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Syrian rebels: Nerve gas attack kills hundreds 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:32 AM PDT
Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk towards the frontline in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, near DamascusActivists accuse Assad forces of launching a chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
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School clerk says she persuaded suspect to surrender 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 06:41 PM PDT
Elementary School Clerk Says She Convinced Suspect to Put His Weapons Down and Surrender: ExclusiveAntoinette Tuff says suspected gunman Michael Brandon Hill appeared "ready to kill."
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Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis deepens 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:46 AM PDT
An aerial view shows TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks in FukushimaBy Kiyoshi Takenaka and James Topham TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level in two years on Wednesday, with its nuclear watchdog saying it feared more tanks were leaking contaminated water and China expressing its shock over the disaster. Japan's nuclear regulator also said it feared the disaster exceeded the ability of the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, to cope "in some respects". ...
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Man, 20, charged in Georgia school shooting 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 09:26 PM PDT
Sparkle Potts, left, cries upon seeing her nephew Cameron Bell pull up in a school bus from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy while waiting with his grandmother Arvis Potts, right, in a Wal-Mart Inc., parking lot after students were evacuated when a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.
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Last Nixon tapes to be released cover key period 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:18 AM PDT
The final installment of secretly recorded phone calls and meetings from President Richard Nixon's White House will be released Wednesday, marking a final chapter in a campaign for public access that continues as memories of Watergate fade.
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Judge to announce Manning's sentence Wednesday 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 02:52 PM PDT
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge said she'll announce on Wednesday the sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.
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Bales faces angry Afghans as sentencing continues 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:22 AM PDT
CORRECTS SPELLING OF ARTIST'S LAST NAME TO MILLETT INSTEAD OF MILLET - In this courtroom sketch, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, appears before Judge Col. Jeffery Nance in a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, during a sentencing hearing in the slayings of 16 civilians killed during pre-dawn raids on two villages on March 11, 2012. Haji Mohammad Naim, an Afghan farmer shot during a massacre in Kandahar Province last year, took the witness stand Tuesday against Bales, who attacked his village, cursing him before breaking down and pleading with the prosecutor not to ask him any more questions. (AP Photo/Peter Millett)JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians in an attack on two villages may have to face more of the victims' relatives Wednesday while his lawyers prepare to present evidence to show he deserves a chance at parole.
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Tobacco brands slip into Myanmar without fanfare 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:42 AM PDT
In this Aug. 13, 2013 photo, a man buys a cigarette from a street vendor at a railway station platform in the suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. As some of the world's biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia's hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It's slipping into Myanmar without fanfare. In this impoverished nation of 60 million people emerging from a half-century of isolation and brutal military rule two years ago, awareness about the health hazards is low, tobacco controls are weakly enforced, and the anti-smoking lobby is effectively a one man act. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As some of the world's biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia's hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It's slipping into Myanmar without fanfare.
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3 teens charged in death of Australian player 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 07:51 PM PDT
This combination made with booking photos provided by the Stephens County, Okla., Sheriffs Department, shows, from left, James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, all of Duncan, Okla. The three teenagers have been charged in connection with the killing of 22-year-old Australian collegiate baseball player Christopher Lane, 22. Luna and Edwards were charged with first-degree murder and, under Oklahoma law, will be tried as adults. Jones was accused of using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court. (AP Photo/Stephens County Sheriffs Department)DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — With a motive that's both chilling and simple — to break up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer — three teenagers randomly targeted an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him for fun, prosecutors said Tuesday as they charged two of the boys with murder.
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ACT: Only quarter of grads ready for all subjects 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:09 AM PDT
Graphic shows how high-school graduates tested for ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in English, Reading, Mathematics or Science; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a quarter of this year's high school graduates who took the ACT tests have the reading, math, English and science skills they need to succeed in college or a career, according to data the testing company released Wednesday.
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ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship 
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:03 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Civil liberties advocates said Wednesday they have uncovered a government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns that has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years.
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British paper details confrontation with UK spies 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 10:06 PM PDT
In this undated photo released by Janine Gibson of The Guardian, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and his partner David Miranda, are shown together at an unknown location. Miranda, the partner of Greenwald, a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, under anti-terror legislation at Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue. (AP Photo/Janine Gibson, the Guardian) CREDIT MANDATORYLONDON (AP) — A British newspaper released new details of its confrontation with the country's intelligence service on Tuesday, saying it destroyed hard drives containing material leaked by Edward Snowden in order to insulate the former American intelligence worker from potential prosecution and to keep reporting on his leaks.
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US weighs pros, cons of cutting some aid to Egypt 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 03:21 PM PDT
White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest answers questions during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug., 19, 2013. For the Obama administration, there's a new wrinkle that could further complicate ties with post-coup Egypt: the possible release of the country's jailed former leader, Hosni Mubarak. For nearly three decades, the U.S. propped up Mubarak and the Egyptian military with financial and military support. In exchange, Egypt helped protect U.S. interests in the region, including a peace treaty with Israel. "President Mubarak is part of an ongoing Egyptian legal process right now," Earnest said. "And because that is a process that is internal to Egypt, it's not something that I'm in a position to comment on from here." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, undertaking a major review of U.S. relations with Egypt, edged closer to a decision Tuesday about curtailing some of America's $1.5 billion in annual aid after the Egyptian military's crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
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Afghan massacre victim takes stand, curses gunman 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 05:52 PM PDT
In this courtroom sketch, Haji Mohammad Naim testifies Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle. Naim, an Afghan farmer shot during a massacre in Kandahar Province last year, took the witness stand Tuesday at a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who attacked his village and one other in pre-dawn raids on March 11, 2012, killing 16 civilians. Naim cursed Bales him before breaking down and pleading with the prosecutor not to ask him any more questions. (AP Photo/Peter Millet)JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AP) — An Afghan farmer shot during a massacre in Kandahar Province last year took the witness stand Tuesday against the U.S. soldier who attacked his village, cursing him before breaking down and pleading with the prosecutor not to ask him any more questions.
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Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 02:00 PM PDT
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Author Elmore Leonard, 86, smiles during an interview at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Leonard, a former adman who later in life became one of America's foremost crime writers, has died. He was 87. His researcher says he passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, 2013 from complications from a stroke. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime.
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Egypt's Brotherhood as beleaguered as its leader 
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 03:43 PM PDT
In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is seen after being detained by Egyptian security in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Egypt's military-backed rulers are pressing on in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood with the arrest early Tuesday of the group's spiritual leader who had been in hiding near the huge sit-in in support of the country's ousted Islamist president, which security forces violently dispersed a week ago, leaving hundreds dead. (AP Photo/Egypt State TV)CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood's top leader looked somber and fatigued after his arrest Tuesday, his demeanor mirroring the Islamist movement's predicament following its stunning fall from power and a deadly government crackdown.
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