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  • Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis
    Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

    By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be "ready to repel any aggression towards Russia." He described Ukrainians and Russians as "practically one people," language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation. Kiev and Western countries say the reversal was the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Putin to prop up a rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.

  • How much does Malia Obama tip? A brush with American royalty

    My daughter’s voice was breathless on the other end of the phone: “I just waited on Malia Obama!” How cool! How Washington! I thought. What did Malia eat? The restaurant is in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, well situated between two major hotels, and gets people from all over the world.

  • Adopted Pit Bull Saves Little Boy’s Life [VIDEO]
    Adopted Pit Bull Saves Little Boy’s Life [VIDEO]

    When a little boy stepped on a bee nest Tuesday and was hit by a swarm of bees, his family’s adopted pit bull dragged him to safety. Jesse-Cole, 8, his sister Jasmine, 17, and seven other kids were playing in a creek behind their Oregon apartment complex when someone stepped on a rotten log and unleashed a dangerous swarm of bees, Fox 12 Oregon reports. The other kids quickly climbed up the steep embankment to safety, but Jesse-Cole, who was stung at least 24 times, was unable to make it. He and his sister Jasmine, who is allergic and was injected twice with an EpiPen were taken to the hospital.

  • Florida mother arrested after five kids found living in filthy home
    Florida mother arrested after five kids found living in filthy home

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida mother has been charged with child neglect after her 10-year-old boy came to school in foul-smelling clothes and told a teacher he could not remember when he last took a bath, court documents showed. Betsy Velasquez, 34, of Kissimmee, was charged on Tuesday and was released from the Osceola County jail on Wednesday on a $1,000 bond. Investigators were alerted by an elementary school teacher who also said the boy had been coming to school late and hungry.

  • Saudi king warns of terrorism threat to U.S., Europe

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East, the Saudi state news agency reported late on Friday. "I ask you to convey this message to your leaders... Terrorism at this time is an evil force that must be fought with wisdom and speed," said King Abdullah. "And if neglected I'm sure after a month it will arrive in Europe and a month after that in America." The world's top oil exporter shares an 800-km (500-mile) border with Iraq, where Islamic State militants and other Sunni Islamist groups have seized towns and cities. Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday and Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic State posed the greatest ever security risk to the country.

  • Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day
    Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

    Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told a briefing the expense of U.S. He did not offer an estimate of the Pentagon's total costs so far, but an average cost of $7.5 million per day for 71 days would mean the department has spent roughly $532 million. By comparison, the Pentagon has been spending roughly $1.3 billion per week on Afghanistan, analysts said.

  • The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed
    The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed

    There’s no shortage of hype for the upcoming iPhone 6 although that doesn’t mean the device won’t be disappointing in some ways. The most disappointing rumor we’ve heard about Apple’s upcoming flagship phone is that it will only feature 1GB of RAM at a time when most high-end smartphones have long moved onto using 2GB of RAM or more. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an iPhone 6 leak that will leave you disappointed MacRumors takes a look at the newest leaked picture of the iPhone 6’s A8 processor and says that it appears the chip will only have 1GB of RAM after all. How does MacRumors know this? One of its forum members pointed out that the leaked photo appears to show that

  • Daughter: Joan Rivers is in 'serious condition
    Daughter: Joan Rivers is in 'serious condition

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

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