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'Big Bang Theory' star Johnny Galecki, Kelli Garner break up

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'Big Bang Theory' star Johnny Galecki, Kelli Garner break up
Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki and actress Kelli Garner have split after two years of dating, and sources say the breakup was amicable.

U.S. mother pleads to Islamic State leader for her son's release

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BOSTON (Reuters) - The mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader for his release.

Los Angeles man suspected of killing 4 in days-long shooting spree

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Los Angeles man suspected of killing 4 in days-long shooting spree
Frances BurnsLOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A man originally charged with killing two dogs is believed to have killed at least four people in a series of random shootings in Los Angeles, police said.

Saab, U.S. Special Operations Command sign new deal for recoilless rifle

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Saab, U.S. Special Operations Command sign new deal for recoilless rifle
Richard TomkinsWASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A new framework deal for acquisition of Saab's Carl-Gustaf man-portable recoilless rifle has been signed by the company and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Missing Canadian found alive in Oklahoma almost 40 years later

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Missing Canadian found alive in Oklahoma almost 40 years later
Matt BradwellNORTH MIDDLESEX, Ontario, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Canadian man declared missing and presumed dead was discovered alive in Oklahoma after a routine audit reopened his case.


Mother of American hostage issues direct appeal to ISIS leader

In a video obtained by CBS News, Shirley Sotloff, mother of journalist Steven Sotloff, urges extremist leader to "follow the example set by the Prophet ... more

Napa earthquake breaks water main

A sinkhole caused by the water main breakage opened up on a Napa Valley street. Neighbors gathered to toast the sinkhole saying, "when there's no ... more

Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 NFL season after appeal denied

Browns star who led NFL in receiving yards last year punished for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy

Mother of American hostage issues direct appeal to ISIS leader

Shirley Sotloff, mother of journalist Steven Sotloff, urges extremist leader to "follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad"

Mother of U.S. hostage issues direct appeal to ISIS leader

Shirley Sotloff, mother of journalist Steven Sotloff, urges extremist leader to "follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad"
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Giant wasps' nest found growing on single bed in spare bedroom

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Giant wasps' nest found growing on single bed in spare bedroom
Nest in Winchester home measured 3ft x 1.5ft and housed 5,000 wasps, which had chewed through mattress and pillows to build itA man who went ... more

Poor children are seen as worthless, as Rotherham's abuse scandal shows

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Poor children are seen as worthless, as Rotherham's abuse scandal shows
The bigger picture is not, as the right claim, about ethnicity but systematic abuse of girls and boys by powerful menHave you ever tried to ... more

Supermarket guilt lanes: who cares the most about their customers' health?

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Supermarket guilt lanes: who cares the most about their customers' health?
As Aldi announces plans to ban sweets and chocolates from its tills, we perform a supermarket sweep to see where the last-minute temptations are strongestIf ... more

Arthur Scargill's NUM inspires trade union drop-in centre

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Arthur Scargill's NUM inspires trade union drop-in centre
The Barnsley HQ of the 1984 miners' strike is buzzing again, as host to a Unite scheme aimed at empowering the communityThe small wood-panelled office, ... more

The police were spying on me rather than looking for Rickys killers Sukhdev Reel

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The police were spying on me rather than looking for Rickys killers  Sukhdev Reel
In 1997, Sukhdev Reels son Ricky died in what she believes was a racist attack. Last month, she discovered that while she was campaigning for ... more
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Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East

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Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East
Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials ... more

Swiss Extend Sanctions on Five Russian Banks

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The measures, requiring the banks to get special approval for the issue of new long-term financial instruments, are designed to prevent Russia from circumventing EU ... more

IMF Chief Lagarde Under Investigation By French Court

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A French court has placed IMF chief Christine Lagarde under formal investigation for negligence over her role in a political fraud case.

NATO Plans More Visible Presence in Eastern Europe

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NATO Plans More Visible Presence in Eastern Europe
The alliance, which is set to meet next week in Wales as tensions over Ukraine mount, appears eager to show a united front and to ... more

Renzi Takes Aim at Italy's Slow Courts

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The notoriously slow pace of Italian justice is a towering problem for Italy's economy and it is one of the toughest reforms facing Prime Minister ... more

Japan Says Premier Supported Ceremony Honoring War Criminals

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message of support to an April ceremony honoring Japanese war criminals from World War II, a government spokesman said ... more

Afghan Candidate Withdraws From Audit of Presidential Vote

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Aides to Abdullah Abdullah walked out of the election commission’s headquarters Wednesday after a series of technical demands made by his campaign went unmet.

World Briefing: China: Judge Says Graft Inquiry Shows Party Follows Rule of Law

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China’s top judge said that the ruling Communist Party’s decision to investigate the former chief of domestic security demonstrates that no party member is above ... more

The New Cost of Weekend Grilling

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The New Cost of Weekend Grilling
Rising food bills challenge consumers' internal price barriers and lead to trade-offs.

Israel, Hamas Agree to Open-Ended Cease-Fire

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Israel, Hamas Agree to Open-Ended Cease-Fire
Israel and Hamas agreed to their first open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of military confrontation and will resume truce talks in Cairo in the coming ... more

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Where Are the Brazilian Introverts?

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We’re known for being vivacious and kissing strangers. But some of us are shy.

Enrique Zileri, Crusading Publisher in Peru, Dies at 83

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Enrique Zileri, Crusading Publisher in Peru, Dies at 83
Mr. Zileri was the former publisher of the nation’s top newsmagazine, and was deported several times for his criticisms of the government.

Mexican Leader’s Approval Ratings Fall Amid Economic Concerns

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Two-thirds of Mexicans disapprove of the way the President Enrique Peña Nieto is handling the economy, and of the situation in the country, according to ... more

Brazil Prison Revolt Ends After Deal Is Reached

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The deadly uprising at the penitentiary in Cascavel was halted after the authorities agreed to transfer hundreds of inmates to other prisons.

At Least 4 Inmates Are Killed During Bloody Prison Uprising in Brazil

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At Least 4 Inmates Are Killed During Bloody Prison Uprising in Brazil
Masked prisoners on the roof tied the hands of other inmates behind their backs, beat them and held them aloft from the roof’s edge by ... more

Syrian Rebels Seizes Crossing Point With Golan Heights

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Syrian Rebels Seizes Crossing Point With Golan Heights
It was not clear whether the takeover of Quneitra by an Islamist coalition that includes the Nusra Front was related to the eastward advance by ... more

As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get Down to Business

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As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get Down to Business
Palestinian workers began clearing rubble and repairing damage from Israeli attacks as residents returned home, but some residents of southern Israel remained wary of the ... more

Plea to Islamic State for Release of Steven Sotloff

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Plea to Islamic State for Release of Steven Sotloff
The mother of Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist being held by ISIS, broke her silence to appeal directly to the group’s leader in a video ... more

Monitor Reports Heavy Cluster Bomb Use in Syria

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Monitor Reports Heavy Cluster Bomb Use in Syria
The Cluster Munition Coalition said at least 264 deaths in Syria were from cluster bombs, but it did not specify whether government forces or insurgents ... more

Public Executions Increasingly Common in Syria, U.N. Panel Finds

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As the three-year civil war evolves, brutality is increasing and detainees held by the government and by armed opposition groups face torture and cruel treatment, ... more

Estimate: Economy will grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a rough winter slowed growth during the first part of the year, which is taking a toll

Sen. Marco Rubio hints at potential shutdown fight over immigration

The Florida Republican, who once helped write the Senate's immigration bill, is urging the president not to take unilateral action.

Mitt Romney: No 2016 presidential bid, but "circumstances can change"

The former governor and two-time presidential candidate can see at least one scenario that could pull him back into national politics

After Ferguson, calls grow for cameras on cops

Missouri senator joins chorus of those calling for the use of body-worn cameras to improve police transparency

David Cameron's Scotland visit presents problem for the no campaign

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David Cameron's Scotland visit presents problem for the no campaign
PM is independence movement's bogeyman and there's a risk he'll drive more waverers to say yes in referendumDavid Cameron arrives in Scotland on Thursday in ... more