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US ‘appalled’ by execution of journalist James Foley

US intelligence was attempting Tuesday to authenticate a video purporting to show an Islamic State militant killing a US journalist, the White House said, adding that it would be “appalling” if genuine. “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen James Foley by ISIL,”…

Florida county unanimously bans atheists from delivering invocations at public meetings

The county commission in Brevard County, Florida, voted unanimously on Wednesday to prohibit atheists from offering invocations at public meetings, Hemant Mehta reports. The commissioners voted to send a letter to David Williamson, founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, indicating that his group doesn’t qualify to deliver the invocation…

Hamas leader Mohammed Deif ‘deserves to die’: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, saying he was a legitimate target. “Mohammed Deif deserves to die just like (the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden. He is an arch murderer and…

Patient isolated in Sacramento hospital for Ebola virus testing

A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been put in isolation at a hospital in Sacramento, California, health group Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday. “We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical…

Afghanistan orders US reporter Matthew Rosenberg to leave over election story

Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results. The attorney general’s office said the article was “against the national interests and the national…

Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer’s claims to special powers. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village…

Life sentence upheld for US Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii

HONOLULU (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps Pacific commander has approved the life sentence recommended by a court martial for a former U.S. Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii, a spokesman said Tuesday. The military court found Nathaniel Cosby, a former Master Sergeant, guilty in April of…

Check out Texas Governor Rick Perry’s new mugshot

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. “The actions that I took…

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions – but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. To…

Dan Sullivan claims victory over Tea Party’s Joe Miller in Alaska’s GOP Senate primary

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – Mainstream Republican Dan Sullivan claimed victory early on Wednesday in Alaska’s three-way primary race ahead of a November election seen as critical to the party’s bid to regain control of the U.S. Senate. Unofficial results showed Sullivan all but certain to face Democratic…

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