• Ray Rice case: Can NFL leadership weather media firestorm?

    A week after the Ray Rice video surfaced, the National Football League is still scrambling to douse the media firestorm over the league’s handling of domestic violence by its players.  Commissioner Roger Goodell has come in for heavy criticism over his handling of a domestic abuse case involving…

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  • Income inequality: States struggle to balance budgets as rich-poor gap widens

    A widening gap in incomes between the rich and the middle class may be hitting US states where it hurts – making it harder for them to raise the tax revenue they need for balancing their budgets. In most states, tax revenue growth has not kept pace with growth of the overall economy since the…

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  • Islamic State: Obama plan to cut pipeline for US terrorist recruits

    As terrorist organizations step up their efforts to recruit new fighters from the West, the Obama administration announced Monday it would begin partnering with community and religious leaders across the nation to help identify home-grown threats. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the US…

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  • New Hampshire Senate: Are Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen really tied?

    Is Republican Scott Brown tied with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire? It’s got the Granite State Senate race all locked up, 48 percent to 48 percent, with the election only seven weeks away. Understandably, that’s made the Republican Party leadership pretty excited. Mr. Brown…

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  • 6 killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported Monday — the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5.

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  • U.S. says won't unleash 'shock and awe' air campaign in Syria

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday. Defense…

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  • 100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: UN

    The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years but one in nine are still undernourished, with Asia home to the majority of the underfed, the UN said on Tuesday.

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  • Brazil police, housing activists in violent clash

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Police and housing activists in Brazil's biggest engaged in violent clashes on Tuesday after authorities evicted about 200 families from a building.

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  • Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more…

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  • French PM Valls wins confidence vote in parliament

    PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a parliamentary confidence vote on his reshuffled government on Tuesday, according to the vote tally read out by the parliament speaker. The centrist Valls, who earlier said in a policy speech that France's costly social model must be updated…

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  • Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government.

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  • US says 'close combat advisors' could battle jihadists

    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said Tuesday.

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  • Chanderpaul hits century for WI against Bangladesh

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed his 30th test century as the West Indies tightened its grip on the second test against Bangladesh on Tuesday, setting the tourists a victory target of 489 on day four.

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  • U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

    By Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she…

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  • Sinai bomb kills six Egypt policemen: ministry

    Cairo (AFP) - A bomb hit an Egyptian security force convoy in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing six policemen in the restive region where jihadists launch regular attacks.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. Yet plenty of questions remain about how far military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has…

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  • Obama mulling combat role for US troops in Iraq 'case by case'

    Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama will consider sending US military advisers into combat in Iraq on a "case by case basis," the American military's top-ranking officer told senators on Tuesday.

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