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  • 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.

     
  • Malaysia plans overhaul of national airline Aug 8, 2014 7:47 AM
    Malaysia’s state investment company said Friday it plans to remove struggling Malaysia Airlines from the stock exchange, making it fully state-owned before a far-reaching overhaul of its business. Malaysia Airlines has been hit by two major disasters this year, which added to its longstanding financial woes.

     
  • Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case Aug 8, 2014 7:03 PM
    A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds.

     
  • Biggest, brightest supermoon coming Sunday Aug 8, 2014 4:17 PM
    Lunar events should be especially exciting to urbanites. “Normally, when cool stuff is happening in the night sky, we miss it because of the light pollution,” Shawn Domagal-Goldman, research space scientist at NASA Goddard, said. “But there’s no such thing as too much light pollution to see the moon. All you need is nighttime and a clear sky. If you live in a city and want to share in the awe of the cosmos, this is the astronomical event for you.”

     
  • Liberia, Sierra Leone race to enforce Ebola quarantine Aug 7, 2014 9:02 AM
    Soldiers clamped down on people trying to travel to Liberia’s capital Thursday from rural areas hard-hit by the Ebola virus hours after the president declared a national state of emergency. Reports have emerged of families hiding sick relatives at home and of abandoned bodies being left in the streets. Similar efforts were under way in eastern areas of neighboring Sierra Leone after officials there launched “Operation Octopus” to try and keep those sick with Ebola in isolation.

     
  • Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders Aug 7, 2014 9:52 AM
    They were leaders of Cambodia’s infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state. When the nightmare ended in 1979, close to 2 million people were dead. On Thursday, a U.N.-backed tribunal convicted two of the once all-powerful men who ruled during that era of crimes against humanity in the first and possibly the last verdicts to be issued against the group’s aging, top members.

     
  • Fannie Mae will pay treasury $3.7 billion after quarterly profit Aug 7, 2014 8:08 AM
    Fannie Mae will give the Treasury Department $3.7 billion next month after the largest financier of U.S. mortgages posted its 10th-consecutive quarterly profit. Washington-based Fannie Mae, owned by taxpayers after being seized by the government six years ago, had net income of $3.7 billion for the three months through June, according to a regulatory filing today.

     
  • Republicans to approve post-2012 goals, not immigration Aug 7, 2014 6:41 PM
    Republicans are enthusiastic about wrapping up their year of sweeping party rule changes aimed at making the work of picking a candidate for president more efficient and less prone to infighting. Not a moment too soon. As members of the Republican National Committee meet this week in Chicago, several White House hopefuls are spending a few days in the Iowa — a full year and a half ahead of the state’s leadoff caucuses.

     
  • Remains of airmen missing since WWII accounted for Aug 7, 2014 10:30 AM
    The remains of two missing airmen have been accounted for 70 years after they disappeared when their plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II, U.S. military officials said. The remains of 1st Lts. William Bernier and Bryant Poulsen were identified through DNA and other evidence collected from the crash site in a forest on the Pacific island nation, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan with the Defense Prisoner of War-Missing Personnel Office.

     
  • Hamas says Gaza war not over until demands met Aug 7, 2014 10:02 AM
    A senior Hamas official has told supporters at a Gaza City rally that the war with Israel won’t be over until the group’s political demands are met. The official, Mushir al-Masri, said Thursday that “our fingers are on the trigger and our rockets are trained at Tel Aviv.”

     
  • Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years Aug 7, 2014 8:39 AM
    Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years and whose path another hurricane closely followed. Hurricane Iselle was expected to pass overnight across the Big Island, one of the least populated islands that is known for coffee fields, volcanoes and black sand beaches, then send rain and high winds to the rest of the state on Friday. The storm's predicted track had it skirting just south of the other islands.

     
  • 30 coins from 19th century to sell at Rosemont auction Aug 7, 2014 8:27 AM
    Thirty coins stamped by the U.S. Mint in the 19th century to test designs and metals are expected to sell at an auction in Rosemont today for more than $300,000 The coins come from the collection of Dallas businessman and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr., who died in 1998 at age 71. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will sell the coins individually Thursday at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The proceeds will go to the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation, which helps support organizations in such areas as education and the arts. Heritage coin expert Mark Borckardt says the U.S. Mint in the 19th century sold such test coins, which in subsequent years made their way to major auctions. The coins have been displayed at the American Numismatic Association’s Colorado museum.

     
  • Western farmers take hit from Russia food ban Aug 7, 2014 4:21 PM
    Russian diners won’t be able to find creamy Dutch cheeses or juicy Polish apples in the grocery store or cook up chicken from the United States — the result of a Russian ban on most food imports from the West. Although the U.S., Canada and the European Union together will take more than a $17.5 billion hit, Russian consumers may feel it more than Western farmers.

     
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