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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

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Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly... More>>

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St. Louis police release video of shooting

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The 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... More>>

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

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Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop... More>>

Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

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The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice... More>>

Ebola patients Brantly, Wrightbol cured, released from hospital

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A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk. More>>

Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

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The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. More>>

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

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An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services. More>>

ISIS demanded $132 million for release of journalist James Foley

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The Islamic militant group ISIS at one time demanded a ransom of 100 million euros — $132 million — for the release of James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded in an ISIS video made public earlier this week. More>>

Foley's parents hope other journalists can be liberated from ISIS Video included

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Officials say U.S. Special Ops, from units like Delta Force and Navy Seal Team Six, went into Syria this summer trying to rescue Foley and other hostages.

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Holder says he understands mistrust of police Video included

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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... More>>

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants Video included

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The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.... More>>

U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on same-sex marriages in Va. Video included

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The Supreme Court has issued a stay, placing on hold the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in Virginia. More>>

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday. More>>

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

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American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials... More>>

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

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Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza... More>>

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

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The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people. More>>

Peanut butter, almond butter products recalled for salmonella risk

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Affected products include Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and Maranatha almond butters and peanut butters.

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MO Gov. Nixon: 'Vigorous prosecution' needed after death of Michael Brown Video included

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With Michael Brown's funeral scheduled for Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made his boldest statement since Brown's death, saying in a statement that "a vigorous prosecution must be pursued." 

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Patient in CA hospital being tested for Ebola

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An unknown person has been admitted to a California hospital and tested for a possible Ebola infection.

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Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

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The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. More>>

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

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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. More>>

Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

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Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza... More>>

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Kansas City officer faces review for Michael Brown Facebook posts

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A Kansas City Police Department officer vented on Facebook about the Michael Brown shooting, and now he faces an internal review.
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Kidnapped American journalist apparently executed by ISIS Video included

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The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq. More>>

NY police chokehold death to go to grand jury

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Saying "no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection," a New York prosecutor announced Tuesday that he would ask a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a black man placed in an apparent chokehold by a... More>>

Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

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Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said. More>>

St. Louis cops shoot, kill man in incident near Ferguson, MO

Police respond to a fatal shooting involving two St. Louis city police officers. (NBC News) Police respond to a fatal shooting involving two St. Louis city police officers. (NBC News)
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Two St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife. More>>

Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

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The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday. More>>

Univ. of Alabama sorority member ousted over picture with racial slur Video included

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A University of Alabama student who allegedly posted a Snapchat using a racial slur has been removed as a member of the university's Chi Omega chapter. More>>

Trayvon Martin's mother writes to Brown family Video included

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Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, wrote an open letter to Michael Brown's parents.

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Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

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Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from... More>>

Tear gas falls on another heated night in Ferguson, MO Video included

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Tear gas filled the air to culminate a tense stand off between police and protesters on the ninth night since Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. 

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Asia stocks rise after US gains, Ukraine diplomacy

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Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. markets rose on news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine. More>>

Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

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Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling... More>>

Obama: Time to review local police militarization

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Calling for a sharp separation between the nation's armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with... More>>

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

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President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the... More>>

Michael Brown could have survived first 5 shots, medical examiner says Video included

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A medical examiner hired by the family of Michael Brown said  Brown could have survived all but the last of six shots — a bullet to the top of the head. More>>

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

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Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. More>>

Attorney: Gov. Perry's booking will be public

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Attorneys for Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they don't know when he will be booked on abuse of power charges - but that it won't happen in secret. More>>

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

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A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. More>>

Federal autopsy ordered in Missouri teen Michael Brown's death Video included

Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has asked for the Justice Department to arrange an autopsy on the body of Michael Brown by a federal medical examiner. More>>

More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects

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More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday. More>>

Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

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In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. More>>

Friend of man who inspired #IceBucketChallenge dies celebrating success

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A friend of the man diagnosed with ALS who first inspired the viral "ice bucket challenge" drowned Saturday, hours after raising $100,000 for ALS treatment and research.

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Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

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Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. More>>

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace

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In the days since Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson took charge of a volatile situation that threatened to turn ugly, tragic or both, his calm-yet-commanding presence has captured international attention. More>>

Gov declares emergency, imposes curfew in Ferguson Video included

Nixon said Saturday that the state will not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community and that there must be calm if justice is to be served. The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m. Nixon said Saturday that the state will not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community and that there must be calm if justice is to be served. The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he's declared a state of emergency and is implementing a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. More>>

Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

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Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two... More>>

NY couple arrested in Amish girls' kidnapping

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A northern New York couple was arrested Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand. More>>

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016... More>>

Panama Canal turns 100 as expansion hits snags

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It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation. More>>

Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

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NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and... More>>

Utah woman who drank poisoned tea still critical Video included

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A woman who drank sweet tea that had poison in it remains in critical condition. More>>

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Poston Butte High teacher has history of alcohol in class Video included

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A student in Kathleen Jardine's math class at Poston Butte High School called the school's main office and said his teacher appeared intoxicated and was yelling at students. More>>

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

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A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation. More>>

Busy mom has baby while registering son at school

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A mother in the advanced stages of labor thought she had just enough time to stop off and register her 4-year-old son at a Houston-area school en route to the hospital. But she was mistaken. More>>

Poland puts on biggest military parade in years

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Poland put on its biggest military parade in years Friday to mark its annual armed forces holiday, with the president saying the violence in Ukraine shows that conflict is still a "brutal reality" in Eastern Europe and... More>>

Ferguson police to reveal officer's name Friday

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Police in Ferguson say they are planning to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb. More>>

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson Video included

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The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting... More>>

For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race Video included

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

Hernandez excused from hearing in Boston murders

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Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pre-trial hearing Thursday in his Boston double homicide case. More>>

Governor vows change in Ferguson police response

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that unspecified "operational shifts" are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb that has been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. More>>

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb Video included

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Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails. More>>

2 reporters arrested at Ferguson McDonald's

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
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Two reporters covering the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they were arrested at a McDonald's Wednesday evening in the commercial corridor where angry protests have occurred. More>>

UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

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The United Nations on Wednesday announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands had been trapped on a desert... More>>

Senate Dems' campaign arms starts $9M ad by in NC

Keeping the politically vulnerable Hagan in Washington is considered essential for Democrats to preserve their Senate majority. Keeping the politically vulnerable Hagan in Washington is considered essential for Democrats to preserve their Senate majority.
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Senate Democrats' campaign arm is spending more than $9 million on TV ads in North Carolina's tight Senate race. More>>

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Same-sex couples could marry in Va. next week unless Supreme Court steps in

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Same-sex couples could marry in Virginia in one week, unless the Supreme Court steps in.
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Julio strengthens again into hurricane, remains far north of isles

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Julio restrengthened into a hurricane late Monday, but is expected to weaken once again far north of Hawaii, forecasters said. More>>

Police won't release name of officer who shot teen Video included

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The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young... More>>

Hanging confirmed as Robin Williams' cause of death Video included

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The Marin County coroner's office confirmed actor Robin Williams died from asphyxia by hanging. An assistant found the actor with a belt around his neck.

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Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward'

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President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government. More>>

Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

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People smashed car windows and carried away armloads of looted goods from stores Sunday night after thousands of people packed a suburban St. Louis area at a vigil for an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a... More>>

Reagan aide Jim Brady's death ruled homicide

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This week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia... More>>

Wind, rain eases as tropical storm passes Hawaii

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As the first tropical storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years passed by the islands, some coffee farmers on the Big Island navigated flooded roads to assess damage to their crops Friday while residents and tourists wandered the... More>>

Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

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President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions... More>>

Man: Wife's remains found 35 years after Jonestown

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A California man said Friday he was shocked to learn that his wife's cremated remains had been found inside a decrepit former funeral home, 35 years after she and more than 900 others died in a suicide-murder in... More>>

How Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq

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For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that... More>>

UN: Ebola outbreak a public health emergency

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The World Health Organization urged nations worldwide to donate money and resources to stop the spread of Ebola as it declared the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency. More>>

GM issues 6 more recalls covering 312,000 vehicles

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General Motors on Friday issued six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues. More>>

American infected with Ebola 'growing stronger every day'

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An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia indicated Friday he's getting stronger every day, and the husband of a second aid worker with the deadly virus said his wife also seems to be improving. More>>

Family reunited with daughter they thought died in 2004 tsunami Video included

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A 14-year-old Indonesian girl thought to have died in the 2004 tsunami has been found alive and reunited with her family. More>>

Tapes reveal Nixon's thoughts after resignation Video included

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President Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 2014. More>>

US condemns renewed violence in Israel-Gaza

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The White House is condemning the renewed rocket fire in the conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip and urging both sides to cease hostilities immediately. More>>

McDonald's sales hit by China scandal, US weakness

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McDonald's says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China. More>>

Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

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Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday - but don't bring any candles to the party, please. More>>

GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

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By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window... More>>

US launched first airstrikes in Iraq

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The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel. More>>

Hawaii bracing as hurricane nears the islands

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Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22... More>>

Toddler squeezes through White House fence

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It's usually someone jumping over the White House fence that causes Secret Service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble. More>>

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq

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President Barack Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the city of Erbil. More>>

CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

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The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. More>>

Man charged with starting massive California blaze

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A California man was charged Thursday with starting the state's third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. More>>

FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

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U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus. More>>

Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

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Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama. More>>

Lawyer: Snowden can stay 3 more years in Russia

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Former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. for leaking details about once-secret surveillance programs, has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday. More>>

Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

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It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can... More>>

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Police: Mom punches man who helped with child found in hot car

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A group of strangers stepped in when they saw a child left in a hot car while the child's mother shopped and now the mother has been charged with second-degree child endangerment, a misdemeanor. More>>

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Gov. Malloy's Newtown ad generating controversy Video included

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The governor's new political commercial is rubbing some people the wrong way. More>>

Doctors: 'Odds are' NYC patient not carrying Ebola

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Doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City said that "odds are" the man who entered its emergency room does not have the deadly Ebola virus, but he remains in isolation Monday night. 

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  • Thai army ruler named prime minister

    Thai army ruler named prime minister

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:26 GMT
    Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move...More >
    Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the...More >
  • Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:19 GMT
    Activists and Syria's state media are reporting that dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in fighting around a northern military base.More >
    Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state...More >
  • Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

    Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:53:58 GMT
    Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud.More >
    Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.More >
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