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Thu, Aug 21 01:02 PM

Free Syrian Army fighters react while launching a rocket towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideClashes between Syria, Islamic State surround a sprawling northern airbase: officials.


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Thu, Aug 21 01:59 PM

Williams speaks at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly HillsComedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County on Thursday. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star had been suffering from severe depression, anxiety and early Parkinson's disease before his death. Williams' cremated remains were released on Aug. 12, the day after his death, according to the document.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:31 PM

Kimmy Denny and her partner, Barb Lawrence, drove three hours for the to be at the court hearing on gay marriage in Miami, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.The couple is engaged and plans to wait until it legal in their Palm Harbor, Fla. home, to marry. Attorneys for gay couples and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Like others filed across the country, the lawsuit contends the gay marriage ban added by voters to the state constitution is discriminatory and violates equal protection guarantees. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.


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Thu, Aug 21 11:09 AM

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Mo. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, N.C. Brown's shooting has prompted multiple investigations and triggered days of rioting reflecting long-simmering racial tensions in a town of mostly black residents and a majority white police force. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)Unrest has erupted in the Missouri suburb since a black teen's fatal shooting earlier this month.


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Thu, Aug 21 11:58 AM

U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Wassef Ali HassounCAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (AP) — A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.


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Thu, Aug 21 10:18 AM

In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The phenomenal success of the fundraising craze is making charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors, specifically through social media. (AP Photo/Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Center)The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.


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Thu, Aug 21 11:25 AM

A man holds a placard reading "Ebola, go away" as members of the artist group "'Be Kok Spirit'' march to raise awareness on the Ebola virus, on August 19, 2014 in AbidjianIreland is testing a dead person who recently returned from Africa for the Ebola virus, the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland said on Thursday. Appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary in the north-west county of Donegal where the person's remains lie, pending the outcome of laboratory tests, the HSE said. "The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently traveled to one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," it said.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:27 PM

Captured SoldierCongressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.


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Thu, Aug 21 11:35 AM

La police américaine de nouveau critiquée après la mort d'un jeune Noir dans le MissouriThe St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings.


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Thu, Aug 21 12:47 PM

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds (centre) raises his hat to the crowd as he parades during the St Patrick's day parade in New York on March 17, 1998Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81. Reynolds served twice as taoiseach, or prime minister: once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94. His son Philip, who announced that Reynolds had died overnight Wednesday, said his father had recently been suffering from the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. The Irish government said Reynolds would be given a state funeral on Monday, and that all government buildings would fly flags at half mast until the funeral.


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Thu, Aug 21 09:21 AM

A Peshmerga fighter looks at at smoke rising in the distance on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants east of Mosul, on August 18, 201MIlitary's Central Command said focus is on Islamic militants in area of Mosul and area of key dam.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:43 PM

A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Rochester, N.H. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, militants with the Islamic State extremist group released a video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq . (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of those kidnapped without financing terror groups, and encouraging more kidnappings.


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Thu, Aug 21 09:45 AM

Hostess Twinkie Plant To Close After 84 YearsHostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history. The company said Wednesday it plans ...


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Thu, Aug 21 07:20 AM

Linkage: Hostess Closing Suburban Plant; Distressed Property Sales·Hostess to close Schiller Park Twinkie plant ·Status update: buildings old and new ·No casino for Wabash and no walkway for you ·Grant DePorter buys $1.5 million River North condo ·Chicago ranks highest in distressed property sales ·Why sell...


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Thu, Aug 21 08:54 AM

Malaysia Army soldiers rehearse an hand-over ceremony of bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, August 21, 2014. The victims' bodies of the ill-fated Flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine last month, will be returned home from Amsterdam on Friday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine in July, took off from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Dutch media reported. There was no ceremony for the departure from Schiphol airport, local news agency ANP reported, with the plane to land in Malaysia on Friday, which has been declared a day of national mourning. The plane will be met by Malaysia's king, prime minister and other dignitaries accompanied by a minute of silence at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said last week. The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:54 PM

Robert G. Stahl, attorney for Dias Kadyrbayev, speaks to reporters outside a courthouse alongside Harlan J. Protass, attorney for Azamat Tazhayakov, May 1, 2013 in Boston, MassachusettsA college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to removing evidence of the deadly 2013 attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing a laptop and fireworks casings emptied of gunpowder that can be used to make bombs from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing his friend was suspected of carrying out the attack. "He made an error in judgment that he is paying for dearly," attorney Robert Stahl said after the hearing in US District Court in Boston. Prosecutors said Kadyrbayev and another Tsarnaev friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, took the backpack and its contents just hours after the FBI released photographs of Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan as suspects in the bombings.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:54 PM

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters head on August 17, 2014 to the Mosul dam, which was recaptured from Islamic State jihadists, near MosulIraqi Kurdish forces, which have been thrust into the vanguard of the battle against jihadists, fared well maintaining security in their autonomous region but face a daunting task fighting the militants. Famed as guerrilla fighters during their decades-long struggle for self-rule, the Kurdish peshmerga forces are now made up of a new generation of recruits without the battlefield experience of their forebears. "Training is very limited by Western standards," said Michael Knights, a fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:52 PM

Men exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in Brighton, southern England, on March 29, 2014Just over 1,400 gay couples tied the knot in the three months after same-sex marriage was allowed in England and Wales, figures out Thursday showed. The Office for National Statistics said 1,409 marriages took place between March 29 and June 30. "The novelty and significance of marriage becoming available led to an initial rush among same-sex couples wanting to be among the very first to assume the same rights and protection afforded to heterosexual couples," said James Brown, a partner at law firm JMW Solicitors. The figures will likely surge from December once civil partnerships can be converted into marriages.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:52 PM

1 officer in Ohio Wal-Mart shooting still on leaveCINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities confirm a police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at an Ohio Wal-Mart also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting but wasn't indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:51 PM

The cast of the television series "Veep" arrives on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in WashingtonBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When ABC's "Modern Family" vies for its fifth consecutive best comedy Emmy award on Monday, not only will it battle the beloved geeks of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" but also a bunch of irreverent, foul-mouthed characters from cable and Netflix. "Modern Family" made waves when its contemporary family dynamic and gay couple appeared on Walt Disney Co's ABC in 2010. The network stalwarts are joined by two previous cable nominees: the dark and sometimes melancholy comedy "Louie" on Twenty-First Century Fox's basic cable FX, and HBO's "Veep," a political satire rich with curse words from U.S.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:50 PM

France's pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie competes during the men's event during the IAAF Diamond League DN Galan meeting at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium on August 21, 2014Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie suffered a surprise defeat at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday, just five days after the Frenchman wrapped up a third consecutive European title. On a cold night in the Swedish capital, Lavillenie failed three times to clear 5.60m, a height well outside his world record of 6.16m. Nobody managed to register a successful height beyond the modest 5.60m with Greece's Konstantinos Phillipidis, whose own personal best is 5.83m, taking victory after going clear at the first attempt. Poland's Piotr Lisek and China's Xue Changrui both also cleared 5.60m to take second and third places respectively.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:50 PM

Everton's Tim Howard, right, can't stop Leicester's Chris Wood, left, from scoring the equalizer during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, England, Saturday, Aug 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)CHICAGO (AP) — Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a "commitment" to his family.


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Thu, Aug 21 02:50 PM

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, talks to reporters on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in his office in Annapolis, Md. Carter said he wants to focus on continuing efforts to build a cybersecurity center on campus, ensuring students get a strong foundation in leadership and ethics and maintaining and even boosting study abroad opportunities. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is "a cultural issue" in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is "we're going to take care of it."


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Thu, Aug 21 02:48 PM

Top Cheffage: Was Padma Lakshmi Attacked by the Boston Teamsters?An unnamed Top Chef crew member is alleging that host Padma Lakshmi was verbally attacked by Boston Teamsters while filming for the upcoming season back in June. According to Deadline, Boston's Teamsters Local 25 were incredibly angry that the...


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Thu, Aug 21 02:47 PM

Defense Secretary Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey hold a press briefing at the PentagonBy Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon. Hagel's assessment of Islamic State, which gained strength during Syria's civil war and swept into northern Iraq earlier this summer, sounded a note of alarm several days after the group posted a video on social media showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage kidnapped in Syria. This is beyond anything we've seen." Hagel spoke as the United States continued attacking Islamic State targets in Iraq.


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