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Obama's Pragmatism
I think I’m beginning to understand Barack Obama’s concept of pragmatism better. Pragmatism is the name of a school of philosophy. The major point to understand is that, in the pragmatic view, we have to continue working hard at “business as usual,” regardless of what we believe is ethically right or wrong. As I understand it, Obama’s current philosophically-inspired position is that economic success is the major gauge of his leadership, simply because that is the way everything works in our civilization. Many aspects of our system are repugnant, probably as much to Obama as to some of those reading this, but according to his pragmatism we can’t get away from things as they are.

Obama’s is a deeply thought out attitude and not the same as a policy of continuous expediency. He demands that we throw ourselves into the world as we find it. I think he would say that any other attitude amounts to shirking our (his) responsibility to run the country for the good of everyone, including the good of people we detest.

This attitude can be compared with the one advanced by Victor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived life in Auschwitz while following similar principles. I recommend Frankl’s moving and disturbing book without reservation to anyone who would try to see human beings as we are, inextricably connected to the world around us. In some ways the philosophy of Frankl is the antithesis of the agonized lament, heard in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, that “Hell is other people.”

I’m not sure I can entirely accept either Obama’s pragmatism or Frankl’s grim determination to follow the road on which we find ourselves. Nevertheless I believe these are ideas that we need to take seriously, particularly in light of the current president’s apparently deep commitment to principles such as I am awkwardly trying to characterize here.

If Obama succeeds in getting himself voted in for another term, it will be interesting to find out what he does with his second four years. He may not change his policies, but I’m hoping he will start to explain, in much greater depth, the decisions he is making and the logic he follows in making them.

—Ralph    |  


Wiki-Leaking Bank Information
For anyone interested in learning more about Wikileaks, how it operates, its ethics and an example of the character of one leaker, I recommend watching this video. Probably because of server overload, the video may take up to about 15 minutes to begin playing. It’s worth the wait.
—Ralph    |  


USA Has a Right-Sided Bias
This week’s diplomatic spat between the US and Venezuela illustrates the built-in U.S. bias against leftist governments.
(Reuters) - Venezuela condemned on Thursday the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa. […]

In the latest flare-up between the ideological foes, Washington withdrew the visa of ambassador Bernardo Alvarez on Wednesday in retaliation for the rejection by socialist President Hugo Chavez of Obama’s nominated U.S. envoy to Caracas.

Chavez had blocked [U.S. envoy] Larry Palmer’s arrival, after the diplomat accused Venezuela’s government of close ties to leftist Colombian rebels. [Palmer] also alleged declining morale and growing Cuban influence in Venezuela’s armed forces.

It’s easy to see why U.S. foreign policy is always so strongly biased against leftist governments: there are still substantial remnants of U.S. anti-communism, the pillar upon which most of Washington’s foreign policy rested from the beginning of the Cold War, around 1947, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Throughout 44 years of Cold War polarization, a strong tradition of U.S. anti-leftism became deeply rooted. And even though 20 years has now passed since the collapse of Russian communism, there is still a fixed expectation, both at home and in the rest of the world, that the U.S. will always oppose leftist governments such as Venezuela’s, while glossing over the faults of rightist states like El Salvador, to which

the United States has sent more than $1 billion in military aid […] in the last decade, and $2 billion more in economic assistance.
Anti-communist habits of thought also help explain why, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, U.S. press and media still retain a strong right-sided bias. A reflexive “anti-communist” miasma of condemnation subtly permeates the atmosphere when any domestic policy appears to lean leftward.

As long as reactive hatred of communism and reactive fear of terrorism combine to lock U.S. political dialog into a tiny pen, there’s little hope we’ll hear sensible policy discussion any time soon.

—Ralph    |  


Ease of Use
Republicans no longer care how obvious they are about passing legislation exclusively for the benefit of the wealthy. They have no further need to hide this or anything else, because the likes of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and hundreds of other right-wing radio and tv presenters all over the country are able to spin whatever their favored politicians may happen to say into electoral gold.

This wonderful ease of use of the populace is just one of the many miracles made possible by having so large a proportion of uneducated and under-educated citizens. Remember that the American economy is driven by consumption. You only have to know how to eat.

—Ralph    |  


What is a Conservative?
What exactly is an American conservative, anyway? I can’t think of a description that fits the present range of candidates. Is a conservative…
  • A religious fundamentalist who is fanatically opposed to abortion for any reason?
  • A wealthy individual trying to get his taxes reduced by giving money to a politician who promises to cut all taxes?
  • A person opposed to government spending (except for military, CIA, Homeland Security and “Black Ops” spending)?
  • An advocate of “white power,” also opposed to social services and immigration?
  • Someone who believes in “personal responsibility” (except when his or own family needs some kind of help)?
  • A politician who tries to block any legislative proposal advanced by Democrats, including legislation he or she has previously sponsored?
  • Someone who believes “Barack Hussein Obama” is secretly a Kenyan Muslim?
This is, of course, an ironic post, but it also contains a serious question: is there any common set of beliefs shared by self-described American conservatives?
—Ralph    |  


Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |  


Angry with Barack Obama?
I get pretty disappointed, even angry with Obama because he has neither ended the wars nor closed Guantanamo, but then I have to remember how much I hated Lyndon Johnson for his horrible war in Vietnam. Because of the massive public reaction against that war, in 1968 Johnson did not run for a second full term in office.

But now we remember Lyndon Johnson as the president who moved the Civil Rights Act of 1965 through Congress, and signed it.

It’s true that Barack Obama isn’t the most popular president, and that he’s not helping other Democrats. Those are the unfortunate facts. But we can still hope that the legislation Obama and this Congress have passed will help the country over the long term.

—Ralph    |  



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Chinese police arrest man after
nursing home patients castrated


Bulgarian lawmakers pave way for
election with bank crisis unresolved


Ford profit beats expectations,
sets record for North America


Lawyers demand outside probe
of two-hour Arizona execution


European court says CIA ran
secret jail in a Polish forest


Russia says will cooperate with
MH17 probe led by Netherlands


All toxic chemicals removed from
Syria now at destruction sites: OPCW


Global economy starts second
half on solid footing: PMIs


Pakistan officials say al Qaeda
trainer, not Taliban militant, arrested


Contact lost with Air Algerie plane
carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso


For Californians, higher costs
dampen support for clean energy


Russian court finds opposition
leaders guilty of inciting mass riots


Attack on bus in Iraq kills
52 prisoners, nine policemen


Two Ukrainian parties leave parliament
coalition to trigger election


Two foreign aid workers
killed in western Afghanistan


Obama presses to close corporate
tax loophole 'inversions'


GSK seeks approval for
world's first malaria vaccine


Spain's Swiftair says lost contact
with plane en route to Algiers


Death row Christian
woman flies out of Sudan


Taiwan launches inquiry into
plane crash that killed 48


In China, Apple's focus pays
off while Samsung feels squeeze


China regulator determines Qualcomm
has monopoly: state-run newspaper


Train rams school bus
in south India; 20 dead


Islamists may be planning
imminent attack in Norway: police


Algeria lost contact with Air Algerie
aircraft: APS state news agency


China July HSBC flash PMI at 18-month
high as stimulus revs up economy


European court rules against
Poland over secret CIA jail


Disenchanted with Putin, some
Russians vote with their feet


Indonesia's Prabowo faces
uncertain fate in opposition


Sudanese death row Christian
woman arrives in Italy


Artillery fire echoes in
east Ukraine's Donetsk


Paracetamol no better than placebo
for low back pain, study finds


Clashes in Libya's Benghazi
kill at least nine


Roche's breast cancer drugs keep
it on track to meet targets


Roche first-half sales
hit by strong Swiss franc


Taiwan says weather not seen as
cause of plane crash that killed 48


Trial starts for Venezuela
opposition leader Lopez


U.N. urges sustained effort to
improve flagging development


China plans railway to
India, Nepal borders by 2020


U.S. lifts ban on flights to
Israel as Gaza toll tops 700


As U.S. strengthens, sluggish
wages explain Fed's caution


Carey pressured from both sides of
Fox Time Warner deal to stay in job


Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines
shun Israel, but U.S. lifts flight ban


Republican lawmaker to grill
U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics


U.S. health insurers to pay
$330 million in premium rebates


China probes 581 firms, restaurants
as food safety scare spreads


Preachers rail at police in funeral
for NYC man who died in custody


Kerry pushes for Gaza truce
as death toll tops 700


Leaders of Taiwan, China offer
condolences for 48 dead in plane crash


Shanghai regulator visits 581 firms,
restaurants in food safety probe


Colorado theater gunman's lawyers
challenge firearms analysis


U.S. judge strikes down Colorado's
gay marriage ban, stays ruling


Sterling marriage 'stress' at issue
as L.A. Clippers trial nears end


Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S.
poverty debate with grant plan


African Americans disproportionately cited
for public pot use in Seattle -police


San Francisco approves soda
tax for November ballot


Venezuela's world-famous
'vertical slum' may be demolished


Lack of immigration reform slows U.S.-Mexico
economic growth: Mexican official


Arizona inmate takes nearly two
hours to die in botched execution


U.S. says Chinese man pleads guilty
in military technology sting


Sarah Palin cited for
speeding in Alaska


Dogs are capable of feeling
jealousy: U.S. study


NASA puts out call for satellite
communication services ? on Mars


Army defends job cut notices to
U.S. captains in Afghanistan


Democratic U.S. Senator from Montana
may have lifted parts of thesis: report


Exploding shooting targets banned
from 12 U.S. national forests


Yum cuts ties to owner of
China meat plant after scandal


Massachusetts bill limiting protests
at abortion clinics goes to governor


Newark, N.J., schools probed after
claims of race discrimination


Two New Hampshire police officers
fired after roughing up teen


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


Funeral to be held for NYC man
who died after police chokehold


Senior U.S. Homeland Security cyber
official Larry Zelvin to retire


Kennedy cousin tries to stop tapes
being played in murder retrial


Over 10 million U.S. adults gain
coverage under Obamacare: study


Jury still undecided in defamation
case brought by Jesse Ventura


Wisconsin governor race remains in a
dead heat despite probe -poll


Firefighters hold line in Washington
as experts warn of more fires


California lawmaker's bribery trial
postponed until he leaves office


Libyan al Qaeda suspect's legal
defense financed by foreign government


Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot
down over rebel-held territory


Philippine province proves mass
storm deaths can be avoided


India bids to reassert influence
in Nepal with power pact


Indiana teen dead, dad missing
after crash ends world flight bid


New York Governor Cuomo's office
intervened in corruption probe: NY Times


Exclusive: Obama sends team to Texas to
assess need for National Guard deployment


Women charged with financing Somali
group al Shabaab: U.S. prosecutors


Arizona will execute killer after
court rejects last-minute appeal


U.S. moves to enhance safety
of oil-by-rail shipments


Seven arrests made in $1.6
mln StubHub cyberfraud case


Dutch mourn as first MH17
bodies arrive in Netherlands


U.S. scientists to map interior
of Mount St. Helens volcano


Suicide bombs in Nigeria's Kaduna
kill 82, ex-leader Buhari targeted


Former Nazi guard dies in Pennsylvania
just before extradition approved


Chinese president ends regional
tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution


N.J. man guilty of murdering 'messy'
ex-wife found wearing pig mask


Opening statements begin for Michigan
man accused in teenager's death


U.S. boosts Iraq surveillance
flights to 50 daily from one monthly


Six indicted in New York for
involvement in StubHub cyber fraud


Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges
fighters had BUK missile


Yum China cuts ties to owner of
plant in meat scandal after arrests


Arkansas air base on lockdown
due to 'suspicious individual'


PepsiCo raises profit forecast
as N. America snack sales rise


GM recalls 717,950 vehicles in
U.S., not for ignition switches


Exclusive: CDC says lab director
behind anthrax mishap resigns


Massachusetts teenager charged in October
killing in court on assault charge


U.S. Senate panel unanimously
approves Veterans Affairs nominee


U.N. chief names Danish diplomat
new envoy to South Sudan


Concordia finally heads for scrapyard
after massive salvage operation


Tanker charge tarnishes
Boeing's second-quarter profit


Lawsuit challenges Louisiana
governor's plan to ditch Common Core


Lebanese soldier defects to
al Qaeda in Syria: video


More U.S. teens' report using
human growth hormone, group says


Yemen president says Houthis agree
to return town to state control


Seleka to sign ceasefire, drops call
for Central African Republic split


Kansas man charged with murder
after girl dies in police chase


Bombs in north Nigeria's
Kaduna kill at least 82


Islamists gun down Somali
protest singer-turned-lawmaker


Kosovo court suspends vote on
parliament speaker, crisis deepens


South Korea ferry fugitive found
dead with bags of cash at hand


Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen,
battling Alzheimer's, steps down


TransAsia Airways plane crashes
in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47


U.S. scientists urge 'national vision'
to curb coastal risks in report


U.S. proposes new rules for
moving crude oil by rail


U.S. swaps regulator O'Malia
to head bank lobby group


Somali woman MP famed for political
songs shot dead by Islamists


Higher commercial jet deliveries
boost Boeing's profit


Blast in north Nigerian city
of Kaduna kills several


Germany promises change as
arms sales draw scrutiny


Fuel tanks hit in clashes
near Libyan airport


Iraq postpones vote for president,
delaying power-sharing deal


Boeing profit gets boost
from increased deliveries


Syria says hopes new peace
mediator will be fair


Dow Chemical net profit
falls 62 percent


PepsiCo quarterly
profit falls 2 percent


Last victim of deadly Washington
mudslide believed found


Philippine army warned against
"meddling" as coup rumors swirl


Arizona execution to proceed after
lethal-injection challenge failed


Plane with first coffins of Malaysian
airliner victims leaves Ukraine


Young Islamic State robs al
Qaeda of militant prestige


Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry
steps up diplomatic push


Islamic State says carried
out Baghdad suicide bombing


Iran nuclear talks to resume
in early September: state TV


'Flawless' Thai army ruler would
be good PM: junta colleague


San Diego-area community rejects
shelter for undocumented migrants


Israel keeps up Gaza assault;
diplomats seek ceasefire


Five held in China food scandal probe,
including head of Shanghai Husi Food


Watch what markets don't do
as world politics turns nasty


Thai junta chief could remain PM
under new government: adviser


StubHub was victim of cyber fraud
ring; arrests to be announced


Oil smuggling finances
Islamic State's new caliphate


Business executive wins Georgia
Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race


Shanghai police detain five in McDonald's,
Yum-linked China food safety probe


Train carrying MH17 bodies reaches
government-held Ukrainian city


Microsoft sees end to Nokia
losses, shares rise after hours


Violations at McDonald's, Yum China
supplier company-led: regulator


U.S. announces arrests in border
crackdown on human smuggling


Obama government looks to satisfy
religious groups on Obamacare


Firefighters advance on biggest
wildfire on record in Washington state


Abbas-led Palestinian body backs
Hamas truce demands in Gaza


Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan,
one killed, some damage reported


Poll shows Brazil's Rousseff
would win presidential runoff


Obama administration to unveil stricter
fuel regulations for trains: WSJ


Brazil's Rousseff has 38 percent
voter support: IBOPE poll


New York to announce arrests made
in international hacking case


Texas woman found guilty of
starving stepson to death


Big California raid targets
marijuana grown on tribal land


Oklahoma teen accused of sexually
abusing children in Kenya


U.S. Senate sets $225 million for
Israel's Iron Dome in emergency bill


U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay
of execution for Arizona inmate


Sleep in train station, go to jail
under San Francisco crackdown


Obama's veterans agency nominee
vows corporate-style discipline


NYC police training to be
overhauled after custody death


U.S. Senate Democrats cut $1
billion from Obama border request


Lawyer for author's estate calls
Jesse Ventura publicity seeker


Apple revenue lags Street's view
despite strong China growth


Colorado judge sets new December 8
trial date in theater massacre case


Hundreds of postal workers protest
at Chicago Staples over outsourcing


Mysterious white flags replace U.S.
stars and stripes on Brooklyn Bridge


Driver rescued in Oregon after
12 hours trapped with corpse


Maine governor bemoans move of
eight child immigrants to his state


Benin detains 10 people in
child trafficking probe


Most victims of fiery California
bus crash died of smoke inhalation


In chokehold death, NY police tactics
clash with moves to mend relations


Helicopter crashes near Washington
state community hit by mudslide


Hacking experts build device to
protect cars from cyber attacks


Schizophrenia has many
genetic links, study says


Battered by election, Indonesia's
new president faces party clash


Georgia Republicans to vote on U.S.
Senate nominee after long fight


Montana top court sanctions
judge for 30-day rape sentence


North Carolina teenager accused
of hiding buried baby's death


Maryland parents charged with locking
autistic adult sons in basement


Miami restaurant, survivor of
desegregation and riots, to close


Thieves steal air conditioners
from rural Tennessee churches


San Antonio makes history as
it names black woman mayor


Fourth bacterial infection death
reported at South Carolina hospital


Suicide attack escalates Libya
violence, oil output slips


Groups file complaint against Texas
city that banned refugee housing


Jury to weigh murder in pig mask
stabbing of 'messy' ex-wife


Oregon recreational pot initiative
qualifies for November ballot


U.S. court rulings create new
uncertainty over Obamacare


Paterno's son and other ex-coach
sue Penn State for lost careers


Homemade explosive goes off at
Santiago church, another defused


U.S., European airlines halt flights
to Israel due to instability


Ohio man sentenced to 30 years
for enslaving woman, child


Donut capers stymie
police in Oregon


Boko Haram moves unopposed
in strategic Nigerian town


NY judge throws out lawsuit by
Empire State Building investors


Tennessee man arrested for
threatening to kill Obama, others


Parched Texas town turns to sewage
water to keep city flush with water


Detroit workers, retirees
give bankruptcy plan a boost


EU readies possible capital,
tech sanctions on Russia


Suicide bomb kills at least four at
army base in Benghazi: security source


Man arrested in bomb hoax
at Louisiana university


Boko Haram virtually controls
Nigerian town, villages-witnesses


U.S. courts deliver conflicting
rulings on Obama health care law


Turkey's Erdogan acknowledges
strains with Obama


Top lawmaker wants corporate
tax loophole 'plugged now'


Google must face U.S. privacy
lawsuit over commingled user data


Father posts photo of sexually
abused son online in donation plea


U.S. housing turning the
corner, inflation creeping up


Indonesian president-elect Jokowi
calls for unity after bitter election


Congo repels attack on
military base in capital


Manhunt on for armed bandits in
$181,000 heist at Atlantic City casino


Central African Republic rebels
demand partition in Brazzaville talks


Verizon revenues top
estimates on wireless surge


Feds: Police misconduct rampant
in Newark, N.J., city OKs monitor


Defense lawyer says Ventura seeking
attention with defamation suit


U.S., Germany set up dialogue
to discuss intelligence dispute


Court deals blow to Obama health
law by limiting subsidies


Russia may ask rich to help foot bill
for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'


IAEA worried about slow progress
in Iran nuclear probe: sources


Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB
agent Litvinenko murder inquiry


Hardline Muslims tried to impose Islam in
British city's schools: government report


Italy arrests five for mass
murder during boat crossing


Closing arguments set for Minnesota
ex-Governor Ventura's defamation suit


Jokowi: The new face
of Indonesian politics


Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around
militant-held Falluja: medical official


Striking South African unions
considering latest offer


Italy parliament votes to allow
arrest of Berlusconi ally


Gunfire rings out near military
base in Congo's capital: witness


Appeals court throws out IRS
rule on Obamacare subsidies


Wawona Packing recalls fruit
over listeria concerns


Libya oil output slips,
fresh fighting in Tripoli


Three injured when home
explodes north of Houston


U.S. consumer inflation rises
on high gasoline prices


Venezuela moves squatters
from 'Tower of David' slum


Exclusive - India's Lupin, U.S. firms
weigh bids for GSK's mature drugs: sources


Jokowi party claims victory in
Indonesian presidential election


High gasoline prices push
up U.S. consumer prices


Turkey's Erdogan says wants to see
more power in hands of president


Turkey's top cleric calls new
Islamic 'caliphate' illegitimate


Kerry, aides checked by security
at Egyptian presidential palace


Yemen's al Qaeda wing seeks
to set up 'emirate' in east


Strong wireless subscriber
additions boost Verizon


Israel pounds Gaza despite
international peace efforts


India faces crisis over dwindling
numbers of girls, U.N. says


China food scandal spreads, drags in
Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan


Credit Suisse posts big loss
after U.S. tax settlement


Race for North Dakota's agriculture
commissioner is all about oil


Syrian opposition coalition
dissolves interim government


Cambodia opposition drops
boycott after PM makes rare deal


Indonesia awaits election
results, likely loser pulls out


Dozens of Turkish police detained
for alleged spying on government


Myanmar opposition party says 5 million
sign petition to change constitution


'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple
Heart from an anonymous well wisher


U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit
over Obamacare subsidy for Congress


South Korea trains collide,
killing one and injuring dozens


Moscow mayor fires metro
chief after fatal accident


South African employer body says accepts
government proposal to end strike


Britain to hold public inquiry into
death of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko


Korea ferry businessman's body
found next to book, alcohol bottles


Israel says soldier missing, presumed
dead; Kerry presses for truce


Islamic State crushes and
coerces on march towards Baghdad


China's secretive military cracks
open door for glimpse inside


Two Turkish soldiers killed in clash with
suspected smugglers near Syria border


Three foreign advisers
killed near Kabul airport


Wave of migrant children threatens
to swamp U.S. immigration courts


Indonesia's likely loser in
presidential race tries to delay result


Fight against domestic violence
stalls in patriarchal Turkey


Body of fugitive South Korea ferry
businessman found, police say


After 13-year struggle, U.S. faces
counter-terror fatigue: panel


Body belongs to fugitive ferry
businessman: South Korea police


Philadelphia Eagles player arrested
in shoving of Arizona officer


Suspect charged over fatal
California bank robbery shootout


Activists say arrests made in protest
at Utah tar sands mine project


Alaska Army National Guard soldier
attacked by bear near base


Colorado county clerk 'reluctantly'
halts same-sex marriage licenses


South Korea police: body belongs
to fugitive ferry businessman


Kansas police arrest
suspect in girl's death


Bodies, black boxes handed
over from Ukraine crash site


Drugmakers to share neglected
compounds with British academia


Lawyers for Mississippi death-row
inmate want conviction overturned


Traps set after reports of giant
snake on New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong


New Mexico teens charged with
beating two homeless men to death


U.S. congressman raps Boeing,
trade group on Ex-Im bank


Texas man arrested for
posing as veterinarian


U.S. court denies bid to reconsider
stay of Arizona execution


Jury selection starts for Michigan
man accused of killing black teen


South Sudanese rebels in Kampala to
mend ties, seek troop withdrawal


Prisoner scales fence
to escape Oregon jail


Bail set as elderly former Nazi
guard falls ill in Pennsylvania


At least four dead in truck-car
crash south of Chicago


U.S. Senate nears deal to vote on
$10.9 billion transportation bill


Donated skulls in Washington
state lead to more human remains


Two men charged with strangling
elderly Philadelphia couple


U.S. CDC says it 'may never know'
how bird flu mishap occurred


Missing New Hampshire teenager
reunited with mother after nine months


Black and white are the new orange
at a county jail in Michigan


Indonesia to declare winner of hotly
contested presidential election


British Labour Party leader
Miliband meets with Obama


Obama says there's more than one
'authentic way of being black'


Nigeria Boko Haram attack
causes over 15,000 to flee


Boy found starved in Pennsylvania
home, authorities say


Colombia growers see Miami cafe
helping revive Juan Valdez brand


Ebola outbreak not hurting investment
in Sierra Leone: foreign minister


Israel blocks subpoena in terrorism
case over Florida teen's death


Wall St. ends lower on
Ukraine, Gaza worry


Ruling keeps gay marriage ban
in effect in Florida Keys


Want to buy a bridge? Pennsylvania
still has 11 for sale


Texas governor to deploy 1,000
National Guard troops to border


Facebook 'selfie' leads to shoplifting
arrest in Illinois: police


New York immigration groups
closing after fraud accusations


Washington state wildfire claims
first fatality, weather improving


Bodies leave Ukraine crash
site for return to Netherlands


Johns Hopkins Hospital settles
lawsuit with women filmed by doctor


Wall Street dips on caution
over Ukraine and Gaza


New York environment regulators seek
summer shutdown at Indian Point


Gaza death toll tops 500 as
U.S. steps up ceasefire efforts


South Korea police say a body
may be ferry-disaster fugitive's


Friend of accused Boston bomber
found guilty of obstructing justice


Yum, McDonald's apologize as
new China food scandal hits


Obama signs order barring federal
discrimination against gays


High chance of cyclone
near Lesser Antilles: NHC


Cuba hopes for more investment
as Chinese president arrives


Modi's BJP puts political twist
on local Indian sex abuse case


Florida police probe death of
4-year-old run over by car


EU meeting set to speed, not
deepen, sanctions on Russia


Arab rifts may complicate
search for Gaza truce


N.Y. immigration groups to
close over alleged fraud


Wisconsin train derailment clean
up underway, evacuation lifted


Fighting in Ukraine, Gaza
sends Wall Street lower


Ten killed in air
strike north of Baghdad


Obama: focus in Gaza conflict
must be on ceasefire


New York City settles inmate
death lawsuit for $2.75 million


Emaciated children in South
Sudan point to looming famine


Turkey's Kurdish candidate says
peace does not hinge on Erdogan


Seven killed in clashes between army
and militants in Libya's Benghazi


Gay couple challenges legal halt
to gay marriage in Florida Keys


Central African leader appeals for
ceasefire as talks open in Congo


Police arrest eight after
attacks in Kenyan port city


Ohio infant attacked
and killed by dog


Wall Street slips with
Ukraine, Gaza in focus


Kosovo expects findings of organ
stealing investigation next week


U.S. Vice President Biden says
Putin has no soul: New Yorker


Islamist militants attack
army base in Libya's Benghazi


Massachusetts mayor in flap with
conservatives on gay rights


West still struggles to cut feared
bomb risk in Iran nuclear talks


Pakistani elders forbid fleeing
women from collecting food aid


Obama says Biden would make
'superb' president: New Yorker


Turkey hatching plan to clear
Syrian beggars off Istanbul streets


China will not fill U.S. void
in Afghanistan: official


European sanctions on Russia seen
limited for now, despite tough talk


British PM Cameron warns Putin: EU ready
to impose tougher Russian sanctions


Fighting flares in Ukraine as
crash investigators arrive



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