold death

FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody see a medical examiner's ruling that blames a prohibited chokehold as a clear indication the officers involved should face criminal charges.

08/02/2014 - 01:19 PM


US cites 'outrageous,' 'barbaric' actions in Gaza
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.
08/02/2014 - 01:04 PM


US Congress approves funding for Israel's Iron Dome

A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18, 2014The US Congress approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas before they could reach their targets. House of Representatives approved the funding by 395-8 in a late Friday vote. The Senate earlier approved the measure unanimously before the start of its five week summer recess. The measure now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.

08/02/2014 - 12:53 PM


107 Palestinians dead, Israel soldier missing as Gaza truce fails

An Israeli Merkava tank heads to the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on August 1, 2014At least 107 Palestinians were killed and an Israeli soldier was missing presumed captured as a fresh wave of violence swept through the Gaza Strip Saturday following the failure of an agreed ceasefire. The attacks continued throughout the night, leaving at least 35 Palestinians dead in the Gaza town of Rafah alone in a series of Israeli air raids in the hours since midnight (2100 GMT) Friday. US President Barack Obama called for the missing soldier, 23-year-old Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin to be "unconditionally" released, but also said more must be done to protect Gaza civilians. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, a member of the eight-strong security cabinet, accused Hamas of being behind the disappearance of the missing soldier and said the group would pay a high price.

08/02/2014 - 12:48 PM


Pacers, US star George suffers major leg injury

Paul George of the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team is tended to as he lies on the court after badly injuring his leg defending a play during a USA Basketball showcase match at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NevadaIndiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a grisly lower right leg injury in a United States intra-squad scrimmage in preparation for the Basketball World Cup. The injury was bad enough that the exhibition before fans at the Thomas and Mack Center was immediately halted and George was quickly hospitalized. The Pacers small forward landed hard and his leg buckled horribly near the basket stanchion after he had fouled James Harden on a drive early in the fourth quarter of the contest. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo did not immediately confirm the exact nature of the injury, but just said the organization's only concern at the moment was for the player.

08/02/2014 - 12:38 PM


35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday between Israel and Hamas, in New Delhi, India, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. During the 72-hour cease-fire, there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.

08/02/2014 - 12:22 PM


George suffers serious leg injury in US exhibition

Indiana Pacers' Paul George is taken off the court after he was injured during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.

08/02/2014 - 12:19 PM


Israel looks for missing soldier; Hamas says he may have been killed

Palestinians look at an unexploded Israeli shell that landed on the main road outside the town of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush. Israel said Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, who went missing on Friday, had been abducted by Hamas gunmen. It declared a planned 72-hour Gaza ceasefire over, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect. The ceasefire lasted only about 90 minutes early on Friday.

08/02/2014 - 12:16 PM


Manny Roth, founder of Café Wha?, dead at 94

This undated photo provided by Jodi Roth shows Manny Roth. Roth, founder of the Greenwich Village club Café Wha?, died July 25, 2014. Roth, gave early breaks to such future superstars as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen. ( AP Photo/Jodi Roth)Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many others, has died. He was 94.

08/02/2014 - 12:02 PM


Raonic, Gasquet advance to Washington semis

Richard Gasquet of France returns a shot to Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Citi Open at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on August 1, 2014 in Washington, DCWimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic and 2013 US Open semi-finalist Richard Gasquet advanced to the last four of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with straight-set triumphs. Canadian second seed Raonic fired 16 aces and lost only nine service points in defeating American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, taking only 79 minutes to book his third semi-final of the season. "I'm getting better and better," Raonic said. Raonic, seeking his sixth ATP title, lost the Rome semi-final to top-ranked Novak Djokovic and at Wimbledon to 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

08/02/2014 - 12:01 PM


Today in History
Today is Saturday, August 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.
08/02/2014 - 12:00 PM


GPS satellite launched into space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite has been launched into space.
08/02/2014 - 11:54 AM


Car factory blast in China kills more than 40
BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported.
08/02/2014 - 11:52 AM


Gordon meets with NFL, hearing to continue

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon's fight to stay on the field isn't over.

08/02/2014 - 11:52 AM


Hamas: Missing soldier likely killed in strike

This undated photo shows Israeli Army 2nd. Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23 from Kfar Saba, central Israel. Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 that Goldin was apparently captured by Hamas militants who came through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip and another two soldiers were killed. An hour after Friday's cease-fire started, gunmen emerged from one or more Gaza tunnels and opened fire at Israeli soldiers, with at least one of the militants detonating an explosives vest, said Lerner. Goldin was apparently captured during the ensuing mayhem and taken back into Gaza through a tunnel. (AP Photo/YNet News)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas military on Saturday distanced itself from the disappearance of a soldier Israel says is suspected to have been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza.

08/02/2014 - 11:44 AM


Car workshop blast in China kills more than 40
BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a car workshop in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported.
08/02/2014 - 11:39 AM


Factory blast in east China kills more than 40
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say an explosion at a workshop in an eastern Chinese city has killed between 40 and 65 people.
08/02/2014 - 11:24 AM


Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65: state media

An explosion at a factory in eastern China on Saturday killed 65 people, a government broadcaster said, while an unknown number of others were injured.

08/02/2014 - 11:19 AM


Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard

Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team lift a 16-17-million-year-old fossil lodged in a rock weighing about 2,000 pounds out of a hole in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The Palos Verdes Peninsula was once an ocean bottom that over eons has risen hundreds of feet above the Pacific. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (AP) — A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

08/02/2014 - 11:13 AM


Chinese state media: factory blast has killed between 40 and 65 people in eastern Kunshan city
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media: factory blast has killed between 40 and 65 people in eastern Kunshan city.
08/02/2014 - 11:11 AM


Gaza stirs US internship for Israelis, Palestinians

Founder of the New Story Leadership (NSL) program Paul Costello (C) speaks to his students at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC on August 1, 2014When 10 young Israelis and Palestinians came to Washington in June to talk, listen and learn from one another, the outbreak of war back home was never on the program. On Friday they bid farewell on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, having stuck together through a seven-week bridge-building internship overshadowed by the conflict in Gaza. "Putting aside everything that was going on at home was really hard," said Ranin Faidi, 22, one of the Palestinian participants in the annual New Story Leadership (NSL) program. "Especially when things (in Israel and Gaza) got really close to our families and friends... those were the most challenging moments," added Asi Garbarz, 27, from a kibbutz in northern Israel.

08/02/2014 - 11:08 AM


North Korea holds California man called shy, smart

In this image taken from video, U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Two Americans, Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle, charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea say in a video that they expect to be tried soon and possibly receive long prison terms, and appeal for help from the U.S. government. They made the comments in the video shot by a local AP Television News crew. The crew was taken to a location to meet the detained Americans after repeated requests to North Korean authorities to see them. (AP Photo/APTN)BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — One of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes is a California man raised in the Central Valley oil town of Bakersfield by parents who were petroleum engineers.

08/02/2014 - 11:02 AM


Police say 3-year-old girl shot, killed in Philadelphia; 3 adults injured
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say 3-year-old girl shot, killed in Philadelphia; 3 adults injured.
08/02/2014 - 10:55 AM


U.S. administration transferring $405 million for border operations
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security notified Congress on Friday that it will transfer $405 million from other programs to deal with an immigration crisis on the southwestern border, a senior administration official said. Congress left for a five-week recess without wrapping up an emergency spending bill to address the explosion of child migrants in the U.S. Southwest, where 57,000 children traveling alone have tried to enter the United States from Central America this year. Administration officials have warned that without additional funds, operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to address the crisis could run out in mid-August and those of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in mid-September. The bulk of the transfer - about $270 million - will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund.
08/02/2014 - 10:46 AM


'Shield' actor waives hearing in wife's death

Actor Michael Jace, center, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for a preliminary hearing of the charge that he murdered his wife, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Jace waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which means the case will proceed to trial without an initial presentation of evidence to a judge. Jace played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series, appeared in the show "Southland" and had small roles in such movies as "Boogie Nights" and "Forrest Gump." (AP Photo/Frederick Brown, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Michael Jace, who has been charged with killing his wife, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

08/02/2014 - 10:40 AM


Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola. Plans are underway to bring back the two Americans from Africa for treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.

08/02/2014 - 10:39 AM


Obama chides Putin on Ukraine rebels as experts work at MH17 site
US President Barack Obama has told Russia's leader of his "deep concerns" about Moscow's increased support for separatists in Ukraine as international experts finally gathered more remains at the crash site of downed flight MH17. In a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday Obama also expressed "his preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis", the White House said. "I think that we have done everything that we can to support the Ukrainian government and to deter Russia from moving further into Ukraine," Obama told a unscheduled news conference in Washington.
08/02/2014 - 10:38 AM


House OKs bill to address border crisis

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio defends the work of the GOP during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014, as Congress prepares to leave for a five-week summer recess. The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up to inaction, especially in a midterm election year with control of the Senate at stake. Lawmakers have struggled to compromise on a handful of bills to deal with the nation's pressing problems amid overwhelming partisanship. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

08/02/2014 - 10:34 AM


U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks from his office to the House Chamber during a procedural vote at the CapitolBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill. The 223-189 vote came one day after conservative Republicans balked at an earlier version of the measure, exposing a deep rift between Tea Party activists and more mainstream Republicans. In passing the retooled bill, the Republican-led House ignored a veto threat from the White House. "We couldn't go home (for recess) and not have a decision," said Representative Kay Granger of Texas, who helped draft the original bill.

08/02/2014 - 10:21 AM


West Africa seeks to seal off Ebola-hit regions
West Africa's Ebola-hit nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital on Friday to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. Opening the summit, WHO chief Margaret Chan told leaders that the response of the three countries to the epidemic had been "woefully inadequate", revealing that the outbreak was "moving faster than our efforts to control it".
08/02/2014 - 10:11 AM


Goodell defends NFL's 2-game suspension of Rice

El jugador de los Ravens, Ray Rice, habla en conferencia de prensa el jueves, 31 de julio de 2014, en Owings Mills, Maryland. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his "horrible mistake."

08/02/2014 - 10:09 AM


PGA Tour says Johnson absence 'voluntary'

Dustin Johnson tees off on the 13th hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on July 24, 2014The US PGA Tour said that golfer Dustin Johnson's leave of absence was voluntary, and not a suspension by the tour for a failed drug test. "With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour," the statement said. The report said Johnson was previously suspended for the 2012 season but as is common with PGA Tour disciplinary action the ban was never made public. While the PGA Tour denied suspending Johnson, its statement did not specifically address the veracity of the reports that Johnson had tested positive for recreational drugs.

08/02/2014 - 10:06 AM


House OKs bill for crisis on US-Mexico border

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives on Friday approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, but it stands no chance of becoming law.

08/02/2014 - 10:06 AM


Congress approves $225 million package for Israel's missile defense system
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approves $225 million package for Israel's missile defense system.
08/02/2014 - 10:05 AM


House OKs bill to block Obama deportation relief

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have passed legislation to shut down a program by President Barack Obama granting deportation relief to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.

08/02/2014 - 10:02 AM


US judge orders new talks on Argentina debt dispute

People line up to enter the US Federal Courthouse on August 1, 2014 in New York where they will continue with litigation into the Argentinian debtThe US judge presiding over Argentina's bitter dispute with two hedge funds left the country stranded in default, ordering it to hold new negotiations and calling for an end to "mistrust." Despite fighting tooth-and-nail, Buenos Aires has been unable to find a way around District Judge Thomas Griesa's ruling in favor of the hedge funds, which has blocked it from making payments to other creditors who agreed to take a 70 percent write-down after the country's 2001 economic crisis. It missed a $539 million payment due Wednesday after 11th-hour talks failed to break the impasse with the two American hedge funds, which refuse to accept a write-down. Griesa, who has blocked Argentina from servicing its restructured debt without also repaying the hedge funds the full $1.3 billion it owes them, ordered the litigants to hold new talks.

08/02/2014 - 10:01 AM



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