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- Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.
- ACLU: Ferguson police report on Michael Brown's death violates law
- Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday, as a controversial Russian convoy returned home. The visit by Merkel -- the most influential Western leader to call on Kiev since the crisis erupted in the ex-Soviet state -- came ahead of crunch talks next Tuesday between Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside top EU officials. Tensions surged on Friday when Russia sent scores of trucks it said were carrying aid to the stricken insurgent stronghold of Lugansk in an unauthorised move Kiev described as a "direct invasion". She also warned Russia -- already under punishing EU and US sanctions over its alleged meddling in Ukraine -- of further punitive measures.
- Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs
- Ferguson residents struggling with daily life
- Ryu stretches lead at LPGA Canadian Women's Open
South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon stretched her lead to five strokes after firing a six-under par 66 in the second round of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open. Ninth-ranked Ryu, the 2011 US Women's Open champion whose only other LPGA title came at the 2012 Toledo Classic, opened by matching the London Hunt and Country Club course record with a 63 and followed up with another solid effort to stand on 15-under 129. "After I shot nine-under, six-under is not that great, but still it's a really great score and I made a lot of great putts," Ryu said on Friday. I aim for a bogey-free round all four days and I'm aiming for a really good win." South Korean Choi Na-Yeon, American Danielle Kang and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist shared second on 134 with American Cristie Kerr another stroke adrift.
- Tropical weather system forecast to strengthen over Bahamas
A tropical weather system drenched Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Saturday and is expected to gather strength as it moves over the warm open waters near the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Forecasters gave an 80 percent chance of it becoming a tropical depression in the next 48 hours and a 90 percent chance in the next five days. "The environment that it’s going to be moving into later today and the next day should be more favorable to it becoming a tropical depression or storm," said Michael Brennan, a NHC hurricane specialist. Heavy rain fell overnight and into Saturday in Puerto Rico and several towns were under a flash flood watch.
- Big security flaw that could cost you a fortune found in iPhone
Remember that big security flaw in Android that could allow nefarious sites to trigger phone calls to premium-rate phone numbers, potentially costing you huge amounts of money before you even realize something is wrong? Well, it turns out that a similar flaw exists in iOS, and iPhone users are at risk as well. Andrei Neculaesei, a developer at Copenhagen-based wireless streaming company Airtame, has discovered that many popular iOS applications include functionality that could be exploited to trigger premium-rate calls on any iPhone. “When a user taps a telephone link in a webpage, iOS displays an alert asking if the user really wants to dial the phone number and initiates dialing if the user accepts,” Neculaesei wrote in a post on his blog.