By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press
August 27, 2014 10:59 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A U.S. journalist said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release from a Syrian extremist group.
By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press
August 27, 2014 10:47 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.
By MARC-ANDRE BOISVERT, Associated Press
August 27, 2014 10:18 a.m.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa.
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
August 27, 2014 10:17 a.m.
SEAL BEACH, Calif. — A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.
DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. — "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.
By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY, Associated Press
August 27, 2014 6:53 a.m.
A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.
By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
August 27, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
By KEN DILANIAN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 9:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a "terrorist army."
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said Tuesday that an American convert to Islam who recently traveled to Syria apparently has been killed in fighting. The circumstances surrounding the death of Douglas McCain, 33, remain unclear.
Tokyo — A court in Fukushima has ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Japanese nuclear power plant operator, can be held responsible for the suicide of a woman who became depressed after the 2011 disaster.
Geneva — The African Development Bank will prepare an additional $150 million in funding for nations stricken by the Ebola virus as the World Health Organization plans to seek more resources and money to fight the outbreak.
By LARA JAKES, Associated Press
August 26, 2014 7:34 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.
By Tim Craig, The Washington Post
August 26, 2014 7:33 p.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's election crisis continued to deepen Tuesday as the campaign of second-place candidate Abdullah Abdullah warned that it will abandon a U.S.-brokered deal to end a political stalemate unless major changes are made in how millions of votes are being re-examined.