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American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:46
As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus.

Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:46
Russia unilaterally sent an aid mission into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying its patience had worn out after a week of delays it blamed on the Ukrainian government.

National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:46
The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Hamas kills 11 suspected informers for Israel

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:46
Hamas said it shot dead 11 suspected informants for Israel on Friday, a day after an Israeli airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip killed three top Hamas military commanders.

His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:31
A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:31
A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.

Va. man named Stoner arrested on pot charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:16
A Virginia man with the last name Stoner is facing drug charges after police found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana plants at his home.

Man in mystery selfie comes forward in LA County

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:16
The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday.

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:16
Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:16
By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:01
Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:01
A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46
The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start.

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46
President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46
U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:01
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:01
The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:46
A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:46
A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.