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Nov 24, 2014

Iran frees British-Iranian woman who tried to go to volleyball game

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman being held on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. “My daughter has insisted ...

Nov 24, 2014

Islamic clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists

Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran’s holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists, including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Shiite-majority Iran has been helping Iraqi, Syrian and ...

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Nov 24, 2014

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that left 28 people dead, Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the ...

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

Nov 24, 2014

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout. Nearby, an undercover agent with the sheriff’s office met with Sam’s breeder, a big-timer in the underground world of dogfighting ...

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

Nov 24, 2014

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

American girls love British boys: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night’s big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn’t attend the show. One Direction also won favorite band, duo or ...

Gun sales surge ahead Ferguson jury decision

Nov 24, 2014

Gun sales surge ahead Ferguson jury decision

Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot a black teenager. Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near ...

Cassady letter that inspired  Kerouac found

Nov 24, 2014

Cassady letter that inspired Kerouac found

It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” and, during a three-week writing binge, ...

Nov 24, 2014

Boy with toy gun shot dead by Cleveland police

A 12-year-old boy shot by police after apparently grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to an emergency call about a someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. Deputy Chief Ed ...

Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Barry dies aged 78

Nov 24, 2014

Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Barry dies aged 78

Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry, who was caught using cocaine during an undercover police operation in 1990, died Sunday at the age of 78. Barry was a controversial and tireless advocate for the U.S. capital who helped uplift the city’s majority black population, ...