Comedian 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.
CAMP 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.
Ireland 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.
The 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.
Former 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.
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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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.
A 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.
Iraqi 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.
Just 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.
CINCINNATI (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.
By 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.
Olympic 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.
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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By 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.