• Father acquitted of shooting sons’ killer August 27, 2014
    Texas man free after shooting dead suspected drunk driver who hit, killed his two sons.
  • Sister of Boston suspects charged in N.Y. bomb threat August 28, 2014
    I could "put a bomb on you," Aliana Tsarnaev threatened in phone call with N.Y. woman.
  • Possible second U.S. jihadist killed in Syria August 27, 2014
    News comes after Douglas McAuthur McCain died fighting alongside Islamic State: U.S.
  • California environmentalists decry feds' fire plan August 28, 2014
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal forest officials say they were trying for a balanced approach in new plan to allow loggers to remove dead wood from a massive California wildfire, but environmentalists are calling it a travesty for trees.
  • Huge waves wow throngs in Southern California August 28, 2014
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught.
  • Ice-swimming grannies defy age and cold in Patagonia August 28, 2014
    At 67 years old, grandmother Margot Anderson could be enjoying the quiet retired life at home in England. Instead, she works a string of part-time jobs so she can afford to be standing at the foot of a pale blue glacier in Patagonia, about to jump into near-freezing water with 53 other extreme swimmers from around the world. "If this is the last thing I […]
  • Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset August 28, 2014
    Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men's third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday. The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished […]
  • Telecom Italia bids $9.25 billion for Vivendi's GVT August 28, 2014
    Telecom Italia said on Thursday it had offered to buy Vivendi's Brazilian unit GVT in a cash-and-share offer that values the broadband company 7 billion euros ($9.25 billion). The offer, which also envisages a merger between GVT and Telecom Italia's own Brazilian unit Tim Participacoes, outbids a 6.7 billion euros offer unveiled by Spanish telecom […]
  • Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks August 28, 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday chances have emerged to lift sanctions on Iran as a result of international talks on Tehran's nuclear program. "Despite difficult course of the negotiating process, a possibility emerges to satisfy in full all integral rights of Iran as member state of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, including the rig […]
  • Omaha police bullet kills 'Cops' film crew member August 28, 2014
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.
  • University bets $10 million on poor city's kids August 28, 2014
    READING, Pa. (AP) — On the second day of class at Reading Senior High School, teacher Eric Knorr directs his students' attention to the banners hanging on the wall. Syracuse. Temple. Brown. Penn State. All of them brought back by former students who bucked the odds and went to college.
  • Pakistan on tenterhooks as protesters gear up for 'decisive day' August 28, 2014
    By Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan slipped deeper into crisis on Thursday after talks between the government and the opposition failed and protesters prepared for what their leaders declared would be a "deciding day" in their bid to bring down the prime minister. Pakistan has been gripped by mass protests for two weeks, with thousand […]
  • Wawrinka gets into tiff with fan in US Open win August 28, 2014
    NEW YORK (AP) — In the heat of the moment, locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka snapped at a rowdy spectator, telling him to "Shut up."
  • A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria August 28, 2014
    BEIRUT (AP) — As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
  • Uighur entrepreneur confronts prejudice in China August 28, 2014
    Ambitious and apolitical, self-described "good Uighur" entrepreneur Abdulhabir Muhammad initially conceals his proud ethnic identity from his Chinese clients. "After I solve everything I will tell them, 'Hey, I'm a Uighur, I'm from Xinjiang,'" he says, revelling in their astonishment even while poignantly aware of the […]
  • Was proper safety protocol followed in gun range death? August 28, 2014
    A video of Charles Vacca showing a 9-year-old girl how to fire an automatic weapon seemed to be routine until everything went wrong
  • US pop star Redfoo assaulted in Australian pub August 28, 2014
    US pop star Redfoo suffered a cut above his eye and had blood streaming down his face after a man allegedly threw a glass at him in a Sydney pub on Thursday. Redfoo, a judge on Australia's "X Factor" talent show, said he was celebrating the release of his new song -- New Thang -- at the bar in Sydney's up-market suburb of Double Bay when […]
  • Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range August 28, 2014
    A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.
  • Asia stocks steady as rally fades, euro clings to gains August 28, 2014
    The Australian dollar rose to a three-week high versus the U.S. "European equities are set to edge lower as concern brews that traders have gotten ahead of the curve on ECB stimulus and that fighting in Ukraine flares up again," Jonathan Sudaria, a dealer at Capital Spreads, said in a note to clients. The euro received some reprieve after three ses […]
  • Woman IDs dead, learns about Native beliefs August 28, 2014
    WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.
  • Sharapova, Wawrinka reach US Open third round August 28, 2014
    French Open champion Maria Sharapova and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka survived some shaky moments Wednesday to book their third-round berths at the US Open. Sharapova, who lifted her fifth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year, fought back from a set down in a gritty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over 95th-ranked Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru. "It was d […]
  • Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years August 28, 2014
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.
  • Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls August 28, 2014
    CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.
  • Minneapolis is recruiting are for Islamic extremists August 28, 2014
    Slain ISIS fighter Douglas McCain was one of many who have joined Islamic fighters, and now extremists are trying to lure young women
  • India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip August 28, 2014
    By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about nuclear proliferation. India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the lines of a 2008 deal with the Un […]
  • Titans agree to extension with Casey August 28, 2014
    Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey has agreed to a multi-million dollar contract extension, making him the highest paid player with the National Football League's Tennessee Titans. The 24-year-old Casey has been a solid contributor for the Titans since they picked him in the third round of the 2011 NFL entry draft. Casey had 55 tackles and 10 1/2 sacks in 2 […]
  • Malaysia, Australia to share costs for latest phase of MH370 search August 28, 2014
    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Malaysia on Thursday said it would share with Australia the cost of the latest effort to uncover signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in the hope of unlocking modern aviation's greatest mystery. "So it is important here that we would like to thank Australia for leading this search and we have so far com […]
  • Mom: captured son 'honorable' US journalist August 28, 2014
    MIAMI (AP) — An American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants wanted to tell the world through his writing about oppressed people in the Middle East, his mother said in a video.
  • Girl kidnapped, sexually abused testifies against day care worker August 27, 2014
    A young girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually brutalized in a 19-hour ordeal recalled bits of the crime for a jury Wednesday, but said she couldn't remember many of the details.
  • USC football player admits he lied about heroic act, retains a lawyer0
    USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw's admission follows L.A.P.D.'s report of ongoing investigation.


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    HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
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    Time Warner Cable apologized for a "very serious failure" after millions of people across the United States were knocked off the Internet because of a fault. An estimated 11 million Internet subscribers were hit by the early morning outage on Wednesday, which lasted more than hour, The Wall Street Journal said, while other reports said the problem […]
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.
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    Maria Sharapova booked her US Open third-round berth with a gritty three-set victory over Alexandra Dulgheru as US men produced an historic low in their home Grand Slam. "It was difficult," Sharapova said. Sharapova was one of the day's headliners, along with Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams […]
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's "World News" on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight.
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    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife even as the whereabouts of her two young children remained unclear.
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    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative super PAC was forced Wednesday to edit a negative ad against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot with the broadcaster.
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      FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.
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      CHICAGO (AP) — "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.
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