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Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

Thursday, 8:27 PM

A Malaysia Airlines crew member cries as she waits outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims' bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.


National Guard begins pullout from riot-weary Ferguson, Missouri

Thursday, 8:21 PM

National Guard troops walk through a staging area located at a shopping center parking lot in Ferguson, MissouriBy Scott Malone and Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager. A relaxed, orderly mood prevailed among demonstrators for a second straight evening on Thursday, the calmest night in the St. Louis suburb since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer on Aug. 9 under disputed circumstances. Keep them close." Ferguson erupted in anger after the teenager's slaying, with nightly rallies frequently punctuated by looting, vandalism and clashes between protesters and heavily armed riot police, often ending in volleys of tear gas and dozens of arrests. Although Ferguson is predominantly African American, its political leadership, police department and public school administration are dominated by whites.


National Guard ordered out of US riot town

Thursday, 8:29 PM

Police watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown August 20, 2014 in Ferguson, MissouriNational Guard troops have withdrawn from a US town gripped by nearly two weeks of protests over the fatal police shooting of a black teenager, as new details emerged about the white officer who pulled the trigger. Demonstrations in the Missouri town of Ferguson cooled after Attorney General Eric Holder met Wednesday the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old student shot dead on August 9. State troopers and then the National Guard were sent in to improve security, and by late Wednesday, following the Holder visit, tensions on the streets of Ferguson had eased, with police arresting only six people -- compared to 47 on Tuesday. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said the National Guard, deployed on Monday, were no longer needed.


Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

Thursday, 8:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror groups and encouraging more kidnappings.

Van Pelt leads Barclays' logjam, McIlroy struggles

Thursday, 5:15 PM

PGA: The Barclays-First RoundBy Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Rory McIlroy played poorly. The Northern Irishman, winner in his last three starts including the British Open and PGA Championship, shot a three-over-par 74 and trailed Van Pelt by nine strokes. Among the long queue tied for second at five-under 66 in the opening tournament of the four-event FedExCup playoffs were Jim Furyk, who stood third on the points list, his old Ryder Cup team mate Hunter Mahan and England's Paul Casey. They were joined by Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Americans Charles Howell III, Cameron Tringale, Ben Martin and Brendon Todd on a course softened by overnight rain.


Golf-Van Pelt leads Barclays' logjam, McIlroy struggles

Thursday, 5:12 PM

* Eight share second at FedExCup opener * Eagle helps put Van Pelt in front * McIlroy nine off lead after first round (Changes slug, updates with Van Pelt in lead) By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Rory McIlroy played poorly. The Northern Irishman, winner in his last three starts including the British Open and PGA Championship, shot a three-over-par 74 and trailed Van Pelt by nine strokes. Among the long queue tied for second at five-under 66 in the opening tournament of the four-event FedExCup playoffs were Jim Furyk, who stood third on the points list, his old Ryder Cup team mate Hunter Mahan and England's Paul Casey. They were joined by Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Americans Charles Howell III, Cameron Tringale, Ben Martin and Brendon Todd on a course softened by overnight rain.

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World Series

Thursday, 8:26 PM

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons loss to Chicago 6-5 on Thursday, knocking them out of the Little League World Series.


Foles, offense sharp as Eagles beat Steelers 31-21

Thursday, 8:24 PM

Foles, offense sharp as Eagles beat Steelers 31-21Nick Foles threw for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.


U.S. federal prosecutors questioning GM lawyers on vehicle recalls: source

Thursday, 7:03 PM

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitGeneral Motors had issued a report in June which detailed how for 11 years it turned a blind eye to an ignition-switch problem linked to at least 13 deaths but largely pinned the blame on what the report described as incompetent lower-level employees, leaving top brass untouched.


U.S. court denies Allergan bid to speed insider trading suit

Thursday, 5:37 PM

Allergan CEO Pyott speaks during an interview in New York(Reuters) - A federal judge in California on Thursday denied a request by Allergan Inc to expedite its civil suit claiming that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Pershing Square Capital Management engaged in insider trading ahead of their bid to buy Allergan. Judge David Carter said the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California "would be reluctant to create a precedent that allows corporations to demand at will the immediate attention and input of the federal courts in order to resolve intra-corporate disputes that might be better left to the dynamic free market or to the state court." Valeant and Pershing Square made an offer for Botox maker Allergan in April, which the company has rejected. Allergan has fought the takeover attempt and on Aug. 1 filed a civil insider trading lawsuit against the companies, saying that the unusual partnership between them violated securities regulations.


Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

Thursday, 8:19 PM

A Liberian soldier watches as policemen deploy in Monrovia's West Point slum as part of quarantine measures to contain the spread of Ebola on August 20, 2014Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease. Senegal's decision to close its land border with Guinea, announced by the interior ministry Thursday, is part of intensifying efforts to contain the outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. David Nabarro, a British physician who the United Nations appointed last week to coordinate the global response to the crisis, arrived in west Africa on a mission to revitalise the health sectors of affected countries.


Calif. bill would pay for lawyers for unaccompanied minor immigrants

Thursday, 5:55 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown adjusts his earpiece during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityCalifornia would spend $3 million on lawyers for unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America under a proposal announced Thursday by top California Democrats. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, along with Attorney General Kamala Harris and the leaders of both houses of the legislature, said they planned to submit legislation authorizing the expenditure to help children who have been streaming over borders in Southwest states since last fall. “It is critical that these children, many of whom are fleeing extreme violence in Central America, have access to due process and adequate legal representation.‎” Central American children began flooding the border at crossing points in Texas earlier this year, overwhelming local officials and leading the federal government to send thousands to other states for processing. By the end of June, about 3,000 of the children had been sent to California, and more have come since.