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Islamic State militants allegedly waterboarded James Foley, other hostages

By Reuters on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
WASHINGTON — At least four hostages held in Syria by Islamic State militants, including U.S. journalist James Foley, were waterboarded during their captivity, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the treatment of Western hostages. The Islamic State captors appeared to model the technique on that of …

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

By Reuters on Aug. 28, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts man badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing married his nurse in a weekend wedding, according to the hotel where the ceremony was held. James Costello met Krista D’Agostino while he was undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, according to the statement issued Wednesday by …

ESPN regrets report on showering habits of NFL’s Michael Sam

By Reuters on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
Sports television network ESPN said on Wednesday it regrets a report that detailed the showering habits of St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. The Walt Disney Co-owned network received criticism on Tuesday after reporter Josina Anderson quoted an …

Hurricane Cristobal moving away from US, but rip currents likely

By Reuters on Aug. 27, 2014, at 6:12 a.m.
MIAMI — Hurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the United States coast, but is still likely to stir up dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said. “Swells generated by Cristobal are affecting portions of the United States East Coast from …

Overhydration may have been factor in Mississippi football player’s death

By Reuters on Aug. 26, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
The death of a Mississippi high school football player three days after he fell ill during a game was due to swelling in his brain possibly triggered by overhydration, a doctor who treated him said on Tuesday. “This seems to be a fluke, freak tragedy,” said Dr. Joe Pressler, who …
President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, during his vacation August 20, 2014.

Obama tells veterans better mental health care on the way

By Mark Felsenthal, Reuters on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — President Barack Obama sought to make amends with veterans Tuesday, announcing steps to expand their access to mental health care and an initiative with financial companies to lower home loan costs for military families. The president was embarrassed earlier this year when it was revealed that …

Mississippi high school football player dies after falling ill during game

By Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 8:50 p.m.
A Mississippi high school football player died on Monday, three days after falling ill during a game, school officials said. Walker Wilbanks was playing in a Friday night game for Jackson Preparatory School, a private school in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi, when he came off the field and complained …
he scene of Totall Metal Recycling plant at Missouri Avenue after an explosion there on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Granite City, Illinois. A mortar round went off at the plant, police said, killing two people and injuring one.

Exploding mortar round kills 2, injures 1 at Illinois metal recycling plant

By Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 8:31 p.m.
Two people were killed and one was injured on Monday in an explosion at a metal recycling plant in southern Illinois possibly caused by a mortar round, according to police and the coroner’s office. The blast occurred at about 6:30 a.m. local time in Granite City, Illinois, about 8 miles …
A rare blue lobster was caught off Castine in this September 2010 file photo. A Maine father-daughter team captured a blue lobster on Saturday.

Maine father-daughter team catch rare blue lobster

By Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — A Maine teenager and her father have landed a 1-in-2-million catch: a blue lobster. Meghan LaPlante, 14, said she and her father pulled in the vivid blue crustacean from one of their traps on Saturday. “It definitely stood out,” LaPlante said Monday. “We were really surprised. …
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing on Aug. 21 at the Pentagon in Washington.

U.S. prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State

By Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing military options to pressure the Islamic State in Syria, the U.S. military said Monday, but officials cautioned that no decision had been made to expand U.S. action beyond the limited airstrikes underway in Iraq. President Barack Obama has so far sought a limited …

Alabama couple charged with rape, tried to impregnate girl

By Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
An Alabama couple has been charged with raping an underage relative multiple times in an unsuccessful attempt to impregnate her so they could keep the baby, a local newspaper reported. Jeremy and Amanda Swann, both 29-year-old residents of Jones, about 40 miles northwest of Montgomery, were arrested last week and …

Soldier at Army base in Virginia dies after shooting herself during standoff

By Ian Simpson, Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol mortally wounded herself after barricading herself in a building at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said. The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. and locked herself in an …

Shooter reported at US Army’s Fort Lee in Virginia

By Reuters on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON — An active shooter has been reported at Fort Lee, Virginia, and the U.S. Army installation has been locked down, the base said on its Facebook page on Monday. The incident was reported at the base’s Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters, Building 5020, according to the statement. “All personnel …
U.S. journalist James Foley (right) arrives at Rixos hotel in Tripoli, after being released by the Libyan government, in this May 2011 file photo.

UK says it is close to identifying British man suspected of beheading US journalist James Foley

By Reuters on Aug. 24, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Britain is close to identifying a man, thought to be British, who was shown beheading U.S. journalist James Foley in a video released by the Islamic State militant group last week, its ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, told CNN. “We are close” to identifying the man …
An unidentified woman walks past damage to a downtown building in Napa, California, on Sunday.

Quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

By Jim Christie, Reuters on Aug. 24, 2014, at 10 a.m.
NAPA, California — A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa. The quake, the biggest in the region in 25 years, jolted many …
A riot police officer aims his weapon while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri in this file photo taken August 13, 2014.

Obama orders review of police use of military hardware

By Reuters on Aug. 23, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A senior Obama administration official said Saturday the president has ordered a review …

Wyoming officer charged in connection with death of police dog in hot patrol car

By Reuters on Aug. 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges tied to the death of a dog left inside a sweltering patrol car for more than six hours, local media reported. Mills Police Department Officer Zachary Miller entered his plea Friday, a month after drug-sniffing police dog “Nyx” …

White House: US ready to take further action against Islamic State

By Reuters on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — The White House on Friday said the United States stands ready to take additional action against Islamic State fighters who beheaded an American journalist and will not be restricted by the Iraq-Syria border. U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets have been confined to Iraq thus far but …

Children hurt in fall from Ferris wheel at Michigan fair

By Reuters on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
A 16-year-old girl remained hospitalized on Friday after she and her 8-year-old brother were injured when they fell from a Ferris wheel cab in Michigan on Thursday night, police and fair officials said. The children were taken to the hospital in stable condition after the fall at a community fair …

Ticks may transmit disease faster than currently thought

By Reuters on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
NEW YORK — Brazilian ticks that carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever passed the disease to animal hosts in as little as 10 minutes if they had recently fed on another animal, a new study found. “The current literature, including medical textbooks and guidelines for the general public, has repeatedly advised …
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