August 28, 2014

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Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Tel Aviv, Israel, regarding the Israel-Hamas war. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist’s beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally international support in Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip. But the comparisons between Hamas and Islamic State are being met with reservations Read More…

Obama back in DC amid crises; as if he never left

President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, walk with their daughter Malia, right, across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, following their arrival on Marine One helicopter. Obama returned to Washington after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, “What is it about August?” Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President BarackObama, who returned to Washington Sunday from a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation, Read More…

American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

Theo Curtis

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria. Peter Theo Curtis, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos, was freed Sunday, offering consolation to Read More…

Strong California quake shakes famed wine country

Winemaker Tom Montgomery stands in wine and reacts to seeing damage following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel Sunday in Napa, Calif.  Winemakers in California’s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles, barrels and gallons of ruined wine as a result of Sunday’s earthquake.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals. The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings Read More…

Michael Brown’s family prepares to lay him to rest

Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, second from left, stands next to her cousin, Eric Davis, as he addresses  the crowd at Peace Fest, Sunday in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered in St. Louis’ largest city park Sunday at a festival that promoted peace over violence. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer, protesters have taken to the streets of a St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. Monday will be a day for his family and community to finally focus on mourning the Read More…

More universities mixing beer, football at stadiums

A beer sits atop a garbage can as Minnesota college football fans fans cheer a first quarter play against New Hampshire at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles)

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones. North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin Read More…

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

Men work the phones at  the Firstkontact Center, a call center in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Cossio)

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew. But the 34-year-old Tijuana native feels right at home as soon as gets to work at Call Center Read More…

Jell-O can’t stop slippery sales slide

Despite its enduring place in pop culture, sales of Jell-O have tumbled 19 percent from five years ago. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it. The dessert was invented more than a century ago and helped popularize a delicacy reserved for the rich into a quick, affordable treat. Americans of all ages are familiar with the famous “J-E-L-L-O” jingle and TV ads featuring comedian Bill Cosby. Read More…

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

Adiya, right, stands in front of a pond of waste water near a state-of-the-art power plant that turns millions of tons of coal every year into methane in northern China's Inner Mongolia province. (AP Photo/Jack Chang)

HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of Read More…

New go-to career for New England’s young: Farming

Farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., ties string along rows of tomatoes to stabilize the plants at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Farming is hip in New England. Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading. Farmers and industry experts agree New England is bucking a trend toward larger, but fewer, farms because many of its residents want to buy their food locally and its entrepreneurs Read More…