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10 Things to Know, Friday, Aug. 29

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Putin urges separatists to free Ukrainian soldiers The president’s statement comes several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops. 2. UN: Number of refugees from Syria tops 3 million The Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Aug. 28

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Obama contemplates Congress’ role in Syrian crisis The big question facing the president is whether or not to seek lawmakers’ approval if the White House decides to strike Islamic State targets in Syria. 2. Mother pleads for Read More…

Police: Dispatcher botches call about child locked in car

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said. Shana Dees said she put her son Jack in his car seat Saturday afternoon and when she went to move a shopping cart, Read More…

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

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NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Aug. 27

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Tough issues remain following Gaza truce deal Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, but barriers to lasting peace persist — such as Palestinian appeals for the end of a Gaza Read More…

10 new fall TV shows worthy of a first-night look

This image released by NBC shows John Ducey, left, and Kate Walsh in a scene from "Bad Judge," premiering Oct. 2.  (AP Photo/NBC, John Fleenor)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare. As part of the ritual, this latest fall crop is an occasion for handicapping the good and the misfires. Granted, it’s a risky business to rate a Read More…

Women’s World Cup turf war heats up

In this Jan. 27, 2012, file photo, United States' Kelly O'Harafights for control of the ball with Costa Rica's Daniela Cruz during the first half of CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer game action at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward, File)

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women’s World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A group of players from the U.S. women’s national team, who will vie for a spot in the World Cup in October qualifying, have joined with several international players in protesting Read More…

Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories. Authorities launched a public relations campaign Tuesday to halt a steady rise in obesity that threatens Read More…

Afghanistan’s one-time booming war economy slows

An Afghan laborer cleans a Toyota car that is for sale at a car shop on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Sales of Toyota Hiluxes and used Corollas are down.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan’s capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously await each payday, worried the next might be delayed. Afghanistan’s economy, vastly supported by international military spending and aid since the 2001 U.S.-led Read More…

Video games come of age as spectator sport

NEW YORK (AP) — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.” But today there’s Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of Read More…