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Syrian rebels attack Golan Heights

Aug 30, 2014 / 9:10 am

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers...

Slice of cake sold for $1,375

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:06 pm

A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box was a card stating,...

Beauty queen steals $100k crown

Aug 29, 2014 / 1:41 pm

Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday. May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned"...

Search over for crashed pilot

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:00 am

The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Col. James Keefe announced the news at...

US: Beware of giant snails!

Aug 28, 2014 / 9:46 pm

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens...

UN: 43 peacekeepers detained

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:36 pm

An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the...

Dozens of soldiers killed by ISIS

Aug 28, 2014 / 1:26 pm

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The images of the slayings that emerged Thursday were the...

Ebola cases could reach 20,000

Aug 28, 2014 / 8:30 am

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday. A new plan released by the U.N. health agency to stop Ebola also assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas may...

Surfing some hurricane waves

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:44 am

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. Despite the danger, surfers,...

6 dead, 21 missing in landslide

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:40 am

Six people died and 21 others were missing after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, Chinese state media reported Thursday. The official Xinhua News Agency said 77 houses collapsed or were buried in the landslide Wednesday night in the village of Yingping in Guizhou province. It...

Russian tanks enter Ukraine

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:20 am

Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. The comments by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for...

Mother pleads for journalist's life

Aug 27, 2014 / 7:23 pm

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. Shirley Sotloff's plea...

John Lennon's killer is sorry

Aug 27, 2014 / 7:20 pm

John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "I...

Hate-crime convictions overturned

Aug 27, 2014 / 7:09 pm

Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by...

Child with Uzi kills instructor

Aug 27, 2014 / 7:45 am

A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said. Charles Vacca, 39, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said...

Police arrest 'serial killer'

Aug 26, 2014 / 9:01 pm

A man in custody is a serial killer who is suspected of randomly shooting seven people, leaving four dead, over five days in the Los Angeles area, authorities said Tuesday. Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said at a news conference that the three other victims were critically injured and two dogs were...

Sexual exploitation in England

Aug 26, 2014 / 7:30 pm

About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. Report author Alexis Jay...

Female aid worker taken hostage

Aug 26, 2014 / 7:15 pm

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the radical group. The Islamic State group recently threatened to...

Cease-fire reached

Aug 26, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighbourhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of...

Soldier dies after shooting

Aug 26, 2014 / 7:30 am

An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command's headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day. The soldier, who has not been...

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