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Slaying of James Foley revives debate on paying ransom to terrorists

Los Angeles Times
20 minutes ago
Written by
W.J. Hennigan
GlobalPost President and Chief Executive Philip Balboni talks with reporters Aug. 20 in Boston on Aug. 20. GlobalPost President and Chief Executive Philip Balboni talks with reporters Aug. 20 in Boston on Aug. 20.
US General Says Raiding Syria Is Key to Halting ISIS
James Foley beheading: Hunt on for 'British' jihadist
Obama 'still doesn't get it'
What James Foley's murder says about Islamic State
James Foley
The Obama State Department on beheading of James Foley: “This is not about the United States.” God help us. The surest way to get hit with another terrorist attack or war is to refuse to acknowledge and accept reality -- including the reality of what is emerging to be one of the most dangerous national security threat since 9/11.

New York Times  - ‎40 minutes ago‎
National Guard soldiers at a shopping center parking lot in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday. Credit Adrees Latif/Reuters. Continue reading the main story.

Bergdahl swap illegal, top congressional lawyer says

The Seattle Times  - ‎1 hour ago‎
Susan Poling's opinion, which does not carry the force of law, revealed for the first time the price tag of the operation in which U.S.

Statesmen pay tribute to risk-taker and peacemaker

Irish Times  - ‎2 hours ago‎
Albert Reynolds: “He had the vision to see the opportunity and the courage to act on it. We should be very grateful to him for that,” said Tony Blair.

Widodo Court Victory Ends Indonesia's Most-Divisive Election

Businessweek  - ‎40 minutes ago‎
The ruling will allow Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, to move forward with preparations to take over the presidency in October and boost an economy that grew in the second quarter at its slowest pace since 2009.
Indonesia's Constitutional Court Upholds Widodo Election Victory
Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate accepts court ruling
Jendhamuni Sos
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Indonesia backs president-elect amid protests Indonesia's highest court has unanimously upheld last month's presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader. The constitutional court on Thursday rejected the last-ditch attempt by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to overturn the result he says was tainted by widespread cheating. The verdict, passed down in Jakarta, cannot be appealed again...

USA TODAY  - ‎36 minutes ago‎
LONDON - It is likely that there are now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain's military. Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim servicemembers in its armed forces of ...
Muslims »   Islam »
Indonesian president says IS 'embarrassing' Muslims
More British Muslims fight in Syria than in UK Armed Forces - by Ben Farmer
Muslims »   Islam »
Either Support Israel or this is Coming to You! Horrifying: Video Of ISIS Militants Executing 1500 Iraqi Army POWs. ✓ SHARE THIS VIDEO SO YOUR FRIENDS CAN SEE THIS. An extremely graphic and never-before-seen HD video was recently uncovered, the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorists brutally capturing and executing 1,500 individuals. The video shows truckloads of hostages being carted away to their death. The ISIS claims these ho...

Reuters  - ‎27 minutes ago‎
TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state.
Florida: Federal Judge Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
The ban: Discriminating or protecting tradition?
Marriage Equality USA
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BREAKING "U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, meaning no marriage licenses will be immediately issued for gay couples." US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban - US News

Connecticut toddler's death in hot car ruled a homicide

Fox News  - ‎38 minutes ago‎
The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday.

Ex-LA deputy pleads over kids' prank gunfire

SFGate  - ‎1 hour ago‎
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy won't be sent to jail for firing a gun into the air after a group of children pranked him at his Santa Clarita Valley home.

100s of Customers Pay for Each Others' Starbucks; 1 Jerk Ruins it All
24 minutes ago
Written by
Chris Caesar
In a news cycle dominated by stories of social unrest in Missouri, brutality in Iraq and Ebola outbreaks in west Africa, you'd think a cute item about hundreds of customers paying for each other's coffee at their neighborhood Starbucks might bring some ...

New York Daily News  - ‎1 hour ago‎
The economy is heating up this summer, and investors are responding. U.S. stocks soared Thursday after the release of a slew of promising economic reports ranging from jobs to housing to manufacturing.

Dollar General's $9B bid rejected by Family Dollar Stores

Gant Daily  - ‎1 hour ago‎
New York, NY, United States (4E) - Family Dollar Stores Inc. rejected a $9bn bid from Dollar General Corp., favoring Dollar Tree Inc.'s lower bid, as it was concerned that the Dollar General deal will fail antitrust hurdles.

Rather Fruitful Netflix Hack Day

Angle Chronicle  - ‎55 minutes ago‎
netflix-logo-590x330 Netflix is inarguably one of the best streaming services available these days. The company is known to hold a “Hack Day” every couple of months to allow the technical and development teams to discover new things and try fun stuff.

Review: 'Sin City' dives back into a noir abyss

Kansas City Star  - ‎1 hour ago‎
After being clonked over the head in 1944's "Murder, My Sweet," Raymond Chandler's immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: "A black pool opened up at my feet.
2 hours ago
Written by
Nick Hill
The hip hop star challenged the undefeated boxer to read one full page of a 'Harry Potter' book, if successful 50 would donate $750,000 to a charity of Mayweather's choice.

Scott Weiland Has Been In Jail For Four Weeks And Nobody Noticed  - ‎15 minutes ago‎
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has been in a California jail for four weeks and, somehow, we're just now finding out about it.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere announces retirement  - ‎2 hours ago‎
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is retiring after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship.

New York Daily News  - ‎26 minutes ago‎
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Rory McIlroy got off to his worst start in two months Thursday with a 3-over 74 in The Barclays. Coming off three straight victories - two of them major championships - McIlroy took a double bogey on his third hole and never got on ...

USA TODAY  - ‎53 minutes ago‎
BEREA, Ohio - One day after Cleveland Browns veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer held onto his starting job, receiver Nate Burleson defended the league's most-scrutinized backup.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy leaves game with sprained thumb
24 minutes ago
Written by
John Breech
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was taken to the locker room during the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Steelers after injuring his thumb.

BBC News  - ‎1 hour ago‎
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

BBC News  - ‎2 hours ago‎
Baby corals and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, according to a study based in Fiji. When offered a choice of two water samples in the lab, the animals turned away from the stench of seaweed that invades depleted reefs, but were ...
Coral reefs can communicate with fish, and many of them are crying for help
Sickly Coral Reefs Fail the Smell Test - by Megan Gannon
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More scuba diving means sicker coral reefs "The gorgeous coral reefs around Koh Tao, Thailand draw thousands of tourists every year. But frequent scuba diving appears to be increasing the rate of coral disease, threatening to spoil the natural resource that locals depend on for their livelihood. Compared to fishing, tourism may seem like a relatively sustainable way to boost the local economy. On the island of Koh Tao, small fisheries hav...  - ‎8 hours ago‎
Sea plankton has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed. Scientists on board the ISS are reported to have discovered living organisms when taking samples from windows.

Ebola treatment of Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol holds lessons for others  - ‎54 minutes ago‎
Two Americans who recovered from Ebola virus infections are contributing to doctors' understanding of the deadly disease, a physician who treated them says.
Ebola »   Hospital »
Two US Ebola Patients Released from Atlanta Hospital
US Ebola patients pose no public health risk, doctor says
Ebola »   Hospital »
Chicago Tribune
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Americans treated for Ebola released from Atlanta hospital Two Americans who contracted Ebola have recovered and been released from the Atlanta hospital that treated them with an experimental drug.

Violent Quarantine Clashes Hamper Liberia's Struggle to Contain Ebola

Voice of America  - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Liberian capital swirled with fear and confusion Thursday, as a nationwide nighttime curfew to slow the spread of Ebola went into full effect and a slum neighborhood was violently quarantined off from the rest of city.
African nations tighten Ebola travel bans
South Africa Bans Travelers from West Africa Because of Ebola - by Eliana Dockterman
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In Face of Ebola, California-Trained Doctor Treats Patients in Liberia "While Californians worry about a single possible case of Ebola, considered low risk, the hot spot for this outbreak remains in West Africa where 1,350 people have died, and another 2,400 people are sick with the illness. But what happens to people who get sick with something that is not Ebola?"

FDA Grants New Indication For Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb Drug

Forbes  - ‎5 hours ago‎
The FDA today approved an expanded indication for the oral anticoagulant apixaban (Eliquis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer). Apixaban will now be indicated for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and for the ...

To quash polio for good, immunization with both vaccines may be best

Los Angeles Times  - ‎1 hour ago‎
For those already vaccinated against the polio virus with the oral polio vaccine - developed by Albert Sabin - an additional dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine - the one developed by Jonas Salk - boosts immunity and reduces the spread of the virus, a new ...
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