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  • Iraq welcomes U.S. aid to stranded civilians Aug 8, 2014 8:53 AM
    Iraqis on Friday welcomed the U.S. airlift of emergency aid to thousands of people who fled to the mountains to escape Islamic extremists and called for greater intervention, as U.S. warplanes struck the militants for the first time. Cargo planes dropped parachuted crates of food and water over an area in the mountains outside Sinjar, where thousands of members of the Yazidi minority where sheltering, according to witnesses in the militant-held town, who asked not to be identified for security reasons.

     
  • China billionaire buys L.A. Land for foray into Hollywood films Aug 8, 2014 8:02 AM
    Dalian Wanda Group, which controls the second-largest U.S. cinema chain, won the bid for a piece of land in Los Angeles as the Chinese company sets its sights on Hollywood.

     
  • FDA agent: Ga. plant waited to disclose salmonella Aug 8, 2014 7:51 AM
    A federal investigator says officials at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose any of their products had tested positive for salmonella as authorities rushed to find the source of a deadly national outbreak.

     
  • Art from Bill Watterson’s comics return up for auction Aug 8, 2014 10:04 AM
    Artwork from “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson’s three-day return to comics will be auctioned to benefit Parkinson’s disease research. Watterson collaborated with “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephan Pastis for the three comic strips in June after a long absence from the funny pages. The strips will be sold Friday by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, with each expected to sell for more than $10,000. Heritage says the three-strip arc follows Pastis’ alter-ego as he turns the drawing of the comic over to a second-grader. At Watterson’s request, the artwork is being sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a charity established in honor of cartoonist Richard Thompson, who has Parkinson’s. The proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. “Calvin and Hobbes” ended in 1995.

     
  • Judge banned for releasing Charlize Theron’s adoption details Aug 8, 2014 10:04 AM
    An Arkansas judge who disclosed confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron has agreed to a lifetime ban from the state bench. If the state Supreme Court approves the settlement, Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio will be suspended with pay for the remainder of 2014 and then leave office. The move stems from a series of actions by Maggio, who also was accused of making off-color remarks in an online forum. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission alleged that Maggio, using the pseudonym “geauxjudge,” entered an online forum of Louisiana State University sports fans and shared details from Theron’s 2012 adoption of a baby in the same court division where he served. In Louisiana, “Geaux” is a common spelling for “Go,” based on the French pronunciation of those letters. “Did she get herself a black baby?” another person in the forum asked. “Yep,” geauxjudge replied. Theron’s publicists did not reply to emails seeking comment after the settlement was released Wednesday. The actress, who recently appeared in “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” told MailOnline in a story published in May that Maggio had several details wrong. “This stuff happens and you try not to let it get to you. That’s on him. It reflects on him,” she said then. In return for his stepping aside, the state disciplinary commission dropped its look at an ethics complaint that ended with Maggio paying a $750 fine to settle allegations he received improper campaign contributions. The commission also alleged that in a 2009 post about divorce, Maggio said he was tired of hearing complaints that husbands work all the time while a wife withholds sex and becomes unattractive and non-supportive. “What did she think was going to happen ...,” he wrote. In 2012 he suggested that people can beat a drunken-driving charge by not cooperating with police, and also expressed a desire to obtain evidence photos from a case involving a cheerleader accused of sex with a minor. The state disciplinary panel opened an investigation March 3 after the Blue Hog Report website noted a series of posts appeared to be coming from Maggio. Maggio subsequently tried to delete or edit some of the material. The panel said information from various posts linked “geauxjudge” to Maggio: He’s an Arkansas judge who attended Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi, and has a daughter who played golf for LSU and Texas A&M University. “Your statements online were not anonymous,” the panel said. The disciplinary panel dropped its look at Maggio campaign contributions traced to a nursing homeowner with a case pending in the judge’s court. Maggio, in a statement Wednesday, thanked Conway-area voters. “I ask that you do not define me by the sanction levied today, but instead look at my record of presiding over one of the busiest dockets in the state,” wrote Maggio, who had been a circuit judge 13 years.

     
  • Shepherd, McCarthy to share their last ‘View’ Monday Aug 8, 2014 10:04 AM
    Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are saying goodbye to “The View” next week. ABC says their final appearance as co-hosts of the daytime talk show will air Monday.

     
  • Hachette Book Group calls off deal to buy Perseus Aug 8, 2014 10:05 AM
    Hachette Book Group said Thursday it has scrapped its proposed three-way deal that would have had it buying the publishing division of the Perseus Book Group, while selling Perseus’ client-service business to leading distributor Ingram Content Group. Hachette said the deal was scuttled after the three sides failed to resolve all the issues needed to complete the complex transaction. The three had jointly announced the deal in June. Hachette, whose authors include James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell, has been in contentious negotiations with Amazon.com, which has slowed shipments, reduced discounts and removed pre-order buttons for numerous Hachette releases. Hachette’s acquisition of Perseus could have increased its bargaining position with Amazon, which is reportedly seeking a larger cut of e-book sales and numerous other changes in contract terms. Perseus has a wide range of nonfiction imprints and has partnerships with The Daily Beast and The Weinstein Company, among others. Its books have included H.G. Bissinger’s “Friday Night Lights” and Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Problem from Hell.”

     
  • Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii Aug 8, 2014 4:39 PM
    The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm. A second system close behind it also weakened and was on track to pass north of the islands by several hundred miles.Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees when it crossed onto the Big Island. There have been no reports of deaths or major injuries, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Friday.

     
  • Miley both naughty and nice in return to Nashville Aug 8, 2014 10:21 AM
    Two 20-something women arrived at Miley Cyrus’ homecoming concert with identical bedazzled shirts that read, “R.I.P. Hannah Montana.” Look no further than that for the official theme to Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour. Thursday’s show was a little bit pop concert, a little bit late-night pay cable and a little bit great. But the surprising thing, after the former teen television star raised such a lather last year, is how tame the show actually is.

     
  • 35 years later, remains of Jonestown victims found Aug 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    Thirty-five years ago, funeral directors in Delaware struggled to quickly bury and cremate the remains of more than 900 people who died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, many of them Peoples Temple followers who drank cyanide-laced punch. On Thursday, officials revealed that not all had been brought to a final resting place. The cremated remains of nine Jonestown victims were discovered in a decrepit, now-shuttered funeral home in Dover, officials said.

     
  • Chicago man gets 5 years for $1M phone thefts Aug 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Chicago man who admitted he stole more than $1 million worth of iPhones and iPads from Verizon Wireless has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Gunn accessed online accounts of dozens of Verizon’s customers in New Jersey and elsewhere and placed unauthorized orders for smartphones, accessories and other electronic products.

     
  • Putin’s beef ban boosts McDonald’s supplier bonds Aug 8, 2014 7:58 AM
    Rising tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Ukraine are giving a boost to Brazilian meatpackers in the bond market. Russian officials called on countries including Brazil to boost food exports after President Vladimir Putin countered U.S. and European sanctions by banning their agricultural exports.

     
  • San Francisco man gets prison for insider deal Aug 8, 2014 7:47 AM
    A San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison for using insider information five years ago to profit off The Walt Disney Co.’s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

     
  • Verdict in Pistorius trial scheduled for Sept. 11 Aug 8, 2014 9:27 AM
    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Friday that she will give a verdict on Sept. 11, ending a televised trial that stretched for five months and transfixed South Africans and others around the world.

     
  • JK Rowling reaches out to Texas shootings survivor Aug 8, 2014 10:58 AM
    The teenage survivor of a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of her parents and four siblings at their suburban Houston home has drawn the attention of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Rowling’s publicist says the British author sent Cassidy Stay a letter and package.

     
  • Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce Aug 8, 2014 8:57 AM
    Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. Israel responded with a series of airstrikes, including one that killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded five children near a Gaza City mosque, Palestinian officials said. Two Israelis were wounded by rocket fire, police said.

     
  • Airstrikes begin as U.S. re-engages in Iraq Aug 8, 2014 4:33 PM
    U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.

     
  • Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency Aug 8, 2014 8:19 AM
    The World Health Organization today declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far killed at least 932 people.

     
  • Washington pot sales reach $3.8 million Aug 8, 2014 4:07 PM
    The state of Colorado has collected $34.9 million in all marijuana taxes, fees and licenses since recreational sales became legal in January. That number includes medical marijuana taxes.About $221 million worth of recreational pot was sold in May in Colorado, the state reported in July.

     
  • GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire Aug 8, 2014 11:18 AM
    General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire. The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.

     
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