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U.S. launches investigation into killing of Cecil the lion

Rachel Augusta leads a protest against the killing of Cecil the lion in the parking lot of hunter Dr. Walter Palmer's River Bluff Dental Clinic on July 29, 2015 in Bloomington, MinnesotaThe American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage.


Australia 'confident' that plane wreckage is from MH370

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found on the Saint-Andre region of the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015Authorities hunting for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said Friday they were "increasingly confident" that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated jet, raising hopes of solving one of aviation's great mysteries. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage is to be sent to France for analysis, with expectations building it will be the first tangible proof the plane went down in the Indian Ocean. Investigators are hoping they will then move closer to understanding the mystery swirling around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished 16 months ago with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese.


Ex-cop accused of murdering motorist freed on bail

Police Officer Ray Tensing, who is accused of murdering Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, was released Thursday evening hours after his arraignment on a murder indictment.


Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

Terina Allen, the sister of Samuel Dubose, speaks to the press outside of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, OhioA former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearance on Thursday. Ray Tensing, 25, had pleaded not guilty in the death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan, who set his bond at $1 million. Tensing was indicted on Wednesday on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 19 death of Samuel DuBose, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop.


Two planes evacuated at Dallas airport, three injured
Two incidents on separate airplanes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport led to evacuations on Thursday, with three people suffering minor injuries on one flight, airport officials said. Hydraulic fluid leaked into the auxiliary power unit causing smoke in the cabin of American Airlines Flight 1658 to Chicago, which caused the 141 passengers and five crew members to leave the airplane by emergency slides and exits, according to the airline. In the other incident at the airport, a landing gear tire caught fire shortly after Spirit Airlines Flight 407 landed from Orlando, Florida, the airport said.
Deflategate judge tells NFL, players: Don't argue. Settle

NFL: New England Patriots-Training CampBy Jonathan Stempel and Steve Ginsburg NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Brady's effort to void his four-game suspension was set back on Thursday as litigation embroiling the New England Patriots star quarterback was sent to a New York judge, who urged a speedy resolution to the "Deflategate" scandal. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan ordered the National Football League and NFL Players Association to begin settlement talks "forthwith actively," and cool their public sniping. "The earth is already sufficiently scorched." The NFL and the union declined to comment.


Donald Trump offered access to the Republican National Committee’s voter file

The Republican National Committee has the names, voting history, and consumer data of 250 million people.


In Brooklyn and the rest of America, a movement for Bernie Sanders

The senator raised $15 million in three months, but most of the money didn't come from billionaires.


Cincinnati mayor speaks to Katie Couric on police shooting

Katie Couric interviews Mayor John CranleyA University of Cincinnati police officer pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose.


Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, speaks alongside Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Stephen Moyer at Baltimore City Detention Center, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baltimore, to announce his plan to immediately shut down the jail. The jail grabbed headlines in 2013 after a sweeping federal indictment exposed a sophisticated drug- and cellphone-smuggling ring involving dozens of gang members and correctional officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)A Maryland lawmaker says the state will shut down a Baltimore jail that was the focus of a federal corruption investigation.


Wreckage may be first trace of missing Flight MH370

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionInvestigators are treating debris found on an Indian Ocean island as a "major lead."


Donald Trump amuses us to death

Trump’s juggernaut isn’t an actual campaign, with an agenda or a strategy. It’s great programming


James Holmes's revealing courtroom behavior

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, background fifth from left in white shirt, stands along with others as the jury enters the courtroom, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)As James Holmes watched his father being cross-examined on the witness stand Wednesday, the convicted Colorado theater shooter reverted to what has become his routine during many of the trial’s more contentious moments: He swiveled.


N.H. thumbs its nose at Fox News

The GOP primary forum next Monday will be more of a grilling than a debate.


Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, center, listen as Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.


Virginia’s Gilmore makes 17 GOP presidential candidates


Dentist sends apology letter after killing Zimbabwe lion Cecil

Dentist Walter James Palmer sends patients apology letter after killing Zimbabwe lion CecilWalter James Palmer wrote a letter to his patients at River Bluff Dental in Minnesota to apologize after the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.


Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, Afghan officials say

Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, ABC News reportsThe reclusive leader, whose regime sheltered Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda before the September 11th attacks, had not been seen in years.


Republican leaders feeling heat from the right

A supporters holds a sign as Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the "Women Betrayed Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood" at Capitol Hill in WashingtonGrassroots anger at GOP leadership in Congress and in the presidential contest has crescendoed in recent days, and the outrage on the right is forcing the GOP to respond.


Tom Brady blasts NFL decision to uphold his suspension
In his most defiant public address since the Deflate-gate scandal broke after the AFC championship game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady emphatically defended his innocence on Facebook.
Man accused in lion death says he thought hunt was legal

Cecil the lionA Minnesota dentist says he had no idea the lion he killed with a bow was protected.


Man dies in Channel Tunnel as migrant crisis deepens

Migrants sit near the A16 highway as they try to access the Channel Tunnel on June 23, 2015 in Calais, northern FranceBy Estelle Shirbon and Dominique Vidalon LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance, prompting governments in both countries to promise to beef up security there. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as migrants camped out in shanty towns in the Calais area have repeatedly tried to board trucks and trains traveling from France to Britain. France said it was sending 120 more police officers to the site while Britain said it was pressing ahead with erecting a nine-foot (three-meter) fence to protect the terminal.


Tom Brady's destroyed cell phone is smoking gun that crushed the Patriots superstar


Mike Huckabee defends Holocaust comment amid backlash

Mike HuckabeeYahoo's Katie Couric interviews the presidential hopeful about his controversial remarks on the Iran nuke deal.


Conservative pushes symbolic effort against Boehner

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington. Meadows, a conservative Republican who was disciplined earlier in 2015 by House Speaker John Boehner is pushing a largely symbolic effort to strip the Ohio Republican of his position as the top House leader. Meadows on July 28, 2015, filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an initial procedural step. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative Republican who was disciplined earlier this year after defying House leaders is pushing a largely symbolic effort to strip John Boehner of his position as House speaker.


From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, visitors arrive for the grand opening of Gibson Santa Monica, a new luxury apartment complex in downtown Santa Monica, Calif. Residential rents, the biggest driver of inflation in 2015, climbed 3.5 percent in June from a year earlier, the fifth straight month with an annual gain of that size. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee.


GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid

In this photo taken July 23, 2015, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women's health care programs, but stopped short of flatly predicting its defeat.


GOP: Still no deal on Clinton testimony to Benghazi panel

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, say there is no agreement with Hillary Rodham Clinton over her possible appearance before the panel, despite the State Department’s pledge to produce 5,000 new pages of documents. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that there is no agreement with Hillary Rodham Clinton over her possible appearance before the panel, despite the State Department's pledge to produce 5,000 new pages of documents.


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