September 3, 2014

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Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives. Despite its ties to Read More…

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

President Barack Obama listens to a question in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama’s long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it comes at a time when the effectiveness of his preferred options is being challenged Read More…

Russia’s Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Putin’s statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers accused Moscow of lying about its role and dangerously escalating Read More…

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. The tragic milestone means that about one of every eight Syrians has fled across the border, and 6.5 million others have Read More…

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…