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US lawmakers embrace fight against Islamic State, some question Obama plan – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers say they are on the verge of taking a “war vote” as they consider whether to back President Barack Obama’s campaign to destroy Islamic State, and despite broad support for action many fear being drawn into a quagmire. The White House wants Congress to approve $500 million to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants, a show of confidence for administration…

Rob Ford’s tumour diagnosis and the future of Toronto’s race for mayor – CBC.ca

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was admitted to hospital Wednesday after doctors found what they believe to be a tumour in his abdomen, raising the possibility that he will be forced to withdraw his name from the Oct. 27 mayoralty ballot to focus on his health. Should Ford opt to leave the election race, what is to become of his campaign and the immensely influential voter bloc that is Ford…

Ceremony to Mark 13th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Family members of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and 1993 World Trade Center bombing will gather in lower Manhattan Thursday morning for the annual rite of remembrance. The ceremony, to be held at the National September 11 Memorial, will mark the 13th anniversary of the morning when two passenger planes struck the Twin Towers in a series of attacks that also left destruction at the…

It’s More Obvious Than Ever That Roger Goodell Needs To Go — But He … – Boston.com

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Roger Goodell, NFL offices, Manhattan, approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday: I think we’re all still processing the latest apparent confirmation of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s aggressively inept weasel-hood. But the more you consider this latest development, the more mind-blowing it becomes: Is the NFL commissioner really as haplessly devious as your run-of-the-mill Scooby-Doo villain? It seems that way more and more with each passing day, if not hour. Oh, hell, yes,…

Obama Lays Out Plan to Fight Islamic State Militants – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama authorized the start of U.S. airstrikes in Syria and expanded a monthlong bombing campaign in Iraq to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic militants who recently beheaded two Americans. The decisions, outlined Wednesday in a prime-time address to the nation on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, considerably deepen U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. They also mark an acknowledgment by…

Fashion won’t be what sells the Apple Watch – VentureBeat

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

It’s ugly. It’s beautiful. It doesn’t matter: The Apple Watch will sell millions in 2015 when it finally ships. More than 200 million people already own iPhones that are compatible. The complaints of left-handers, Android-lovers, and devotees of the current swathe of smart watches won’t count for much once the device is out in the world. Tim Cook reiterated the strength of Apple’s approach during yesterday’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch…

What’s next for Rice, Goodell and NFL investigation? – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ray Rice was released by the Ravens on Monday.(Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports) The NFL announced Wednesday night it has hired former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to lead an “independent” investigation into the league’s pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Here’s a rundown of what’s next: What is Mueller investigating? Based on the wording of the announcement, it’s all about the…

Former White House spokesman Jay Carney joins CNN – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House spokesman Jay Carney has joined CNN as a political commentator, the news network said on Wednesday. Carney, 49, resigned as President Barack Obama’s press secretary in June. He is a former Washington bureau chief for Time magazine and began as Obama’s spokesman in early 2011. Carney’s experience as a journalist and White House press secretary “make him an invaluable voice for the network,” CNN…

Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor – MiamiHerald.com

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

TORONTO — Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor,” is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said. Dr. Rueben Devlin from Humber Regional Hospital said Wednesday night that Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor. He said Ford had…

Obama pitch to include training for Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images) WASHINGTON — President Obama will ask for Congress to approve money to pay for training Syrian rebels as part of a prime-time speech Wednesday outlining expanded plans to battle the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The speech may also include discussion of expanded airstrikes in Iraq and new airstrikes in Syria, increased assistance to forces in Iraq and Syria that are fighting…

Ray Rice video sent to NFL months ago, AP source says – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

  ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –  A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re…

Apple unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch – CBS News

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Updated Sep 9, 2014 8:26 PM EDT Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday introduced two new iPhones, its long-awaited Apple Watch and a mobile payment system as part of a marketing blitz aimed at drumming up consumer excitement. Now the question is whether the new gear will live up to the hype. Speaking from the Flint Performing Arts Center in Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, Calif., Apple marketing chief Philip Schiller kept…

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford hospitalized with tumor near abdomen – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was hospitalized with what doctors described as a tumor near his abdomen, and has apparently been battling stomach pain for months, hospital officials told reporters Wednesday night. Ford, who finished a two-month stint in a rehabilitation facility in June, entered Humber River Hospital’s emergency department Wednesday,  Dr. Rueben Devlin, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said during a news conference.  lRelated Mexico & the Americas Toronto Mayor…

New Michael Brown shooting witnesses describe scene – CNN

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

(CNN) — Two men, shocked at what they saw, describe an unarmed teenager with his hands up in the air as he’s gunned down by a police officer. They were contractors doing construction work in Ferguson, Missouri, on the day Michael Brown was shot dead. And the men, who asked not to be identified, told CNN they were about 50 feet away from Officer Darren Wilson when he opened fire….

What Obama Faces in a Campaign Against ISIS – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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9 arrests in fashion hub money laundering probe – Albany Times Union

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested nine people and seized roughly $65 million in a crackdown on suspected drug money laundering in the fashion district of Los Angeles. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that agents seized the funds in cash and bank accounts as part of a probe following three separate indictments on charges of money laundering and other financial violations. Prosecutors say about 1,000…

Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch’s health and fitness features – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The new Apple Watch is shown during a new product release on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) Apple revealed its much anticipated Apple Watch on Tuesday, and while reviews are mixed (we won’t get in to the aesthetics), there are some notable health and fitness features that the company believes could make the device a game changer in the “wearable tech” world. Not withstanding some…

Timothy Ray Jones, Dad of Five Slain Kids, Will Face Murder Charges – NBCNews.com

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weeks before a South Carolina father allegedly murdered his five kids, drove them across three states and dumped them in the woods, authorities investigated a child-abuse complaint against him but decided they were not in danger. “At that time there was nothing to alarm them immediately, Department of Social Services director Jackie Swindler said of the caseworker and deputies who looked into the Aug. 7 allegation against Timothy Ray…

Pistorius Readies for Murder Trial Verdict – Voice of America

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

South African running star Oscar Pistorius is set to hear the verdict in his murder trial as the proceedings resume in Pretoria on Thursday. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to recount the evidence and testimony presented by nearly 40 witnesses before handing down her ruling, in a process that could stretch for hours and extend into Friday. Pistorius is accused of deliberately killing girlfriend Reeva…

Why Obama faces tough task leading regional coalition against Islamic State – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Istanbul — As President Barack Obama unveils his strategy to “degrade and destroy” the self-declared Islamic State, he will hope to capitalize upon widespread disgust in the Middle East against the group’s brutal ways. But Mr. Obama also faces a daunting challenge in selling his plans for a regional coalition to leaders skeptical of White House readiness to follow through on his latest promises on Syria and Iraq. The president…

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