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Obama: After 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)President Obama urged that US officials who used torture not be judged too harshly.


08/01/2014 04:47:11pm
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Official: NYC Police chokehold ruled a homicide

NYPD 'Chokehold' Death Raises Questions Over Use of ForceNEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a police officer on a New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide.


08/01/2014 04:31:53pm
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War of words erupts between Larry King & Piers Morgan

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Legendary journalist Larry King speaks to Brian Lowry, TV Critic, Variety, as a part of a panel during the "OJ: Trial of the Century" Premiere at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Danny Moloshok/ AP Images for Discovery Communications Inc.)NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly, former CNN prime-time stars Larry King and Piers Morgan aren't big fans of each other.


08/01/2014 04:59:57pm
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Canadian police launch anti-sexting app for kids

A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic"A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic." The "Send This Instead" free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, provides 57 humorous and sarcastic retorts to sexting requests, as well as a link to police to report sexual harassment. It is aimed at Canadian teens, but will be available worldwide when it is officially launched at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas on August 11-14. "When you are feeling pressured to send intimate images to someone online, Send This Instead," reads a description of the app on Apple's and Google's app stores.


08/01/2014 04:30:44pm
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Jury in former Va. governor's corruption trial sees racy e-mail

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell saw an e-mail exchange on Friday between the governor's wife and a businessman that defense attorneys said was evidence the pair were having an affair. Lawyers for McDonnell's wife, Maureen, said at the start of the couple's corruption trial that their marriage had been unraveling at the time they accepted gifts from a businessman who they said Maureen McDonnell had a "crush" on.


08/01/2014 03:27:15pm
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Obama: Israeli soldier must be freed

President Barack Obama speaks about Congress, foreign policy and immigration, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)'Unconditional release' is required If Hamas wants to resolve Gaza conflict, Obama says.


08/01/2014 03:00:36pm
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Ebola-hit countries move to seal off hot zones, borders

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographWest Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a $100 million (75 million euro) action plan which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.


08/01/2014 05:03:02pm
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Teen girl to get head examined after setting 2K acre wildfire

San Diego wildfireA teenage girl charged with setting a California wildfire that burned 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego in May has been ordered by a judge to submit to a mental competency exam, prosecutors said on Friday. She has been identified only by her first name, Cheyenne, because she is a minor. Cheyenne, who could be required to stand trial as an adult, was ordered to undergo the mental competency evaluation by a judge during a hearing earlier this week, San Diego County District Attorney's spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said.


08/01/2014 03:53:33pm
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New alcohol rehab center opens in...Iran?

Female Iranian worshippers take part in the Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday.


08/01/2014 02:42:39pm
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US brings 2 Americans sick with Ebola back home

Two US citizens, including Dr. Kent Brantly, suffering from Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States to be cared for in strict isolation in the coming days, the State Department saysTwo Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, officials said Friday. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, are being flown home but the exact timing of their arrival is uncertain, their aid groups said. The World Health Organization said the fast-moving outbreak was causing "catastrophic" loss of life in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. "The safety and security of US citizens is our paramount concern," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, confirming her agency was facilitating the medical evacuation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


08/01/2014 04:33:15pm
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¿Pensando en la jubilación y el Seguro Social? Vale la pena espera


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - El esperar para empezar los beneficios de jubilación del Seguro Social puede aumentar los beneficios hasta en 76 por ciento, según el nuevo kit de herramientas "Cuándo tomar el Seguro Social: Vale la pena esperar", publica

Raising Autism Awareness for Better Lives


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - While there is currently no cure for autism, early detection and intervention can result in critical improvements for many young children. Learn more at www.autismspeaks.org. See full-sized image here.

Erase Strokes From Your Golf Game -- No Pencil Required


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Boomers Find Reason to Celebrate With Vacations


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Let's face it. For many people, getting older has less to do with chasing the almighty dollar, and more to do with enjoying special moments with friends and family. Highlighting this point is new research by AARP showing that many of America'

Stay Cool With a Ceiling Fan as Stylish as It Is Functional


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - No longer do you have to choose between comfort and design. Once thought of as purely utilitarian, today's ceiling fans offer sophisticated styling, designer finishes and glamorous accents. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA)