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Israeli arrest of U.S. teen raises concerns

The family of 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khder, who was kidnapped from east Jerusalem on July 2 and burned to death, stand outside the District Court in Jerusalem, on August 6, 2014The U.S. State Department says Israel appears to be targeting kin of murdered Palestinian teen.



08/22/2014 - 04:35 AM

 

Ebola: Senegal closes border with Guinea

A man holds a placard reading "Ebola, go away" as members of the artist group "'Be Kok Spirit'' march to raise awareness on the Ebola virus, on August 19, 2014 in AbidjianTens of thousands barricaded in Liberia, airlines suspend flights in effort to stop virus' spread.



08/22/2014 - 06:09 AM

 

Teen says she was suspended for saying 'bless you'

Tennessee teen suspended for saying "bless you" in public schoolA high school senior in Tennessee says she was given an in-school suspension for saying "bless you" to classmate who had sneezed.



08/21/2014 - 11:38 PM

 

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)Four firefighters were injured — two seriously — when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.



08/22/2014 - 07:21 AM

 

ISIL activist among dozens of jihadi fighters killed in Beirut

Free Syrian Army fighters react while launching a rocket towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideClashes between Syria, Islamic State surround a sprawling northern airbase: officials.



08/22/2014 - 04:02 AM

 

Robin Williams' ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

Williams speaks at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly HillsComedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County on Thursday. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star had been suffering from severe depression, anxiety and early Parkinson's disease before his death. Williams' cremated remains were released on Aug. 12, the day after his death, according to the document.



08/22/2014 - 04:59 AM

 

Judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Kimmy Denny and her partner, Barb Lawrence, drove three hours for the to be at the court hearing on gay marriage in Miami, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.The couple is engaged and plans to wait until it legal in their Palm Harbor, Fla. home, to marry. Attorneys for gay couples and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Like others filed across the country, the lawsuit contends the gay marriage ban added by voters to the state constitution is discriminatory and violates equal protection guarantees. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.



08/22/2014 - 05:31 AM

 

Missouri governor orders Guard to leave Ferguson

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Mo. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, N.C. Brown's shooting has prompted multiple investigations and triggered days of rioting reflecting long-simmering racial tensions in a town of mostly black residents and a majority white police force. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)Unrest has erupted in the Missouri suburb since a black teen's fatal shooting earlier this month.



08/22/2014 - 06:15 AM

 

Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq disappearance

U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Wassef Ali HassounCAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (AP) — A U.S. defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.



08/22/2014 - 06:51 AM

 

U.S. diplomats barred from viral ice bucket challenge

In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The phenomenal success of the fundraising craze is making charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors, specifically through social media. (AP Photo/Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Center)The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.



08/22/2014 - 01:18 AM

 

Ireland tests body of deceased traveler for Ebola

A man holds a placard reading "Ebola, go away" as members of the artist group "'Be Kok Spirit'' march to raise awareness on the Ebola virus, on August 19, 2014 in AbidjianIreland is testing a dead person who recently returned from Africa for the Ebola virus, the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland said on Thursday. Appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary in the north-west county of Donegal where the person's remains lie, pending the outcome of laboratory tests, the HSE said. "The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently traveled to one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," it said.



08/22/2014 - 02:25 AM

 

GAO: Pentagon's Bergdahl swap violated law

Captured SoldierCongressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.



08/22/2014 - 07:43 AM

 

St. Louis police release video of fatal shooting

La police américaine de nouveau critiquée après la mort d'un jeune Noir dans le MissouriThe St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings.



08/22/2014 - 02:35 AM

 

Irish ex-PM Albert Reynolds, peace negotiator, dies at 81

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds (centre) raises his hat to the crowd as he parades during the St Patrick's day parade in New York on March 17, 1998Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81. Reynolds served twice as taoiseach, or prime minister: once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94. His son Philip, who announced that Reynolds had died overnight Wednesday, said his father had recently been suffering from the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. The Irish government said Reynolds would be given a state funeral on Monday, and that all government buildings would fly flags at half mast until the funeral.



08/22/2014 - 07:00 AM

 

US airstrikes targeting northern Iraq

A Peshmerga fighter looks at at smoke rising in the distance on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants east of Mosul, on August 18, 201MIlitary's Central Command said focus is on Islamic militants in area of Mosul and area of key dam.



08/22/2014 - 12:21 AM

 

ISIL asked $132.5 million for James Foley, says official

A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Rochester, N.H. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, militants with the Islamic State extremist group released a video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq . (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror groups and encouraging more kidnappings.



08/22/2014 - 06:44 AM

 

Hostess to close bakery where Twinkie was born

Hostess Twinkie Plant To Close After 84 YearsHostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history. The company said Wednesday it plans ...



08/22/2014 - 12:45 AM

 

Hostess to close bakery where Twinkie was born

Linkage: Hostess Closing Suburban Plant; Distressed Property Sales·Hostess to close Schiller Park Twinkie plant ·Status update: buildings old and new ·No casino for Wabash and no walkway for you ·Grant DePorter buys $1.5 million River North condo ·Chicago ranks highest in distressed property sales ·Why sell...



08/21/2014 - 10:20 PM

 

First Malaysian bodies headed home from Ukraine crash

Malaysia Army soldiers rehearse an hand-over ceremony of bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, August 21, 2014. The victims' bodies of the ill-fated Flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine last month, will be returned home from Amsterdam on Friday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine in July, took off from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Dutch media reported. There was no ceremony for the departure from Schiphol airport, local news agency ANP reported, with the plane to land in Malaysia on Friday, which has been declared a day of national mourning. The plane will be met by Malaysia's king, prime minister and other dignitaries accompanied by a minute of silence at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said last week. The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board.



08/21/2014 - 11:54 PM

 

McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to hitting into a sand trap on the 13th hole during the first round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.



08/22/2014 - 07:44 AM

 

Europeans in push for new UN resolution on Gaza

A light trail made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip marks the night sky on August 21, 2014Britain, France and Germany have put forward key points of a new UN Security Council resolution on Gaza in a fresh bid to end six weeks of violence, diplomats said Thursday. The European initiative came as fighting flared on the ground, with Israeli airstrikes killing three top Hamas commanders and an Egyptian-led effort to broker peace talks teetering on the verge of collapse. The two-page document obtained by AFP calls for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire that would put an end to the firing of rockets and military operations in the Gaza Strip. It calls for a lifting of the Israeli blockade and a monitoring mechanism to report on ceasefire violations and verify the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip.



08/22/2014 - 07:43 AM

 

NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

Carmine Boccuzzi, center, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves Federal court after a hearing, in New York, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said as he defends a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.



08/22/2014 - 07:41 AM

 

Pope Francis calls Foley family: priest

John and Diane Foley, parents of James Foley, listen to a panel discussion about the importance and dangers of reporting on world conflicts at a Free James Foley event on May 3, 2013 in BostonPope Francis called the family of slain US journalist James Foley on Thursday to offer his condolences, a Catholic priest close to the family said. The gruesome video of Foley's beheading, released Tuesday by the Islamic State, a jihadist group operating in Iraq and Syria, has caused worldwide revulsion and outrage. "Pope Francis phoned the family of #JamesFoley this afternoon at their residence in New Hampshire.



08/22/2014 - 07:39 AM

 

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park

A seven-month-old Florida panther named Yuma is seen in his new home at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A rare Florida panther, found near death as a 1-pound newborn in January, bounded into its permanent new fenced home in a state park on Thursday, now a lively, nearly 50-pound kitten. "He's really a miracle cat," said Susan Strawbridge of the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. A critically endangered animal, only 100 to 180 Florida panthers are believed to be in existence. State biologists working at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Naples stumbled by chance on the kitten that had been abandoned by its mother in her den, according to Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.



08/22/2014 - 07:38 AM

 

Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 5, 2014, members of the Ohio Student Association gathered outside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office in Columbus, Ohio, to call for the release of in-store video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart. Organizers tell the Dayton Daily News they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police. Officers say he refused to drop an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Jim Otte) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUTCINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities confirm a police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at an Ohio Wal-Mart also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting but wasn't indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense.



08/22/2014 - 07:37 AM

 

UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flareup'

A member of Doctors Without Borders puts on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated, June 28, 2014Conakry (AFP) - The United Nations' new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic in West Africa.



08/22/2014 - 07:36 AM

 

Mo'ne Davis brings big ratings to Little League

Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis stands at first base after being removed as pitcher in the third inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis' latest start drew record-setting television viewership for the Little League World Series.



08/22/2014 - 07:35 AM

 

On the Racked: Hottest Trainer Heats Up; Black V-Necks for Billionaires; More!

On the Racked: Hottest Trainer Heats Up; Black V-Necks for Billionaires; More!Welcome to On the Racked, where Racked SF editor Robyn Hagan Cain shares the top fashion, beauty and fitness news of the week. EVERYWHERE— Hottest Trainer polls open August 21. Check out the contenders, and don't forget to cast your...



08/22/2014 - 07:35 AM

 

Ice Bucket Challenge injures firefighters in US

Four US firefighters were injured, two seriously, as they were helping run a so-called Ice Bucket Challenge at a Kentucky universityFour US firefighters were injured, two seriously, Thursday as they were helping run a so-called Ice Bucket Challenge at a Kentucky university. "We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the firefighters who were injured," Campbellsville University university president Michael Carter said in a statement. Local media said that two firefighters were moving the apparatus after the student challenge when a power arc occurred near the power lines, striking and seriously injuring them. The Ice Bucket Challenge, in support of Lou Gehrig's disease research, has sparked a worldwide craze that has taken in everyone from billionaires to sports star and former US presidents.



08/22/2014 - 07:35 AM

 

Switcheroos: Jason Stratton's Eight-Month-Old Aragona Will Shutter in September, Reopen As Vespolina

Switcheroos: Jason Stratton's Eight-Month-Old Aragona Will Shutter in September, Reopen As VespolinaAragona, the eight-month-old Spanish restaurant from Jason Stratton, will close in early September. But it's not the end: As any devotee of the chef's two Capitol Hill Italian concepts Spinasse and Artusi can attest, Stratton kills it when it...



08/22/2014 - 07:34 AM

 

Emmys comedy race takes edgy turn as cable outnumbers networks

The cast of the television series "Veep" arrives on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in WashingtonBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When ABC's "Modern Family" vies for its fifth consecutive best comedy Emmy award on Monday, not only will it battle the beloved geeks of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" but also a bunch of irreverent, foul-mouthed characters from cable and Netflix. "Modern Family" made waves when its contemporary family dynamic and gay couple appeared on Walt Disney Co's ABC in 2010. The network stalwarts are joined by two previous cable nominees: the dark and sometimes melancholy comedy "Louie" on Twenty-First Century Fox's basic cable FX, and HBO's "Veep," a political satire rich with curse words from U.S.



08/22/2014 - 07:34 AM

 

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

In this 2014 photo provided by Michigan State University, students in the school's Summer Study Abroad Program take a break while hiking in Israel. Some U.S. colleges have now pulled students from their overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages. Colleges site security as the top concern. (AP Photo/Michigan State University)HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.



08/22/2014 - 07:34 AM

 

Obits: Designer Deborah Sussman Defined the Way We See a Lot of LA

Obits: Designer Deborah Sussman Defined the Way We See a Lot of LAWith the death earlier this week of designer Deborah Sussman, Los Angeles lost a figure who LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne once called "a key link between the L.A. design world...



08/22/2014 - 07:33 AM

 

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1994. file photo of Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, right, as he stands with U.S. Vice President Al Gore at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Authorities Thursday Aug 21, 2014, said that Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimerís disease. He was 81. Reynolds, a renowned deal-maker who made millions operating rural dance halls and a pet food company, led two feud-prone coalition governments from 1992 to 1994. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.



08/22/2014 - 07:33 AM

 

Under Construction: Geary's: "We Will be Charging for Samples" at Tasting Room

Under Construction: Geary's: "We Will be Charging for Samples" at Tasting RoomHome of the upcoming Geary's tasting room. It was rumored back in June that Geary's, the oldest brewery in Maine, was working on a tasting room. The company recently confirmed via blog post that the brewing facility at 38 Evergreen...



08/22/2014 - 07:32 AM

 

Development Watch : Sad Concrete Bunker Could Make Way for More Potrero Condos

Development Watch : Sad Concrete Bunker Could Make Way for More Potrero CondosIt may not look like much now, but Potrero Hill's stretch of 16th Street might just be poised to transform into a dense mixed-use corridor. On 16th between Wisconsin and Carolina, right near EQR Potrero, plans have emerged for...



08/22/2014 - 07:32 AM

 

Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center in New York. The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances says it is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said, Thursday August 21, 2014, in a statement that it took the action because Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.



08/22/2014 - 07:32 AM

 

Sony exec admits he doesn’t understand why the PS4 is so popular

Sony exec admits he doesn’t understand why the PS4 is so popularIt’s safe to say that even Sony is surprised by how popular the PlayStation 4 has been. In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says that while the company is obviously pleased with how many consoles it’s sold so far, it’s a little apprehensive about it because it really has no idea why it’s this popular. “I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what’s happening,” he said. “You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right? It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very



08/22/2014 - 07:30 AM

 

School Daze: Blast from the Past: The Vintage Schoolhouses of San Francisco

School Daze: Blast from the Past: The Vintage Schoolhouses of San FranciscoWith the recent news that it costs a whopping $402K to support a child until adulthood in San Francisco, it's no wonder that dogs tend to outnumber kids in this city. Regardless, we've got some pretty fine-looking schools—many of...



08/22/2014 - 07:29 AM

 

 

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