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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: CHC Group Ltd. rose 14.7 percent to $7.10. Dynegy Inc. rose 8.7 percent to $32.32. TRC Companies Inc. rose ...

  • Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs
    Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.

  • 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

  • Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State
    Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

    From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing. Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic extremists currently rampaging through Syria and Iraq were as terrifying as they were sophisticated in their communication methods. He was one of 40 refugees who landed Thursday in Paris after being flown out of Arbil along with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who indicated that France was prepared to take in more people in "extreme cases."

  • High beef prices force the return of ‘pink slime’
    High beef prices force the return of ‘pink slime’

    Two years after consumers shunned “pink slime” – the term given to slaughterhouse scraps that are used as ground beef fillers – the dubious meat product is back.

  • Putin clamps down on Big Macs
    Putin clamps down on Big Macs

    Four McDonald's in Moscow were slapped with safety violations Wednesday by the Russian consumer-safety regulator. The McDonald's restaurants in Pushkin Square, Manezh Square and Prospect Mira were forced to temporary close their doors to customers.

  • Fears and rumours of Ebola stalk Freetown-Paris flight

    Chinese people fleeing Ebola, angry Africans, understaffed flight crew, rumours and fears: the Air France flight from Freetown to Paris seemed to encapsulate the global panic in the face of the Ebola outbreak. The crew is short-staffed because employees are not exactly beating down the door of the Airbus A330 to fly to or from Ebola-hit West Africa. Air France is one of the few airlines still flying to affected countries, as nations close their borders for fear of the outbreak that has claimed around 1,350 lives. No one wore masks on the 20-minute hop between Freetown and Conakry (180 kilometres, 110 miles), nor the long-haul flight to Paris that landed early Thursday morning.

  • US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists
    US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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