- France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
Associated Press, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 04:28 AM
French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.
- Germanwings pilots union plans strike for Friday
Miami Herald, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 02:34 AM
A German union representing pilots says it is planning a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and early retirement benefits.
- Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry
Associated Press, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 09:22 AM
Spanish fashion retailer Inditex says it has withdrawn a children's shirt which triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.
- West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness
San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 05:10 AM
Ivory Coast's "Lather Against Ebola" campaign, catchy songs and comedy are being used by West Africans to educate people on how to avoid getting the deadly disease, which has infected more than 2,600 people and killed more than 1,400 in four countries across the region, according to the World Health Organization. From Nigeria to Sierra Leone, songs and sketches have supplemented traditional media and government campaigns to educate the public about Ebola, which is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of infected people and can be partly contained by simple measures like regular hand-washing. The "Lather Against Ebola" campaign was inspired by the ice bucket challenge that has generated tens of millions of dollars for the ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease research. Since it launched on Aug.
- Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers
San Antonio Express-News, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 04:45 AM
Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist." The role of freelancers, who make a living by selling individual stories, photos and video to multiple outlets, has expanded across conflict zones in recent years with the spread of technology and social media.
- Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth
Associated Press, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 03:17 AM
Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer.
- Video game makers: Lohan sued us for attention
San Antonio Express-News, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 07:22 PM
The makes of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games say Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention when she asserted the games' latest installment features a character based on her. In Manhattan court papers made public Tuesday, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and subsidiary Rockstar Games call the case frivolous and maintain it was "filed for publicity purposes."
- Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme
San Antonio Express-News, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 06:15 PM
The top elected official in an eastern Kentucky county devastated by a deadly 2012 tornado has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme. Prosecutors said the scheme began about three years before the tornado destroyed parts of Morgan County and much of downtown West Liberty, the county seat.
- NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer
San Antonio Express-News, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 01:45 PM
The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.
- Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda
Associated Press, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 10:56 AM
The American neurosurgeon leaned in to take a selfie with his patient, chuckling with excitement when she raised her hands. That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the patient's skull to remove a tumor.
- Report Finds 1,400 Children Exploited in UK Town
ABCNews, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 10:11 AM
Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town over 16-year period
- Burger King confirms deal to buy Tim Hortons with financial assist from Buffett
San Antonio Express-News, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 07:35 AM
Burger King confirms deal to buy Tim Hortons with financial assist from Buffett.
- UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 06:56 AM
The U. N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. In a report Tuesday, the Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes is increasingly becoming a competition between independent companies and transnational tobacco companies aggressively muscling for market share.