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  • ISIS

    ISIS siege of Iraqi town over after U.S. airstrikes, aid drops

    Iraqi security and volunteer forces have broken the siege of Amerli and have entered the town, retired Gen. Khaled al-Amerli, an Amerli resident and member of its self-defense force, told CNN on Sunday. Iraqi state TV also reported that the siege had been broken. The news prompted a wave of celebrations across the town, which had been besieged by fighters from the terror group ISIS. Residents waved the Iraqi flag and fired celebratory shots into the air, al-Amerli said. “Today […]

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    Police officer resigns in continued fallout in Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS — One St. Louis-area police officer resigned and another retired in the continued fallout from questionable police actions in the days after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The moves bring to three the number of police officers whose conduct was called into question after the August 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an African-American teen shot multiple times by a white police officer. The three officers are: Lt. Ray Albers, who threatened […]

  • Ashya King

    Parents arrested after pulling son with brain cancer out of hospital

    The parents who pulled their cancer-stricken son from a British hospital and spurred an international search for the boy have been arrested, police said. Brett and Naghmeh King took their 5-year-old son, Ashya, who has brain cancer, to France and then Spain late last week, authorities said. Hotel staff members in Malaga, Spain, recognized Ashya and his family from media coverage and contacted police. Authorities did not immediately say what charges they face. British police said the Crown Prosecution Service […]

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    Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani protesters flooded onto Constitution Avenue in Islamabad for another day of demonstrations Sunday, demanding a solution to the growing political crisis wracking the country. At least three people have died in the fighting so far, according to Dr. Ayesha Isani, the spokeswoman for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. Local news crews, including cameramen from three different channels, were attacked by police trying to disperse protesters Sunday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is vowing to […]

  • Summer movies 2014: 5 things we learned

    Summer movies 2014: 5 things we learned

    Was it the end of the world at the summer box office? There certainly was plenty of destruction to go around. Not only were several cities destroyed, including San Francisco (“Godzilla”) and Chicago (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), there was also the kind of destruction Hollywood hates: that of their receipts. Summer ticket sales, as of the last week in August, were down 15% over summer 2013, according to The New York Times, quoting movie business tabulator Rentrak. For movies released […]

  • ISIS

    ISIS selling Yazidi women in Syria, according to report

    Hundreds of Yazidi women abducted by ISIS have either been sold or handed out to members of the Sunni extremist group, according to an organization that monitors the crisis. In the past few weeks, ISIS has “distributed” to its rank and file about 300 female members of the persecuted religious minority, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group aligned with the opposition in Syria. Those women were initially kidnapped in Iraq before being taken to Syria. […]

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    EU leader says new sanctions to be proposed against Russia

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine — A top European Union official said Saturday that new sanctions will be proposed within a week against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sounded like he can’t wait that long. “I think we are very close to the point of no return,” Poroshenko said Saturday following an EU summit in Brussels. “The point of no return is full-scale war, which already happened in the territory controlled by separatists and where — instead […]

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    Peanut butter killed his mom; now son watches company stand trial

    ALBANY, Georgia — It was in a bland, windowless third-floor courtroom here that Jeff Almer first locked eyes with the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death. Shirley Mae Almer, 72, survived lung cancer and a brain tumor. But not peanut butter. One of America’s favorite foods — tainted with salmonella — killed her, just four days before Christmas in 2008. Her grief-stricken son opened the presents she’d left for him under the tree: a shirt and a GPS […]

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    Two Liberian medical workers discharged after recovering from Ebola

    VOINJAMA, Liberia — Two more medical workers have survived Ebola. Dr. Senga Omeonga and physician assistant Kynda Kobbah were discharged from a Liberian treatment center on Saturday after recovering from the virus, according to the World Health Organization. They were given ZMapp — the experimental drug that’s credited with saving the lives of two Americans infected with Ebola. Officials said that early treatment was key to the recovery of the Liberian medical workers. Both indicated that they will return to […]

  • Denny's

    Would you pay $300 for a Denny’s Grand Slam?!

    NEW YORK — Denny’s swung open its doors in a luxury apartment building in New York’s City’s financial district Friday morning. And it had every marking of trying to attract Masters of the Universes and ladies who lunch — what was made to look like copper-stamped ceilings, exposed brick walls, faux Tolix chairs, and a full bar with artisanal bloody marys and prosecco on tap. Owner Rahul Marwah said he envisions the restaurant filled with a Wall Street crowd, given […]

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    St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st drafted openly gay football player

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team’s final 53-man roster. Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected. Sam, at 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, […]

  • National Bacon Day

    Today is International Bacon Day

    It may technically be a Saturday, but it sure feels like Fry-day to us: August 30 is International Bacon Day. The tasty celebration falls on the the Saturday before Labor Day each year. Market research firm the NPD Group found that Americans ate 1.1 billion bacon servings from April 2013 to April 2014 — about 6% more than the previous year. While the bacon craze may have reached peak sizzle in the last decade, with dedicated festivals, bacon-based couture, and […]


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