Hip-hop moves as force for slain black teen in Ferguson

Aug 31, 2014

Hip-hop moves as force for slain black teen in Ferguson

by Mesfin Fekadu

Rappers are making their voices heard in the Missouri city where a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager, channeling hip-hop’s earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. “It’s really important to see ...

Aug 31, 2014

In California quake, wine barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Napa Valley’s seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton ...

Texas judge strikes down new restrictions in state's abortion law

Aug 30, 2014

Texas judge strikes down new restrictions in state's abortion law

A U.S. judge Friday threw out new abortion restrictions that would have effectively banned the procedure at most facilities in Texas, the latest battleground in the ongoing battle over the divisive issue. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one ...

U.S. delivers weapons shipment to beleaguered Lebanese Army

Aug 30, 2014

U.S. delivers weapons shipment to beleaguered Lebanese Army

The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon’s military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists. The Lebanese government requested the weapons after militants from Syria attacked the Lebanese ...

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

Aug 30, 2014

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were ...