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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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Man charged with wire fraud in $1
million Miami Heat ticket scam

New Hampshire men sentenced as teens
to life in prison granted new hearings

U.S. says no specific threat to
U.S. homeland from Islamic State

Silence surrounds Colombia's
92,000 disappeared: ICRC

U.S. consumer spending pauses,
but rising confidence offers hope

Pentagon says Iraq operations costing
on average $7.5 million per day

U.N. urges U.S. to stop police
brutality after Missouri shooting

Sprint grabs lifeline with
rural U.S. roaming deals

Wildlife officials capture crocodile
suspected in Florida attack

Shortage-weary Venezuelans scoff at
fingerprinting plan for food sales

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant
Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

No respite for South Sudan: cholera down
but malaria, parasitic disease up: MSF

More than a dozen injured in bus
crash at Chicago's O'Hare airport

Islamist gains in Syria
alarm some Assad allies

U.S. slaps more sanctions
on Iranian banks, firms

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal,
riots break out in Guinea

U.S. sends arms to bolster Lebanon
army after Islamist incursion

Closing arguments expected in trial
of Virginia ex-governor, wife

McDonald's says 12 Russian
branches temporarily closed

Fiat signals Chrysler
merger on track

U.N. tries to locate Fijian
peacekeepers seized on Golan Heights

Cautious U.S. consumers cut
spending, boost savings

SoftBank's first Sony smartphone
deal takes aim at U.S. market

Islamic State's appeal
presents Jordan with new test

China investigates senior legislator
amid corruption crackdown

Pakistan leader distances himself
from army as crisis drags on

New Turkish cabinet spells little
policy shift, Erdogan stays dominant

Iran's foreign minister hopes for nuclear
accord 'in short time left' till deadline

Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to
lose 6,000 jobs in bold revamp

Draghi dials R for
Reform. Line is busy

California passes 'yes-means-yes'
campus sexual assault bill

Executive asks for firm's name to be removed
from pro-Scottish independence letter: FT

Hong Kong media mogul unbowed by
raid as democracy battle boils

Special Report: The billion-dollar
fall of the house of Espirito Santo

North Korean leader's money manager
defects in Russia: South Korea newspaper

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs,
de-list in $1.9 billion restructuring

Captain of doomed South Korea ferry says
lack of checks was customary: Yonhap

Separatists say will allow 'trapped'
Ukrainian forces to withdraw

Three admit to murder of prominent
Tibetan religious leader in China: lawyer

Scotland's pro-independence campaign
gains on final TV debate: poll

Australia seeks Thai help for
Aussie couples, surrogate babies

Apple working with NXP for pay-by-touch
technology in new iPhone: FT

Turkey's new cabinet unlikely
to spell major policy shift

Ukraine rebels say will allow
trapped government forces to flee

Somalia takes Kenya to U.N.
court in oil rights row

Missing Montana college student
found dead in Idaho mountains

Macau to 're-elect' leader as democratic
rumblings, mirroring Hong Kong, are stifled

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half
of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

Volcanic eruption in Papua New
Guinea causes flight diversions

Detroit bankruptcy judge tosses
hold-out creditor's charges

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter
plane found dead in Virginia

No criminal charges in fatal gun
range shooting by nine-year-old girl

Accident traps at least 25 miners in
Nicaragua, government-backed site says

With eye on China, Japan defense
planners seek spending boost

Colorado judge denies special probe
in James Holmes' notebook leak

Japan defense budget request
highest ever as Abe boosts military

Obama signals timing of new
immigration measures in question

Syrian accused of making detonators
with U.S. parts faces Arizona court

California governor considers allowing
gender identity on death certificates

California Senate approves bill requiring
oil industry to detail water use

U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers
seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

Utah considers appeal of federal
judge's 'Sister Wives' bigamy ruling

U.S. banking group says unaware
of any 'significant' cyber attack

U.S., China plan followup to
Sunnylands summit in November

Idaho follower of polygamous
sect faces child injury charges

Hartford police chief criticized
by union for joining protesters

Mali rebel factions agree to end
hostilities ahead of Sept talks

Obama says does not yet have
military strategy for Islamic State

Toy weapons won't look like
real ones under California bill

U.S. officials reach deal
with Pennsylvania on Medicaid

Lawsuit says police altered
video in West Virginia shooting

Arizona mom who left children
in hot car regains custody

White House orders U.S. labs to
take inventory of infectious agents

Florida Democrats rally around
Charlie Crist for governor

Scientists solve mystery of
moving Death Valley rocks

Bank of America seeks to void verdict
in $1.27 billion 'Hustle' case

Spliced Lula video annoys
ruling party in Brazil election

Big U.S. banks seek new clarity on
risks of marijuana-linked accounts

Disputed Kurdish oil tanker
mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

Libya's government resigns to allow
parliament to form new cabinet

Florida appeals court says state
can rule on gay marriage ban

High-ranking Chicago cop charged
with putting gun in suspect's mouth

Israel police find body
of missing U.S. student

Pentagon's relatively small Iraq costs
may jump with escalation: analysts

Canadian accused of dismembering
Chinese student set for trial

Rob Ford resurgent in Toronto
mayor race; but new claims emerge

Chinese interceptions of U.S. military
planes could intensify due to submarine base

Opponents of tuition vouchers
file lawsuit in Florida

Foley, other hostages held by Islamic
State were waterboarded: report

Cuban migrant boat turned away
from Caymans despite rough seas

Oklahoma releases prison log
for botched April execution

State seeks 17 years for
Michigan porch shooter

Florida school district sets precedent
by opting out of state testing

Obama says is ready to act on
immigration if Congress won't

Missouri police sued for $40 million
over actions in Ferguson protests

U.S. officials approve Pennsylvania
Medicaid waiver program

Texas judge rules state's school
finance system unconstitutional

Brazil's Mantega says opposition
win could wreck economy

Georgia man's death prompts
lawsuit over police use of Tasers

Ukraine president accuses Russian
soldiers of backing rebel thrust

Polish premier Tusk seriously
considering top EU job

Four killed in New Mexico medical
transport flight crash

White House says technology
policy aide Park to take new role

Florida man caught killing, and
eating, threatened tortoises

Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to
stop suit against Iran sanctions group

Pakistan's powerful army steps
in to resolve political crisis

Woman dies when run over by
bus at Burning Man, police say

Detroit says Barclays agrees
to $275 million financing

New poll deepens re-election gloom
for Pennsylvania Governor Corbett

Exclusive: Air quality problems dog
Irving's New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal

Prosecutors rest case in corruption
trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

West Africa Ebola outbreak could
infect 20,000 people, WHO says

U.S. lists 20 corals as
threatened; activists want more

Gay rights activists face charges
over sit-in at Utah Legislature

Exclusive: Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in
single Ukraine battle - Russian rights activists

'Decisive' Pakistan protest does
not break political impasse

Search resumes in Virginia for
pilot of crashed U.S. fighter plane

Africa's militants may be inspired by
Islamic State gains, officials told

Santa Fe city council votes
to decriminalize marijuana

Egypt queries Mursi over documents
"leaked" to Al Jazeera: security sources

Video shows Islamic State executes
scores of Syrian soldiers

After the riots, Ferguson
businesses long for normal

Fatal heroin overdoses on
the rise in New York City

Arab East Jerusalem seethes
with protests and raids

PM Tusk in Pole position
for top EU job: sources

France's Hollande says Assad no
ally in fight against Islamic State

Romania allows local party-swapping,
critics see threat to democracy

Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma -
failed states or Iran proxies

U.S. rapper Pras Michel heads to
North Korea for wrestling match

Digital Ally gets first camera
order since Ferguson shooting

Israelis search Jerusalem forest
for missing American student

U.N. says 'not possible' to finish
Afghan vote audit by September 2

Armoured column seen in south
Russia near border with Ukraine

At least 60 killed in central
Nigeria communal battle: police

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as
president, consolidates power

Camera maker Digital Ally gets $1.1
million order from Michigan police

Pakistan's Khan looks isolated
as crisis reaches crossroads

Saudi mufti tells young Saudis
not to heed call to jihad

Ukraine accuses Russia
of bringing in troops

France says Europe must be more than 'bank
window' in Israel, Palestinian conflict

For many Californians, cost of
earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

China tells U.S. to reduce or
halt 'close surveillance' patrols

Italy's Renzi aims to lay down
marker with justice, school reform

Ebola toll tops 1,550,
outbreak accelerates: WHO

Sinai militant group says
it beheaded four Egyptians

Rise in EU migration to Britain tests
PM Cameron's immigration pledge

China says 'no change' in policy
on improving ties with Japan

Telecom rivals battle for
Vivendi's Brazil broadband unit

Doctor dies of Ebola in
Nigeria's oil hub Port Harcourt

Turkey's Erdogan consolidates
power with ascent to presidency

Russian-backed separatists
enter southeast Ukraine town

Japan's Abe eyes more women in cabinet;
ministers may struggle to make mark

France says Libya needs
'exceptional' U.N. support

Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit
China amid antitrust probe: source

New French economy minister
takes aim at 35-hour week

Swedish polls indicate around 49
percent support for opposition

Thai court dismisses murder
charges against former PM, deputy

In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear
voter anger over illegal migrants

Telecom Italia, Telefonica in
bidding war for Vivendi's GVT

Telecom Italia bids $9.25
billion for Vivendi's GVT

Migration outlier: How Nicaragua
escaped neighbors' deadly spiral

Russia sees chance to lift Iran
sanctions through international talks

Pakistan on tenterhooks as protesters
gear up for 'decisive day'

HK anti-graft agency raids home of
media tycoon critical of Beijing

Malaysia, Australia to share costs
for latest phase of MH370 search

U.S. air strikes on Syria would
face formidable obstacles

U.S. National Security Council aware of
reports that second American killed in Syria

FBI, Secret Service investigate
reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

China's top judge says foreigners
to be allowed into Chinese courts

Pizza chain sued over
healthcare for gay couples

Syrian planes bomb border post
near Israel captured by rebels

U.S. government sues Minneapolis
suburb for rejecting Islamic center

U.S. to ease some deportations
to Mexico under settlement

Accused Montana killer found
mentally unfit to stand trial

Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian
government using poison gas: U.N.

China urges Japan to break from aggressive
past after Abe honors war criminals

Equatorial Guinea envoy in U.S.
suspected of beating daughter: police

Corrupt Chinese hiding in Western
nations elude Beijing's 'fox hunt'

Sister of accused Boston marathon
bombers arrested after bomb threat

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic
State, but military partners no sure bet

Exclusive: GM plans to move some Chevy
Equinox assembly to Mexico -source

Suspected Los Angeles serial
killer ordered held without bond

U.S. judge signals he may order
more Abu Ghraib photos released

NASA says new heavy-lift rocket
debut not likely until 2018

California city looks to quit
Calpers, fears it can't afford to

Two sentenced to combined 75
years for Florida bank robberies

Son found dead at New Jersey home of
man who killed wife at hospital: police

'Cops' TV show employee killed by
police while recording Omaha robbery

Congressman urges Obama to
block Venezuela's Citgo sale

U.S. moves prisoners from
Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen

U.S. court clears FedEx Ground drivers
to pursue wage, benefit claims

California bill mandating drone
privacy rules heads to governor

Syria chemical arms team to disband
September 30, probe to go on: U.N.

Miami voters approve $400 million
waterside observation tower

California mulls bill to remove
guns from potential offenders

Exclusive: GM moving some production
between Mexico and Tennessee

U.S., Blackwater defense clash
on jury summary of shooting

No offense intended by 'Oscar the
Grouch' guide, Philly VA says

India's Modi eyes breakthrough
nuclear pact on Japan trip

Lebanese army shells militant
positions in Syria border zone

Shambolic election campaign leaves
Indonesia's president-elect much to prove

Boston Marathon bombing
victim marries his nurse

Texas man acquitted of shooting
driver who hit, killed sons

Saudi Arabia jails 23 more men for
militancy in security crackdown

Police presence drawing
down in Ferguson, Missouri

Dupont fined $1.275 million in
West Virginia toxic pollution case

Saudi princes visit Qatar as
Gulf states try to end rift

Survivor, two bodies found after
Philadelphia robbery, abduction

U.S. State Department lawyer Benes
is latest Keystone XL player to go

Texas parents sue day care center
for duct taping child to nap mat

Body found at home of man who
fatally shot wife at NJ hospital

Mexican family files suit accusing
U.S. agents in border death

Texas man found innocent of
suspected revenge killing of driver

Tennessee lawyer Barrett
dies, a civil rights champion

California would triple tax breaks
for film production under deal

Gay marriage issue lands
at Florida Supreme Court

U.S. judge rejects Apple bid
for injunction against Samsung

Primary reveals Democrat Crist's weak
spots in Florida governor's race

Immigration could set stage
for big U.S. budget showdown

Gay marriage advocates ask top U.S.
court to strike down state bans

Death certificates would reflect
gender identity under California bill

U.S. court in Ohio overturns hate
crime convictions of 16 Amish

U.S. CDC says flies home staffer who
had 'low-risk' contact with Ebola

Brazil's Silva winning over
investors in presidential race

Defense rests in former Virginia
governor's corruption trial

Mexican family sues over border death
they say was caused by U.S. agents

Iraqi victims tried to flee Blackwater,
U.S. says as case goes to jury

Tricking memory in lab
animals stokes hope for PTSD

S.C. Supreme Court approves workers'
compensation for kickball injury

U.S. mother pleads to Islamic
State leader for her son's release

Army identifies shooter at
Virginia base as Iraq war veteran

New Brazil poll shows Silva
beating Rousseff in runoff

Libya warns United Nations of
possible slide into civil war

EU to launch mission to help
Italy cope with boat migrants

American released by Syrian militants
thanks Qatar, U.S. officials

Thieves damage civil rights icon
Rosa Parks? former Alabama home

U.S. fighter plane crashes in
Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

French PM, on charm offensive with
business, says to speed up reforms

Iran says tested new nuclear
enrichment machine, may irk West

Police shoot dead three criminals
near U.N., U.S. sites in Nairobi

Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine
accuses Russia of new incursion

Moscow courts back closure
of three McDonald's branches

Bankrupt Detroit offered
bigger loan secured by art

Miami man shot to death
wheelchair-bound panhandler, police say

Husband shoots and kills wife,
wounds self at New Jersey hospital

New York Times withholds endorsement
for New York governor in primary

Fighter plane crashes in Virginia
national forest: USA Today

Jasper Johns aide admits stealing,
selling artwork for $6.5 million

Brazil's Silva would beat
Rousseff in election runoff: poll

Bill Clinton to stump for
Maine governor hopeful

Louisiana governor sues U.S.
over education's Common Core

A broken man living on dreams pulls
Japan into Syria hostage drama

President-elect Erdogan heralds
'new Turkey' in last party speech

Germany to decide on military
aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister

Germany steps up fight against
far right after neo-Nazi murders

Afghan election audit disrupted
as candidates declare walk-out

Released U.S. hostage says
overwhelmed by welcome home

Cameroon says kills 27 Boko Haram
militants in border clashes

Brazil's Rousseff holding lead
against Silva surge in election poll

EU Commission says France must
urgently speed up reforms

China says wants to mend
ties with Vietnam: Xinhua

China moves to limit Hong Kong
election could stir protests

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing
west of rain-lashed Bermuda

Russian courts close three McDonald's
branches in Moscow: agencies

Talks optimism fades as Ukraine
says Russia makes new incursion

Deadline passed, no sign of
breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe

Gaza truce holding but Israel's
Netanyahu under fire at home

Thai premier tells foreign
investors: 'We are not dictators'

Pakistan's prime minister resolved
to ride out protests crisis

Ukraine's PM says Russia plans
to block gas flows to Europe

IMF's Lagarde put under
investigation in French fraud case

Afghan candidate Ghani pulls
observers from election audit

Afghan forces battle for control
of symbolic Kunduz province

India's Modi slams whispering
campaign against top minister

Former UK PM Brown sets aside feud
to try to keep Scotland in UK

Islamic State and Syrian government
committing war crimes: U.N.

Malaysia police arrest 42 foreigners
after riot at export factory

Top Chinese former planning
official 'under investigation'

Arizona treasurer claims victory
in Republican primary for governor

Japan PM Abe sent condolences to
memorial for convicted war criminals

Gaza ceasefire holding as
focus turns to longer term

Turkey's Erdogan says new cabinet
to be announced on Friday

U.S. suspect in Bali suitcase murder
of mother appoints new lawyer

Arizona's Doug Ducey takes
lead in Republican primary

After disasters, stricken Malaysia
Airlines staff brace for job cuts

Insurers pay more tax on executive
compensation under Obamacare: study

Libyan raids could herald bolder
Arab action as U.S. wavers

WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after
worker infected with Ebola

SpaceX delays launch after
test rocket explosion

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's
chief assassin freed from jail

China rejects Taiwan's complaint
about breach of airspace

Crist wins Florida Democratic
primary in governor's race

Exclusive: Chipmaker Qualcomm may
face EU antitrust probe - sources

Suspect in L.A. drive-by killings
charged with two other shootings

U.S. backs off statement that Egypt,
UAE were behind Libya air strikes

Apple planning 12.9-inch
iPad for 2015: Bloomberg

Poroshenko to seek ceasefire after
'very tough' talks with Putin

Son of Mexican drug capo 'Mr Blue'
tells court his father died: source

Detroit resumes water
shutoffs for unpaid bills

U.N. agency to launch plan for warning
airlines of risks in conflict zones

Mexican president thanks California
for aiding undocumented migrants

Four family members
drown in Oregon lake

Seventh-day Adventist church sued over
allegations of abuse in youth program

Ohio teenager found guilty of two
'knockout game' robberies of $10

Mississippi woman stands trial
in fatal buttocks injection case

Exclusive: OtterBox maker explores
$2.5 billion-plus sale: sources

GM ignition-switch fund receives
claims for more than 100 deaths

Hurricane Cristobal moving away
from U.S., but rip currents likely

Detroit's $1.8 billion refunding
bonds priced in muni market

U.S. court will not block lawsuits
over Connecticut SWAT raid

Defense for Alabama murder suspect
cites 'stand your ground' law

Silva surges in Brazil election
race, threatens Rousseff

Judge scraps electronic evidence
in ex-NFL star's murder case

Serial flight stowaway from
California arrested in Arizona

Colorado governor defends death
sentence comment as 'hypothetical'

No deaths linked to troubled
U.S. veterans hospital

Official proposes turning Houston
Astrodome into indoor park

Surf's up: Hurricane Marie sends
big waves to Southern California

USC to vet football player's
rescue story after doubts: coach

Impasse over Kurdish tanker near Texas
to drag on, more tussles likely: source

U.S. loses bid to dismiss ex-AIG CEO's
$25 billion lawsuit over bailout

With Lady Luck no longer at its side,
Revel casino details closure plan

Harrisburg, Penn. treasurer
allegedly embezzled from nonprofit

Texas family to part ways with
skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

Florida primary vote sets
stage for big governor's race

California quake warning system
delayed by lack of funding

'Craigslist Killers' plead guilty
to murdering man lured to his death

American man suspected of fighting
with Islamic State is killed

Afghan president will not attend
NATO summit next week: spokesman

U.N. helicopter shot down in South
Sudan, three killed, Russian owner says

U.S. veterans health probe says
cannot link deaths to broken system

U.S. says non-allergic peanut
moves closer to commercial reality

Boston has worst drivers of any
big U.S. city: Allstate report

Girl, 9, kills Arizona shooting
instructor with Uzi in accident

Saudi holds eight suspected of
inciting youths to fight abroad: SPA

Overhydration may have been factor in
Mississippi football player's death

Ex-Virginia governor spars with
prosecutor in corruption trial

Russian airline says its helicopter
likely shot down in South Sudan

U.S. court rules for groups defending
historic site from coal mining

Former deputy rips Florida
Governor Scott in new book

Palestinians celebrate as
Gaza ceasefire takes effect

Demonstrations resume in Missouri
over shooting death of black teen

NYC police union blasts mayor, urges
Democrats to snub convention bid

Obama tells veterans better
mental health care on the way

Putin and Poroshenko extend
'difficult' Ukraine talks one-on-one

Four college students killed
in fiery Ohio plane crash

Lightning strike kills
police dog in Florida

Dozens search Idaho mountains for
missing Montana college student

Wife of imprisoned aide to
Egypt's Mursi brings case to U.N.

Pentagon says Egypt, UAE
responsible for Libya strikes

U.S. alarmed as Vietnam jails
dissidents for blocking traffic

Iranian minister says
Saudi talks 'constructive'

Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi
Kurds; Baghdad bomb kills 12

Ex-banker replaces rebel minister
in French cabinet shake-up

Ohio appoints special prosecutor for
fatal police shooting at Walmart

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