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Global 'food shocks' risk increasing

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 16:13
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly.
Categories: BBC World News

Three men arrested following treasure hunt in New York City's sewers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:58
A spokesman for the New York City Police Department said Marquise Evans, 21, dislodged a manhole cover on a street in Brooklyn late on Wednesday and allowed two other men to climb inside. About four hours later, the two men, identified as David Hannibal, 45, and Damion Nieves, 35, emerged and were taken into custody, police said. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters he didn't know what specifically the men had hoped to find.

U. of Texas puts move of Jefferson Davis statue on hold

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:37

A restraining order was requested in state district court.

       

U.S. looks at long-term solution to mining pollution

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:35

Breach at Gold King Mine in Colorado added heavy metals to the Animas River.

       

Sammy Davis Jr. pendant among Elvis artifacts auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:23

FILE - This August 2010 file photo, shows Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn. Over a hundred authenticated artifacts are up for auction Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, as part of Elvis Week at Graceland. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 authenticated artifacts sold Thursday evening during an auction at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.


Big banks agree $2bn forex settlement

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:19
Nine banks agree to pay $2bn in settlements in the US to investors over claims they rigged foreign exchange rates.
Categories: BBC World News

Japanese leader Abe stops short of apology for WWII

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:09

PM Shinzo Abe said Japan’s past 'heartfelt apologies' remain unshakable.

       

Explosions rip through Texas chemical plant

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:08

Nearby residents were ordered to shelter in place.

       

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:05
"We're going to keep coming back. We're going to fight this to the very end." — Karen Roberts, who along with her partner of 11 years was denied a marriage license by a county clerk in Kentucky, who cited religious beliefs for the denial.

Siri saves teen after truck collapses on him

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:02

He was able to press his butt into his phone, tell Siri to call 911.

       

Bangladesh blogger killing: Two held

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:47
Bangladesh police arrest two suspected members of a banned Islamist group over the killing of atheist blogger Niloy Neel.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Uganda blood transfusion trial begins

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:46
Catherine Byaruhanga went to a world-first clinical trial to find a reason behind the high child anaemia rates in Uganda.
Categories: BBC World News

Greek MPs vote on key bailout deal

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:39
Greek MPs hold a crucial vote on a bailout deal with international creditors, after a debate lasting all night.
Categories: BBC World News

Gulf eats away at coast outside levee-protected New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:37

This aerial photo shows Delacroix Island surrounded by fragmenting and eroding marshland and coastal waters in St. Bernard Parish, La., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The shrinking fishing community lies outside the the New Orleans area storm risk reduction system, and is vulnerable to potential future storm surges. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)DELACROIX, La. (AP) — Rocky Morales is watching his small Louisiana town of Delacroix slowly melt into the water. The woods where he played hide-and-seek as a boy are gone. It's all water and mud back there now. So, too, is the nearby marsh where townsfolk once trapped for muskrat, otter and mink.


Couple in gay marriage case now licensed to wed

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:37

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse obtained their marriage license in Oakland County, Mich.

       

VIDEO: Cruise ship to ease Kos migrant crisis

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:09
A cruise ship is expected to arrive in Kos to act as a registration centre for some of the thousands of migrants arriving on the Greek island.
Categories: BBC World News

China’s Currency Stabilizes After 3-Day Slide

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:07
The country’s central bank set the official exchange rate slightly higher against the dollar, after turbulent days in which the currency was devalued.









Friday's gossip column

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:05
Man Utd miss out on Sergio Ramos, Mario Balotelli staying for 'loyalty' bonus, West Ham want Emmanuel Adebayor, plus more.
Categories: BBC World News

Major blow for US film download case

BBC World News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:01
An Australian court rules a US company must pay a huge bond if it wants the details of Australians who illegally downloaded the film Dallas Buyers Club.
Categories: BBC World News

Judge tosses murder conviction of man in prison for 34 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 13:53
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who spent 34 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl was released from prison Thursday after a judge vacated his murder conviction, citing new DNA evidence.