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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 8 min ago

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

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World Cup will inspire Rio Olympics - IOC's Bach

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 28 min ago

By Michael Hann GLASGOW (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro will host a successful Olympic Games in 2016 after the World Cup showed Brazil can cope with staging the biggest sporting events, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. "I think the success of the organisation of the World Cup helped, and will help, the organisation of the Games,” Bach told Reuters in an interview ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. "I could really feel this during my visit there for the final weekend of the World Cup. "Since the last meeting with the organising committee in March, you can feel, not only feel, you can see the commitment and the determination coming from the top of the government,” said German Bach, a 1976 Olympic champion in fencing.

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West African states pledge regional anti-Boko Haram force

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 40 min ago
Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon pledged on Wednesday to mobilise a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria. Each nation is due to put forward 700 men to the force in the latest effort to improve the regional response to the militants, who have intensified the insurgency in northern Nigeria and carried out some attacks in neighbouring countries. "This step is proof of our commitment to do everything possible to eradicate this curse," said Karidio Mahamadou, Niger's minister of defence.
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Obama supports Hawaii's governor in radio ad

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 51 min ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor's bid for re-election.

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U.S. Republican lawmakers seek greater say on Iran nuclear deal

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 3 min ago
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to submit quickly to Congress any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and give lawmakers the chance to reject the deal and reimpose sanctions. The five senators introduced their bill just five days after Iran and six world powers announced they had failed to meet a deadline to end a decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear programme and agreed to extend an interim agreement for four months, including some further sanctions relief for Tehran. They also fear that Democratic President Obama will concede too much to Iran in order to claim a foreign policy victory. "Congress must weigh in on any final deal, ensure Iranian compliance is strictly enforced and provide a backstop to prevent a bad deal from occurring," said Senator Bob Corker, one of the bill's co-sponsors and the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 4 min ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

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Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 8 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for.

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Poll shows UK homeowner confidence stalls for first time in 18 months - YouGov

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 15 min ago

One measure of consumer confidence in Britain stalled for the first time since December 2012 this month as fewer people expect house prices to rise, a survey by polling company YouGov showed on Thursday. The index in July was unchanged from June, ending 18 months of continuous improvement, according to figures compiled for economics consultancy CEBR, and is well above its level of a year ago, although still below its 2007 peak. "The surge in consumer confidence over the past 18 months has largely been built on homeowners' faith in property prices increasing," said YouGov researcher Stephen Harmston. "Now we are seeing a distinct cooling off in these expectations and, as a result, overall consumer confidence has stalled," he said.

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UK car production boosted by new models in first half of 2014

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 17 min ago

British car production showed annual growth of more than 3 percent in the first six months of 2014 thanks to new models and further expansion is expected, an automotive industry body said on Thursday. Car production in June was up 3.7 percent on the year to just over 136,000. Among the new models to roll off British production lines in the past 12 months are Honda's estate Civic Tourer and a new version of Nissan's Qashqai sports-utility vehicle. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), welcomed the figures but cautioned that Britain needed to match growing production with locally-sourced parts.

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Concerns over vCJD 'blood threat'

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 20 min ago

A "casual" attitude by the Government could be increasing the risk of the human form of "mad cow disease" being spread via blood transfusions or in operating theatres, MPs warned.

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Ann McKechin MP: Royal Mail debacle has warned this Government off further sell-offs

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 20 min ago
BIS Select Committee member Ann McKechin warns now Vince Cable has backed down over selling off the student loan book the Government has lost its nerve over more sell-offs.
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Arizona Botches Execution

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 21 min ago

The execution Wednesday of an Arizona man lasted almost two hours as he gasped for air.

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Central African Republic groups sign ceasefire after talks

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 23 min ago

By Christian Elion BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Central African Republic's mainly Muslim Seleka rebels signed a ceasefire with the "anti-balaka" Christian militia on Wednesday, after having dropped their demand for the country to be split in two along religious lines. Seleka's call for the country to be officially partitioned into a Muslim north and a Christian south risked derailing talks in Congo Republic aimed at ending religious violence that has killed thousands of people. The ceasefire was signed in Brazzaville after three days of talks hosted by President Denis Sassou N'Guesso, mediator in his neighbouring country's crisis, which has forced a million people, or about a quarter of the CAR population, to flee their homes.

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Malaysian airliner's voice recorder in good condition, says ICAO

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 42 min ago
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week is in good condition, the U.N. civil aviation body said on Wednesday. The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation, which is helping Ukrainian authorities probe the crash, said in a statement that the plane's digital flight data recorder was still being examined. Almost 300 people died in the crash. ICAO said it was consulting the airline industry and regional aviation bodies about how to assess the risks posed to airspace by armed conflict. It gave no further details. ...
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Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 45 min ago

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. In a blow to Israel's economy and image, American aviation authorities extended a ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for a second day, spooked by rocket salvoes out of the Gaza Strip, with many other global airlines also avoiding the Jewish state. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, speaking in Qatar, praised the group's fighters, whom he said had made gains against Israel and said he supported a humanitarian truce but a ceasefire would only be acceptable in exchange for easing Gazans' plight. Adding to the pressure on Israel, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said there was "a strong possibility" that it was committing war crimes in Gaza, where 692 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

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House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 47 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress' annual August recess looming.

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U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 54 min ago
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation. The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the rockets in one of its vacant schools a week ago. It found a second batch in a vacant school on Tuesday, but said in a statement that because staff were withdrawn quickly, they were "unable to confirm the precise number." In both cases UNRWA said it "informed the relevant parties," but did not identify who had been contacted. Ban "expresses his outrage and regret at the placing of weapons in a U.N.-administered school," a United Nations statement said.
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Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 54 min ago

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

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'Shakespeare in Love' bows on London stage - with the dog

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 56 min ago
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The 1998 hit movie "Shakespeare in Love" wove the Bard's famous words into a Hollywood romantic comedy. Now it's back in a stage version that retains the sly humour of Tom Stoppard's script while making it all seem a bit more Shakespearean. The play that opened at London's Noel Coward theatre on Wednesday night, backed by Disney and leading British producer Sonia Freedman, inevitably lacks the star power of Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare, Gwyneth Paltrow - who won an Oscar for best actress - as Viola de Lesseps and Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I. But Tom Bateman as Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola bring an engaging and youthful energy to a script adopted from the screenplay by Stoppard and co-writer Marc Norman.
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Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada - agent

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 57 min ago

(Reuters) - The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the centre of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent said on Wednesday. Kasem, the former host of the syndicated programme "American Top 40," was moved to Canada by his wife, his agent Don Pitts said, after being kept at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. Candace Corkum, administrative manager for the funeral home, confirmed on Friday that Kasem's body was no longer at the facility. Kasem had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage - Kerri, Julie and Mike - and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

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