August 20, 2014

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San Francisco says goodbye to Candlestick Park

Kathleen Bender, left, and her husband, Henry, prepare to enter Candlestick Park for a Paul McCartney concert Thursday in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city’s beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished about midnight. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, Read More…

Iraq’s al-Maliki steps down, backs rival for prime minister

In this image taken from video, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, Nouri al-Maliki, relinquishes his post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider al-Abadi, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency. Al-Maliki said the decision to back al-Abadi reflected his desire to “safeguard the high interests of the country,” adding that he would not be the cause of any bloodshed. (AP Photo/Al Iraqiya via Associated Press Television) IRAQ OUT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The decision by Iraq’s embattled Nouri al-Maliki to step down as prime minister revived hopes on Friday for the formation of a new government that could take on a growing insurgency by Sunni militants that has engulfed much of the country. The move, which followed weeks of international and domestic pressure, defuses a political Read More…

Search for 2 Amish sisters ends with safe return

With community members watching from the background, New York State Police crime scene investigators work the scene of an abduction near a roadside vegetable stand in Oswegatchie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Melanie Kimber-Lago)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The search for two missing Amish sisters who apparently were abducted from their family’s roadside farm stand in northern New York ended with their safe return about 24 hours later when they were given a lift home. What happened in between remained a mystery. The girls, 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller, were dropped Read More…

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

A tobacco flower waves in a dew-covered field outside Rolesville, N.C.  (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment forEbola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories. Using plants this way — sometimes called “pharming” — can produce complex and valuable proteins for medicines. That approach, studied for about 20 years, hasn’t caught Read More…

Pope has tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with youths at the Solmoe Sanctuary in Dangjin, South Korea Friday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis called for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism that stifles the spirit Friday during his five-day trip to South Korea. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked here to the Read More…

Cleveland, Missouri city stage peaceful protests


  FERGUSON, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. The intervention, ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Read More…

Russia lets Ukraine inspect aid convoy

Drivers prepare to show cargos to journalists in a field where the aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) — Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk, easing tensions and dispelling Ukrainian fears that the aid operation is a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels. In violation of an earlier Read More…

Rob Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink. The 55-year-old Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball in Read More…

Governor vows change in Ferguson police response

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around him. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that unspecified “operational shifts” are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb that has been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. Speaking at a meeting of clergy and community members, the governor told the Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Aug. 14


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Unrest escalates in Ferguson Police and people protesting the fatal shooting by an officer of an unarmed black teen exchange smoke bombs, tear gas and Molotov cocktails. 2. U.S. grappling with Iraq options The White House is Read More…