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US airstrikes targeting northern IraqYour Top Plays for Today

A Peshmerga fighter looks at at smoke rising in the distance on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants east of Mosul, on August 18, 201MIlitary's Central Command said focus is on Islamic militants in area of Mosul and area of key dam.


Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


ISIL asked $132.5 million for James Foley, says officialAthens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Rochester, N.H. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, militants with the Islamic State extremist group released a video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq . (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release.


In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photo, the abandoned beach volleyball Olympic venue is seen in Neo Faliro, southern Athens. As Greece groans under a cruel depression, forecast to end this year, the 10-year anniversary once again raises the question of whether the Athens Games were too costly an undertaking for a weak economy. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.


Hostess to close bakery where Twinkie was bornSchools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Hostess Twinkie Plant To Close After 84 YearsHostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history. The company said Wednesday it plans ...


The Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio is being constructed on the ground levee of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.


Hostess to close bakery where Twinkie was bornFCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

Linkage: Hostess Closing Suburban Plant; Distressed Property Sales·Hostess to close Schiller Park Twinkie plant ·Status update: buildings old and new ·No casino for Wabash and no walkway for you ·Grant DePorter buys $1.5 million River North condo ·Chicago ranks highest in distressed property sales ·Why sell...


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.
First Malaysian bodies headed home from Ukraine crashMixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex

Malaysia Army soldiers rehearse an hand-over ceremony of bodies of the downed Malaysia Airlines, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, August 21, 2014. The victims' bodies of the ill-fated Flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine last month, will be returned home from Amsterdam on Friday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine in July, took off from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Dutch media reported. There was no ceremony for the departure from Schiphol airport, local news agency ANP reported, with the plane to land in Malaysia on Friday, which has been declared a day of national mourning. The plane will be met by Malaysia's king, prime minister and other dignitaries accompanied by a minute of silence at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said last week. The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board.


This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Johathan Koppenhaver who appeared in UFC's Ultimate Fighter TV show in 2007. Las Vegas police say the former UFC fighter is the primary suspect in a domestic dispute that resulted in serious injuries. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.




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    Living Wages Are A Global Problem

    The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

    Ukraine: Not What It Seems

    After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

    In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

    In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

    Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

    The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

     
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