Ukraine Separatists Down Army Helicopter, 14 Killed
Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president. After weeks of accusations from Kiev of Russian involvement in the uprising, a rebel leader in the eastern city of Donetsk acknowledged that some of his fighters who died in the government offensive had been "volunteers" from Russia, saying their bodies were being returned home across the border. In Kiev, acting president Oleksander Turchinov said the helicopter, which had been carrying supplies in eastern Ukraine, had been brought down by anti-aircraft fire from near the town of Slaviansk, which has been under the control of separatists since early April.
Family Of American Held In North Korea Says Worried By Health Reports
The family of a U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea said on Thursday it was "devastating" to read an interview published in a Japanese newspaper in which he said his health had deteriorated and he felt abandoned by the U.S. government. Kenneth Bae, who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of trying to overthrow North Korea's political system, said he now has serious lung and liver problems in an interview published by Choson Sinbo, according to his family.
Alibaba Invests $120M In Kabam At A Valuation Above $1B
Chinese conglomerate Alibaba is making another big investment in an American startup. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is investing $120 million in mobile game developer Kabam, best known for games like “Dragons of Atlantis” and for buying the naming rights to UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium.
Adrienne Bailon Responds To Kim Kardashian: If Anyone Should Understand Where I'm Coming From, It Should Be You
Adrienne Bailon was recently on the receiving-end of a pretty blunt response from Kim Kardashian regarding the 3LW singer's interview with Latina magazine, where she dredged up her past romance with Rob Kardashian and dissed her ex-boyfriend's famous family. "Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian," Kim wrote. Well, Bailon indirectly responded to Kim's social media jab with, um, another social media post. The 30-year-old singer and actress, who captioned her response "#Godbless" on Instagram, wrote, "Fame and a career are two different things. I've always had a career. I have been working hard since I was 15 years old. Being someone's 'girlfriend' was never what I wanted to be famous for."
Nick Jonas And Matt Lauria Strip Down To Fight Dirty In New Kingdom Trailer
DirecTV's newest series stars Nick Jonas as a mixed martial arts fighter, and that can only mean one thing: Plenty of shirtless scenes to ogle the singer's newly buff and bulked up body! Friday Night Lights' sweetheart Matt Lauria is also shedding his more innocent image to play a MMA fighter recently released on parole, and by the way things go in the just-released trailer, he finds that life outside bars is way more complicated than behind them.
LinkedIn's Growth Accelerates
LinkedIn continued its steady revenue growth in the second quarter, posting strong gains from advertising, subscription services and its flagship recruiting business. The Mountain View, Calif., professional social network said revenue rose 47% to $533.9 million, beating estimates.
2 Ebola-infected Americans Evacuated To U.S.
A U.S.-contracted medical charter flight left Cartersville, Georgia, Thursday to evacuate two American charity workers in Liberia infected with Ebola hemorrhagic fever. A CNN crew saw the airplane, a long-range business jet, depart shortly after 5 p.m. ET. The plane matched the description provided by the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately known when the two Americans -- identified as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol -- would arrive in the United States, or where the plane would land.
Man Pleads Not Guilty To Stalking Robin Roberts After Showing Up Repeatedly At Good Morning America Studio
Robin Roberts has inspired so many people over the years, mainly in positive ways. But then, on the flip side... A 42-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to stalking and harassing the Good Morning America cohost. According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Troy Warren was arrested after showing up at ABC's Times Square Plaza studio at least eight times in two weeks and allegedly threatening Roberts.
Fiat Investors Vote On Chrysler Merger To Ease Access To Cash, U.S. Investors
Fiat shareholders are expected to approve the Italian carmaker's merger with its U.S. unit Chrysler on Friday, a union aimed at boosting the world's seventh-largest auto group's appeal with foreign investors and paving the way for a U.S. share listing. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne completed the buyout of Chrysler earlier this year and is hoping to incorporate the two as a Dutch-registered combine, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He counts on the merger and the U.S.
Ackman Takes Blame After Hyped Herbalife Talk Flopped
Billionaire investor William Ackman called himself his "own worst enemy" in reviewing why last week's much hyped presentation on Herbalife Ltd.'s nutrition clubs failed to deliver the "death blow" he had originally promised. He said in the interview, "People were looking for the dead body and the smoking gun and instead what they got was a three-hour detailed regulatory presentation." In spite of the Herbalife bet, Ackman's $14.7 billion Pershing Square Capital Management is delivering strong returns this year, having gained 25 percent in the first half of the year which ranks it as the industry's top performing hedge fund.