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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:01:18 -0400

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Palestinian man holding a Palestinian national flag argues with an Israeli policewoman, during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank city of HebronBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Yasmine Saleh GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume ceasefire talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. A senior Egyptian diplomat said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had informed Sisi that Hamas was prepared to come to Cairo for further talks, but Hamas did not immediately confirm the report. Israel also had no immediate comment.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:54:22 GMT

Mum speaks after Sydney party brawl
A SYDNEY mother has told how hordes of youths gatecrashed her child's birthday party shortly before a 17-year-old was brutally stabbed.

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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:03:38 -0400

ACLU: Ferguson death report violates law

Serene Lewis, right, holds a candle during a moment of silence at a vigil for the death of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Police report on Michael Brown's shooting death violates Missouri open records laws: ACLU.


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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:01:00 -0400

ACLU: Ferguson death report violates law

Serene Lewis, right, holds a candle during a moment of silence at a vigil for the death of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Police report on Michael Brown's shooting death violates Missouri open records laws: ACLU.


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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:52:06 -0400

ACLU: Ferguson death report violates law

Serene Lewis, right, holds a candle during a moment of silence at a vigil for the death of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Police report on Michael Brown's shooting death violates Missouri open records laws: ACLU.


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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:00:00 GMT

QC hired in fight to let dog in apartment
THE owner of a prized pooch locked out of her owner’s posh apartment is back at the centre of an astonishing $200,000 legal dogfight.

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Triple fatal mum ‘ saw it coming’
MUM-of-four who died along with two of her children when their car skidded off the road and hit trees told a friend: “One of these days I’m going to die on this corner.’’

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Allison’s final gift to her girls
ALLISON Baden-Clay’s special nurturing of her three daughters is helping them flourish despite them losing both of their parents, her family has revealed.

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Bashed with stiletto heels in revenge attack
TIEN Nguyen was standing at the bar waiting to order drinks when a group of girls bashed her with their high heels.

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Swimmers get wet, not spectators!
CENTREPIECE pool for 2018 Commonwealth Games a $42m embarrassment with swimmers and coaches — and sodden spectators — fuming at the failure to put on a roof.

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Broncos backs have wild Knight out
AS WAYNE Bennett watched the team he inherits in 10 weeks cruise to victory, he must have mentally noted “no need to recruit backs”.

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Who spends most on takeaways
JUST who spends the most on takeaway food in Queensland? And what’s the most popular dish? Both answers may surprise you.

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Why these kids are resorting to hypnosis
DESPERATE parents are so scared of their kids freaking out at school they’re taking them to see hypnotists. So, what’s causing them so much grief?

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Baby’s body stuck to tree branch
A DECEASED newborn baby has been discovered dumped near an irrigation canal with its umbilical cord still attached at a popular holiday island.

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Ex-councillor slams Valley revamp as ‘crap’
DAVID Hinchliffe, former Fortitude Valley representative and now a practising artist, has gone off on social media about the $4m mall upgrade.

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Facebook’s hidden terror Australis
SOME go by the surname al-Australi or al-Astrali. They are Australian Muslims who are hiding their identities as they fight for ISIS – and Facebook is riddled with them.

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Woman's ute slams into tree
A WOMAN is fighting for her life after her ute hit a tree and she was trapped int he car for more than an hour.

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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:47:48 +0000

Frank Miller’s Dark Night
A close look at the complicated career of the "Batman" and "Sin City" visionary.

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last updated: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:39:54 GMT

Germany's Merkel says wants to find 'path to peace' over Ukraine crisis
KIEV, (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew in to the Ukrainian capital on Saturday and said she wanted to help end a crisis over Ukraine which flared again after Russia sent a convoy of trucks into Ukraine without Kiev's permission.

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last updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:01:05 -0400
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Chicago Team Could Be First All African-American Squad to Win Little League World Series
Jackie Robinson West Is Shooting To Become First All African-American Team to Win Little League World Series

Mo’ne Davis is gone from this year’s Little League World Series. So now let’s talk a bit about a kid named Pierce Jones.

In any other year, when a girl isn’t throwing the first shutout in the history of the Little League World Series, or when she’s not becoming the first Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Jones’ name would be much more familiar. In the opening game for Jackie Robinson West Little League, hailing from Chicago’s South Side, Jones smacked three home runs and a triple. He led off another game with a long ball a few days later. Jones’ Jackie Robinson team defeated Davis’ Taney squad 6-5 on Thursday, to put the kids from the Windy City in the U.S. Championship Game on Saturday. They will face the undefeated Mountain Ridge team from Las Vegas.

Jackie Robinson is trying to make a little bit of baseball history too. If the Chicago squad can get by Las Vegas and win the championship game on Sunday, it would become the first all-African American team to win the Little League World Series. “I don’t know anyone here,” says Chicago White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams, “who hasn’t been watching them.” In fact, last Monday more than five times any many Chicagoans watched the Little League team on ESPN than watched the White Sox play the Baltimore Orioles on Comcast Sports Net.

The kids have given their city a nice psychic lift. “Unfortunately, we’ve woken up to bad news far too often,” says Williams. “Everyone is aware of the murder rate in Chicago, particularly in western and southern parts of the city. Yes, these things are happening, but there are so many superstar people in these communities doing so many positive things. People volunteering to help at-risk youth, kids playing and learning from sports. And these kids, playing baseball, have helped show this city in such a different light. They are changing perceptions.”

And they could give baseball a boost. “This is so great for baseball in so many different ways,” says Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig. “It’s really been a thrill to watch.”

It’s no secret that the percentage of African-American players in the big leagues has drastically declined: 8.3% of players on this year’s opening day rosters were African-American. Back in 1975, 27% of all players were African-American. Though a single Little League team can’t singlehandedly reverse this trend, “everything that has happened, having these kids play in prime-time on national television, and getting exposure in different media outlets, is surely raising awareness about baseball in African-American communities,” says New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson, who grew up in the Chicago area and donated $5 million to build a baseball stadium at his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Curtis Granderson Stadium also hosts events for 38 youth baseball organizations in the area. “It gets kids’ attention,” says Granderson, who is African-American. ”Wow, there’s an all-black baseball team? I haven’t seen that before.'”

Baseball’s fight for the attention of African-American athletes — and fans — faces serious hurdles. Travel baseball, which is more important than ever on the youth level, is prohibitively expensive, and doesn’t have the same level of grassroots investments — read, sneaker company — as a sport like basketball to offset some of these costs. Then, there’s the “cool/marketing factor,” as Granderson puts it. Granderson points to social media: LeBron James has 14.2 million Twitter followers. Dwayne Wade has 4.38 million. At cafeterias across the country, young African-Americans are talking about LeBron and D-Wade, not Clayton Kershaw (202,000 Twitter followers) and Mike Trout (520,000). So as kids start specializing in a single sport at younger and younger ages, African-Americans are bound to pick basketball or football, both of which offer a quicker, more glamorous path to the pros. Play a little college ball in front of millions, and skip all the bus rides in the minors, which weed out tons of prospects.

If African-Americans no longer feels a connection to baseball, “you’ve got to put a question mark on the game’s status as the national pastime,” says Granderson. “I’m just very excited for these Chicago kids, it’s been amazing how they’ve showcased their skills. And hopefully, the conversation about African-Americans and baseball continues, and some positives for our sport will come out of it.”

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