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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:02 -0400
A barebones police report on Michael Brown's shooting death violates Mo. open records laws: ACLU. . . more
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys are citing concerns over jury selection in their request to put proceedings on hold. . . more
Suspect who fatally shot father, camper in Oregon left behind notes detailing his plans. . . more
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:09:20 -0400
Khaled Meshaal has taken pains to disassociate his organization from James Foley's killers. . . more
Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge." . . more
Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would "pay a heavy price" after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza, the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict. Shortly after his remarks, Palestinian officials said Israel had flattened a house in a Gaza City air strike, wounding at least 40 people. Israel's military spokesman said another ground war was possible if necessary to stop the rocket fire. . . more
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:28:39 -0400
Forensic experts have identified 46 additional victims of the downed MH17 flight, bringing to 173 the total number of passengers killed whose identity has been verified, the Dutch justice ministry said Friday. "Among the 46 victims, 26 were of Dutch nationality," the ministry said in a statement. "The relatives of victims have been informed," it said, adding that the nationalities of non-Dutch fatalities would remain private "at the request of these countries' embassies". The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 exploded over insurgent-held east Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board, with the West accusing Russia-backed separatists of shooting it down and Moscow blaming Kiev. . . more
The Browns rookie quarterback received a $12,000 fine from the NFL for an obscene hand gesture during Monday's 24-23 preseason loss to the Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Manziel extended his middle finger at the Washington bench following a third-quarter incompletion. . . more
Anti-government protesters have called for the resignations of two brother leaders. . . more
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed joy today about the recovery of American missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. "We want to thank them for the service that they have rendered our country. And I'm glad Dr. Brantly said he's going to come back to Liberia. We just love him," President Sirleaf said. Ebola outbreak: Liberia's president talks containment efforts . . more
A cyberattack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday. . . more
On Friday, as a Russian "aid convoy" of 280 trucks crossed the Ukrainian border, NATO said that the Russian military wassending Russian-manned artillery units into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, which certainly sounds like a formal military invasion, though NATO and the US have declined to call it that. This comes one week after a separate "incursion" of Russian military forces hadcrossed into eastern Ukraine, raising surprisingly difficult to answer questions about whether this now constituted a formal war between Russia and Ukraine. Did Russia really invade Ukraine outright? . . more
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:48:45 -0400
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon in Las Vegas this week. . . more
NATO chief: Air, ground forces building; heavy weapons going to separatists. . . more
WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace the fourth such incident since March. . . more
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:08:38 -0400
For a politician facing two felony counts, Texas Governor Rick Perry certainly looked cheerful in his mug shot. On Tuesday, August 19, he appeared at an Austin courthouse to answer charges of abuse of power and coercion. After being booked and fingerprinted, he headed to a local burger joint for an ice cream cone and tweeted a photo. . . more
CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) Authorities say two children are recovering from injuries after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan. . . more

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