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In Afghan Election, Signs Of Systemic Fraud Cast Doubt On Many Votes - NYTimes.com

Andrew Hart | August 23, 2014 | World
When the campaign team led by Manawar Shah came under threat on the day of the Afghan presidential runoff, it was not from the Taliban, he said, but from the people who were supposed to be keeping order: an alliance of government officials, security forces and supporters of the candidate...

Obama Hits The Gas On Regs

Andrew Hart | August 23, 2014 | Politics
Groups that closely follow regulations are expecting the Obama administration to continue issuing controversial rules through the midterm elections, despite the political risk it could pose for Democrats.

Timeline For A Body: 4 Hours In The Middle Of A Ferguson Street

Andrew Hart | August 23, 2014 | Black Voices
Just after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Canfield Drive. For about four hours, in the unrelenting summer sun, his body remained where he fell.

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About Islamic State Border Threat

AP | August 23, 2014 | Politics
MEXICO (AP) — Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd." Perry last week asserted that "there is a very real possibility" that Islamic terrorists could be entering the...

Obama Sends White House Aides To Michael Brown Funeral

Andrew Hart | August 23, 2014 | Politics
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the Missouri teenager whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked days of racial unrest. Leading the group for Monday's service will be the chairman of the My Brother's...

California Drought Leaves Homes Without Water

AP | August 23, 2014 | Green
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said. The situation has become so dire that the Tulare County Office of Emergency...

Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 1 Deep Breath

Irina Dvalidze | August 23, 2014 | TV
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched Doctor Who series 8, episode 1: Deep Breath Steven Moffat takes questionable pleasure in teasing fans, be it with hypothetical kisses between Sherlock and Moriarty or digs at Twitter via Clara Oswald. But the premiere of Doctor Who series...

Fatal Shooting Backstage At Wiz Khalifa Concert

Andrew Hart | August 23, 2014 | Crime
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said. The shooting occurred at Shoreline Amphitheatre, where Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, Atlanta hip hop artist Jeezy and others had finished performing Friday...

Abortions Must Be Covered By Health Insurance Companies In California

AP | August 23, 2014 | Politics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans. Although the federal Affordable Care...

Darren Wilson Supporters Rally To Bash Media, Ferguson Protesters

Matt Sledge | August 23, 2014 | Politics
ST. LOUIS -- Wearing a Bushnell camo hat, Jeremy Arnold held up a black poster with a single blue line taped across it to show his support for Darren Wilson and other police officers. As for the man he shot to death? Michael Brown, Arnold said, "got exactly what he...

British Woman Vows To Become First Female Jihadist To Kill American Or British Captive

Emily Thomas | August 23, 2014 | World
In the wake of journalist James Foley's brutal beheading, a 22-year-old woman is vowing to copycat his execution and become the first female jihadist from the United Kingdom to kill a Western captive in Syria. Khadijah Dare, originally from London, England, is married to...

Obama Orders Review Of Police Use Of Military Hardware

Reuters | August 23, 2014 | Politics
EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug 23 (Reuters) - U.S. 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 on Saturday the...

Kim Kardashian Shares Another Rare Makeup-Free Selfie

Lauren Zupkus | August 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Kim Kardashian selfies are practically a dime a dozen, unless you count her selfie book, which will cost you $19.95. The point is, the woman takes a lot of selfies. But every once in a while, the 33-year-old shares a rare, makeup-free photo with the world....

States With The Most Big Spenders

Harry Bradford | August 23, 2014 | Business
Consumer spending habits reflect the financial health of the nation’s households, yet vary widely across the United States. In 2012, Americans spent $35,498 per capita, a 3.3% increase from the year before when Americans spent $34,356 on average.

In Washington, Second Thoughts On Arming Police

Benjamin Hart | August 23, 2014 | Politics
Jolted by images of protesters clashing with heavily armed police officers in Missouri, President Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of the government’s decade-old strategy of outfitting local police departments with military-grade body armor, mine-resistant trucks, silencers and automatic rifles, senior officials say.

Lori Petty Is Reportedly Returning For 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 3

Erin Whitney | August 23, 2014 | Entertainment
"Orange Is the New Black" Season 3 may be far away, but we already know we'll be seeing one familiar face when it returns. Lori Petty made a small cameo last season on the Netflix series as Lolly, an inmate that befriended Piper on their way to the Chicago prison....

Polls Scramble Perceptions In Two Key Senate Battleground Races

Igor Bobic | August 23, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Two surveys released this week shattered perceptions of key Senate battleground races in New Hampshire and Georgia, but dig a little deeper and you'll find ample reason to be skeptical about any game-changing declarations less than three months from Election Day. A new UNH/WMUR poll...

Britney Spears Does A Mean Woody Woodpecker Impression

Lauren Zupkus | August 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Oh Britney, your talents know no limits. As it turns out the pop icon can do a spot-on Woody Woodpecker impression. Spears shared a goofy Instagram video of her imitation of the cartoon bird on Aug. 22. "Sometimes I do impressions..." Spears wrote alongside the clip. The...

Kevin Love Traded To LeBron's Cavaliers In 3-Team Blockbuster Deal

Chris Greenberg | August 23, 2014 | Sports
CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again. Cleveland has craved a championship for 50 years.

Watch Ian McKellen Do The Ice Bucket Challenge

Lauren Zupkus | August 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Another day, another celebrity #IceBucketChallenge. Ian McKellen rounded up quite the posse to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral campaign created to raise awareness and funds for the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) Association. If you're going to douse yourself with freezing cold water,...