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US F-15 fighter crashes in Va.

Photos of the day - July 15, 2014Officials say jet, based in Mass., went down near Deerfield. Va.; pilot's fate not known.


Suspect wounded in NYC shootout with US marshals

Queens gunman wounded, in custody after shootout with US Marshals, NYPDNEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges was wounded during a shootout with U.S. marshals who tracked him down in Queens, New York.


Humor us: Fallon to lead Kennedy Center honors for Leno

FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.


US considers another relief operation in N. Iraq

FILE- This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the extremist group. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.


Third top doctor in Sierra Leone succumbs to Ebola

During a training session participants listen as they stand over a mannequinFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.


Nine-year-old girl with Uzi accidentally kills gun instructor

9-year-old accidentally kills instructor at gun rangeDOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said.


How 'political correctness' protected UK pedophiles

People walk in the town centre, in Rotherham, England, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. (AP Photo/Sylvia Hui)1,400 children feared abused in N. England while authorities' fear of appearing racist stopped action.


2 rescued as disabled boat neared Niagara Falls' edge

This May 15, 2014, photo shows a Hornblower Niagara Cruises Catamaran, foreground, and a Maid of the Mist boat, background, in the Niagara Gorge below Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. continues to launch from the American shore but lost its Canadian contract to rival Hornblower Niagara Cruises.(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two boaters were about two miles from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.


Muslim extremism's appeal in UK

Robb Leech and Richard DartBritish filmmaker chronicles stepbrother Richard Darl's turn to jihadism in 2009.


Police chief vows to stay in wake of enormous child sex abuse scandal in UK

Authorities were blamed for failing to act after it emerged that 1,400 minors were sexually abusedSouth Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) rejected calls for his resignation Wednesday following a shocking report into the abuse of hundreds of young people in Rotherham. The report, commissioned by Rotherham Council and published Tuesday, revealed that some 1,400 minors were sexually abused in the Yorkshire town over a 16-year period. It detailed "utterly appalling" incidents of gang rape, kidnapping and trafficking of girls as young as 11, and blamed local authorities for a "blatant" failure to act over child exploitation, the full scale of which is still not known. Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone resigned immediately after the report's publication and PCC Shaun Wright, who was head of children's services at the council from 2005 to 2010, faced mounting calls Wednesday to follow his lead.


Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.

A screen grab from an Al-Jazeera video shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old a freelance journalist, during his detention by Al-Qaeda militants in SyriaAmerican journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.


Reports: American dies fighting for ISIL

Douglas McAuthur McCainA U.S. citizen from California was killed fighting for ISIL in Syria: Free Syrian Army.


U.N. plan addresses flight risks over war zones

Who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17?Part of recent safety effort, U.N. to launch two projects to warn airlines of conflict-area dangers.


IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. ...
U.S. eager to cater to Chinese tourists

In this July 18, 2014 photo, South Coast Plaza General Manager Werner Escher, middle at doorway, greets Chinese tourists visiting the shopping center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Chinese tourism is surging and the mall is a popular destination that is doing what it can to keep the buses coming, from accepting China’s UnionPay card to providing Mandarin-speaking salespeople. Tourism from China to the United States has soared since the countries signed an agreement in 2007 promoting travel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.


Serial stabbing suspect sues to be sent to Israel

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2010 file photo, Elias Abuelazam is escorted by authorities after arriving on a flight in Flint, Mich. Abuelazam, serving a life sentence for murder in a series of stabbings in the Flint area is suing to be deported to Israel, his home country. Elias Abuelazam says he committed attempted murder there in 2009 and is willing to stand trial and be sent to prison. His lawsuit against the federal government has been transferred to Washington from a federal court in Grand Rapids. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for murder in a series of stabbings in Michigan is suing to try to be sent to Israel, his native country.


Police: 9-year-old girl accidentally kills gun instructor

Nonprofit 'Outdoor Buddies' Takes Disabled Vets To The Shooting RangeA 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.


How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launches

How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launchesWhile months of leaks and rumors have painted what appears to be a very extensive picture of what we can expect from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, nothing is certain until the next-generation iPhone is finally unveiled on stage early next month. Well, almost nothing is certain. There are a few things we know beyond the shadow of a doubt, and one of them is the fact that there will be a massive influx of used smartphones being sold and traded in as people upgrade to the new iPhone 6. All those trade-ins inevitably drive used phone values down, but as it turns out, there is a simple way to guarantee that you get today’s higher value for your current smartphone even if


AP PHOTOS: Workers clear debris from busy runway

Mike Stewart, an airport operations representative, drives down the fifth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as employees clear debris off the tarmac, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Atlanta. The annual Foreign Object Debris Walk drew approximately 100 airline and airport employees volunteering to find and remove debris that could be hazardous to aircraft. In addition to the annual walk, Hartsfield-Jackson performs daily inspections on all its runways. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 100 workers at the world's busiest airport are volunteering their time to pick up trash that could be dangerous when planes land and take off.


Air Force fighter jet crashes in Virginia

Air Force fighter jet crashes in VirginiaAn Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday.


Hotel Boom Town: Chicago's Mysterious Virgin Hotel to Open this December

Hotel Boom Town: Chicago's Mysterious Virgin Hotel to Open this DecemberIt's official: Chicago's new Virgin Hotel will be opening this December. The opening of the new boutique hotel coming to the Old Dearborn Bank Building has been delayed a number of times, but now the company, headed up by...


Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detours

Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detoursAn afternoon parade has been scheduled for today in Philadelphia to celebrate the Mid-Atlantic Little League champions Taney Dragons.


WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment

Medical staff in protective clothing transport a patient infected with the Ebola virus from a plane to an ambulance at Hamburg airport, northern Germany, on August 27, 2014A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said. The man -- a Senegalese epidemiologist infected in Sierra Leone, according to the WHO -- has requested that his name, age and health status not be made public, said his German doctors. The patient arrived on a specially equipped aircraft in the northern city of Hamburg, and he was able to walk off the plane by himself, said Hamburg health department spokesman Rico Schmidt. "We believe that the mortality rate of the Ebola disease can be significantly reduced with these simple measures," said the tropical diseases doctor treating him, Stefan Schmiedel.


Sheriff's office: Military jet crashes in Virginia

Air Force fighter jet crashes in VirginiaA sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard.


Mom testifies in Philly school abduction, rape trial

Mom testifies in Philly school abduction, rape trialThe mother of a child abducted from a Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted is testifying about the day her daughter disappeared.


Tight Spaces: Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist...

Tight Spaces: Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist...Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist ad for what is surely the world's tiniest rental. At $2,000/month and only nine square feet, this "spacious, carpeted," er, micro-unit "with lots of windows and great light" is, yes indeedy, the trunk of...


Weekend Guide: Where to Eat and Drink in Atlanta During Dragon Con

Weekend Guide: Where to Eat and Drink in Atlanta During Dragon ConDragon Con 2014 is rapidly approaching, and more than 62,000 hungry and sleep-deprived cosplayers will roam the streets of Atlanta looking for food. Thankfully, there's now one handy guide to restaurants and bars near the convention to fill up,...


What's in a name?: West Palm Beach Condo Drops 'ISIS' Name Due to, You Know

What's in a name?: West Palm Beach Condo Drops 'ISIS' Name Due to, You KnowThe planned West Palm Beach condo project called ISIS Downtown, a name that unit recently would have conjured up images of nothing more disturbing than the Egyptian goddess of fertility and motherhood, Isis, has renamed itself 3 Thirty Three...


Executions a 'common spectacle' in jihadist-held Syria: UN

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters driving on a street in the northern Syrian City of HomsPublic executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion are a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a UN probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians. "Executions in public spaces have become a common spectacle on Fridays" -- the Muslim holy day -- in parts of Syria under control of the Islamic State (IS), the independent Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Syria said. In a 45-page report covering the period from January 20 to July 15, the commission also detailed a wide range of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Syrian government and other armed opposition groups.


Fall Tracking: Suzukiya Ramen Officially Heading to East Bayside

Fall Tracking: Suzukiya Ramen Officially Heading to East Bayside229 Congress Street, Portland, next to OTTO Pizza's East End location. Stop me if you've heard this one before: There's a Japanese noodle bar in planning at newly-renovated 229 Congress Street. Early this month, word spread of three things: A...


AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

Palestinian relatives carry national flag-draped bodies of Omar al-Bareem, 17, and his brother Mohammed, 12, who were killed in an Israeli strike on a car, during their funeral at their family house in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Two brother were killed in an airstrike on a car yesterday east of Khan Younis, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.


OPENING ALERT: Eddie Campbell's New Bar, Parliament, Makes Its Maiden Voyage Tonight

OPENING ALERT: Eddie Campbell's New Bar, Parliament, Makes Its Maiden Voyage TonightNewsflash: Bartender extraordinaire Eddie "Lucky" Campbell will debut his long-awaited new bar tonight after a year in the making. Parliament is located in the small State-Thomas space formerly known as Four Lounge; Campbell took over the space after proprietor...


Degenkolb wins Tour of Spain fifth stage, Matthews leads

Giant's German rider John Degenkolb (L) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 5th stage of the 69th edition of "La Vuelta" Tour of Spain, from Priego de Cordoba to Ronda, on August 27, 2014Germany's John Degenkolb won his second stage of the Tour of Spain in as many days in a controversial finish on Wednesday as Australian Michael Matthews extended his overall lead. France's Nacer Bouhanni, who won the second stage, claimed he was blocked out by Degenkolb as he tried to pass at the finish line of the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba to Ronda. "I don't think I changed my line," said Degenkolb. Instead Bouhanni had to settle for second with Moreno Hofland of the Netherlands in third.


The Shutter: Catfish Corner Shutters After Almost Three Decades

The Shutter: Catfish Corner Shutters After Almost Three DecadesCatfish Corner has closed up shop. Rumors surfaced on Twitter earlier this week; Seaspot.com was the first official bearer of the bad news. The soul food spot served Creole-spiced catfish with homemade tartar sauce, hush puppies, and sweet tea...


Zara pulls yellow-star tee shirt over link to Nazis

The Zara logo displayed on a shop of the chain store in Lyon, France, February 21, 2014Spanish clothing manufacturer Zara withdrew a striped sailor's tee shirt for children on Wednesday because it bore a yellow star resembling a star which Nazis forced European Jews to wear. "The original star was inspired by the star worn by the sherif in (cowboy) Westerns" which also has six points," a company spokeswoman said.


Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount ParkA man who had been stabbed 9 times told police he was tied up and driven around before he and two other bound men were thrown into the river.


Look, Up in the Sky!: Take in the View From 432 Park's Crane, 1,375 Feet Up

Look, Up in the Sky!: Take in the View From 432 Park's Crane, 1,375 Feet UpBehold, the amazing view from the best "office" in the city. The few lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you feel about extreme heights) souls who get to man the crane atop the rising 432 Park Avenue enjoy a...


Bound bodies of 2 found in Philly river; 3rd hurt

Philadelphia police and other law enforcement officials view a body pulled from the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The bound bodies of two people were found in the river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself is being treated at a hospital for stab wounds, police said. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape, stabbed and weighed down with makeshift anchors were pulled from a river Wednesday after a third bound man, wet and also covered with stab wounds, was found wandering along a road in the dark, police said.


Food TV: Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who...

Food TV: Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who...Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who first gained popularity after winning on Food Network's Chopped series in 2012, is back in action for the show's new Chopped Ultimate Champions. The confident chef won the first round last night and now...


Eater Inside: A Tour of Loring Park's Newest Restaurant: The Third Bird

Eater Inside: A Tour of Loring Park's Newest Restaurant: The Third BirdAt the edge of Loring Park, inside the address that once held Nick & Eddie and Cafe Maude Loring Park, a new restaurant has opened. The Third Bird is the work of Kim Bartmann, Minneapolis's successful restaurateur who also...


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