Ferguson protests smaller, more subdued
Despite some clashes, the overall scene was more restrained than the past five nights.
08/20/2014 - 04:13 PM
American journalist killed in Syria knew the risks
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved.
08/20/2014 - 01:40 PM
Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
08/20/2014 - 05:12 PM
Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in suburban Chicago
Authorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.
08/20/2014 - 12:15 PM
Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson cop
As unrest over Mo. teen's death grasps the U.S., efforts backing his officer killer grow.
08/20/2014 - 07:00 AM
UEFA investigates Italian soccer head over racism
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation against the new Italian football federation president over an alleged racist comment.
08/20/2014 - 06:33 PM
Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Saying "even the pope has a family," Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.
08/20/2014 - 06:32 PM
Israeli strike kills wife, son of Hamas military chief
Israeli warplanes struck Gaza, killing the wife and child of Hamas's top military chief, the Islamist movement said Wednesday after truce talks in Cairo collapsed in a storm of violence. It was not immediately clear whether Mohammed Deif himself, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for decades, was killed or wounded in the strike which hit a house in Gaza City late on Tuesday. Hamas vowed bloody revenge, saying Israel had "opened the gates of hell". The deadly attack came just hours after a resumption of the fighting in and around Gaza after more than a week of calm as Egyptian negotiators pushed the warring sides to broker a decisive end to six weeks of bloodshed.
08/20/2014 - 06:32 PM
Deif: Hamas military chief and Israel's most wanted
Hamas's top military commander Mohammed Deif, whose wife and son were killed in an air strike in Gaza, is Israel's most wanted man who has defied assassination attempts for years. In the war between Israel and Hamas, Deif has been a shadowy if hardline presence, refusing to countenance a truce until Israel ends its eight-year blockade of the Palestinian enclave.
08/20/2014 - 06:30 PM
High South African inflation edges lower
South African inflation ticked down to 6.3 percent in July, government data showed on Wednesday, easing pressure slightly on consumers. The consumer price index was 0.3 points lower than June, thanks in part to a drop in the price of food staples such as bread, cereals and meat, according to Statistics South Africa. The indicator was also good news for the South African Reserve Bank, which is trying to get inflation under control through a series of interest rate rises.
08/20/2014 - 06:28 PM
Jihadists claim beheading of U.S. journalist
Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. The Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading the reporter, who has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012. "Find James Foley," the campaign run by his family to secure the 40-year-old freelancer's release, posted a public message online following the release of the video asking for time "to seek answers." Foley was an experienced correspondent who had covered the war in Libya before heading to Syria to follow the revolt against Bashar al-Assad's regime for the Global Post, AFP and other outlets.
08/20/2014 - 06:24 PM
Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of a town neighboring the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a Ukrainian official said Wednesday, as the government battled to gain control of a major railroad and highway linking the area to Russia.
08/20/2014 - 06:21 PM
West Indies part ways with coach Gibson
St. John's (Antigua and Barbuda) (AFP) - The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson on Tuesday, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach. No reason was given for the departure of Gibson, who had been in charge since 2010 and led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2012.
08/20/2014 - 06:21 PM
Hull new boy Snodgrass out for six months
Hull City's new midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be out of action for up to six months due to a dislocated kneecap, the Premier League club announced via Twitter on Wednesday. "(Manager) Steve Bruce has revealed Robert Snodgrass could be out for up to six months with a dislocated knee cap," Hull said. A £7 million ($11.7 million, 8.8 million euros) close-season signing from Norwich City, 26-year-old Snodgrass injured his knee in the first half of Hull's 1-0 league win at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
08/20/2014 - 06:20 PM
Bank of England splits over rate hike for first time in three years
By David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England policymakers have broken ranks over interest rates for the first time in three years, with two of them unexpectedly voting to tighten policy, in a move that revives speculation about a 2014 rate hike. Martin Weale and Ian McCafferty - external members of the BoE's nine-member Monetary Policy Committee - voted to raise interest rates to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent, according to minutes of the MPC's Aug. 6-7 meeting released on Wednesday. Their dissenting votes ended the longest period of unanimity in the MPC's history. Sterling strengthened and government bonds fell as expectations an early rise in British interest rates were revived.
08/20/2014 - 06:18 PM
Constellation issues Corona Extra beer voluntary recall
Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the United States containing 12-oz. clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass.
08/20/2014 - 06:17 PM
Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper
MOSCOW (AP) — Protesters have scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.
08/20/2014 - 06:16 PM
Ferguson Unrest Prompts a Cop's Blunt Op-Ed
In retrospect, Los Angeles Police Officer Sunil Dutta might have picked a different day to publish an opinion article on the Washington Post website explaining that when cops injure citizens it is almost invariably the citizens’ fault. Dutta’s article appeared Tuesday morning, after another night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where less than two weeks ago unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer. A police officer reportedly shot the man as he brandished a knife. “Regardless of what happened with Mike Brown, in the overwhelming majority of cases it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions from turning into tragedies,” Dutta wrote.
08/20/2014 - 06:15 PM
Stalemate prompted Cardiff move, says Jones
Wales prop Adam Jones has pointed to the stalemate between the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the four Welsh regions as the reason behind his decision to leave the Ospreys. The 33-year-old tighthead joined Cardiff Blues on Tuesday after his talks with the Ospreys over a new deal were held up by the ongoing dispute between the WRU and the Welsh clubs over a new participation agreement. It ended an 11-year association with the Ospreys for Jones, who explained his reasons for leaving in an open letter to the club's supporters published by the South Wales Evening Post on Wednesday. "As pretty much the whole world and his wife will know by now, I had been waiting for a deal to be struck between the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union over a new participation agreement so the Ospreys could conclude a fresh contract with me," Jones said.
08/20/2014 - 06:14 PM
Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.
08/20/2014 - 06:11 PM
Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
08/20/2014 - 06:10 PM
Rugby Union - Stalemate prompted Cardiff move, says Jones
- Wales prop Adam Jones has pointed to the stalemate between the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the four Welsh regions as the reason behind his decision to leave the Ospreys after 11 years. "I had been waiting for a deal to be struck between the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union over a new participation agreement so the Ospreys could conclude a fresh contract with me," said Jones, who joined Cardiff Blues on Tuesday.
08/20/2014 - 06:09 PM
Limo driver held-up at gunpoint in Grays Ferry
Police are searching for the suspect who held-up a limo driver at gunpoint in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section early Wednesday morning.
08/20/2014 - 06:09 PM
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08/20/2014 - 06:07 PM
US swim star Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs
Preparations by multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin for this week's Pan Pacific Championships have been hit by back trouble but she is on the mend, US team officials said Wednesday. "First of all, I have to thank our medical team for their amazing work and also my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for all their heartfelt support," Franklin said in a USA Swimming statement. Franklin swam in a local pool Wednesday where she tested her back with minimal discomfort. "It was very therapeutic and felt great being back in the water," Franklin said.
08/20/2014 - 06:06 PM
Ramsey says 'sorry' for Champions League red
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey apologised to the club's supporters on Wednesday after being sent off in his side's 0-0 Champions League play-off draw away to Turkish side Besiktas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical of Serbian referee Milorad Mazic's decision to dismiss Ramsey, describing it as "unbelievable". "When you see some of the fouls committed and you go home with a red card for Ramsey, it is somewhat unbelievable."
08/20/2014 - 06:04 PM
Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well.
08/20/2014 - 06:04 PM
Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help
BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.
08/20/2014 - 06:03 PM
White House Negotiates with ‘Underground’ Lobbyists on Executive Orders
Some say that the once-formidable army of Washington lobbyists is dramatically shrinking in an era of a “do-nothing Congress” that is passing little legislation of real substance. The number of active lobbyists peaked at 14,837 in 2007, in the twilight of President George W. Bush’s administration, and has steadily declined in virtually every economic, industry and social policy sector, according to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics (CFRP). Nearly 1,800 lobbyists stopped reporting their activities with Congress or the federal government between 2012 and 2013. Yet roughly half those lobbyists have today gone “underground” while still plying their trade, according to the CFRP.
08/20/2014 - 06:00 PM
Vietnam, Myanmar test three patients for Ebola
Vietnam and Myanmar are testing three patients for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived in the Southeast Asian nations from Africa while suffering from fever, health officials said. Two Nigerians were sent to Ho Chi Minh City's Tropical Diseases Hospital for isolation after they arrived in the city by plane, Vietnam's health ministry said, adding that they did not have symptoms other than fever. Airline passengers sitting next to the pair -- who travelled to Vietnam on Monday from Nigeria via Qatar -- have been advised to monitor their own health.
08/20/2014 - 05:59 PM
ISIL claims beheading of U.S. journalist, holding another
BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites.
08/20/2014 - 07:20 AM
Perry booked for abusing power, vows he will fight this injustice’
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant as he was booked on abuse of power charges Tuesday, saying he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."
08/20/2014 - 08:42 AM
New fatal police shooting near Ferguson
St. Louis officer-involved shooting came as Michael Brown's funeral plans were announced.
08/20/2014 - 05:55 PM
Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area
PHOENIX (AP) — Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.
08/20/2014 - 08:25 AM
Week of uproar, confrontation in Ferguson
Just outside Ferguson, in St. Louis, a suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting.
08/20/2014 - 04:41 AM
Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another 300,000.
08/20/2014 - 02:43 AM
NYC grand jury to hear police chokehold case
A New York City prosecutor said on Tuesday he will present evidence to a grand jury next month to determine whether anyone should be criminally charged in the death of an unarmed man who police put in a choke hold while arresting him.
08/20/2014 - 03:09 AM
Yosemite wildfire prompts 13,000 evacuation orders
Firefighters from across California were sent to battle an out-of-control wildfire on Tuesday near Yosemite National Park and authorities ordered the evacuation of 13,000 homes and businesses, officials said. Gusty winds fanned the Junction Fire, which erupted on Monday, and it spread rapidly through parched forest in the foothills of Yosemite, one of the most visited U.S. The blaze has destroyed eight structures and is threatening 500 others, including hotels, restaurants and homes near the central California town of Oakhurst, said Dennis Mathisen, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
08/20/2014 - 03:04 AM
Texas' Perry to turn himself in
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box," Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor's mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.
08/20/2014 - 06:58 AM
Islamic State vows to 'drown all of you in blood'
The Islamic State is vowing retribution should U.S. According to Reuters, a newly released video by the Islamic State shows a picture of an American man who had been beheaded in Iraq during the initial U.S. The Islamic State has focused on its goal of establishing a caliphate by seizing land in Iraq in Syria before launching any potential attacks on the West. Osama Bin Laden famously warned of the risks of establishing a caliphate too early, writing in a document seized in the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that an Islamic State could have the adverse affect of dividing the Sunni population.
08/19/2014 - 11:52 PM
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