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  • What we know about Steven Sotloff, the second American purportedly beheaded by ISIL
    What we know about Steven Sotloff, the second American purportedly beheaded by ISIL

    Steven Sotloff, the other American journalist who was seen in a video that showed the beheading of James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has been executed, a new video released by the militant group purports to show.

  • Two Former Senators Are Helping a Russian Bank Fight U.S. Sanctions
    Two Former Senators Are Helping a Russian Bank Fight U.S. Sanctions

    When you're a Russian company trying to manage U.S. The two were listed as the main lobbyists on the bank's account with the firm Squire Patton Boggs, according to a Friday filing reported by the Center for Public Integrity. The two will work on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions.” In July, Gazprombank's parent company was hit with sanctions by the U.S. As The Washington Post explains, Gazprombank is owned by Gazprom, a Russian energy company that paid Ketchum, a U.S.-based PR firm, $3.7 million in fees in 2013.

  • AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight
    AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

    MOSCOW (AP) — Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs.

  • CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early
    CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early

    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark said ...

  • World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola
    World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola

    International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat," said MSF international president Joanne Liu. "The (World Health Organization) announcement on August 8 that the epidemic constituted a 'public health emergency of international concern' has not led to decisive action, and states have essentially Her comments came as a third American health worker tested positive for the deadly virus while working with patients in Liberia, the worst-hit country.

  • Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits
    Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

    Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting ...

  • If millennials are jerks, blame the baby boomers
    If millennials are jerks, blame the baby boomers

    Young adults might be self-absorbed and fragile, but they had to get that from somebody.

  • Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative
    Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative

    British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves. "Although we have only produced tiny amounts so far, the fuel we have produced is ready to be used in an engine straight away," said Patrik Jones of the department of life sciences at Imperial College London, who worked on the research. He said while work is at a very early stage, possibly 5-10 years from the point where commercial production would be possible, his team's findings were proof of concept for a way of producing renewable fuel now only accessible from fossil reserves. It is already produced as a by-product during natural gas processing and petrol refining, but both of these are fossil fuels that will one day run out.

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