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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:44:51 -0400
Troops looked for James Foley, other U.S. hostages in Syria this summer, but to no avail. . . more
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. . . more
Violence 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. . . more
Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He later met privately with Brown's parents at the St. Louis U.S. . . more
- Top-ranked Rory McIlroy tries to become only the fifth player in PGA history to win four in a row when the US tour playoffs begin Thursday with The Barclays. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland won last month's Open Championship and followed with his first World Golf Championship, before claiming the PGA Championship. "Whenever you're on a run like this, your expectations are sky high," McIlroy said Wednesday. . . more
US forces tried but failed to rescue reporter James Foley and other US hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said. The Pentagon and the White House did not say if the covert mission was to rescue Foley, who was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012. The video of Foley's killing also showed a second US reporter, Steven Sotloff, being paraded by a black-clad IS militant who warned that he would also be killed if US President Barack Obama does not stop air strikes on IS positions in Iraq. . . more
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:41:28 -0400
The San Francisco Giants became the first team in 28 years to win a Major League Baseball protest, and will finish out a rain-shortened game at the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were leading 2-0 on Tuesday night after four-and-a-half innings -- the minimum for a regulation game. The Giants, who are in the thick of the playoff race, claimed that not enough was done to dry the infield in a timely manner. "We appreciate Major League Baseball's careful review of our protest that will allow last night's game to be continued tomorrow," Giants president Larry Baer said in a statement. . . more
Sister Pie at the 2014 Hatch Off. The night has arrived, folks! That special evening when one lucky startup will walk away with a giant $50,000 check and be named the winner of the 2014 Hatch Detroit competition. Since... . . more
- Adam Scott has confirmed that he will contest the Australian Open in November, and try to expunge the memory of letting slip victory to Rory McIlroy last year in Sydney. Scott was the reigning Masters champion when he teed it up at Royal Sydney last December. "I will be playing at The Australian Club with real intent to make amends for what happened at Royal Sydney," said Scott. . . more
Tejay Van Garderen attacked in the final kilometer of the Monarch Mountain summit finish 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 Wednesday, taking Tour de France rival Rafal Majka with him. Romania's Serghei Tvetcov was third, enough to move him into fifth overall. Garmin Sharp rider Tom Danielson tried to push the pace before American compatriot Matthew Busche (Trek Factory) launched an attack that was reeled in. . . more
Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, was pulled in the third inning Wednesday night after allowing three runs to Las Vegas. . . more
Brazil's Socialist party named popular environmentalist Marina Silva its presidential candidate Wednesday, reshaping the political landscape after her late running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash last week. Campos's death has radically transformed the outlook for the October vote, possibly setting up Silva, his former vice presidential candidate, to unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in a runoff, according to the latest poll. "Our proposals seek a more just, economically prosperous and socially fair, politically democratic and environmentally sustainable Brazil," added Silva, whose life story is one of astounding personal mobility. Socialist lawmaker Beto Albuquerque was named the party's new vice presidential candidate. . . more
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt. . . more
CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won. . . more
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:23:22 -0400
Several former winners enter the Europa League picture this week as the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan begin the long road to glory in the play-off round. Tottenham, champions of the predecessor UEFA Cup in 1971 and 1984, travel to Cyprus where they'll face AEL Limassol in the first leg on Thursday. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, plucked from Southampton in the summer, will make his European bow in a competition that he last season denounced as uninteresting, unattractive and one that "kills you". "Tottenham, in every competition that we enter, we need to think, 'We win the competition'. . . more
Everyone knows that Game of Thrones is once again the most torrented TV show of the year, but could you name the top ten? Peer-to-peer analyst group Tru Optik has compiled a list of the top ten TV show torrents from the second quarter of 2014, and although a majority are predictable, number 3 stands out above the rest. With 60.8 million torrent download, the Netflix original prison dramedy Orange is the New Black has become the third most popular TV show torrent…and it isn’t even on TV. Only Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory managed to top Orange is the New Black, a show which beat out Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother and the return of . . more
The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on U.S. The incident, in which a number of militants were killed, appeared to be the first direct ground engagement between the United States and Islamic State militants, seen by Obama as a growing threat in the Middle East. . . more


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