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Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson copYour Top Plays for Today

Support Officer Darren Wilson t-shirt (Teespring.com)As unrest over Mo. teen's death grasps the U.S., efforts backing his officer killer grow.


FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2013, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, holds up the championship trophy after winning the men's singles final over Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, a week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Mother: Journalist gave life working to end Syrian injusticeAthens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

FILE - In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows missing journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. American freelance journalist Foley disappeared in November 2012. Behind a veil of secrecy, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria – held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. (AP Photo/Nicole Tung, freejamesfoley.org, File) NO SALESJournalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.


In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photo, the abandoned beach volleyball Olympic venue is seen in Neo Faliro, southern Athens. As Greece groans under a cruel depression, forecast to end this year, the 10-year anniversary once again raises the question of whether the Athens Games were too costly an undertaking for a weak economy. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.


Official: 3 of 5 child hostages freed in Chicago standoffSchools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Two Harvey Cops Shot; Offenders Take Six HostageAuthorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.


The Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio is being constructed on the ground levee of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.


Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speechFCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

Traders James Doherty, left, and Thomas Ferrigno work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Better news on home building and corporate earnings are sending stocks higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.
AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick catsMixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex

In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo, Maria Torero, plays with a group of 175 cats with leukemia in her home in Lima, Peru. Torero says caring for cats with feline leukemia is her responsibility. Anybody else can care for healthy animals. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count.


This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Johathan Koppenhaver who appeared in UFC's Ultimate Fighter TV show in 2007. Las Vegas police say the former UFC fighter is the primary suspect in a domestic dispute that resulted in serious injuries. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 
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