• Ferguson protests smaller, more subdued

    Despite some clashes, the overall scene was more restrained than the past five nights.

    Associated Press
  • American journalist killed in Syria knew the risks

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved.

    Associated Press
  • Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

    Associated Press
  • Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in suburban Chicago

    Authorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.

    Associated Press
  • Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson cop

    As unrest over Mo. teen's death grasps the U.S., efforts backing his officer killer grow.

  • Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

    Associated Press19 mins ago
  • Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • Rugby Union - Stalemate prompted Cardiff move, says Jones

    - Wales prop Adam Jones has pointed to the stalemate between the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the four Welsh regions as the reason behind his decision to leave the Ospreys after 11 years. "I had been waiting for a deal to be struck between the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union over a new participation agreement so the Ospreys could conclude a fresh contract with me," said Jones, who joined Cardiff Blues on Tuesday.

    AFP20 mins ago
  • Limo driver held-up at gunpoint in Grays Ferry

    Police are searching for the suspect who held-up a limo driver at gunpoint in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section early Wednesday morning.

    WPVI – Philadelphia20 mins ago
  • Israeli strike kills wife, son of Hamas military chief

    Israeli warplanes struck Gaza, killing the wife and child of Hamas's top military chief, the Islamist movement said Wednesday after truce talks in Cairo collapsed in a storm of violence. It was not immediately clear whether Mohammed Deif himself, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for decades, was killed or wounded in the strike which hit a house in Gaza City late on Tuesday. Hamas vowed bloody revenge, saying Israel had "opened the gates of hell". The deadly attack came just hours after a resumption of the fighting in and around Gaza after more than a week of calm as Egyptian negotiators pushed the warring sides to broker a decisive end to six weeks of bloodshed.

    AFP21 mins ago
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

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  • US swim star Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs

    Preparations by multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin for this week's Pan Pacific Championships have been hit by back trouble but she is on the mend, US team officials said Wednesday. "First of all, I have to thank our medical team for their amazing work and also my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for all their heartfelt support," Franklin said in a USA Swimming statement. Franklin swam in a local pool Wednesday where she tested her back with minimal discomfort. "It was very therapeutic and felt great being back in the water," Franklin said.

    AFP23 mins ago
  • Ramsey says 'sorry' for Champions League red

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey apologised to the club's supporters on Wednesday after being sent off in his side's 0-0 Champions League play-off draw away to Turkish side Besiktas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical of Serbian referee Milorad Mazic's decision to dismiss Ramsey, describing it as "unbelievable". "When you see some of the fouls committed and you go home with a red card for Ramsey, it is somewhat unbelievable."

    AFP25 mins ago
  • Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • White House Negotiates with ‘Underground’ Lobbyists on Executive Orders

    Some say that the once-formidable army of Washington lobbyists is dramatically shrinking in an era of a “do-nothing Congress” that is passing little legislation of real substance. The number of active lobbyists peaked at 14,837 in 2007, in the twilight of President George W. Bush’s administration, and has steadily declined in virtually every economic, industry and social policy sector, according to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics (CFRP). Nearly 1,800 lobbyists stopped reporting their activities with Congress or the federal government between 2012 and 2013. Yet roughly half those lobbyists have today gone “underground” while still plying their trade, according to the CFRP.

    The Fiscal Times30 mins ago
  • Vietnam, Myanmar test three patients for Ebola

    Vietnam and Myanmar are testing three patients for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived in the Southeast Asian nations from Africa while suffering from fever, health officials said. Two Nigerians were sent to Ho Chi Minh City's Tropical Diseases Hospital for isolation after they arrived in the city by plane, Vietnam's health ministry said, adding that they did not have symptoms other than fever. Airline passengers sitting next to the pair -- who travelled to Vietnam on Monday from Nigeria via Qatar -- have been advised to monitor their own health.

    AFP30 mins ago
  • Hamas leader Deif 'deserves to die': Israeli minister

    An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, saying that he was a legitimate target. "Mohamed Deif deserves to die just like (Osama) bin Laden. He is an arch murderer and as long as we have an opportunity we will try to kill him," Interior Minister Gideon Saar told army radio.

    AFP32 mins ago
  • New fatal police shooting near U.S. protest town

    Police shot dead a knife-wielding man Tuesday near the U.S. town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions. It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson on August 9, said that the 18-year-old college student's funeral would be held on Monday. Civic leaders in Ferguson, in Missouri, had called for "night-time quiet and reconciliation" after another night of protests and violence in the majority black town. The world's media descended on the street, dozens of reporters having been in nearby Ferguson covering the ongoing unrest that has cast an unfavorable light on the United States' racial divide, as well as law-enforcement tactics.

    AFP35 mins ago
  • China fines Japanese auto parts makers record $201 million for price-fixing

    By Matthew Miller and Yoko Kubota BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - China has fined Japanese auto parts makers a record 1.235 billion yuan ($201 million) for manipulating prices as the government steps up its enforcement of an anti-trust law that has targeted major corporations and revived protectionism concerns. The fines, the largest so far meted out by the pricing regulator, the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC), follow a global crack down including in the United States and Europe on price collusion in the auto parts sector, which has also mostly affected Japanese companies. In China, parts maker Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd was the hardest hit by the NDRC with a 290.4 million yuan fine.

    Reuters35 mins ago