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  • Sicilian hilltop houses on sale for one euro, great view included
    Sicilian hilltop houses on sale for one euro, great view included

    It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro. Hewn into the Madonie mountains and dotted throughout the town of Gangi, the houses were left empty after their owners emigrated in the 1920s.

  • Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest
    Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest

    BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.

  • U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug
    U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug

    By Rich Mckay ABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said. Dr. Kent Brantly of Texas was given ZMapp, a drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak and produced by U.S.-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical. Brantly, 33, is expected to speak at a news conference on Thursday at Emory University Hospital, where he and U.S. Brantly will leave Emory's hospital after the news conference, a spokesman for the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse said.

  • Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight
    Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight

    Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has won a Supreme Court reprieve in his battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes, authorities said Thursday. Pacquiao will not have to post a cash bond of 3.3 billion pesos ($75.2 million) and the government is banned from seizing any of his assets while his income tax case is being heard, according to a Supreme Court ruling. Pacquiao expressed relief at the ruling, which came ahead of a China tour starting next week to promote the Macau defence of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against unbeaten US challenger Chris Algieri in November. The dispute arose from an initial assessment from the government that Pacquiao, 35, owed 2.2 billion pesos in unpaid taxes for 2008 and 2009.

  • Beyond Bulletproof: New 'X-Vehicles' Take Stealth to the Extreme
    Beyond Bulletproof: New 'X-Vehicles' Take Stealth to the Extreme

    To make ground vehicles both safer and better suited for the battlefield, these machines need to take advantage of other technologies, such as those that can help troops avoid detectionby enemy forces, DARPA said. "GXV-T's goal is not just to improve or replace one particular vehicle — it's about breaking the 'more armor' paradigm and revolutionizing protection for all armored fighting vehicles," Kevin Massey, a program manager for DARPA, said in a statement. DARPA's most recent X-plane program awarded contracts to private companies to build an unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. "We plan to pursue groundbreaking, fundamental research and development to make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, safe and affordable," Massey said.

  • Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
    Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

  • Sears Canada reports loss, revenue slides 12 percent

    (Reuters) - Struggling department store chain Sears Canada Inc reported its ninth loss in 14 quarters as sales continued to decline. Same-store sales fell 6.8 percent in the second quarter ended Aug. 2. Same-store sales at Sears's home and hardlines business dropped 9.3 percent. The company blamed the slump partly on a relatively cold spring. Total revenue fell 12 percent to C$845.8 million, said Sears Canada, whose sales have declined for six straight years. The company, which traces its Canadian roots back to the early 1950s, has lost market share to aggressive U.S. ...

  • George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge
    George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

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