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Military ready to act over Syria says U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel kicks off a Southeast Asian tour on Sunday meant to stress Washington’s so-called “pivot” back towards the Asia-Pacific but with attention diverted by trouble in the Middle East. The Pentagon chief’s week-long trip is part of a concerted effort by Washington to rebalance America’s strategic…

Massive manhunt continues for suspects in Mumbai gang rape of photojournalist

Indian police have arrested three men accused of the gang rape Thursday of a photojournalist near Mumbai, but what the Times of India describes as “one of the biggest manhunts the city has seen” continues for two remaining accomplices. The photojournalist, an intern for an English-language magazine, and her male…

California wildfire still burning out of control and threatens Yosemite redwoods

Nearly 200 square miles of California is on fire Saturday, with smoke from the Stanislaus National Forest wafting as far as San Francisco, 200 miles west. Firefighters estimate that they’ve only contained about 5 percent of the fire, and is large enough to create its own weather patterns, making it…

Man kills boss and co-worker before killing himself in Florida ‘complete shooting rampage’

A North Florida man shot two people dead and left two more wounded before turning the gun on himself Saturday, according to news reports around Gainesville. Police said 72-year-old Hubert Allen, Jr., the step-grandfather of Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller, shot the owner of the trucking company where he used…

Toddler recovering from pit bull mauling gets shot in the head

A Brooklyn toddler who had been recovering from a vicious mauling has been hospitalized after being shot in the head early Saturday morning, according to news reports. The 3-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition at Cornell Medical Center after being shot inside his second floor apartment in Flatbush-Ditmas…

Rep. John Lewis at the March on Washington: ‘I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote’

Invoking the legacy of the bloody assault he endured in Selma, Ala., Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) used the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington to call upon Congress to fix the provisions of the Voting Rights Act invalidated earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I gave…

Four dead in North Sea oil industry helicopter crash

Four people were confirmed dead after a helicopter transporting employees from an oil rig crashed off the Scottish coast, police said Saturday, in the latest in a series of air incidents in the North Sea oilfields. French oil giant Total said the dead were all from contractor organisations. The helicopter…

Man arrested at New York’s JFK airport ‘with uranium for Iran in shoes’

A man was arrested in New York City’s international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to…

Linda Ronstadt says Parkinson’s stole her voice

Iconic US rock and country star Linda Ronstadt said she “can’t sing a note” anymore after Parkinson’s disease stole her voice. Though she was diagnosed just eight months ago, the 67-year-old singer behind 1970s hits like “It’s so easy” and “That’ll be the day,” said in an interview posted on…

How stolen Dutch art fooled even Sotheby’s expert eyes

A cunningly disguised stolen work by Dutch contemporary artist Jan Schoonhoven managed to fool experts at the world’s largest art broker Sotheby’s, who auctioned it in late June for nearly $300,000. Now Dutch police are investigating and questions are being asked how the modern art relief, sculpted in 1969 by…

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