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U.S. rescue mission for Foley, others failed

Secret Operation to Save James Foley Failed: OfficialsTroops looked for James Foley, other U.S. hostages in Syria this summer, but to no avail.

08/21/2014 - 11:43 AM


Video: Cop in Ferguson shooting was lauded for previous struggle

Protester Hana Kato, of Tacoma, Wash., holds a sign that reads "Arrest Darren Wilson" as she attends an evening rally Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wilson has been identified as the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)New video turned over by the city of Ferguson shows Police Officer Darren Wilson receiving an award for "outstanding police work" during a struggle with a previous suspect.

08/21/2014 - 02:45 AM


Ebola: Liberia’s clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighbourhood in MonroviaViolence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it spreading beyond Africa. Four residents were injured in Monrovia's West Point slum when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they tried to evacuate a state official and her family from the quarantined quarter. The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world are scrambling to stem the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, with the latest official toll jumping 106 in two days to 1,350 dead. Liberia, with 576 deaths from 972 diagnosed cases, is the worst hit of the four affected west African countries, with the numbers of deaths and infections rising dramatically.

08/21/2014 - 06:39 AM


China, Japan Aug factory surveys signal economic softness

A labourer works on piles of steel coils in Taiyuan, Shanxi provinceBy Xiaoyi Shao and Tetsushi Kajimoto BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - China's manufacturing activity hit a three-month low in August, raising the case for fresh policy steps to keep growth on track, while a Reuters poll showed Japan's economic recovery is likely to be modest despite an small acceleration the factory sector. MODEST RECOVERY IN JAPAN A similar survey on Japan showed factory activity accelerated in August as export and domestic demand increased, in another sign the economy is steadying after shrinking in the second quarter due to a sales tax increase.

08/21/2014 - 12:10 PM


Holder says he understands mistrust of police
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.
08/21/2014 - 12:02 PM


Brazil expands labor rights for domestic workers

In this Aug. 7, 2014 photo, a nanny pushes a boy on a swing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A new law fining employers who fail to register their domestic workers is the Brazilian government's latest effort to extend the country's generous labor laws to its around 6 million maids, nannies and other home-care providers. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.

08/21/2014 - 12:02 PM


Swimming - Franklin battles back injury in Pan Pac heats

Swimming - Franklin battles back injury in Pan Pac heats- American Olympic star Missy Franklin reached one final but missed another as she battled a back injury in the opening heats at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Thursday. The quadruple London Olympic gold medallist and nine-times world champion was fourth fastest in the women's 200 metres freestyle but missed out as only two swimmers per country could make Thursday's final at Australia's Gold Coast. Teammate Katie Ledecky was the fastest into the final with 1min 56.45sec ahead of Australia's Melanie Schlanger and American Shannon Vreeland. Franklin, 19, who suffered back spasms in training this week, had to swim again 30 minutes later in the 100m backstroke, where she qualified third fastest for the final behind Australians Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking.

08/21/2014 - 12:02 PM


Rugby union - Ref admitted Test blunders, says All Blacks coach

Rugby union - Ref admitted Test blunders, says All Blacks coach- All Blacks coach Steve Hansen Thursday said referee Jaco Peyper admitted a series of blunders during last week's Test draw with Australia -- but added it was no excuse for his team's poor performance. Coach Steve Hansen, who sought a meeting with the South African referee after the 12-12 draw in Sydney, said Peyper "put his hand up" and confessed he was wrong with one yellow card and several free-kicks.

08/21/2014 - 11:59 AM


Man critical in Tioga-Nicetown shooting

Man critical in Tioga-Nicetown shootingPolice say a shooting in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.

08/21/2014 - 11:50 AM


China manufacturing drags on Asian stock markets

China manufacturing drags on Asian stock marketsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis.

08/21/2014 - 11:50 AM


Amid Afghanistan's escalating war, a battle to beat polio

File picture shows a boy receiving polio vaccination drops during an anti-polio campaign in KabulBy Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children. Keeping the highly infectious polio disease in check in any country is a daunting task. Afghanistan is one of only three nations where the polio virus is still endemic, along with Pakistan and Nigeria. Only eight new cases have been confirmed so far this year, compared to 108 in Pakistan.

08/21/2014 - 11:49 AM


Tennis - Isner through as Querrey topples Anderson

Tennis - Isner through as Querrey topples Anderson- Two-time champion John Isner made it safely into the quarter-finals of the ATP hardcourt tournament at Winston-Salem on Wednesday, where compatriot Sam Querrey toppled second-seeded Kevin Anderson in straight sets.

08/21/2014 - 11:48 AM


US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.

08/21/2014 - 11:40 AM


Car crashes into Northeast Philadelphia deli

Car crashes into Northeast Philadelphia deliA car crashed into the front of a Northeast Philadelphia deli and authorities say this isn't the first time this has happened at the same location.

08/21/2014 - 11:36 AM


Eaterwire: Curry Night at Achilles Heel; Dassara's Birthday BBQ

Eaterwire: Curry Night at Achilles Heel; Dassara's Birthday BBQGREENPOINT — Saltie's Caroline Fidanza is returning to Achilles Heel for another Mr. Curry night on August 28. The menu is inspired by London's curry houses and dishes will range from $9-12. No reservations required. Dinner services starts at 8...

08/21/2014 - 11:36 AM


US accuses Israel of targeting kin of murdered Palestinian teen

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 United States on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenaged son was kidnapped and killed in July along with two cousins, who are US citizens. Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in annexed east Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder was snatched from an east Jerusalem street and later found burned alive. The death of the Palestinian teen -- thought likely in retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Israeli Students in late June -- sparked rioting and helped unleash the conflict under way in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Three days after his death, on July 5, the United States slammed Israel's arrest of a 15-year-old cousin, Tarek Abu Khder, 15, a US citizen.

08/21/2014 - 11:34 AM


Cycling - Van Garderen strikes for Pro Challenge lead

Cycling - Van Garderen strikes for Pro Challenge lead- Tejay Van Garderen attacked in the final kilometre of the Monarch Mountain summit finish Wednesday to seize the third stage and overall lead at the USA Pro Challenge cycle race. The American BMC rider pulled away from the lead group, taking Tour de France rival Rafal Majka with him. "I felt pretty well under control today," Van Garderen said.

08/21/2014 - 11:33 AM


Atlantic City casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

Atlantic City casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobsEmployees have turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon

08/21/2014 - 11:30 AM


Pan Pacs: Injured Franklin struggles on 1st day

U.S. Missy Franklin dives in at the start of her women's 100-meter backstroke heat at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — World champion Missy Franklin failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final after making a late decision to compete despite a sore back on the opening morning of the Pan Pacific championships.

08/21/2014 - 11:29 AM


Las Vegas spoils Mo'ne's night, beats Philly 8-1

Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first 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)SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mo'ne Davis didn't have her best stuff when she and her Philadelphia teammates needed it most, and Las Vegas took advantage.

08/21/2014 - 11:29 AM


Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series game

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's Taney Dragons took an 8-1 loss against Las Vegas on Wednesday in their third Little League World Series Game. Despite the loss, the Dragons are not eliminated yet.

08/21/2014 - 11:27 AM


Life's a beach for Italy's dogs

Dogs play at Baubeach in Maccarese, near Rome, on August 12, 2014The sun brollies are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of daytrippers splashing about. It is a classic Italian scene but with one crucial difference: the beach bums frolicking in the waves at Maccarese are nearly all dogs, revelling in a rare chance to romp by the seaside. Welcome to BauBeach, a canine-friendly stretch of sand on the outskirts of Rome that has pioneered a nationwide trend towards providing space for dogs and owners to enjoy the delights of summer together. "This is a beach for dogs, we humans are only here as their guests," says Jose Luis, a regular visitor with his Labrador, Morena.

08/21/2014 - 11:26 AM


Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows two people who appear in 'selfie' portraits found on the cloud account of a Southern California burglary victim. Deputy Joshua Dubin said investigators don’t know if they’re the burglars but they sure are “persons of interest.” Dubin says a Santa Clarita, Calif., woman returned home on July 30, 2014, to discover thieves apparently had broken into her home and ransacked the place, taking cash and electronics, including either her cellphone or tablet. A few days later the woman logged into her cloud computer account and saw photos taken after the burglary of a man and woman she didn’t know. Dubin says investigators want to find them and determine whether they might have bought stolen property, or perhaps swiped it themselves. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

08/21/2014 - 11:13 AM


Rugby union - Flood ready to flow for Toulouse

Rugby union - Flood ready to flow for Toulouse- One high-profile England fly-half might have left the Top 14 in the shape of Jonny Wilkinson, but another has landed in the form of Toby Flood, whose debut in the French elite could not have been any more assured. Flood had a game to remember last week, scoring all of Toulouse's points in the 20-19 opening victory over Oyonnax. "I couldn't miss the opportunity to come to Toulouse.

08/21/2014 - 11:11 AM


Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' as US reveals failed rescue

Anti-terrorism forces wave the national flag after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, Iraq, August 19, 2014US President Barack Obama demanded Wednesday the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, as Washington revealed it had failed in an operation to free US hostages in neighboring Syria. It came a day after the so-called "Islamic State," which has seized much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion and condemnation.

08/21/2014 - 11:07 AM


Graceland Postmortem: Daniel Sunjata on Charlie's Big News and That Phone Call

Daniel Sunjata | Photo Credits: Jeff Daly/USA Network[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of Graceland. Read at your own risk.] Unlike so many of his housemates, it's been a (relatively) calm season thus far for Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) on USA's Graceland. However, that came to an abrupt end in... Read More > Other Links From Vanessa Ferlito Daniel Sunjata Graceland

08/21/2014 - 11:06 AM


Attorney General meets with Brown family in US riot town

US Attorney General Eric Holder (L) greets Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florissant , Missouri, August 20, 2014The top US law enforcement official met with the parents of Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a white police officer whose death triggered nearly two weeks of riots in a US town. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday promised the family in a private 20-minute meeting that there would be a "fair and independent" inquiry into the August 9 death of their 18 year-old son in Ferguson, Missouri. Before the meeting, Brown's mother viewed her son's body at a local morgue for the first time since he died after being shot six times. A grand jury was to begin hearing witnesses to Brown's killing, with widespread calls for the police officer to be put on trial for the fatal shooting.

08/21/2014 - 10:59 AM


2 Americans arrested in Bali suitcase murder held on suicide watch

Bali Suitcase Murder: Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer 'Had Sex' in Hotel Room after Sheila von Wiese-Mack was KilledBALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.

08/21/2014 - 12:11 PM


Officer who pointed gun, cursed at protesters suspended

A protester (L) speaks with a police officer during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.

08/21/2014 - 06:59 AM


Convicted killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixConvicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a request by Arias, who is acting as her own attorney in the penalty phase retrial, to push back jury selection until Sept. 29, according to a court spokeswoman.    Arias, 34, asked for the delay from Sept. 8 because of problems meeting with a potential witness, the spokeswoman said. The judge’s decision came after a closed-door hearing on Wednesday morning and was announced later by the court.     A state jury convicted Arias in May 2013 of killing Travis Alexander in a headline-grabbing case that was broadcast live on the Internet and attracted thousands of avid trial watchers nationwide.

08/21/2014 - 03:15 AM


The other U.S. reporter ISIL is holding

James Foley Backlash: US Continues to Bombard Isis Despite Threat to Kill Second Journalist Steven SotloffSteven Sotloff's family is asking the White House to do everything it can to free him.

08/20/2014 - 11:32 PM


Afghanistan gives NYT journalist 24 hours to leave country

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview in KabulAfghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run-off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.

08/21/2014 - 04:18 AM


Ukrainian fighter plane shot down as clashes kill dozens

Another Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down Near Russian BorderA Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a Su-25 jet was shot close to the second-largest insurgent bastion of Lugansk, where government forces claim to have battled back control over several districts in the past few days. Clashes in and around the other major rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours, local authorities said.

08/21/2014 - 04:35 AM


Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)But the president vowed to press on with U.S. operations to eliminate ISIL's “cancer."

08/21/2014 - 01:28 AM


Ferguson cop in Michael Brown shooting had ‘serious facial injury'

The Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager reportedly suffered “a serious facial injury” in the altercation before firing the fatal shots.

01/01/1970 - 08:00 AM


Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas commander

Palestinians grieve over the death of their relative Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)JERUSALEM (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent assassination attempt that killed his wife and 2-year-old son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israeli premier: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation

08/21/2014 - 03:53 AM


Calif. patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

An MSF medical worker wears protective clothing at an Ebola treatment facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014, Sierra LeoneBlood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, though two American relief workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were flown back to America for treatment earlier this month. In the latest case, a patient admitted to South Sacramento Medical Center in California's state capital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, Kaiser Permanente, the company that operates the hospital, said in a statement Tuesday.

08/21/2014 - 01:19 AM


Marine killed in crash on surprise visit to little brother

Marine FuneralFORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

08/21/2014 - 12:44 AM


Police, protesters clash in Liberia as Ebola toll hits 1,350

Liberia security forces dressed in riot gear, left, control a crowd of people in the West Point area, as the government clamps down on the movement of people to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government’s fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)By Clair MacDougall and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Police in the Liberian capital fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350. In the sprawling oceanfront West Point neighbourhood of Monrovia, at least four people were injured in clashes with security forces, witnesses said. It was unclear whether anyone was wounded by the gunfire, though a Reuters photographer saw a young boy with his leg largely severed just above the ankle. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew on Tuesday and put the West Point neighbourhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease.

08/21/2014 - 07:59 AM


China, Russia, Egypt scold US on aftermath in Ferguson

A RELATIVELY CALM NIGHT IN FERGUSONBy Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Governments scolded by the United States over their human rights records have seized on racial unrest and a police crackdown in the Missouri town of Ferguson to wag their fingers back in disapproval. Adversaries and uneasy allies from Russia and Iran to China and Egypt have accused the United States of hypocrisy as images of police brandishing lethal weapons and tear-gassing protesters have been shown around the world. Many of the countries draw criticism of their own democratic credentials from independent rights group as well as the U.S. Nonetheless, activists say the events in Ferguson, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman has provoked 11 nights of protests, undermine the United States' credibility in criticizing others.

08/20/2014 - 11:50 PM



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