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Justice Dept. Applies Same-sex Rights To Itself
In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.
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Soto To Catch Lester For Athletics Vs Royals
Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals. A's manager Bob Melvin opted for Soto at catcher over Derek Norris, who has worked well with Lester down the stretch. The reason was simple: Soto is better at managing runners, and the Royals led the majors with 153 stolen bases.
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Tracy Morgan 'Can't Believe' Walmart Blames Him For Injuries
Tracy Morgan is aghast that Wal-mart claims he and other passengers in a limo struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck were partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seat belts, saying Tuesday he "can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused." Morgan, the former "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star, said through a spokesman that "I felt I had to speak out" after Wal-Mart filed court documents this week claiming Morgan and others injured in the June accident were hurt because of "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device." Morgan has sued Wal-mart over the accident, which killed his friend James McNair and put the comedian in several weeks of physical therapy.
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U.K. Launches First Airstrikes On IS In Iraq
US warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat, as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group. The Pentagon said that IS fighters closing in on a key town near the Turkish border were among the targets of nearly a dozen US air raids in Syria. US warplanes also bombed IS in neighbouring Iraq as Kurdish forces launched attacks on three fronts in a bid to recapture ground lost to the group last month. Britain said its jets had destroyed an IS heavy weapons post and a machinegun-mounted vehicle in the country's first air strikes against the group in Iraq.
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Ukrainians Gear Up For Winter Without Russian Gas
Ukrainians are rushing to insulate their walls, seal up drafty windows and snap up heating equipment as the possibility sets in that they may be about to experience their first winter without Russian gas. Russia stopped gas deliveries to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay what Moscow said it owed in arrears. As the two sides play brinksmanship over whether to sign a stopgap deal that would provide Kiev with enough gas to get through the winter, many Ukrainians are left wondering whether they may have to fend for themselves in the coldest months. Ukraine has some gas stored, but it will not last through the winter.
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10,000 Pigeons Undergo Security Checks For China's National Day
The 10,000 pigeons selected to participate in China's National Day on Oct. 1 were inspected for suspicious objects by security officials this week. According to a tweet by People's Daily, China's government-sponsored newspaper, each of the birds was thoroughly examined, ensuring they weren't carrying anything. The sheer number of birds examined is hard to believe, not to mention the fact that there are some more important things going on in China right now, like mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The National Day is a public holiday marking the 65th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
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Obama, Modi Say They Will Set New US-India Agenda [UPDATE]
President Barack Obama is lauding India's new prime minister for focusing on economic growth and addressing the needs of the "poorest of the poor." Obama is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office. It's Modi's first visit to the White House since his election in May. The president says he has been impressed with the energy and determination that Modi is putting into addressing his country's challenges.
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Miranda Kerr: Baby Got... Rubber?
E Entertainment has this look at Miranda Kerr gracing the red carpet with a revealing dress that has tongues wagging. E calls this Versus Versace piece an absolute stunner from the front, but the side view makes it look like this Victoria's Secret model stuck pieces of old tires to her behind! The intricately woven lattice work of the all-black look really accentuates her figure, and its high-low hemline makes this tall beauty's legs pop... not to mention the seductive one-shoulder action. But from the back, E describes the look as if Kerr is wearing the same butt-puffing frocks Cinderella's ugly stepsisters wore.
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EBay, PayPal To Split Into Separate Companies In 2015
Online auction house eBay said Tuesday it plans to split its PayPal unit into a separately traded company next year. The separation will bring in two new leaders. Devin Wenig, eBay Marketplaces president, will become the new CEO of eBay. Dan Schulman, president of the American Express Enterprise Growth Group, will serve as the new CEO of PayPal. Current eBay CEO John Donahoe and CFO Bob Swan will help with the transition but then no longer serve as executives at either of the companies. The split is expected to happen in the second half of 2015.
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News Corp To Buy Move Inc.
News Corp on Tuesday said it agreed to buy online real-estate listings business Move Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at about $950 million, expanding the media company's presence in the U.S. real-estate market. News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, said it plans to make a $21-a-share tender offer in the next 10 business days. The offer, which has been approved by Move's board, represents a 37% premium to Move's closing stock price on Monday.