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Obama vows no Iraq ground war

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:28
By Jeff Mason MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested combat troops could be deployed against Islamic State forces. Obama, who has spent much of his presidency distancing himself from the Iraq War, stressed during a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in…
Chinese hackers breach U.S. military contractors: Senate probe
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly breached the computer systems of U.S. companies, including airlines and technology firms, that are involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, details of which were made public on Wednesday, found that U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was only aware of two out of at least 20 such cyber…
Down the throat of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:27
Now watchingPausedUp next 0:31 Down the throat of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano Lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to ooze towards a highway and residential area on Hawaii’s Big Island. The volcano became active on June 27 when a newly opened fissure began to spew lava.The first video looks inside the June 27 fissure, showing the stream of molten lava. The second video shows aerial views of the activity near the front of the lava flow,…
Iconic chopper from 'Easy Rider' up for sale
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:27
NEW YORK (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held online and at its galleries in Calabasas, California. The seller is Michael Eisenberg, a California businessman who once…
Intense Iraqi military engagement with IS
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:27
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation against Islamic State insurgents in three cities in central Iraq on Wednesday, fighting to regain control of lost ground, security sources said. The offensives in Ramadi, Falluja and Haditha in the western province of Anbar started before dawn, security sources in the three cities said. Sunni tribes revolted in these areas in late 2013 when Iraq's former prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, moved his forces into…
Woman's execution for child's starving death appealed to Supreme Court
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:27
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She'd be the ninth convicted killer and second woman to be executed in Texas this year. Nationally, she'd be only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in…
No foreign troops, says Iraqi prime minister
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:27
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister said Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group, flatly rejecting the idea a day after the top U.S. general recommended that American forces may be needed if current efforts to combat the extremists fail. In his first interview with foreign media since taking office on Sept. 8, Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press that U.S.
US inflation falls for first time in over a year
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:27
Washington (AFP) - Consumer prices in the United States fell in August for the first time in more than a year, dragged lower by declines in energy, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. The consumer price index fell 0.2 percent on the month. It was the first decline in CPI since April 2013, surprising analysts who estimated it would be unchanged from July. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, core CPI was flat in August.
Quebec separatists closely watch Scotland's independence vote
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:25
MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom. The Scottish National Party, which is leading the campaign for Scotland to vote yes in Thursday's vote on independence, has been advised over the years by separatists in Quebec, a French-speaking province where two…
Toxic red algae tide off Florida kills wildlife, could harm economy
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:25
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy. Known as "red tide," this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly every year off Florida, but large blooms can be particularly devastating. Right now, the algae is collecting in an area about…

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