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Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley

2 hours 30 min ago

The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

A video posted on YouTube, later removed, purported to show the execution of James Foley after he recited a statement in which he called the U.S. government “my real killers.” A second prisoner, said to be Steven Joel Sotloff, like Foley an American journalist who disappeared while covering Syria’s civil war, then appears in the video.

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Dan Sullivan wins Alaska GOP Senate race

3 hours 17 min ago

Former state attorney general Dan Sullivan won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska on Tuesday, setting the stage for a competitive showdown against Sen. Mark Begich (D) in one of the most important contests in the battle for the Senate majority.

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Don Pardo, ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer, dies at 96

7 hours 42 min ago

Don Pardo, the “Saturday Night Live” announcer whose career spanned the history of television and who made memorable appearances in skits and music videos that played the booming cadence of his voice for laughs, died Aug. 18 at his home in Tucson. He was 96.

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Common Core educational standards are losing support nationwide, poll shows

8 hours 43 min ago

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards, and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows.

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Hashim Khan, seven-time world squash champion, dies

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:08

Hashim Khan, who learned to play squash barefoot in what is now Pakistan and broke class and racial barriers to become a seven-time world champion in the 1950s, a record that stood for more than a generation and helped launch a family dynasty of players, died Aug. 18 at his home in Aurora, Colo. He was widely believed to be 100, possibly 104.

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Marcus: Two governors teach us about when to police political behavior

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:03

The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior.

Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist David Axelrod — indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

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Editorial: Congress irresponsibly takes ‘pension smoothing’ from exception to habit

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:55

FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY is old hat in Washington. Nevertheless, if any bill could be described as breaking new ground in that department, it might be one President Obama signed into law this month : the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. The measure provides $10.8 billion for infrastructure projects around the country, with more than half of the money supplied not by any real increase in revenue or reduction in spending but by an egregious budgetary gimmick known as “pension smoothing.”

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Columnist Fareed Zakaria faces new accusations of plagiarism

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:52

Columns by CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who was disciplined after a plagiarism controversy two years ago, are under scrutiny after new accusations from an anonymous Internet watchdog that says he copied passages from other writers’ work.

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For a Honduran mom, deportation means a child vanishes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:39

EL PROGRESO, Honduras — Late at night, folding clothes on the couch when she couldn’t sleep, Maby Caceres would replay the moment she lost Cindy.

The family had awoken before dawn in a small room outside the southern Mexican city of Palenque. They had hailed a van for the short ride to the bus station, another milestone on their secret journey to the United States. Because the vehicle was crowded, Caceres decided that her eldest daughter should board with their neighbors, who also were fleeing Honduras. She, her husband and their three younger children would follow in a second van.

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Wonkblog: Uber hired David Plouffe when it realized ‘techies’ can’t do politics

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:12

As one of Barack Obama’s chief political strategists, David Plouffe mixed grassroots organizing and Internet campaigning to help win two presidential elections. Now Uber, the controversial online transportation company, has tapped Plouffe to deploy these same skills in what has rapidly become one of the most prominent political fights to emerge out of Silicon Valley.

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Iraqi effort to recapture Tikrit said to stall

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:23

IRBIL, Iraq — The Iraqi army launched a fresh offensive Tuesday to recapture the central city of Tikrit, seeking to build on the success of U.S.-backed government forces in seizing Mosul Dam, their first significant defeat of Islamic State militants this year.

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Rick Perry booked by authorities, then goes for ice cream

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:14

Updated at 7:01 p.m.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), under indictment on two felony counts, was booked by authorities Tuesday afternoon, where he declared his innocence and vowed to fight the charges he faces.

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Gaza cease-fire broken as militants’ rocket attacks spark retaliatory Israeli airstrikes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:56

JERUSALEM — Militants in Gaza broke a temporary cease-fire by launching rockets at Israel on Tuesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes. The resumption of hostilities shut down talks in Cairo that seek a permanent truce between Israel and Hamas after more than a month of war.

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Maureen McDonnell could be ‘sweet’ or ‘deceptive,’ her sister-in-law testifies

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:33

RICHMOND — Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell’s sister took the witness stand Tuesday at his corruption trial to make the case that his marriage was far more strained than his finances.

The assertion is key to the defense of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who say that their relationship was too troubled to support a conspiracy and that McDonnell would never stoop to unethical behavior for money.

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Protesters march on Pakistan’s parliament in sign of deepening political crisis

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 20:53

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched on Pakistan’s parliament Tuesday night, even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif mobilized the military to help secure the heart of the capital.

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State prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:20

FERGUSON, Mo. — State prosecutors plan to begin presenting evidence Wednesday to a grand jury in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, officials said Tuesday.

“We know this is of interest to a lot of people around the country, ‘ said Edward Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. “We’re going to do this fairly and also attempt to do it in a timely manner.”

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Uber hires former Obama adviser David Plouffe to wage a war on taxis

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:41

Uber's self-described campaign against "Big Taxi" took a major turn on Tuesday when it announced that it's hired former Obama adviser David Plouffe as its senior vice president for policy and strategy.

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Wonkblog: Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:35

Which intoxicating substance is associated with the most lethal violence? Devotees of the Wire might presume that cocaine or maybe heroin would top the list, especially if you asked the worst causes of violence in poor, minority communities.

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Afghanistan bars New York Times reporter from leaving country

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:32

KABUL — Afghanistan’s attorney general banned a New York Times reporter from leaving the country Tuesday pending an investigation into a controversial story about purported plans by unidentified officials to take power if a political crisis continues.

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Facebook “satire” tag could wipe out the Internet’s terrible hoax-news industry

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:49

In a move that could permanently cripple the Internet’s unchecked hoax industry (… and ruin at least a couple of decent punch lines), Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites such as the Onion, Clickhole and Empire News as satire — and, hopefully, alert the millions of gullible people who share these sites as truth each week.

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