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In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga is towed under the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on her final voyage, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from Naval Station Newport in Newport, R.I., to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship arrived in Newport on Aug. 7, 1998, after spending four years in storage following her decommissioning in 1994. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Lindsay Church)

Marathon bombing suspect’s friend pleads guilty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted in federal court that he removed Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder from … 0

Governor taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that … 0

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza Hamas leader admits group behind kidnapping, killing of 3 teens

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza’s ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days. The pinpoint pre-dawn attack on Hamas’ inner sanctum was launched minutes … 0

Priest, 93, saved after falling into lake in wheelchair

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A retired 93-year old priest fell into Monroe Harbor in his wheelchair this afternoon after he and his caretaker were distracted by the Chicago Air and Water Show, officials said. The man was pulled from Lake Michigan near the Chicago Yacht Club by good samaritans who were in … 0

Woman climbs into giraffe pen, is cited

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, climbed over one fence and almost got over the second … 0

Orthodox Jew sues hospital for cremating amputated leg

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CHICAGO — An Orthodox Jew whose religious traditions suggest that the deceased should be buried whole in preparation for the afterlife is suing Skokie (Ill.) Hospital for cremating his amputated leg instead of preserving the limb to be buried next to him. Moshe Lefkowitz, 43, alleges in court … 0

Elderly man crashes his car into pool

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was unharmed Saturday after he crashed his car into a backyard pool, authorities said. Officers responded around 11:45 a.m. to a report in Altadena of a car crashing into a pool in the 2700 block of Scripps Place, the Los Angeles … 0

Ukraine says its troops entered rebel-held city

Sunday, August 17, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday. However, the military acknowledged that another one … 0

Forces retake parts of Iraq’s largest dam from militants

Sunday, August 17, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said. The U.S. began targeting … 0

Pope Francis tries to warm chilly relations with China

Sunday, August 17, 2014

HAEMI, South Korea — Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China, saying Sunday he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn’t coming in as a “conqueror” but is rather … 0

35 people found trapped in shipping container at British port; one dies

Sunday, August 17, 2014

British police report finding 35 people trapped inside a shipping container at a port near London Saturday, including a man pronounced dead at the scene. The others, believed to be from South Asia, were taken to a hospital for treatment. The victims, who included women and children, were … 0

Official: Amish sisters in NY were abused after abduction

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CANTON, N.Y. — Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain’s disclosure came hours after the … 0

Federal autopsy ordered for teen

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and … 0