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Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria

Friday, 29 August 2014 18:28
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has bought some time with his decision to slow the march toward U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and provided fodder for critics who accuse him of dithering. The White House on Friday defended Obama's admission on Thursday that "we don't have a strategy yet" for confronting the militant group's operations in Syria. It said he wanted to deliberate on the options his military advisers…
Jimmy Carter to headline Muslim conference
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:26
Former President Jimmy Carter is slated to deliver keynote address this weekend at the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), one of the nation's largest Muslim organizations. Carter will talk about "the historic need for religious communities to mobilize against discrimination and violence that is directed toward girls and women throughout the world," according to the convention schedule. Additionally, "Muslim leaders at the convention will be invited to sign a Declaration…
Texas frontrunner for governor, Abbott, backs out of sole TV debate
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:25
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The frontrunner for the Texas race for governor, Republican Greg Abbott, has pulled out of the sole statewide televised debate, the debate's broadcaster, WFAA-TV, said on Friday. "Due to our inability to agree on specific details of the format, Attorney General Greg Abbott will regretfully not be participating in the WFAA debate," Robert Black, a senior campaign adviser, was quoted as saying by WFAA on Friday.
Van Gaal angry over Hodgson's Shaw criticism
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:25
London (AFP) - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has blasted Roy Hodgson after the England coach questioned the fitness of Luke Shaw. Shaw has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford since his move from Southampton in the close-season. Van Gaal made the 19-year-old train on his own during the tour of the United States because he felt the defender had turned up to pre-season out of shape after playing for England…
Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:25
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge says cities in Washington state can ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they're allowed under state law. Pierce County Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling Friday after extensive arguments in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment allowing recreational marijuana. A man who wanted to open a pot shop in the city of Fife sued over its ban on such businesses, saying voters intended to allow adequate access…
Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:25
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of the digital currency to users of illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said Friday. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told…
Rick Perry seizes on Obama's ISIS "strategy" remark
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:15
DALLAS - Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, wasted little time pouncing on President Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about removing the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East, accusing the White House of "dithering and debating" the threat posed by the violent militant faction. "Yesterday, the president admitted he had no strategy to deal with ISIS," Perry said in remarks Friday at a summit put on…
One Year In: Rayme Rossello's Comida Turns One in Denver
Friday, 29 August 2014 16:22
Welcome to One Year In, a feature in which Eater sits down for a chat with the chefs and owners of restaurants celebrating their one-year anniversary. View photo.Rayme Rossello of Comida [Photo: Adam Larkey] A year ago today, Rayme Rossello, a seasoned industry veteran opened the Denver outpost of her restaurant. Comida, a modern Mexican cantina that got its start as a hot pink food truck, was the first business to open at the Source.
Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide
Friday, 29 August 2014 16:22
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month. Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Steele, 39, faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota. He would face a mandatory life sentence if he's convicted.
Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball
Friday, 29 August 2014 16:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's potential delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact of Obama's announcement on their campaigns are rethinking aspects of their strategy. Republicans who were considering legislative attempts to block Obama must reconsider whether that's the best use of the few remaining work weeks before Election Day.

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