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Philippines to pull out of Golan Heights, Liberia

August 23, 2014 05:44 AM EST | AP

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government said Saturday that it would bring home its peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and would withdraw its troops from Liberia because of the Ebola outbreak.

The 331 Filipino U.N. troops in the Golan Heights will be sent home after their tour of duty ends in October and the 115 peacekeepers in Liberia will be "repatriated as soon as possible," Department of National Defense spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said.

Few details month after reporters detained in Iran

August 23, 2014 05:12 AM EST | AP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom and the old hard-line establishment.

Jason Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two unnamed Iranian-American photojournalists were detained a month ago this past Friday. One of the photojournalists was released shortly after being detained, and the other freed on bail Wednesday, the Post reported. However, Rezaian and his wife remain held without formal charges and have not been heard from since being detained.

Lufthansa pilots' union threatens new strikes

August 23, 2014 04:42 AM EST | AP

BERLIN (AP) — A union representing Lufthansa's pilots is threatening a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and early retirement benefits.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union says in a statement it may order pilots to strike "starting immediately" because negotiations have failed to achieve their goals. The union didspn't specify when this might happen but said it would give advance warning.

Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

August 23, 2014 04:32 AM EST | AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return.

SBE Group CEO Sam Nazarian had purchased the Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007 with dreams of restoring its former glory, but the recession stalled the plans, driving the owners to close two of the three hotel towers and hawk rooms for $1 per night over Twitter.

Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

August 23, 2014 04:13 AM EST | AP

PARIS (AP) — Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.

That deed on July 23, 1944, was Madeleine Riffaud's summons to Parisians to rise up.

Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes

August 23, 2014 03:38 AM EST | AP

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires.

More thunderstorms had been forecast for Friday but serious rain failed to materialize and a new flash flood watch was allowed to expire.

Clinton shadow in Iowa no threat to some Democrats

August 23, 2014 03:37 AM EST | AP

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Democrats with presidential dreams are coming to Iowa with little fanfare, entourage or recognition.

They're undeterred by talk of a Hillary Rodham Clinton candidacy in 2016 or her plans to visit the leadoff caucus state next month to honor retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.

India police re-arrest fasting activist

August 23, 2014 03:28 AM EST | AP

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A lawyer says police have re-arrested a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast.

Attorney Khaidam Mani says police have again charged 42-year-old Irom Sharmila with attempted suicide on Friday, two days after she was released from detention by a court order and the charge against her dropped. Attempted suicide is a crime in India.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

August 23, 2014 03:15 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and William Lacy Clay Jr., D-Mo.

Friday's Sports In Brief

August 23, 2014 03:08 AM EST | AP

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the one big prize remaining this year — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize.

Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round and finished with a tap-in birdie Friday for a 6-under 65 to share the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays.

Illini hope weapons around Lunt an upgrade on 2013

August 23, 2014 03:07 AM EST | AP

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It was all but a given that Illinois would name Wes Lunt its starting quarterback. What is less certain is the quality of the players around the transfer from Oklahoma State.

With a mostly veteran line and the addition of several new faces at receiver, coach Tim Beckman believes Lunt has what he needs to work with.

Racha de triunfos de los Nacionales llega a su fin

August 23, 2014 02:56 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — En lo que la desventaja aumentaba paulatinamente, hasta los mismos Nacionales de Washington que se habían acostumbrado a remontar juegos que ganaron en el último turno al bate entendieron que su magnífica racha de 10 victorias consecutivas estaba por tocar su punto final.

Los Nacionales sucumbieron 10-3 el viernes ante los Gigantes de San Francisco poniendo fin a la racha que empató el récord de la franquicia, una que incluyó siete triunfos por una carreras, cinco viniendo de atrás y cinco dejando al rival tendido en el terreno.

Vistazo ampliado de las grandes ligas

August 23, 2014 02:51 AM EST | AP

G P Pct Dif WCGB U10 Rac Loc Vis

Baltimore 73 53 .579 — — 6-4 P-1 34-26 39-27

California League

August 23, 2014 02:39 AM EST | AP

x-clinched first half


Chicago defense can't stop Seattle 34-6 loss

August 23, 2014 02:36 AM EST | AP

SEATTLE (AP) — From coach Marc Trestman's view, everything exposed about the Chicago Bears can be fixed.

It appears to be a lot of corrections to make with just one preseason game remaining.

Gray sale de mala racha, Oakland vence a Angelinos

August 23, 2014 02:30 AM EST | AP

OAKLAND, California, EE.UU. (AP) — Sonny Gray salió de una racha perdedora de un mes, lanzando hasta el noveno inning, y los Atléticos de Oakland vencieron 5-3 a los Angelinos de Los Angeles el viernes, en un duelo de rivales en la división oeste de la Liga Americana.

Coco Crisp bateó un jonrón para abrir el juego y Stephen Vogt añadió otro bambinazo solitario por Oakland, en la apertura de una serie de tres juegos. Sam Fuld empujó la de la ventaja en el sexto con un triple y Oakland se acercó a un juego de los Angelinos, líderes divisionales.

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

August 23, 2014 02:27 AM EST | AP

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, the organizers said.

Festival artistic director Wang Hongwei and executive director Fan Rong , both of Li Xianting Film Fund that has organized the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, said that the event was forced to close.

Trout, Hamilton homer in Angels' 5-3 loss to A's

August 23, 2014 02:24 AM EST | AP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A few well-placed balls and a couple of unfortunate miscues were enough to momentarily derail the Los Angeles Angels.

Hector Santiago was pitching well until he took a ball off the pinkie of his pitching hand. Kole Calhoun hit the ball hard to places normally left unintended that turned into outs, including one huge double play.

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead

August 23, 2014 02:20 AM EST | AP

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.

Dharmendra Pareek, a top official of India's paramilitary force, said Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani forces fired guns and mortar rounds on more than a dozen Indian border posts and at least three villages in Ranbir Singh Pura region.

Mets make 4 errors in 6-2 loss to Dodgers

August 23, 2014 02:20 AM EST | AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The New York Mets played a sloppy game in the field and were just as dreadful at the plate.

After Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run, the Mets managed only two harmless singles in seven innings against Dan Haren during a 6-2 loss Friday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead

August 23, 2014 02:16 AM EST | AP

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.

Dharmendra Pareek, a top official of India's paramilitary force, said Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani forces fired guns and mortar rounds on more than a dozen Indian border posts and at least three villages in Ranbir Singh Pura region.

Seahawks use big first half to rout Bears 34-6

August 23, 2014 02:15 AM EST | AP

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's defense is expected to be among the best in the NFL again. If Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense can play this well in the regular season, look out.

It's still just the preseason, but for the second straight week Wilson and the Seahawks weren't stopped.

Haren guía triunfo de Dodgers sobre Mets

August 23, 2014 02:13 AM EST | AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dan Haren superó un jonrón de Curtis Granderson para abrir el juego y estuvo dominante durante siete innings, para guiar el viernes a los Dodgers de Los Angeles a una victoria de 6-2 sobre los erráticos Mets de Nueva York.

Haren (11-10) toleró solamente una carrera y tres hits, además de ponchar a seis y no regalar bases. La victoria fue su tercera en cuatro aperturas, tras irse 0-5, con PCL de 10.03 en sus cinco salidas previas.

Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

August 23, 2014 02:09 AM EST | AP

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.

In his Sunni family's ancestral home in Fallujah it was the heavy shelling — first by the Americans in 2004 and then again this past January, when the walls shook and the roof caved in over their heads. In the Baghdad neighborhood where they have twice sought refuge, it is the persistent fear of a late-night knock on the door by shadowy sectarian militias.

Gray pitches into 9th, A's top Angels

August 23, 2014 02:00 AM EST | AP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Doolittle couldn't find much fault with his latest outing, which was strange considering the Athletics' closer nearly ruined Sonny Gray's best start in more than four weeks.

A game-ending strikeout of pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta turned out to be the perfect remedy.