Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations

President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared himself “heartbroken” by the beheading of U.S. journalist Jim Foley by ISIL extremists but defiantly vowed to press on with American military operations to cut the group’s “cancer” out of the Middle East. “Jim … Continue reading


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James Foley’s parents: ‘He was a martyr, a martyr for freedom’

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist whose brutal execution by Islamist militants was posted to YouTube, gave an emotional press conference outside their New Hampshire home on Wednesday. “The way he died was horrific,” Foley’s father, John, said. … Continue reading


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Texas Governor Perry enters ‘not guilty’ plea to felony charges: newspaper

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by … Continue reading


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McCain calls for dramatic increase in US airstrikes against Islamic State

By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and said the attacks should also extend into Syria. McCain told Reuters that … Continue reading


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U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by … Continue reading


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California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

By Mary Papenfuss (Reuters) – Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to … Continue reading


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Matthew Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ and male friendships

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the creator of “Mad Men,” AMC Networks’ period TV drama and its brooding, dysfunctional ad man Don Draper, Matthew Weiner has had some experience in exploring the male psyche. In his directorial feature film debut … Continue reading


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Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television’s Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show’s organizers said on Wednesday. Crystal, 66, who rose to fame in the 1970s comedy circuit … Continue reading


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‘Awesome Mix’ of 1970s hits holds top spot on Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The “Awesome Mix” of retro 1970s songs featured in hit superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy” topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for a second consecutive week on Wednesday. “Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” which … Continue reading


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Swimming away from ‘sea of sameness,’ U.S. network FX tests TV waters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television cable network FX revels in its minimalist slogan “Fearless,” but it could also opt for “It’s OK To Fail,” “We Have A Long Way To Go,” and “Not For Everybody’s Taste.” FX is hard to … Continue reading


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China’s Peking Opera company marks anniversary with U.S. tour

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With lavishly embroidered costumes, elaborate makeup and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90 singers, actors and musicians of the Peking Opera begins a special U.S. tour on Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Center. Peking Opera, known … Continue reading


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Rapper Gucci Mane gets three years and three months prison sentence on firearms charges

ATLANTA (Reuters) – The rapper known as Gucci Mane was sentenced on Wednesday by a federal court judge in Georgia to three years and three months in prison on firearms charges. “Davis has a long history of violence and of … Continue reading


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