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  • Today in History

    Today is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Kindred Biosciences fell 28.1 percent to $10.21. T2 Biosystems fell 11.1 percent to $20.43. Village Bank and Trust Financial ...

  • Earth's Eastern Hemisphere Stuns in Photo from Space
    Earth's Eastern Hemisphere Stuns in Photo from Space

    Earth's biggest spy may be NASA, as its satellites trek around the blue planet snapping gorgeous views and collecting gobs of data.

  • The good news behind falling wages
    The good news behind falling wages

    There's evidence lower labor costs will lure many companies to U.S. shores.

  • Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting
    Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting

    One day after Israel killed three top Hamas commanders, the radical group executed 18 Palestinian men it had suspected of collaborating with Israel. A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers." According to Hamas, another 11 men were shot to death  at the police headquarters in Gaza City after being sentenced to death in Gaza courts. Hamas declares beginning of campaign 'Strangling Necks' to combat 'collaborators.' 18 summarily executed since Friday morning. — Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) August 22, 2014

  • Teen gets 11 years for carving swastika on boy

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

  • Why US Special Forces failed to rescue James Foley
    Why US Special Forces failed to rescue James Foley

    The failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley before he was killed by Islamic State militants – and the ongoing efforts to track down other American hostages before it’s too late – illustrate a glaring shortcoming in US military capabilities: that good US military intelligence on these militant groups is in short supply.  Although the Pentagon greenlighted the deployment of Special Operations Forces (SOF) to Syria – along with the US military’s most high-tech air and ground components – the mission did not result in a rescue.  The Pentagon’s unusual confirmation of a failed Special Forces mission – made at the behest of the White House – was in large part an effort to reassure the American public that the United States has not sat idly by during the meteoric rise of the Islamic State (IS).  “Was this a failure of intelligence?

  • Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?
    Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?

    In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's surface temperatures suddenly slowed, even as greenhouse gas emissions escalated. This unexpected slowdown has been called a global warming hiatus or global warming pause. Most climate scientists don't think this hiatus means global warming went kaput, but the reason (or reasons) for the slowdown has scientists flummoxed. Now, a study published today (Aug. 21) in the journal Science suggests a natural climate cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth's extra heat.

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