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Lawsuits: Soju Makers in Korea Sued for Encouraging Alcoholism

Lawsuits: Soju Makers in Korea Sued for Encouraging Alcoholism A group of self-described "soju addicts" have filed suit against two of Korea's largest producers of the distilled beverage, arguing that "we have become alcoholics because they failed to warn the dangers of alcohol." According to the Korea Observer,...


Mom pleads for U.S. journalist's release

Shirley Sotloff pleads with Islamic State leader to release son Mother of Steven Sotloff, held hostage by ISIL, made plea in video aimed at his captors.


Nine-year-old girl with Uzi accidentally kills gun instructor

9-year-old accidentally kills instructor at gun range PHOENIX (AP) — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.


Pop-Ups: Central Perk Will Become a Real Coffee Shop in NYC

Pop-Ups: Central Perk Will Become a Real Coffee Shop in NYC Central Perk, the fictional coffee shop from NBC's iconic sitcom Friends, will soon become reality: Entertainment Weekly reports Warner Bros. Entertainment and Eight O'Clock Coffee will mark the show's 20th anniversary by opening a NYC pop-up replica of the...


Romney for US president in 2016? Iowa poll puts him on top

Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013 Americans may not be through with Mitt Romney after all. The two-time Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly stressed over the past year that he is not interested in a third shot at the White House. The survey of Iowa Republican voters conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today showed that if Romney was added to the pool of potential 2016 Republican contenders, 35 percent of respondents would place him first in the Iowa caucuses, the political contest that kicks off the primary calendar. Arkansas ex-governor Mike Huckabee came in a distant second, at just nine percent, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trailing at 6.5 percent and former senator Rick Santorum at six percent.


U.S. court clears FedEx Ground drivers to pursue wage, benefit claims

Federal Express truck makes its way down a freeway in San Diego, California Groups of mostly former FedEx drivers in California and Oregon can move forward with lawsuits alleging they are owed unpaid wages and benefits under state and federal labor laws after a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Portland, Oregon, reversed a lower court's ruling, noting that FedEx drivers wear company uniforms, drive company-approved vehicles and are told where and when to deliver packages. The appeals court noted that the claims brought by the California and Oregon drivers are among similar cases filed against FedEx in approximately 40 states. Other courts have sided with FedEx, finding that drivers are independent contractors.


Benatia completes move to Bayern Munich

Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia completes his medical and signs a five year deal with Bayern Munich to seal his move from Serie A side Roma Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia completed his medical on Wednesday and signed a five year deal with Bayern Munich to seal his move from Serie A side Roma. "I had some great times at Roma but I've been waiting impatiently for this new chapter in my life," added Benatia. Bayern said that the two clubs have agreed not to disclose the fee for the French-born centre-back, although Italian media reports estimated that Roma will receive around 30 million euros (£23.9m, $39.6m). "He has the necessary qualities to play for Bayern," added Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer.


DOH Chronicles: Trouble is brewing at Anula's Cafe,...

DOH Chronicles: Good news for fans of downtown... Trouble is brewing at Anula's Cafe, the tiny and popular Caribbean-Indian deli in downtown Oakland. Last week, a health inspector ruled the restaurant could only serve vegetarian dishes, the reasoning for which is unclear. Owner Anula Edirisinche says her space...


Indie Boutiques For Days: Vintage Charm is Coming to Bucktown

Indie Boutiques For Days: Vintage Charm is Coming to Bucktown Photo by Vintage Charm Facebook Damen Avenue's cute-dress-and-vintage-purse game is already strong, but the street's only getting better with the upcoming addition of Vintage Charm, scheduled to open at 1735 N. Damen Ave. on September 2. The boutique is...


DOH Chronicles: Good news for fans of downtown...

DOH Chronicles: Good news for fans of downtown... Good news for fans of downtown Oakland restaurant Anula's Cafe: they're back in the meat business. After a health inspector ruled Anula's couldn't serve meat because their kitchen was too small, owner Anula Edirisinche said she might have to close...


Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

FILE - This Sept. 25, 2007 file photo shows an Iraqi traffic policeman inspecting a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. A prosecutor told a federal jury on Wednesday that four Blackwater guards unleashed a hail of gunfire on more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians seven years ago, leaving “bloody, bullet-riddled corpses” at Nisoor Square in downtown Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqi civilians.


Labor protest disrupts Argentine capital

Riot police cordon off protesters partially blocking one of Buenos Aires' main access routes over the Riachuelo River in Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. CTA, a union umbrella group that opposes the government, started a 36-hour strike to demand more jobs, better salaries and tax cuts on salaries. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A labor organization opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez caused traffic jams and disrupted life for many in the capital Wednesday at the start of a 36-hour strike.


Apple to unveil 'iWatch' on September 9: report

View of the famous logo at new Apple store in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Februrary 16, 2014 Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday. Apple is believed to be planning a September 9 event at which it will introduce the iWatch, along with new-generation iPhone 6 smartphones with increased screen sizes. The company has not sent out invitations to such an event, nor -- as is standard Apple practice -- has it commented on reports it will even take place. Apple's next-generation iPhones are rumored to have screen sizes stretched to 4.7 and 5.5 inches and have faster processors.


Ten-man Arsenal edge through, Napoli blown away by Bilbao

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (R) takes on Besiktas' midfielder Atiba Hutchinson (L) during the UEFA Champions League qualifying round match between Arsenal and Besiktas' in London on August 27, 2014 A goal by Chilean star Alexis Sanchez saw Arsenal scrape into the Champions League group stages on Wednesday as they beat a plucky Turkish outfit Besiktas 1-0 in their play-off second leg clash for a 1-0 aggregate victory. Arsene Wenger's side managed to hold on despite being reduced to 10 men -- like the first leg when Aaron Ramsey was red-carded -- after Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second-half. "We produced the performance we wanted -- on the tactical side, on the technical side, and on the mental side," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who may still have to sign a striker as Frenchman Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after undergoing surgery on a broken tibia.


Son found dead at home of couple involved in Stratford, NJ hospital shooting

Son found dead at home of couple involved in Stratford, NJ hospital shooting Investigators say a body was found at the home of the husband and wife involved in the shooting at a hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.


Eater Inside: It's All Monkey Business at SLS Las Vegas' Monkey Bar

Eater Inside: It's All Monkey Business at SLS Las Vegas' Monkey Bar Photos: Wonho Frank Lee Checking in to SLS Las Vegas? Head over to Monkey Bar afterward to gaze at the monkey artwork found on the walls, in the chandeliers and on the backs...


Eaterwire: Dolce Vita Announces Full Lineup; Fancy Tailgate at Hotel Ella; A Night Out with James Moody

Eaterwire: Dolce Vita Announces Full Lineup; Fancy Tailgate at Hotel Ella; A Night Out with James Moody FESTIVALS — The 25th Annual Dolce Vita food festival has announced their full lineup. Participants include soon-to-open restaurants like Vox Table and Fixe as well as LaV, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, The Bonneville and many more. VIP ticket holders get access to...


Police: Man kills wife at hospital, son also dead

Camden County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Ron Moten, left, stands with in front of Kennedy Hospital with hospital chief of safety, David Condoluci, as he answers a question about shootings at the facility Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stratford, N.J. Authorities say Raymond Wychowanec fatally shot his hospitalized wife, Denise, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home. Authorities are investigating what ties the hospital homicide may have with the death of a person found a short time later in the family's home in Glendora in southern New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) — A man shot and killed his hospitalized wife on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their home, where their son was found dead, authorities said.


Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, a U.S. official said McCain, a U.S. citizen, is believed to have been killed in Syria and was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast.


Drug gangs may be connected to Fairmount Park victims

Drug gangs may be connected to Fairmount Park victims Investigators say drug gangs may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.


Judge lets 'X-Men' director's accuser drop lawsuit

HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Missouri governor names new public safety director

Former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, left, speaks after he is named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety during a news conference with Gov. Jay Nixon, left, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Nixon appointed Isom nearly three weeks after the police shooting of Michael Brown led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb. Nixon did not directly say whether the leadership change was related to the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.


McDonnell daughter: Mom had 'mild obsession' with exec

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin Young The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.


Review: Meta and mad, 'The Congress' is a trip

This photo released by courtesy of Drafthouse Films shows Robin Wright (playing a version of herself) projecting wonder within the machine scanning her likeness in Drafthouse Films’ sci-fi epic, "The Congress." (AP Photo/Drafthouse Films) "Very soon, this whole structure that we all love so much will be gone," prophesies Danny Huston's wide-grinning movie studio head in Ari Folman's "The Congress."


US F-15 fighter crashes in Va.

Photos of the day - July 15, 2014 Officials say jet, based in Mass., went down near Deerfield. Va.; pilot's fate not known.


How 'political correctness' protected UK pedophiles

People walk in the town centre, in Rotherham, England, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. (AP Photo/Sylvia Hui) 1,400 children feared abused in N. England while authorities' fear of appearing racist stopped action.


Israeli PM Netanyahu declares victory in Gaza war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 24, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in the costal city of Tel Aviv JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.


California would triple tax breaks for film production under deal

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California will triple its tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in the state, the latest effort to stem a tide of runaway production that has cost billions in revenue in Hollywood's home state under a deal announced on Wednesday. The increase in tax credits, aimed at luring production back to California even as other states offer tax breaks of their own, comes just a few weeks after the California Film Commission said the state had lost $2 billion in the past four years alone as producers sought cheaper places to do business. "This law will make key improvements in our Film and Television Tax Credit Program and put thousands of Californians to work," said Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who signed on to the deal along with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the state legislature. The deal, which still must be approved by both houses of the legislature before the end of their session this week, would increase the amount of money available for tax credits for film and television production to $330 million per year, up from about $100 million.

Ex-GOP official admits he was paid to support candidate

In this Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Sorenson resigned from office Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2013, after investigator Mark Weinhardt’s report concluded Sorenson likely broke ethics rules in receiving $7,500 in monthly income from Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s, R-Minn., political action committee and presidential campaign in exchange for working as Bachmann’s state chair in 2011. The state senator received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to support Paul, and eventually received $73,000 in payments that may be linked to Paul’s campaign, the independent investigator has found. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file) Former Iowa official deserted 2012 presidential candidate Bachmann to endorse rival Paul.


Russia directs new offensive in Ukraine: U.S.

Ukrainian soldiers park their hardware on roadside as they are waiting for the start of the march into the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Heavy shelling hit a town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the third day of an assault that has forced government troops to spread their ranks thinner along the Russian border. Ukraine claimed the shelling was coming both from pro-Russian separatists and from Russia itself. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere.


Suspect wounded in NYC shootout with US marshals

Queens gunman wounded, in custody after shootout with US Marshals, NYPD NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges was wounded during a shootout with U.S. marshals who tracked him down in Queens, New York.


Third top doctor in Sierra Leone succumbs to Ebola

During a training session participants listen as they stand over a mannequin FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.


US considers another relief operation in N. Iraq

FILE- This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the extremist group. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File) WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.


Self-deluded stage mom grabs 'The Last of Robin Hood' spotlight

Actress Susan Sarandon arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year in New York By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thwarted ambition and shattered dreams push actress Susan Sarandon to become the ultimate stage mother in "The Last of Robin Hood," a drama about the final fling of middle-aged matinee idol Errol Flynn and his teenage lover. As Florence Aadland, the mother of Flynn's young paramour Beverly, Sarandon ventures into Aadland's deluded nature and complicit role in the illicit two-year affair that shocked Hollywood when it was made public after Flynn's death in 1959. Sarandon, an Oscar winner for "Dead Man Walking," has played mothers, and even a grandmother, in films ranging from "Pretty Baby" in 1978 to 2014's comedy "Tammy." As the frumpish Aadland, a former dancer whose career ended when she lost a leg in a car accident, Sarandon portrays a woman who lived vicariously through the daughter she had groomed for a career in Hollywood. Academy Award winner Kevin Kline ("A Fish Called Wanda") plays Flynn, the hard-drinking, notorious ladies' man known for his swashbuckling roles in the 1930s films "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Captain Blood." Flynn had already faced two accusations of statutory rape that nearly ruined his waning career when he met Beverly, played by actress Dakota Fanning of the "Twilight" films.


Afghans face Taliban test in 2015, U.S. military leader says

Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.


Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.

A screen grab from an Al-Jazeera video shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old a freelance journalist, during his detention by Al-Qaeda militants in Syria American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.


U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

United States Coast Guard personnel are seen on their boat as they arrive back in Miami Beach on October 17, 2012 A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.


VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers

Alberto Barbera, director of the 71st Venice Film Festival, and Paolo Baratta, President of the Biennale of Venice, pose for photographers at the Jury photo call during the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia) VENICE, Italy (AP) — VENICE, Italy — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red-carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:


Humor us: Fallon to lead Kennedy Center honors for Leno

FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file) WASHINGTON (AP) — Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.


On Ukraine's 'other side' to the west, fears of familiar crisis brew

People wave European Union and Moldavian national flags Another crisis on Ukraine’s borders may be brewing — this time on the west, in tiny Moldova.


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