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Obama authorizes renewed airstrikes in Iraq

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threatened a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

US airlines running behind schedule so far in 2014

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:54 PM

More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

The government says that in the first six months of the year, the rate of late flights was the highest since 2008 and cancelations were the highest since 2000.

Detroit mayor announces water bill collection plan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:52 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Facing international criticism for mass water shutoffs aimed at resolving millions of dollars' worth of unpaid bills, Detroit's mayor announced Thursday the bankrupt city will offer affordable, consistent payment plans and financial assistance to many delinquent customers.

Mayor Mike Duggan made the announcement Thursday at City Hall. His office and Detroit water officials spent days redesigning how collections will be handled.

Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:49 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude-4.5 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.

The temblor struck on the north tip of the Big Island, about 7 miles from Waimea at 6:24 a.m. local time.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially announced the quake was magnitude-4.3 and quickly upgraded it.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says there haven't been any reports of damage. He said a moderate quake is "not uncommon" for Hawaii.

Ohio official: Man shot at Wal-Mart had air rifle

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:48 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was fatally shot by police in a Wal-Mart store in a Dayton suburb after officers say he waved a weapon at customers was carrying an air rifle, Ohio's attorney general said Thursday.

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:46 PM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts.

Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, which sells an encryption app allowing users to talk and text in private, said a series of disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden last year have been a boon for business.

Mansion director: McDonnells were in love

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:36 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The woman who ran the governor's mansion under Bob McDonnell testified Thursday that the governor doted on his wife and kissed her on the cheek frequently, but acknowledged telling investigators that the former first couple seemed to lack healthy communication skills.

Navy report: Skipper retreated to cabin for weeks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:31 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy investigation finds the ailing skipper of a San Diego-based Navy cruiser retreated to his cabin for several weeks in the middle of a deployment, leaving the 330-member crew leaderless.

The probe also revealed that the skipper of the USS Cowpens, Capt. Gregory W. Gombert, was having an improper and "unduly familiar" relationship with the cruiser's acting executive officer, U-T San Diego reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1sm66qV ).

Sheriff: Inquiry into alleged child cage took time

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:24 PM

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Investigators did not have enough evidence until last month to take custody of a 7-year-old Wyoming boy who was allegedly kept in an outdoor cage, despite requests last year to check on his welfare, authorities said.

Albany County Sheriff Dave O'Malley expressed frustration Wednesday that deputies couldn't act sooner, but the initial investigations didn't provide enough evidence, the Laramie Daily Boomerang reported (http://tinyurl.com/nsbfthf).

3 cartel members indicted in SC kidnapping

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:23 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three men affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel have been indicted on charges of kidnapping a South Carolina man and holding him for ransom for nearly a week in a dispute over $200,000 in marijuana, according to federal officials.

Early on July 9, authorities have said the three men, posing as police officers, pulled the man over as he was going to work in his hometown of St. Matthews, about 30 miles southeast of Columbia. His truck, still running, was left on the side of the road with its door open.

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