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  • Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.

  • Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey
    Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

    Authorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.

  • 'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings

    By Humeyra Pamuk DOHUK Iraq (Reuters) - When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village's leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith. His account, one of the first eyewitness reports of last Friday's killings, could not be independently verified but other Yazidis and Iraqi officials have given details of Islamic State's attack on the village. We were all very afraid," said Khodede from a hospital bed in the town of Dohuk in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

  • Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions
    Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star.

  • Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future

    By Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The resignations were abrupt and unexpected, two quick-fire blows to a separatist movement already suffering reversals on the battle field of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Borodai, the premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, and Igor Strelkov, his military commander, had together formed the rebels' leadership against Ukrainian troops since armed men first seized state buildings across eastern Ukraine in April. Friends from Moscow and comrades in arms, they were viewed by the separatists and by Kiev as Russia’s men. Their successive departures in the past two weeks may mark a turning point in a conflict which has dragged ties between Russia and the West to their lowest since the Cold War.

  • Israeli strike kills wife, son of Hamas military chief
    Israeli strike kills wife, son of Hamas military chief

    Israeli warplanes struck Gaza, killing the wife and child of Hamas's top military chief, the Islamist movement said Wednesday after truce talks in Cairo collapsed in a storm of violence. It was not immediately clear whether Mohammed Deif himself, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for decades, was killed or wounded in the strike which hit a house in Gaza City late on Tuesday. Hamas vowed bloody revenge, saying Israel had "opened the gates of hell". The deadly attack came just hours after a resumption of the fighting in and around Gaza after more than a week of calm as Egyptian negotiators pushed the warring sides to broker a decisive end to six weeks of bloodshed.

  • Lance Armstrong says the big lie would have continued
    Lance Armstrong says the big lie would have continued

    Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. For more than a decade, the disgraced American cyclist Armstrong repeatedly denied he ever used banned drugs and bullied others who accused him of being a cheater. Armstrong admitted to doping during a television interview broadcast in January 2013 with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

  • Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash
    Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' brother is recovering and has been discharged from a hospital intensive care unit after suffering internal injuries in a car crash and going into respiratory failure, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius family said Tuesday.

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