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Top Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:04:50 -0400
Business denies hiring George Zimmerman for security

Zimmerman arrives for a court hearing in Sanford, FloridaThe manager of a Florida business where George Zimmerman was questioned by police says Zimmerman was never hired to provide security, despite his claims to authorities.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:40:15 -0400
Trial reveals Bob McDonnell's wife had 'crush' on CEO

Trial reveals governor's wife had 'crush' on CEOFormer Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial. Federal prosecutors described Robert and Maureen McDonnell as conspiring to take gifts from Jonnie Williams, the chief executive of Star Scientific Inc, in exchange for promoting his products. "At the time of this supposed conspiracy, the McDonnells' marriage had broken down and they were barely on speaking terms," defense attorney William Burck said.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:10:51 -0400
Ga. school system sued in Kendrick Johnson's gym mat death

Jacquelyn Johnson, center left, wipes a tear while speaking with her husband Kenneth, right, at a "Who Killed K.J." rally in memory of their son, Kendrick Johnson, the south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his school, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta. Benjamin Crump, rear left, and fellow lawyers for the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson are calling on the governor to order a coroner's inquest. The body of Johnson was found Jan. 11, and sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident. Johnson's parents insist someone must have killed him. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:46:29 -0400
Dozens dead in China attacks; Muslim leader calls for restraint

XinjiangBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. A gang armed with knives had first attacked a police station and government offices in the town of Elixku, in Shache county, it said, quoting local police. The dead and injured include not just Uighurs but members of China's majority Han Chinese population, the report said. The U.S.-based Rebiya Kadeer, president of the exiled World Uyghur Congress, called for restraint, saying in a statement that she was worried "China will use this incident to step up repression, causing more people to lose their freedom." The attack took place at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which officials had tried to get Muslims in Xinjiang to ignore, in an indication of what rights groups say is discrimination targeting the Uighurs.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:05:14 -0400
Dems cash in on impeachment chatter

Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., left, and incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. Boehner discussed various topics including that he dismisses suggestions that Republicans are planning to impeach President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Democrats have raised $7.6M since an anti-Obama lawsuit was announced in June.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:27:09 -0400
Rat rampage at Paris' Louvre garden scares les touristes

A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) - Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:51:24 -0400
Cease-fire elusive as Gaza burns

A building within the port of Gaza is seen on fire after several strikes early on July 29, 2014Israel bombardment leaves scores dead on day 22 of conflict; Palestinian leaders say day-long truce on table.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:21 -0400
White House: Delay climate change action, pay $150B a year

Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warnsDelaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warned Tuesday in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change. "Although delaying action can reduce costs in the short run, on net, delaying action to limit the effects of climate change is costly," the report said. "A delay that results in warming of 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, instead of 2 degrees, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output," the report said. "These costs are not one-time, but are rather incurred year after year because of the permanent damage caused by increased climate change resulting from the delay," the report said.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:33:23 -0400
NCAA settles concussion lawsuit by creating $70 million fund

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2004 file photo, Bloomington High School running back Adrian Arrington tries to clear a pile of Providence Catholic defenders during the Class 6A championship football game in Champaign, Ill. Arrington, who later went on to play at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, is the lead plaintiff in a class-action head injury lawsuit working its way through federal court in Chicago. The NCAA and the plaintiffs announced a settlement on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)CHICAGO (AP) - The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports, The Associated Press has learned.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:12:16 -0400
Girl, 9, injured by plane that crashed on beach, has died

Inside the Frantic Moments After Florida Beach Plane CrashSARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Florida say a 9-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a plane that crash-landed on the beach where she was walking with her father.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:16:47 -0400
Parents of slain Israeli teen speak out

Yahoo News Exclusive Interview with the Parents of Israeli Teen Gil-Ad ShaerThe parents of one of three teens murdered last month speak exclusively to Yahoo News.



Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:54:19 -0400
Palestinians seek 24-hr. cease-fire

Smoke rises from the Gaza power plant after it was hit by Israeli strikes, in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip,Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant's shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza's 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Senior PLO official says also speaking for Hamas; at least 100 Palestinians killed Tuesday.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:38:51 -0400
NASA's Opportunity rover sets mileage record on Mars

Photo released on July 28, 2014 shows the route NASA's Opportunity rover has driven since landing on Mars in January 2004The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said Monday. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance."



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:00:07 -0400
People across US ask: Who is the 'woman in black'?

woman in blackBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek. She has been dubbed the "Woman in Black," by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. Raymond Poles told Reuters he is the woman's brother, identifying her as Elizabeth Poles, 56, a U.S. Army veteran, mother of two children and a widow from Motts, Alabama. Elizabeth Poles had been receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals to deal with the deaths of her husband in 2008 and her father in 2009, he said.



Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:54 -0400
'A 3-hour tour...a 3-hour tour...' ends safely in Boston

Boat full of whale watchers stranded off coast of MassachusettsBOSTON (AP) - Passengers on a whale watch boat are back on dry land after spending a long night stuck at sea outside Boston.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:18:48 -0400
Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the media at a homeless shelter Monday, July 28, 2014, in Lewiston, Maine. LePage, the governor of the state with the largest percentage of white people, placed thousands of miles from the southern border, has thrust the issue of immigration to the forefront with his criticism over the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:13:43 -0400
Radicals unleash their vision in Iraqi's Mosul

FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2009 file photo, residents walk past the al-Hadba minaret in a busy market area in Mosul, Iraq. The fear, anger and sadness was palpable across Mosul on Saturday, July 26, 2014 as rumors made their way across Iraq's second-largest city. The militants who had taken over and purged it of some of its most cherished landmarks were eyeing their next target: al-Hadba minaret, an 842-year old tower that leans, like Italy's Tower of Pisa _ one of the country's most famous structures which decorates the 10,000 dinar bill until today.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)BAGHDAD (AP) - Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.



Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:37:40 -0400
China's feared ex-domestic spy chief facing graft investigation

In this photo taken Friday, March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into the former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the party as saying Tuesday, July 29, 2014 it is investigating Zhou for serious violations of party discipline, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) - China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:04:03 -0400
Obama wrote Putin about violation of nuclear treaty -White House

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversees a military exercise involving Russian nuclear forces in Defense Ministry's situation room outside Moscow, Thursday, May 8, 2014. President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw a military exercise involving Russia's nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine. Putin said that the maneuvers involved the military across the entire Russian territory, including the nation's nuclear forces. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to inform him directly that the U.S. government had determined that Russia violated the intermediate-range nuclear treaty, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday. The United States is seeking high-level talks over what it said was an infraction of the Cold War-era treaty, ratified in 1988, which was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles). Earnest declined to comment on how or when Russia violated the treaty, but said the United States is concerned in part about the risk of proliferation. "That is an indication that this is a matter that merits the serious attention of the leaders of both the United States and Russia," Earnest said.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:02:41 -0400
Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:38:25 -0400
China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) - A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:50:30 -0400
Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations. Boehner said Monday, July 28, the administration should "stand with Israel, not just as a broker or observer but as a strong partner." (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:56:22 -0400
Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote

FILE - This April 14, 2014 file photo shows a section of the I-75 Phase II modernization project under way in Dayton, Ohio. The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of May 2015 if transportation spending is maintained at current levels. Under a schedule outlined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., the Senate would take up that bill Tuesday. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) - Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation - billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:34:12 -0400
House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:14:01 -0400
Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:17:21 -0400
AP PHOTOS: Building boom in N. Dakota's oil patch

This June 12, 2014, aerial photo shows four oil wells in various stages of production, from drilling to a fully functional pump producing well, in McKenzie County, N.D. An oil boom near North Dakota's Badlands has created an infrastructure building frenzy as the rush for jobs and oil production demand roads, homes, food trucks, stores and more. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota's Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area's "desolate, grim beauty." But Roosevelt's Dakota is barely visible today.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:49:36 -0400
Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at U.S. District Court wearing dog tags around her neck in St. Paul, Minn. Jurors in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle have gone home for the night Monday, July 28, 2014, but will return Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINEES OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.



Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:33:05 -0400
Sources: EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) - Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine, the European Union adopted tough new economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, EU officials and diplomats said.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:09:13 -0400

 

 
 
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