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Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search

Australian experts examine the area of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane crash in the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, 70 international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and started recovering the remains of as many as 80 victims that have been lying in farm fields for two weeks.


209K jobs added in US, but unemployment rate rises to 6.2 percent

In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.


Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and which drew stern criticism from Western and other donors, some of whom withheld aid. Under the Anti-Homosexuality Act, those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as someone with HIV having gay sex or gay sex with ...

N. Korea detainees plead for U.S. help

This undated employee photo provided by the City of Moraine, Ohio, shows Jeffrey Edward Fowle who is being detained in North Korea and may be tried by North Korea for entering the country as a tourist and carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it. (AP Photo/City of Moraine) One of two captive Americans says he is facing a "dark" horizon as his trial is to begin.


Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot

FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Colorado marijuana regulators have drafted an emergency rule aimed at making it easier for new marijuana users to tell how much pot they are eating. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.


35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as several Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.


Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August

FILE - House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday Aug. 1, 2014 that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.


Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

The cease-fire that wasn't

Palestinian children walk hand in hand as residents return to the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as several Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) At least 50 Palestinians dead, Israeli soldier said captured, fighting in Rafah.


Ebola epidemic is spiraling out of control, WHO official says

Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse put on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on July 24, 2014 The health organization warns that the epidemic is spiraling out of control.


Buckhead Business RadioX's Atlanta Legal Experts Spotlights Bill Grodnik With DaVinci Virtual Offices and ...

Bill Grodnik appeared as a special guest on the July 1, 2014 episode of Atlanta Legal Experts to discuss the importance of DaVinci Virtual Office Solutions and DaVinci Meeting Rooms with host Emily Rowell. ...

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.

A Technicality, Not a Change of Heart, Defeated Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Uganda's horrible law punishing "aggravated homosexuality" has been ruled illegal — not because anyone had a change of heart, but thanks to a procedural technicality.  The Constitutional Court ruled that a law passed earlier this year punishing "aggravated homosexuality" and the "promotion of homosexuality" with life imprisonment is illegal. According to the BBC, the law was annulled because not ...

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

Palestinians return to the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck.


12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

Soldiers use electronic sensors to search for missing persons believed to be buried after massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A series of explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Friday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.


Detroit civil rights attorney expected to enter Secretary of State race

Detroit civil rights attorney Godfrey Dillard is expected to announce his candidacy for Secretary of State on Friday — ending a short-lived campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

Uganda Court Throws Out Anti-Gay Law on Technicality

Judges say the legislature didn’t have a quorum when the bill was passed into law

AP PHOTOS: City streets destroyed in Taiwan blasts

A destroyed fire truck is seen overturned in the rubble after massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A series of underground explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Friday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) City streets destroyed, transformed into trenches strewn with dirt, ripped pieces of pipe and jagged blocks of concrete. Broken fire trucks turned upside down, twisted soot-covered cars and motorcycles, ripped advertising signs.


Man maddened by neighbor's fire pit draws sword to settle dispute

Lord Of The Rings Film Props Up For Auction BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who apparently was upset about his neighbor's fire pit has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing the neighbor in the arm with a novelty sword.


'Baywatch' star wants Faeroe Islands to cease 'grindadrab' whale hunt

Pam Anderson Shatters ‘Good’ Rape Myth COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.


35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as several Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured.


Mich. 2-pound newborn 'Mighty Girl' gets rare heart procedure

A premature newborn lies on a cot in Saint Denis near Paris on March 19, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 2-pound Michigan newborn dubbed "Mighty Girl" by her parents is one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure to open up a blocked artery caused by a congenital defect.


Colorado wants you to know when there's pot in your brownie

FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Colorado marijuana regulators have drafted an emergency rule aimed at making it easier for new marijuana users to tell how much pot they are eating. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) DENVER (AP) — Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.


North Carolina Attorney General Ends Fight to Defend State’s Marriage Amendment

RALEIGH, NC – The attorney general of North Carolina has announced that he has ended his fight to defend the state’s constitutional marriage amendment, which enshrines marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. As previously reported, in April, the Cleveland, Ohio-based United Church of Christ (UCC), which is outside of biblical orthodoxy […]

Legal challenge over M4 relief route

The route chosen for the £1bn M4 relief road south of Newport will be legally challenged by Friends of the Earth Cymru, BBC Wales understands.

ACT legal services struggling to cope with funding cuts

Community legal services in the ACT have warned they are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in shortfalls due to federal funding cuts.

US Judge Insists Microsoft Break EU Law To Obey US Law Over Email In Ireland

seems to have got itself involved at the start of an awful lot of legal pain here. A US judge has agreed that Microsoft should release under a US search warrant an email that is being stored on servers in Ireland. Yet European Union (and thus Irish) law on such matters says that only a court local to that jurisdiction can make such a decision. This is thus another example of the tendency of US ...

House GOP divisions on border bill delay getaway

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio defends the work of the GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of acting to address the crisis.


CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows CIA Director John O. Brennan speaking in Washington. The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed July 31 with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Those internal conclusions prompted Brennan to abandon months of defiance and defense of the agency and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.


Legal troubles cloud campaign for 1st District House seat

State Rep. Brian Banks hopes Democratic primary voters in the 1st House District will overlook his past and ongoing legal troubles and reward him for perfect attendance and community engagement during his first' months in office.

US prosecutor warns Cuomo over corruption probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A criminal defense attorney said Thursday that he has been retained by the office of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a federal prosecutor threatened to widen an investigation into the governor's handling of an anti-corruption commission.

U.S. missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home

Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf, center rear, gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard as people gather around to listen to him in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh) An Atlanta hospital is preparing to treat one of the two American aid workers stricken with the deadly virus.


Personal injury attorney files new lawsuit against GM

A prominent Texas personal injury attorney has filed a new lawsuit against General Motors Co. on behalf of 156 people who died or were injured in allegedly defective vehicles recalled this year by the automaker —but who likely are not eligible for GM's victims compensation fund.

Sudanese Christian convert who faced execution due in U.S.

Meriam Ibrahim holds her baby girl Maya after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. Italy's premier welcomed Meriam Ibrahim at Rome's Ciampino airport on Thursday, calling it "a day of celebration." Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was accompanied by her husband, who is a citizen of both the United States and South Sudan, her 18-month-old son and an infant born May 27. The family is to spend a few days in Rome before heading to the United States. (AP Photo/Daniele Leone, Lapresse) Mariam Ibrahim had faced execution in Sudan for converting from Islam to Christianity.


Senate kills border crisis spending bill

FILE - In this July 12, 2014 file photo, migrants walk along the rail tracks after getting off a train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. Many of the immigrants recently flooding the nation’s southern border say they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America. These gangs were a byproduct of U.S. immigration and Cold War policies, specifically growing from the increase in deportations in the 1990s. With weak dysfunctional governments at home, U.S. street gang culture easily took hold and flourished in these countries. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths at U.S.-Mexico border was impetus for $3.5B bill.


Witnesses: No security-camera videos show OKC blast

FILE - In this April 24, 1995 file photo, an Oklahoma City police car decorated with the words "We will never forget" and a small American flag sits near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge in Salt Lake City that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.


Wisconsin anti-union law: state Supreme Court ruling probably the final say

Ever since it became law in 2011, Act 10 in Wisconsin – which essentially ended collective bargaining for most public workers – has sparked countless court challenges, generated angry protests at the State Capitol, and fueled a recall campaign of the governor. A ruling Thursday by the state Supreme Court indicates the law will stand, leaving opponents with little choice but to move on. The 5-to ...

Fla. boy, 12, arrested in homeless man's killing

generic_fp_shooting_v6 A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said.


NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade.


Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC) A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.


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