Pope Francis Family Members Die In Car Crash



BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after their car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said.

The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man's wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri. The crash killed the wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months.

Photos showed the passenger side of the car smashed and crumpled beneath the cargo truck.

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U.S. Strikes Militants At Iraq Dam After Massacre



IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.

Residents living near the Mosul Dam told The Associated Press that the area was being targeted by airstrikes, but it was not immediately clear whether the attacks were being carried out by Iraq's air force or the U.S., which last week launched an air campaign aimed at halting the advance of the Islamic State group across the country's north.

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ISIS 'Massacres' 80 Yazidis In North Iraq

(Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

"They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon," senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. "We believe it's because of their creed: convert or be killed."

A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped.

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Suitcase Slaying: Daughter, Boyfriend Charged With Murder



JAKARTA, Indonesia - The daughter of an American tourist slain and stuffed into a suitcase at a $500 per night Bali hotel and the teenager's boyfriend were charged with murder on Friday. Under Indonesian law, Heather Lois Mack, 19, and her 21-year-old boyfriend Tommy Schaefer potentially face the death penalty by firing squad. A suitcase containing the half-naked corpse of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, of the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, was found on Tuesday. The luggage had been wrapped in a garbage bag and left in a waiting taxi for two hours before being discovered, police said.

Police: Teen Shot By Cop Suspect In Robbery





FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released several police reports and documents during a news conference where he also identified the officer involved as Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since he shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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Ferguson Police Chief: 'Robbery Not Related' To Shooting Of Michael Brown

Watch Surveillance Video From Alleged Brown Robbery

Governor vows a 'different tone' in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon promised Thursday a "different tone" and an "operational shift" by police on the protest-wracked streets of Ferguson but stopped short of confirming that St. Louis County officers would be pulled out.

"I think you will all see a different tone," Nixon said in a meeting with area clergy and activists in the predominantly African-American town of around 20,000.

Aug 14, 2014: President Obama delivers a statement from Edgartown, Mass.


Beauty Pageant Contestant Busted For Insurance Fraud



A beauty contestant from Riverside, California, has been arrested for workers’ compensation fraud after authorities discovered her featured in an online video competing in high heels — all while she allegedly was collecting disability over a foot injury claim.

Shawna Lynn Palmer, 22, who participated in this year’s Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix Beauty Pageant in April, was arrested Friday and booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on three felony counts of defrauding an insurance company, center records showed. Jail records showed that she was released the same day on $5,000 bail.

“Palmer worked as a clerk at Stater Brothers [market], and on March 10, 2014 she reported to her employer that she fractured a toe on her left foot at work,” California Department of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in an official statement.

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AP Journalist Among 5 Killed In Gaza



GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator were killed Wednesday when ordnance left over from the Israeli-Hamas war exploded as they were reporting on the conflict's aftermath.

Simone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash died in a blast as Gaza police engineers were trying to defuse unexploded ordnance fired by Israel during the recent fighting.

Police said four police engineers also were killed. Three people, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were badly injured.

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Florida Legislature Approves New Congressional Map



TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators completed their hasty fix of a congressional redistricting map Monday, sending the plan on to Gov. Rick Scott for approval as they scramble to meet Friday's deadline set by a state court.

In an attempt to address the concerns by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis — who said the map violated a constitutional ban on partisan gerrymandering — the Legislature ended a three-day special session by moving 368,000 voters in North and Central Florida into new districts as it changed the boundaries of seven congressional seats.

No Tampa Bay area voters are affected by the map changes, even though District 17, which covers parts of southeast Hillsborough County, was modified slightly. The changes are in Polk and Osceola counties.

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Protests Follow After Shooting of a Teenager in St. Louis



CHICAGO — The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Saturday by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb came after a struggle for the officer’s gun, police officials said Sunday, in an explanation that met with outrage and skepticism in the largely African-American community.

The killing of the youth, Michael Brown, 18, ignited protests on Saturday and Sunday in Ferguson, Mo., a working-class suburb of about 20,000 residents. Hundreds of people gathered at the scene of the shooting to question the police and to light candles for Mr. Brown, who was planning to begin college classes on Monday.

Mr. Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, held a cardboard sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.”

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Police Wound Armed Man In St. Louis Protests

Photos: Ferguson Looks Like A War Zone

U.S. Airstrikes Begin In Iraq



WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there.

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. Kirby said the fighters had taken off from the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf to conduct the mission. He said it wasn't clear how many militants might have been killed in the strike.

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Update: 

U.S. Warplanes Drop More Bombs On ISIS Forces

Kurdish Pleas For Weapons May Finally Be Heard

Child's remains found near where girl disappeared



BREMERTON, Wash. — The body of a child was found Thursday near the mobile home park where a 6-year-old girl went missing over the weekend.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office did not say whether investigators believe it is the body of Jenise Paulette Wright but said her family has been informed. The body will be turned over to the county coroner for identification.

The body was found near Still Creek mobile home park, where Jenise's family last saw her Saturday night when she went to bed. She was reported missing the next day, launching a search with more than 100 people and 15 agencies, including the FBI.

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Study Ties New Gene to Breast Cancer Risk



It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.

Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine times more likely to develop, an international team of researchers reports in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.

About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be due to bad BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Beyond those, many other genes are thought to play a role but how much each one raises risk has not been known, said Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel, a genetics expert at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.

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Popular Kentucky Floating Restaurant Sinks Into Ohio River



Jeff Ruby opened his floating restaurant, The Waterfront, in Kentucky in 1996, but lately it's seen a run of misfortune.

“We’ve been hit by runaway barges. We’ve been hit by a tugboat. We’ve been hit by a runaway iceberg,” Ruby told ABC News today. “I almost lost an employee last year when an iceberg hit us.”

This week, he finally lost the restaurant for good. On Tuesday, it sank into the Ohio River.

Ruby thinks the barge that hit the restaurant in Covington, Kentucky, across from Cincinnati, two weeks ago might have caused it to finally sink, but his run of problems goes back a bit further.

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June 26, 2014

Europe's Rosetta Spacecraft Enters Orbit Of Comet

Rosetta with Philae lander, before separation. Frame from the movie "Chasing A Comet – The Rosetta Mission".
After a decade in space and 4 billion miles, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has made history: For the first time ever, a robotic probe from Earth is flying with a comet and will soon enter orbit.

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, today (Aug. 6) to end a 10-year journey across the solar system. The spacecraft performed an engine burn that brought it about 62 miles (100 kilometers) from the comet's surface.

Comet 67P/C-G and Rosetta are now flying about 251 million miles (450 million kilometers) from Earth. Engineers on the ground had to program the probe to go through a series of complicated burns and maneuvers to make the spacecraft's rendezvous with the comet a possibility.

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WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon Joins Spurs As Coach

Becky Hammon - International Basketball All Star
The San Antonio Spurs made history Tuesday by hiring six-time WNBA all-star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major professional sports.

Hammon, a two-time first-team all-WNBA player who had spent the past eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars during a 16-year career in the league, served as an unofficial coaching intern last season with the NBA champion Spurs.

"Obviously this is a big deal. The bigger deal is I feel like there's been greater pioneers to even get to this point," Hammon, 37, said...

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Becky Hammon, Born To Coach

REPORT: Russian Hackers Stole 1.2 Billion Internet Records



(Reuters) - A cybersecurity firm said it has uncovered about 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which discovered the credentials, said they were stolen from some 420,000 websites, according to the report.

Hold Security declined to identify the sites that were breached, citing nondisclosure agreements and concerns that they remained vulnerable to attack, the paper reported on its website.

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U.S. General Killed In Afghan Military Academy Attack


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An American general was killed today and 15 other soldiers wounded in an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan today.

The incident happened at Camp Qargha where Afghan military officers were being trained when a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon against Americans and other Afghans, ABC News has learned. The camp was recently renamed the Marshal Fahim National Defense University for the country's deceased vice president,

A U.S. official described the shooting victim as a two star major general, the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war. American generals usually have their security detail.

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2-Star General Killed In Afghanistan Identified

Egypt Plans to Dig New Suez Canal

Container ship Hanjin Kaohsiung transiting the Suez Canal
(Reuters) - Egypt plans to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old historic waterway in a multi-billion dollar project aimed at expanding trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

The Suez Canal earns Egypt about $5 billion a year in revenues, a vital source of hard currency for a country that has suffered a slump in tourism and foreign investment since its 2011 uprising.

The new channel, part of a larger project to expand Suez port and shipping facilities, aims to raise Egypt's international profile and establish it as a major trade hub.

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U.S. To Close 3 Shelters For Immigrant Children



WASHINGTON — The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters — in California, Texas and Oklahoma — it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate.

A shelter in Oklahoma at Fort Sill is expected to close as early as Friday, the Health and Human Services Department said. Shelters in Texas at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and in California at Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme will wrap up operations in the next two to eight weeks, agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said. About 7,700 children had been housed at the three military bases since shelters there opened in May and early June. They stayed an average of 35 days.

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James Brady Death Ruled A Homicide



8/8/14 - The death of James Brady, who survived a gunshot to the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan 33 years ago, has been ruled a homicide by a Northern Virginia medical examiner, a spokeswoman told The Associated Press.


Because the examiner ruled the death the result of Brady's 1981 injuries, prosecutors could bring charges against the man who shot him, John Hinckley Jr., NBC Washington reported Friday.

The District of Columbia Police Department was notified of the ruling Friday, spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told the AP.

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Former Reagan Press Sec. James Brady Dies At 73

8/4/14 - James S. Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and then became a symbol of the fight for gun control, championing tighter regulations from his wheelchair, died on Monday in Alexandria, Va. He was 73.

His family confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.

On the rainy afternoon of March 30, 1981, Mr. Brady was struck in a hail of bullets fired by John W. Hinckley Jr., a mentally troubled college dropout who had hoped that shooting the president would impress the actress Jodie Foster, on whom he had a fixation. Mr. Hinckley raised his handgun as Reagan stepped out of a hotel in Washington after giving a speech.

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Mudslides Trap Thousands In Southern Calif. Town



(CNN) -- Torrential rain and rapid mudslides have shut down a Southern California town, stranding thousands of people and trapping 500 children and adults at a church camp.

"Most roads are impassable due to mudflows" in Forest Falls, said San Bernardino Fire Capt. Kyle Hauducoeur. Even a local fire station had to be evacuated.

Authorities have made contact with the Forest Home camp, where the 500 visitors were staying, and said everyone is safe -- but the camp was still trapped behind mudflow late Sunday.

Crews used bulldozers and other heavy equipment to try to reach the campers, Hauducoeur said.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Welcomes Class of 2014



CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Andre Reed delivered the emotion and managed to hook up for one more catch from Jim Kelly on the Pro Football Hall of Fame stage.

And leave it to Michael Strahan and his familiar gap-toothed grin to bring the laughs in closing the ceremony honoring the seven inductees Saturday night.

The defensive end cracked he was still a little scared of former New York Giants teammate Lawrence Taylor. Strahan singled out former Philadelphia tackle Jon Runyan in the crowd and referred to him as his toughest opponent and "350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal."

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Reed Catches One Last Pass From Kelly

Strahan Greets His Gap-Tooth Bust in Canton

Derrick Brooks' 'Thank You Letter' To Family And Friends

Walter Jones Shows He Knows Seahawks History

More Highlights From Canton

China Factory Blast Kills At Least 68 People, Injuring Nearly 200



Sixty-eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured, most with severe burns, after an explosion Saturday at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors, officials said.

It was China's most serious industrial disaster since a fire at a poultry plant killed 119 people in June last year.

Saturday morning's explosion occurred when more than 200 workers were on the site of the factory, which is in an industrial zone in the city of Kunshan, officials from the city said at a news conference televised by state broadcaster CCTV. Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southeast of Beijing.

CCTV showed footage shot by residents of large plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the plant. Several firefighting trucks were shown in the factory compound. News websites posted photos showing survivors or those who were killed being lifted onto the back of large trucks, their bodies black, presumably from burns or soot.

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