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  • #GoodellMustGo banners fly above NFL stadiums
    #GoodellMustGo banners fly above NFL stadiums

    A women's rights group flew banners above several NFL stadiums on Sunday calling on its commissioner, Roger Goodell, to resign over his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

  • Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State
    Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State

    By Morag MacKinnon PERTH Australia (Reuters) - Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat. Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday a 600-strong force comprising some 400 airforce personnel and 200 special forces soldiers would be deployed to a U.S. President Barack Obama's call to join a coalition against Islamic State, but Australia is the first to publicly provide specific troop numbers and military hardware for the mission.

  • Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season
    Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away.

  • Greg Norman recovering from chain-saw accident
    Greg Norman recovering from chain-saw accident

    ATLANTA (AP) — Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor.

  • Kerry says some nations offer ground troops to fight Islamic State

    Secretary of State John Kerry said he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops. On the CNN program "State of the Union," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was asked if this coalition would need ground troops beyond opposition forces in Syria and Kurdish and government forces in Iraq. "Ultimately to destroy ISIL we do need to have a force, an anvil against which they will be pushed - ideally Sunni forces," he said, using an acronym for Islamic State. Kerry reiterated President Barack Obama's statement that U.S.

  • California nudist camp accused of stealing water

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

  • Get Grandma on board: young Scots push independence
    Get Grandma on board: young Scots push independence

    The campaign for Scottish independence took to the family dinner table this weekend as young nationalist voters were urged to use Sunday lunch to persuade their grandparents to vote "Yes" in next week's referendum. People over the age of 65 are the group most resistant to the overtures of Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond and his team, opinion polls suggest. "This is an inspired campaign and a great excuse to pop round for Sunday lunch at your gran's," said Salmond, Scotland's first minister. Those who cannot make it in person are being asked by the "Yes" campaign to write or phone their grandparents to explain why they should vote for Scotland to leave the 300-year-old United Kingdom.

  • Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three
    Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

    By Stefano Rellandini REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried. ...

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