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Examiner: chokehold killed man

Aug 1, 2014 / 7:18 pm

A white police office's chokehold on a black New York City man last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide. The officer used the chokehold on Eric Garner during his arrest last month for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes Garner, 43, was killed...

Bertha hits the the Caribbean

Aug 1, 2014 / 2:21 pm

Tropical Storm Bertha swirled through the eastern Caribbean on Friday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in the region. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased slightly Friday to 50 mph (85 kph), but no significant change in strength is expected in the next two days. Bertha...

Obama: limited options

Aug 1, 2014 / 12:41 pm

President Barack Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia's actions in Ukraine because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests. Obama says the U.S. has done everything possible to support Ukraine's government and to deter Russia....

Bertha approaches Caribbean

Aug 1, 2014 / 11:25 am

Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased slightly Friday to 50 mph (85 kph), but no significant change in strength is expected in the next two days....

62 Palestinians killed

Aug 1, 2014 / 11:22 am

Israeli forces, backed by heavy tank fire and airstrikes, moved deeper into southern Gaza late Friday in search of a soldier apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. At least 62 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fierce fighting that quickly...

Child stabber ruled incompetent

Aug 1, 2014 / 11:00 am

One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said Friday. The judge also ordered that she be committed for treatment, and said attorneys have a year to...

Accused of needling the meat

Aug 1, 2014 / 7:30 am

A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year. The criminal complaint filed...
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Ebola death toll at 729 and rising

Aug 1, 2014 / 7:10 am

An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of...

Gaza truce unravels

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:24 am

A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured. Israel and Hamas accused each other of breaking the cease-fire,...

Sniffer dogs work landslide

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:12 am

Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines to detect signs of life were all but useless in 15 feet (4.5 metres) of heavy mud and debris. The landslide engulfed Malin village, in Pune district of Maharashtra...

Police headquarters destroyed

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:10 am

A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city. The police headquarters has been empty for several days after militias...

Investigators at jet crash site

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:04 am

With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area for remains of as many as 80 victims and jet debris. Several hours before...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:53 pm

Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph (75 kph). The storm is centred about 275 miles (445 kilometres)...

US: Ebola threatens West Africa

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:37 pm

U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700...

New restrictions on US airlines

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:25 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet (9,145 metres) over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there. The agency already had restricted flights in Iraqi air space...

Gas explosions kill 20

Jul 31, 2014 / 4:35 pm

UPDATE 4:30 P.M. A series of underground gas explosions killed 20 people and injured 270 others late Thursday in Taiwan's second-largest city, authorities said. The National Fire Agency said five firefighters were among the dead. Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that...

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:12 am

The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma vowed to quarantine sick patients at home and have authorities conduct house-to-house...

2 shot in office building

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:06 am

Chicago police say two people have been shot inside a downtown high-rise office building. Police spokesman Martin Maloney says two people were shot Thursday morning. No other details were immediately released, but an officer came out of the building in the city's business district saying the...

16,000 reservists called up

Jul 31, 2014 / 7:10 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory. Netanyahu's vow came as...

10-month-old dies in hot car

Jul 30, 2014 / 8:26 pm

A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder. Seth M. Jackson, 29, of Wichita, made his first court appearance on a charge of with first-degree murder. An alternative count of second-degree murder was also...



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