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08/27/2014 08:53 PM
US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.

08/27/2014 08:44 PM
U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa provinceBy Lesley Wroughton and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. Germany said on Wednesday it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate.



08/27/2014 08:37 PM
USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

This undated photo provided by the University of Southern California sports information office shows defensive back Josh Shaw. The university is investigating his story that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Head football coach Steve Sarkisian said USC has received calls contradicting Shaw's detailed claims about his two high ankle sprains. (AP Photo/University of Southern California)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.



08/27/2014 08:36 PM
Qantas posts record annual loss of US$2.65 billion

A Qantas aircraft takes off from Sydney Airport on October 26, 2007Struggling Australian flag carrier Qantas on Thursday posted a huge annual net loss of Aus$2.84 billion (US$2.65 billion), but chief executive Alan Joyce insisted better days lie ahead. Qantas' underlying loss before tax in the 12 months to June 30 -- its preferred measure of financial performance which excludes one-off costs and writedowns -- was Aus$646 million. With our accelerated Qantas Transformation programme we are already emerging as a leaner, more focused and more sustainable Qantas Group.



08/27/2014 08:36 PM
Utah approves winery in town with polygamous sect

FILE - In this April 20, 2006, file photo, Hildale, Utah, sits at the base of Red Rock Cliff mountains with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz., in the foreground. Utah's liquor commission has approved a winemaking license for a new winery in the town of Hildale, home to a polygamous sect. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect moved closer to opening its first commercial winery, a new venture and a signal of yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings.



08/27/2014 08:35 PM
5-pound Pomeranian is world's fastest on 2 feet

In this Oct. 4, 2013 photo provided by Guinness World Records, Jiff, a 4-year-old Pomeranian, walks on his two front legs on the floor in his Los Angeles home. Jiff blazed into the 60th edition of the Guinness World Records book due out Sept. 10, 2014 after running 10 meters (9.1 yards) on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters (4.55 yards) on his front paws in 7.76 seconds. (AP Photo/Guinness World Records, Kevin Scott Ramos) NO SALES NO ARCHIVING ONE-TIME USE ONLYLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jiff was already cute, lovable and talented. Now he's proven he's speedy too.



08/27/2014 08:34 PM
Judge dismisses sex-assault case against 'X-Men' director

Michael Egan III briefs the media in Los Angeles on a lawsuit alleging the "X-Men" director Bryan Singer sexually abused him, April 17, 2014A federal US judge dismissed Wednesday a child sex assault lawsuit brought against Bryan Singer, the director of the blockbuster "X-Men" films. Aspiring actor Michael Egan III had claimed that Singer forced him to have sex at parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, when Egan was 17 years old. Egan filed a lawsuit in April in Hawaii, weeks before the release of the latest "X-Men" film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." He had denied that the timing was aimed at maximizing the pressure on Singer, saying it was instead due to a legal "window" in Hawaii that meant he had to file then or drop the case.



08/27/2014 08:33 PM
Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source

Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, attends the unveil event of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New YorkBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.



08/27/2014 08:31 PM
Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year
SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) statutory loss for the last fiscal year reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and aircraft write downs.

08/27/2014 08:26 PM
Sharapova rallies to reach US Open third round

Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd after defeating Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania during their US Open women's singles match, in New York, on August 27, 2014French Open champion Maria Sharapova produced a gritty, three-set victory over Alexandra Dulgheru on Wednesday to reach the third round of the US Open. The fifth-seeded Russian, one of the day's headliners along with Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, kept the star-quotient up on a day that saw two-time defending women's champion Serena Williams along with top men Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray all having a day off. Venus Williams was to open the night session, taking on Timea Bacsinszky for a place in the third round.



08/27/2014 08:21 PM
Final ruling issued against part of polygamy ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

08/27/2014 08:21 PM
Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Perry is visiting South Carolina for both politics and football in the first state in the south to vote in the presidential primaries. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that it's important for the GOP to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.



08/27/2014 08:14 PM
Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX (AP) — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

08/27/2014 08:54 PM
Diane Sawyer exits as ABC evening anchor

Diane Sawyer exits as ABC evening anchorDiane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's "World News" on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight. She ...



08/27/2014 08:04 PM
US OPEN SCENE: You can't win if you can't finish

Ivan Dodig, of Croatia, is treated by a trainer during an injury timeout during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament against Feliciano Lopez, of Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. Dodig forfeited the match to Lopez in the fifth set. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — As Croatia's Ivan Dodig knows all too well after his 2014 Grand Slam season, you can't win if you can't finish.



08/27/2014 08:03 PM
Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.

08/27/2014 07:55 PM
Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

In this image made from video obtained on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Shirley Sotloff, who lives in Florida, appeals to the captors of her son, freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, 31, who was last seen in Syria in August 2013. On a video released on Aug. 19, 2014, he was threatened with death by militants from the Islamic State unless the U.S. stopped air strikes on the group in Iraq. The same video showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. (AP Photo)BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.



08/27/2014 07:47 PM
Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

Davin Galinto, left, and Dorian Ortloff recoil from a wave crashing against the board way on the Peninsula in Long Beach, Calif. during high tide on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico has caused higher than normal surf along the Southern California coast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Jeff Gritchen)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.



08/27/2014 07:46 PM
'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer speaks in front of images from security video and an enlargement of an airsoft pistol used in the robbery of a Wendy's restaurant on Tuesday, during a news conference at police headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Bryce Dion, a sound technician with the “Cops” television show who was embedded with Omaha police, was killed on Tuesday during an armed robbery at a Wendy's fast-food restaurant. The armed robber was shot and died as well. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.



08/27/2014 07:46 PM
Parents: Mom didn't understand abandoning baby

This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Marie Englert, 23, who was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 on suspicion of attempted murder. The Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems. The newborn baby girl is expected to be in critical condition for several days. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — A newborn girl was fighting for her life a day after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbor's trash can, an act the woman's parents said Wednesday that she didn't fully comprehend.



08/27/2014 07:43 PM
Sharapova rallies to outlast Dulgheru at US Open

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after a point against Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.



08/27/2014 07:34 PM
AP PHOTOS: Storm-roiled waves hit beach towns

Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Massive waves turned into floodwaters Wednesday along the Southern California shore as Hurricane Marie stirred up the surf from afar.



08/27/2014 07:27 PM
Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

David Barajas stands between his wife Cindy and his attorney Sam Cammack after a jury acquitted him of murder at the Brazoria County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Angleton, Texas. Barajas was accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, minutes after Banda hit a truck Barajas and his two sons were pushing after it ran out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison, if he had been convicted. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A southeast Texas man says that despite his acquittal Wednesday for the shooting death of the drunken driver who caused a crash that killed his two sons, there are no winners.



08/27/2014 07:27 PM
Arsenal in 17th straight Champions group stage

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, second right, scores a goal during a second leg Champions League qualifying soccer match between Arsenal and Besiktas at Emirates Stadium in London Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Alexis Sanchez scored his first Arsenal goal, and the Gunners beat Besiktas 1-0 Wednesday night to reach the Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season.



08/27/2014 07:26 PM
Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

08/27/2014 07:24 PM
SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and income.

08/27/2014 07:24 PM
U.S. judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung

Picture illustration of Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 taken in SeoulApple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over three Apple patents. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, on Wednesday denied Apple's request to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its smartphones related to those patents. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.



08/27/2014 07:21 PM
Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener

FILE - In this July 21, 2014, file photo, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. Fedora says the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. Fedora said Wednesday, Aug. 27, the four players were suspended for a "violation of team policy," but offered no other details about what rules were broken. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a redshirt freshman walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.



08/27/2014 07:17 PM
Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

08/27/2014 07:11 PM
Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expect onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that by failing to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, lawmakers have ceded wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they’ve deemed an egregious presidential overstep. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.



08/27/2014 07:02 PM
Judge lets 'X-Men' director's accuser drop lawsuit
HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

08/27/2014 07:01 PM
McDonnell daughter testifies on parents' marriage

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin YoungThe eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.



08/27/2014 06:58 PM
Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department inspector general report issued Wednesday.

08/27/2014 06:54 PM
Sam gets last chance at Rams' preseason impression

FILE - In this May 13, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility in St. Louis. Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, Aug. 28, 2014, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players to state their cases before teams pare down their rosters to the NFL-mandated 53 by Saturday afternoon. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster.



08/27/2014 06:53 PM
Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative super PAC was forced Wednesday to edit a negative ad against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot with the broadcaster.

08/27/2014 06:51 PM
Police presence drawing down in Ferguson, Missouri

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson and St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar are photographed after giving a news conference in St. LouisBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday disbanded what had been a command center in Ferguson, Missouri, for law enforcement responding to sometimes violent protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who has led the response, told a news conference the Highway Patrol and St. Louis County police officers would continue to patrol, but the force had been substantially reduced. "People are communicating with each other and it is already leading to change, not just in Ferguson but across our whole region," Johnson said. Boarded-up stores were the only sign of the turmoil along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, which had been the site of clashes between demonstrators and police that led to scores of arrests after the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.



08/27/2014 06:42 PM
Woman accused of setting fire with burned bacon

Cameo Adawn Crispi appears in 8th District Court for a preliminary hearing in Vernal, Utah on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Crispi, 32, is accused of trying to set fire to her ex-boyfriend's home with a pound of bacon left burning on a gas stove. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Geoff Liesik, Pool)VERNAL, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.



08/27/2014 06:40 PM
Police: Man kills wife at hospital, son also dead

Camden County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Ron Moten, left, stands with in front of Kennedy Hospital with hospital chief of safety, David Condoluci, as he answers a question about shootings at the facility Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stratford, N.J. Authorities say Raymond Wychowanec fatally shot his hospitalized wife, Denise, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home. Authorities are investigating what ties the hospital homicide may have with the death of a person found a short time later in the family's home in Glendora in southern New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) — A man shot and killed his hospitalized wife on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their home, where their son was found fatally shot, authorities said.



08/27/2014 06:39 PM
US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after fleeing her husband.

08/27/2014 06:39 PM
Tony Soprano didn't die, show's creator reveals

Director David Chase attends HBO Films Directors Dialogues on October 7, 2012 in New York CityFamed mob boss Tony Soprano did not die at the end of the iconic TV show's last season, its creator revealed Wednesday. The infamous final scene, which fades to black on Soprano eating with his wife and son in a New Jersey diner, triggered a storm when it ran in 2007. Critics said it wasn't fair to leave viewers in the lurch after six seasons, after preceding scenes showed mysterious characters milling around, and Soprano's daughter rushing to join him in the diner. Series creator David Chase finally revealed all -- or a key fact anyway -- in an interview with online blogging site Vox.com.



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