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Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

Rockets launched from Gaza Strip towards Israel is seen as rocket by Iron Dome anti-missile system is fired to intercept, before five-day ceasefire was due to expireBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza. Charging that Israel had "opened a gateway to hell", Hamas's armed wing vowed to target Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas was quoted by Israeli media as saying was an Israeli attempt to assassinate its top militant leader, Mohammed Deif, in a Gaza City strike.


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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: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:38:17 GMT

Desk lamp could have caused deadly fire
A SCIENTIFIC expert says a desk lamp containing the wrong light bulb could have caused a blaze near Brisbane that killed 11 people in 2011.

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last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:25:39 -0400

Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson cop

Support Officer Darren Wilson t-shirt (Teespring.com)As unrest over Mo. teen's death grasps the U.S., efforts backing his officer killer grow.


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Mother: Journalist gave life working to end Syrian injustice

FILE - In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows missing journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. American freelance journalist Foley disappeared in November 2012. Behind a veil of secrecy, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria – held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. (AP Photo/Nicole Tung, freejamesfoley.org, File) NO SALESJournalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.


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Official: 3 of 5 child hostages freed in Chicago standoff

Two Harvey Cops Shot; Offenders Take Six HostageAuthorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.


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Missouri suburb braces for more racial unrest but calm prevails

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown rest on a car while holding a sign in FergusonBy Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, braced for another night of racially charged unrest on Tuesday as the governor and U.S. attorney general renewed appeals for calm 10 days after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Street protests in the predominantly African-American community of 21,000 people have been punctuated by looting, vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and police every night since the unarmed, 18-year-old Brown was killed by a white police officer. ...


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France fights back Asian hornet invader

A person holds an Asian hornet, with its stinger poking out, in Saint-Paul-les-Dax, southwestern France, on August 5, 2014Saint-Paul-lès-Dax (France) (AFP) - They slipped into southwest France 10 years ago in a pottery shipment from China and have since invaded more than half the country, which is fighting back with drones, poisoned rods and even chickens. The Asian hornet, or vespa velutina nigrithorax, is considered a "public enemy" in parts of France where it devours native bees and, experts say, threatens biodiversity. "It's exploding (in numbers) and causing trouble," said Eric Darrouzet, a biologist at the Research Institute for the Biology of Insects (IRBI) at the University of Tours. Pest controller Etienne Roumailhac is exhausted, called to destroy at least six nests a day in the Landes region on the Atlantic coast.


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Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

Rockets launched from Gaza Strip towards Israel is seen as rocket by Iron Dome anti-missile system is fired to intercept, before five-day ceasefire was due to expireBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza. Charging that Israel had "opened a gateway to hell", Hamas's armed wing vowed to target Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas was quoted by Israeli media as saying was an Israeli attempt to assassinate its top militant leader, Mohammed Deif, in a Gaza City strike.


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Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima killing 18 people: media

An aerial view shows a landslide that swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western JapanAt least eighteen people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, including several children, police and media said.


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US officials: Video shows American's beheading

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.


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New fatal police shooting near U.S. protest town

A demonstrator displays a sign during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014Police shot dead a knife-wielding man Tuesday near the U.S. town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions. It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson on August 9, said that the 18-year-old college student's funeral would be held on Monday. Civic leaders in Ferguson, in Missouri, had called for "night-time quiet and reconciliation" after another night of protests and violence in the majority black town. The world's media descended on the street, dozens of reporters having been in nearby Ferguson covering the ongoing unrest that has cast an unfavorable light on the United States' racial divide, as well as law-enforcement tactics.


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Fun With Urban Planning: Sunset Rising: Will SF's Fringy Nabe Join the Building Boom?

Fun With Urban Planning: Sunset Rising: Will SF's Fringy Nabe Join the Building Boom?The new Sunset District Blueprint introduced by Supervisor Katy Tang could bring more than 1,000 new homes to the neighborhood in the next 10 years. The plan—which is purely a guideline at this early stage—is designed to take advantage...


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Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

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Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2006, file photo, Anna Nicole Smith, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Smith's final bid to obtain her late husband's money has failed, seven years after her death. A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, rejected a bid by Smith's estate to obtain about $44 million from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, her late Texas billionaire husband. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star.


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Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request

An illustration picture shows the log-on icon for the Website Twitter on an Ipad in Bordeaux(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday. Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or videos of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, the statement said. Facebook Inc also allows verified immediate family members to request the removal of a deceased person's Facebook account.


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Israeli strike killed Gaza commander's wife and child: Hamas

Palestinian rescues try to dig out an injured man blocked under rubble following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City on August 19, 2014Hamas said Wednesday that an Israeli air strike killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as a temporary ceasefire went up in smoke and Cairo truce talks froze. "The wife of the great leader was martyred with his daughter," in a strike Tuesday night, Hamas's exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk wrote on Facebook while saying nothing about the fate of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades commander Mohammed Deif himself. The Israeli military said it hit "more than 25 targets" in Gaza Tuesday but would not elaborate.


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Cardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP in 9th

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday swings for a RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.


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Franklin in doubt for Pan Pacs with back problem

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps attends a press conference ahead of the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin is being treated for a back problem, putting her in doubt for the Pan Pacific championships which start Thursday.


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West Indies part ways with coach Gibson

West Indies cricket coach Ottis Gibson, seen during a practice session at The R.Peremadasa Stadium in Colombo, on February 11, 2011St. John's (Antigua and Barbuda) (AFP) - The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach. No reason was given for the departure of Gibson, who had been in charge since 2010 and led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2012. The Bangladesh series comes as the West Indies build up to the one-day World Cup early next year.


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Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech

Traders James Doherty, left, and Thomas Ferrigno work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Better news on home building and corporate earnings are sending stocks higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.


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AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo, Maria Torero, plays with a group of 175 cats with leukemia in her home in Lima, Peru. Torero says caring for cats with feline leukemia is her responsibility. Anybody else can care for healthy animals. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count.


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At least 18 dead as Japan landslide buries homes

Aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, the government said Wednesday. Dozens of houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight, television pictures showed, as rescuers scoured the scene for any signs of life. "According to the National Police Department, the death toll has reached 18 while 13 others are unaccounted for," an official at the disaster management office of the Cabinet Office said. The number of dead rose rapidly from an initial toll of four, although emergency services said it was too early to tell exactly how many people had lost their lives.


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Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

Texas Governor Rick Perry and his attorneys Tony Buzbee and David Botsford are seen in the booking area at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box," Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor's mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.


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Lawyers for Colorado theater gunman: police lied about media leaks

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said on Tuesday two homicide detectives may have perjured themselves when they denied leaking to Fox News details of his plan for the massacre, court documents show. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted of the July 2012 rampage in Aurora, which killed 12 moviegoers and wounded 70 others during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes' lawyers concede he was the sole gunman, but say that the 26-year-old graduate student from the University of Colorado was in the throes of a psychotic episode at the time. The defense team wants the judge to order a probe to trace the source of the Fox News story, which ran five days after the shooting. Citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, it said Holmes sent a psychiatrist a notebook detailing his plans.


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Accused bitcoin exchanger loses bid to narrow criminal charges

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man accused of engaging in a scheme to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road on Tuesday lost a bid to narrow his criminal case. Robert Faiella, 54, who prosecutors say was an underground exchanger of bitcoins, had urged a New York federal judge to dismiss one of two counts against him, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, because bitcoins are not money. District Judge Jed Rakoff rejected that argument, saying bitcoins "clearly qualifies as 'money' or 'funds,'" under dictionary definitions, a position supported by legislative history in interpreting the law. The judge also rejected Faiella's arguments that his activities on Silk Road did not constitute "transmitting" money under federal law, saying that in sending customer funds to the website, he transferred the money to others for a profit.


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Prosecutor: Gunman, others dead after shooting

Investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. Authorities said a gunman shot five vehicles in a parking lot, killing a Michigan man as he slept, then shot and killed himself. The gunman may also have "done harm" to his father, whose vehicle was found at another rural location in Coos County. The investigation was slowed by the discovery of explosives in the gunman's vehicle. (AP Photo/KCBY, Angelica Carrillo)COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A gunman lured his father to a remote Oregon campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was sleeping in his vehicle, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The gunman then killed himself.


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Linkage: Alchemy to Market Woolworth Apts; $133K Chocolate Bathroom

Linkage: Alchemy to Market Woolworth Apts; $133K Chocolate Bathroom· On Friday night, one G train car made a stop in the 1980s · Uber will now satisfy your light-shopping needs · This meh four-story condo building is rising in Greenpoint · Alchemy will sell Woolworth themselves, thankyouverymuch...


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Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power chargesGov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."


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ISIL claims beheading of U.S. journalist, holding another

Mideast Syria JournalistBAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites.


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Perry booked for abusing power, vows he will fight this injustice’

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Austin, Texas. Perry’s office said Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the Republican is planning to turn himself in for booking on abuse of power charges at a courthouse in Austin. Perry was indicted Friday on two felony counts of coercion and official oppression for promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney’s office. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Laura Skelding, File)Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant as he was booked on abuse of power charges Tuesday, saying he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."


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Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

In this image made from a video provided by ABC15 TV, a school bus navigates a flooded road north of Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. It was not known if there were children aboard the bus at the time. The area was flooded after several inches of rain pummeled the state. (AP Photo/ABC15 TV)PHOENIX (AP) — 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.


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Week of uproar, confrontation in Ferguson

MORE ARRESTS IN FERGUSONJust outside Ferguson, in St. Louis, a suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting.


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Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

Pro-Russian militants patrol along a road near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on August 18, 2014DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another 300,000.


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NYC grand jury to hear police chokehold case

In this undated family photo provided by the National Action Network, Eric Garner, right, poses with his children during a family outing. On July 17, 2014, police on New York City’s Staten Island tried to arrest Garner by placing him in an illegal choke hold, which ended up causing his death. The New York City police are at odds with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the appearance that he is taking sides against in them in the aftermath of Garner’s death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)A New York City prosecutor said on Tuesday he will present evidence to a grand jury next month to determine whether anyone should be criminally charged in the death of an unarmed man who police put in a choke hold while arresting him.


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Yosemite wildfire prompts 13,000 evacuation orders

Cathedral PeakFirefighters from across California were sent to battle an out-of-control wildfire on Tuesday near Yosemite National Park and authorities ordered the evacuation of 13,000 homes and businesses, officials said. Gusty winds fanned the Junction Fire, which erupted on Monday, and it spread rapidly through parched forest in the foothills of Yosemite, one of the most visited U.S. The blaze has destroyed eight structures and is threatening 500 others, including hotels, restaurants and homes near the central California town of Oakhurst, said Dennis Mathisen, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


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Texas' Perry to turn himself in

Texas Governor Rick Perry denounces felony charges by a Travis County grand jury during a press conference at the State Capitol in Austin TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box," Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor's mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.


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Islamic State vows to 'drown all of you in blood'

Iraq Crisis: IS Threatens to 'Drown' Americans in BloodThe Islamic State is vowing retribution should U.S. According to Reuters, a newly released video by the Islamic State shows a picture of an American man who had been beheaded in Iraq during the initial U.S. The Islamic State has focused on its goal of establishing a caliphate by seizing land in Iraq in Syria before launching any potential attacks on the West. Osama Bin Laden famously warned of the risks of establishing a caliphate too early, writing in a document seized in the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that an Islamic State could have the adverse affect of dividing the Sunni population.


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700 troops sent to Pakistan's 'Red Zone'

Supporters of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan shout slogans against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Khan on Monday announced to lead thousands of anti-government protesters into the high security ‘Red Zone’ as his 48 hours deadline for government to step down ending Tuesday. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)Soldiers deployed to halt thousands of anti-government protesters approaching Islamabad's high-security zone.


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2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

Flames burn the bush after two Italian air force fighter jetsROME (AP) — Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said.


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Gaza-based Islamist group added to U.S. terrorist list

In this undated picture released on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, and posted on the Facebook page of a militant group, a member of Mujahidin, who fight with Syrian rebels groups against the Syrian government forces, poses for a picture standing next to a missile at an unknown place in Syria. The growing muscle of an al-Qaida linked Syrian group is casting a grim shadow over northern Syria, where extremist militants have turned their attention to seizing activists who cover their country’s war on its front lines. (AP Photo)An Islamist Palestinian group based in Gaza has been placed on the US terrorist black list, the State Department announced Tuesday. Since its founding in 2012, the "Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem" has claimed responsibility for a number of rocket attacks on Israel and a cross-border attack with explosives that killed a civilian at an Israeli construction site, according to the State Department. It said the group was composed of several jihadist sub-groups, and had declared its support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a militant group that has declared a caliphate in areas of Iraq and Syria that it controls.


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Police: LA school shooting plot thwarted

Police Arrest 2 Students For Allegedly Planning School ShootingTwo boys arrested; said to have plotted to kill S. Pasadena school staff and students.


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last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:24:49 -0400

Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson cop

Support Officer Darren Wilson t-shirt (Teespring.com)As unrest over Mo. teen's death grasps the U.S., efforts backing his officer killer grow.


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last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:24:05 -0400

Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson cop

Support Officer Darren Wilson t-shirt (Teespring.com)As unrest over Mo. teen's death grasps the U.S., efforts backing his officer killer grow.


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Herald Sun | Top Stories
last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:38:00 GMT

MH370 pilot ‘ditched plane into ocean’
AN aviation expert says the captain most likely staged a controlled ditching of MH370, sending the Malaysia Airlines plane to the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

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Sharks players face two-year bans
UPDATE: Past and present Sharks players offered one-year suspensions - back-dated to November 1 2013 - if they admit to taking banned substances.

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Digg Top Stories
last updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:03:45 +0000

My Life As A Chinese Prisoner
One of China's best-known dissidents writes about life as a prisoner of conscience in Beijing.

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last updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:24:00 GMT

Missouri suburb braces for more racial unrest amid appeals for calm
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, braced for another night of racially charged unrest on Tuesday as the governor and U.S. attorney general appealed for calm in the St. Louis suburb 10 days after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.






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last updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:01:03 -0400

The Definitive Ranking Of The 15 Best "Disney Afternoon" Villains

Let’s be honest, these baddies were the real reason you tuned in every weekday afternoon.

Colonel Ivanod Spigot, TaleSpin

Colonel Ivanod Spigot, TaleSpin

Background: Colonel of the Air Force in Thembria (a Soviet-esque country that borders TaleSpin’s main city, Cape Suzette), Spigot constantly tries to take down Baloo and steal his cargo.

Villainous threat level: 2 out of 10. The diminutive and klutzy colonel never posed any real threat to Baloo, Kit, or the city of Cape Suzette.

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Magica De Spell, DuckTales

Magica De Spell, DuckTales

Background: Magica is an evil witch who believed that stealing Scrooge McDuck's Number One Dime would help her achieve greater powers.

Villainous threat level: 2½ out of 10. Magica’s spells backfired on her too much to make her an effective villain.

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Professor Norton Nimnul, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

Professor Norton Nimnul, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

Background: An evil scientist whose plans for world domination are constantly thwarted by the Rescue Rangers.

Villainous threat level: 3 out of 10. Mainly because he was bent on causing the havoc and destruction of humans and not too concerned with defeating the Rescue Rangers.

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Don Karnage, TaleSpin

Don Karnage, TaleSpin

Background: Don Karnage is the swashbuckling leader of the notorious Air Pirates and captain of the airship the Iron Vulture. He constantly schemed to seize Baloo’s cargo.

Villainous threat level: 3½ out of 10. Don Karnage was way too into himself to pose a legitimate threat.

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Stop Pretending Nothing Happens in August
The month of beach vacations is also when World War I broke out, Iraq invaded Kuwait and the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The headlines these days all seem to demand exclamation marks. Iraq is teetering on the brink! Russian troops are massing on the Ukrainian border! Gaza lies in ruins! World’s worst Ebola epidemic afflicts Africa!

Oh, and it is also National Goat Cheese Month. Welcome to another quiet and peaceful August.

Yeah, right. One of the puzzles of summer is why so many of us persist in pretending that August is a month when nothing happens, when we can step back, tune out, take a break, and recharge. Europeans even think they are entitled to take the entire month off.

Perhaps there’s something about late summer, a couple months gone since school let out in June, that makes us forget our history. This year, August is full of reminders. We’re commemorating the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Bellicose August also brought the Gulf of Tonkin incident that triggered our involvement in Vietnam, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact in 1939 that enabled Hitler to invade Poland on September 1, and the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 and ensuing Japanese surrender. Hurricane Katrina also occurred in August, but let’s leave Mother Nature out of it.

There’s a melancholic quality to August, a month nearly synonymous with “waning days of summer.” Less acknowledged in our cultural vernacular is the extent to which the “waning” feeling is as much about the end of another year as it is about the end of summer.

Sure, we sing “Auld Lang Syne,” kiss under the mistletoe, and wish each other a “Happy New Year” when December turns to January. But who among us doesn’t feel that the real reset moment each year, the new beginning, comes in September, the day after Labor Day? The fall is when we start school and football season and the U.S. government fiscal year, and when we get serious, if we ever do, about our work.

August, then, is about the waning not only of summer, but also of each passing year, and lost possibilities. It is about the waning of life, even. There is a grasping, desperate quality to many of the historical events that took place in August—hence the resonance of the title of Barbara W. Tuchman’s historical bestseller about the outset of World War I, The Guns of August. It’s quite fashionable to study the sequence of events that led to the so-called “Great War,” which in retrospect appear like dominoes falling as if on a predetermined course. The rest of the war is far less fashionable to read about, as it proves too muddled a narrative. Best to focus on the August beginning, and how it ended all that came before.

Mischief conspires with melancholia in August, the notion that mice can play while the cat’s vacationing. It’s not clear whether Saddam Hussein thought he would get away with taking over Kuwait if he did so while the American president was summering in Maine, or whether that president’s son, when he was in office a decade later, would have taken warnings of an airborne al Qaeda plot more seriously had he been briefed about them at some time and place other than August at his Texas ranch.

August and the waning days of summer (and of the year, I insist) is when we let our guards down, creating an opening for those with an agenda, be it the invasion of Poland or Kuwait, or the shorting of the pound (George Soros famously bet against the British currency in August 1992, and won big). So keep your eye on colleagues who seem especially busy and eager to stick around the office this month. Who knows what they’re up to?

Financial markets are notoriously slow in August, the month of lowest trading volumes, when bankers follow their clients to the beach. But “slow” can be a deceptive term in business as in life, given that lower volume and less liquidity in a market can make it more volatile, and more susceptible to speculation. If you buy or sell 1,000 shares of a company, you are far more likely to influence that stock price on a day when only 5,000 shares trade hands than on a day when 100,000 shares trade hands.

That same dynamic applies to anyone seeking to influence the outcome of any event: your influence increases the fewer people are engaged. Which is what makes this such a dodgy month, and the current news headlines so ominous.

And now, I’m off to the beach for a week. It’s August, after all.

Andres Martinez is editorial director of Zocalo Public Square, for which he writes the Trade Winds column. This piece originally appeared at Zocalo Public Square.

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