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  • Today in History

    Today is Monday, September 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

  • Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

    Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool ...

  • Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

    By Jason Szep and Mehrdad Balali PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step toward becoming the first ally to join the U.S.-led air campaign there. ...

  • Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples at Vatican: Why It's Important
    Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples at Vatican: Why It's Important

    Some of the Couples Had Lived Together and One Had a Child Out of Wedlock

  • Syria's 'moderate' rebels say they need weapons, not training

    By Jason Szep JEDDAH Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference. He fears that restrictions on the kind of weapons he’ll receive and the training he’ll get under a $500 million White House proposal to arm moderate Syrian rebels will make his job impossible. What we need are quality weapons,” said Wawi, a commander in the Free Syrian Army, a loose collection of moderate rebels fighting both the Islamic State and Syrian government forces. If we don’t get those, we can’t win, no matter what the United States does.” Under the current legislation in Congress, Wawi is unlikely to get what he wants, highlighting a dilemma for Obama after he authorized last week U.S.

  • Minecraft Maker Quits After Microsoft Deal
    Minecraft Maker Quits After Microsoft Deal

    Markus "Notch" Persson, the founder of the immensely popular world-building game Minecraft, is stepping down following Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Minecraft maker Mojang Monday morning.

  • What's Up, Dog? Dachshund Takes Part in Skydive From 13,000 Feet

    While most dogs are content to cover, at most, a couple thousand feet on a walk, Riley the dachshund is gaining international fame for traversing 13,000 — vertically. Riley's owner, Nathan Batiste, is a photographer from San Francisco, Calif., who has some experience with skydiving. He has more than 400 jumps under his belt, but he had always wanted to bring the dachshund he and his girlfriend adopted in 2009 along for one of them.

  • On last visit before vote, PM Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact
    On last visit before vote, PM Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn ABERDEEN/LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the leader of the ruling Conservative party, which draws most of its support from England, pleaded with voters not to use the referendum as a protest vote. "There's no going back from this. No re-run. ...

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