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August 7, 2014 - 10:33pm
1 week 5 days ago

President Barack Obama's statement Thursday night on authorizing U.S. air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the extremists, as provided by the White House:

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Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a...

August 7, 2014 - 10:03pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil (ur-BEEL'). The U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center there.

Obama, speaking from the White House, says the U.S. military has already started dropping food, water and supplies to thousands members of a religious minority trapped on a mountain top by the Sunni extremist...

August 7, 2014 - 9:16pm
1 week 5 days ago

DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of her 10-month old son after the boy and her husband were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains after a four-day search.

Investigators have said Brooke Floyd, 21, of Greenwood, and her husband took the boy into a rugged part of the mountains near Blue Mountain Lake while having drug-induced hallucinations about being chased.

The Courier reports...

August 7, 2014 - 9:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's usually someone jumping over the White House fence that causes Secret Service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble.

But on Thursday night, a toddler slipping through slats in the gate caught the eyes of the gun-toting officers who are charged with protecting the president.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the child was returned to his parents. Neither the boy nor his parents were identified.

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August 7, 2014 - 8:57pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is ordering all eligible family members of U.S. personnel to leave the American Embassy in Liberia's capital city because of the Ebola outbreak.

In a statement issued Thursday night, the State Department says it's taking the action for those not employed by the embassy in Monrovia out of an abundance of caution.

A State Department spokeswoman says its medical office has determined that there is a lack of options...

August 7, 2014 - 8:49pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Administration officials say President Barack Obama has approved airdrops of humanitarian supplies to thousands of religious minorities trapped in the mountains in northern Iraq by an Islamic extremist group.

And the officials say the president is also considering whether to combine that assistance with U.S. airstrikes.

The humanitarian supplies would go to assist the tens of thousands of Yazidis (yah-ZEE'-dees) trapped without food...

August 7, 2014 - 8:22pm
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has upheld rulings that grant house arrest to four of six Philadelphia police officers charged with robbing, beating and kidnapping drug suspects.

The officers granted bail Thursday include alleged enforcer Linwood Norman, who is accused of dangling a suspect over an 18th-floor balcony as he demanded money and selling three kilograms of stolen cocaine.

"He had set up a drug rip-off, basically, with one of his...

August 7, 2014 - 8:13pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison for using insider information five years ago to profit off The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

Toby G. Scammell was also ordered to pay more than $120,000 to brokers who sold him stock options, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Cazares. Scammell also owes the Securities and Exchange Commission $801,000 in penalties and interest in a...

August 7, 2014 - 8:09pm
1 week 5 days ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jim Hughey III ruled after a brief hearing that the suit filed Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife lacked sufficient details but could be filed again to include specific times and dates of alleged actions....

August 7, 2014 - 7:40pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Federal labor officials have cited the private company contracted to provide health services to New York City inmates, proposing $71,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday said Corizon Health Inc. willfully disregarded employee safety at Rikers Island.

OSHA started probing conditions in the jail complex in February. Since then, there were...

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