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White House awakes to 'national crisis'

Baltimore riots show the limits of President Obama's hands-off approach.<p>For President Barack Obama and Congress, one thing was clear amid the smoke in Baltimore: A task force didn’t solve the problem.<p>There weren’t a lot of firm recommendations from the 11 people whom Obama appointed after last …

Justice

Hundreds of fast-food protesters arrested while striking against low wages

Protesters in more than 100 US cities conduct sit-ins and marches outside restaurants to call for a $15 minimum wage<p>Fast-food protests continue across US – live updates<p>A nationwide protest against low wages in the US fast-food industry culminated in hundreds of arrests on Thursday, as activists …

Working Stiff

• <b>Author:</b> Judy Melinek, MD & T.J. Mitchell<p>“Fun…and full of smart science. Fans of CSI—the real kind—will want to read it” (<i>The Washington Post</i>): A young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the hair-raising cases that shaped her as a physician and human being.<p>Just two …

What Money Can't Buy

• <b>Author:</b> Michael J. Sandel<p>Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? …

Senegal children face modern-day slavery

<b>Dakar, Senegal</b> <b>-</b> Like thousands of child beggars in Senegal, Abdou Kane, four, is always barefoot and carrying a bowl and clothes that he wears for weeks - even months - without washing them.<p>Known as <i>talibés</i> - an Arabic word for pupil - an estimated 50,000 street children, as young as three-years old …

Ebola Outbreak: Japan Develops 30-Minute 'Simpler' Test To Quickly Diagnose Deadly Virus

Japanese scientists said Tuesday that they have developed a new test that could detect the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with the help of a technology …

Labour suspends four councillors who 'let down' Rotherham

Ed Miliband suspends four Rotherham members from party amid allegations that authorities turned blind eye to sex abuse scandal<p>Ed Miliband has suspended four current and former councillors in Rotherham in the wake of a scathing report into child sexual abuse in the town.<p>Labour yesterday suspended …

US ban on Russian-made AK-47s sets off a rifle-buying frenzy

Demand for the assault weapon has risen sharply since US imports were halted as part of sanctions against Moscow<p>Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specialising in the weapon …

Applications up, approvals slow for medical marijuana licences

The number of Canadian firms applying for lucrative medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called "greenrush" continues to overwhelm Health Canada.<p>So far, only two new licences have been approved this summer even as the department tightens the application rules — and as nervous …

Cannabis

Sudan expels Iranian diplomats and closes cultural centres

Expulsions believed to be linked to government fears that Iranian officials were promoting Shia Islam in majority-Sunni country<p>Sudan has closed all Iranian cultural centres in the country and expelled the cultural attache and other diplomats, a government source has said, without giving an …

Attorney: Detroit needs debt plan to survive

DETROIT (AP) — The plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is the vehicle the Motor City needs to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow the city to survive, one of Detroit's attorneys told the federal judge at the helm of the historic bankruptcy trial, which started …

Saudi Arabia 'foils al-Qaeda attack plot'

Saudi Arabia has said it has arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an al-Qaeda cell plotting attacks inside and outside the kingdom.<p>Tuesday's announcement comes amid the advance of the Islamic State armed group in Iraq and Syria, which has prompted Saudi Arabia to take harsher measures against …

Tropical storms bear down on Mexico from both coasts | Reuters

(Reuters) - Two separate tropical storms closed in on Mexico from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on Tuesday, risking a double hit on the country a year after a pair of storms converged to cause major flooding that killed over 100 people.<p>Tropical Storm Dolly, which formed in the southern Gulf …

Three killed, nine injured when Libyan war plane crashes in eastern city: medics | Reuters

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Three people were killed and nine injured when a Libyan war plane crashed on Tuesday in a residential part of the eastern city of Tobruk, residents and medics said.<p>The plane went down around one km (0.6 miles) from the seat of the country’s elected parliament. The crash …

Boko Haram Seize Nigerian Town After Deadly Battle: Witnesses

By Lanre Ola<p>MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town on Tuesday after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, security sources said.<p>The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 …

DNA clears North Carolina inmates after 30 years in prison

Half-brothers released after newly discovered evidence clears men in 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie<p>DNA evidence could exonerate two in death row case<p>North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmate and his half-brother serving a life sentence have been exonerated and released …

Tripoli's airport has become ground zero for military clashes in Libya

At Tripoli’s airport, there are no departure calls; no harried passengers. The only sound is the crackling noise of what’s left of the building’s charred rubble, broken glass and metal rails.<p>After five weeks of clashes, the main terminal looks like more like an apocalyptic movie set. The fighting …

Nicaragua miners: Search for missing men suspended

<b>Rescue teams in Nicaragua have suspended their efforts to locate seven men trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine on Thursday.</b><p>Government officials said that a new landslide has made it unsafe for the rescue work to proceed.<p>Twenty-two men survived the accident with minor injuries.<p>The El Comal mine was …

Latin America

30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.<p>Police caught up with some walking along …

Misery in Ukraine as deadly conflict drives civilians from homes

In the city of Donetsk, the devastation wrought by weeks of fighting between pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces is all too apparent.<p>And as the civilians caught in the crossfire sweep up the debris of their homes and livelihoods, they are hardened against a president they say is killing his own …

A Suspected Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

Health care workers pursue a suspected Ebola patient in Monrovia, Liberia.<p><b>YouTube</b><p>A newly released video shows health workers in Liberia attempting to capture a suspected Ebola patient, who had allegedly escaped from a treatment center on Sept. 1.<p>Clad in a red shirt, the man was wearing a badge …

Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>A new Haruki Murakami book is coming out in English in December. Murakami's just-released <i>Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage</i> has topped <i>The New York Times</i>' hardcover fiction bestseller lists and …

5 Trends Shaping the Future of Work

Since the dawn of business there has been a certain style of how and when work should be done. It flows from the top down: beginning with the organization, to the managers, and then employees. In this case organization refers to C-level executives and key stakeholders; those at the very top of the …

Innovation

U.S. Strike in Somalia Reportedly Kills Major Terrorist Leader

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to reports, American airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia targeted and may have killed …

Happy Accident With Garden Hose Leads To 'Really Significant' Stonehenge Discovery

Research at Stonehenge is going in circles--literally. And that's a good thing.<p>A prolonged drought has revealed that the mysterious monument's ancient stones, which currently arc in a semicircle, likely once formed a complete circle. The source of this discovery? A garden hose, used for watering …

In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

Tom Hanks' love affair with typewriters began in the 1970s, with his first proper typewriter — a Hermes 2000. Typewriters are "beautiful works of art," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And I've ended up collecting them from every ridiculous source possible."<p>Hanks admits he started his collection when …

For Men's Rights Groups, Feminism Has Come At The Expense Of Men

This summer, a few hundred men and a handful of women gathered in a VFW hall near Detroit to attend what organizers billed as the first International Conference on Men's Issues.<p>The crowd wasn't huge, but it was enthusiastic. The event was a real-world gathering organized by the website A Voice for …

Nothing to Envy

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Demick<p><b>An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books)</b> <b><br>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b> <b></b><br>In this landmark …