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Officials: First U.S. strike in expanded Iraq fight

Rafale fighter jets fly on a reconnaissance mission over Iraq after taking off from the Al-Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates, on September 15, 2014 Warplanes target the Islamic State group near Baghdad.


Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National Forest By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest. Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). ...


Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico

Power lines and debris are knocked over on a street after Hurricane Odile hit La Paz Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed homes and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula, sparking looting, marooning thousands of foreign tourists and injuring 135 people.


Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by YosemiteLandscapes.com, large plumes of smoke from a wildfire rise over Bass Lake, Calif. Crews attempted to get better access to two raging wildfires in California Monday that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/YosemiteLandscapes.com, Darvin Atkeson) WEED, Calif. (AP) — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.


NATO: Bomb kills 3 foreign troops near US Embassy in Kabul

U.S. troops keep watch near a damaged vehicle at the site of suicide attack in Kabul By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least three foreign troops in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political stalemate and an emboldened insurgency, with a presidential election still unresolved as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave by the end of the year. ...


Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controversy

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday has raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Last month police shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to a wave of violent protests in the community. ...

Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop of an armoured personnel carrier during a patrol in Donetsk region, on September 15, 2014 Ukraine moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.


3,000 U.S. troops to join Ebola fight

Health staff, wearing Personal Protective Equipment, work inside the high-risk area at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, on September 7, 2014 President Obama is set to announce a major effort to "turn the tide" against the epidemic.


Sources: First U.S. strike in expanded Iraq fight

FILE - In this undated file photo posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from extremist Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. In staging airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the U.S. may find itself in a confounding morass teeming with jihadis, rebel rivalries and sectarian hatred. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File) The U.S. goes to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad.


California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...

George Clooney to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award

George Clooney arrives for the premiere of his movie "The Monuments Men" in New York Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers of the event said on Monday. Clooney, 53, one of Hollywood's leading men on screen and behind the camera, will be honored in January at the Golden Globes Awards, one of the year's most high-profile awards ceremonies for film and television organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Theo Kingma, the association's president, said the award was for Clooney's "outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera." Clooney is a two-time Oscar winner, as supporting actor in "Syriana" and as a producer of the 2013 best motion picture "Argo." He has also won three Golden Globes, including best actor in a motion picture for "The Descendants" in 2012 and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in 2001.


New U2 album: Ploy or innovative marketing?

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from the band U2 after they preformed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled a new Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay and U2 offered iTunes customers a free download of their latest album, "Songs of Innocence." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity. ...


After Toronto, small film world primes for peak viewing season

imitationgame By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The red carpets have rolled up and the festival awards are adjudicated, and now comes the deluge of small and independent films for fall viewing and Oscar baiting. Unlike last year when "12 Years a Slave," and "Gravity," emerged from the Toronto, Venice and Telluride festivals as solid front-runners for awards, the fate of the 2014 class is more uncertain. One strong contender is Toronto's top winner "The Imitation Game," the biopic of British World War Two code breaker Alan Turing, who was later persecuted for being gay. Turing is played by the popular Benedict Cumberbatch, a casting choice that likely helped the movie win the public-voted best film prize.


'No Good Deed' slays 'Guardians' at box office

This image released by Screen Gems Films shows Taraji P. Henson, left, and Idris Elba in a scene from "No Good Deed." (AP Photo/Sony, Screen Gems, Quantrell Colbert) LOS ANGELES (AP) — An evil Idris Elba and terrified Taraji P. Henson overcame a group of first-rate intergalactic misfits at theaters over the weekend.


Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File) EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law.


Clooney to receive HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, actor George Clooney attends the premiere of "Gravity" at the AMC Lincoln Square Theaters, in New York. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on the Golden Globe Awards website that Clooney will be the next recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 11, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney is sure to take home a trophy at next year's Golden Globe Awards.


Idris Elba, from Mandela to murderer to .. director?

British actor Idris Elba British actor Idris Elba has come a long way from his east London roots.


David Beckham On Working With Victoria & His 'Stylish' Kids

David Beckham attends the 'Belstaff: Off Road/David Beckham' Book Signing at the Belstaff House on September 9, 2014 in New York City -- Getty Images David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham are extremely stylish, and their four kids have been following in their fashionable footsteps. "They are very stylish," David told Access Hollywood in a new interview. David and Victoria's eldest son, Brooklyn, attended New York Fashion Week and was spotted sitting with Anna Wintour at his mother's runway show. "He's very lucky little boy," David said.


U.S. says 115,000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status. Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration. The U.S. ...


Rapper Gucci Mane gets three years in prison for assault in Atlanta

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The rapper known as Gucci Mane received a three-year prison sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to hitting a fan in the head with a vodka bottle at an Atlanta nightclub. It was the latest in a string of legal troubles for Mane, 34, whose gangster persona helped land him a role in the 2012 movie "Spring Breakers," starring James Franco. Last month, a federal judge in Georgia sentenced Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, to three years and three months in prison on firearms charges. Mane will be allowed to serve his state sentence concurrently with his federal sentence, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office said.

U.S. rejects military cooperation with Iran in Iraq, but is open to talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq at the Quai d’Orsay on September 15, 2014 in Paris, France Washington remains open to discussions with Tehran about the Islamic State threat.


NFL's new attempt to take on domestic violence

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014: "We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity." (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) The women will "help lead and shape" the league's policies and programs.


LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused officers of violating her rights when they handcuffed and detained her while responding to a report of indecent exposure. The city's police force is investigating a complaint from Watts, who posted a picture on Facebook last week showing her crying next to an officer with her hands behind her back. In a statement released over the weekend, Los Angeles police said its officers had responded to a report from a passerby that a couple were indecently exposed inside a silver Mercedes on Thursday afternoon. Watts' boyfriend, Los Angeles chef Brian James Lucas, wrote on his Facebook page on Friday that he and Watts were "accosted by police after showing our affection publicly." He added that the police had thought she was a prostitute because of the couple's attire and their differing skin colors.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Trailer Debuts

GM pays for ignition switch deaths

A Chevy Traverse sits in the shop for service on a recall repair at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch The offers to victims' families are expected to be high to dissuade them from suing.


A 'Zoolander 2' could see Ferrell return to fashion

Zoolander: Could Ben Stiller contort himself into a "2" before long? Will Ferrell's turn as fashion label boss Mugatu helped cement his status as a Hollywood draw, and a sequel is nearing production, according to the actor. "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it," is the confirming quote provided by JoBlo, making him the second cast member to return from the 2001 original. Ben Stiller has been tipped to reprise his twin roles as supermodel Derek Zoolander and the film's director, according to "Tropic Thunder" and "Iron Man 2" scribe Justin Theroux, who had a few minutes' screen time as Mugatu's evil DJ.


America's gay rights battle goes global

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage Starting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.


Assange slams WikiLeaks film in letter to actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch attends a news conference for "The Fifth Estate" at the Toronto International Film Festival LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange penned an open letter to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in an upcoming film, praising the actor's talents but slamming his involvement with the film and turning down the actor's invitation to meet in person. Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, wrote a letter to Cumberbatch dated January 15, 2013, that was published on Wednesday on the anti-secrecy website ahead of the October 18 theatrical release of Walt Disney Co's DreamWorks film "The Fifth Estate. ...


'Captain Phillips' star Abdi finds a risk worth taking in debut

Somali actor Barkhad Abdi poses for a portrait during a media publicity event for the film "Captain Phillips" in Los Angeles in this file photo By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Barkhad Abdi, a tall wisp of a man with a narrow face and a wide grin, sat on the sofa in his hotel suite with one eye on the television and another on a view of the Hollywood Hills. The 28-year-old Somali-American, who had worked the past year at his brother's mobile phone store in Minneapolis, could hardly have called himself an actor when he began production in British director Paul Greengrass' thriller "Captain Phillips. ...


Reality TV stars Kris and Bruce Jenner say they have separated

Jenner presents outstanding talk show host award during 40th Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kardashian reality television family matriarch Kris Jenner and Olympic gold medal athlete Bruce Jenner have separated, the couple said in a joint statement to celebrity outlet E! News on Tuesday. The couple were married in 1991 and have two teenage daughters, Kendall and Kylie, who appear on the Kardashian reality TV programs. "We are living separately and we are much happier this way," the Jenners told E! in a statement. Kris Jenner's office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. ...


Reality TV stars Kris and Bruce Jenner say they have separated

Jenner presents outstanding talk show host award during 40th Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kardashian reality television family matriarch Kris Jenner and Olympic gold medal athlete Bruce Jenner have separated, the couple said in a joint statement to celebrity outlet E! News on Tuesday. The couple were married in 1991 and have two teenage daughters, Kendall and Kylie, who appear on the Kardashian reality TV programs. "We are living separately and we are much happier this way," the Jenners told E! in a statement. Kris Jenner's office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. ...


France bows to stage director Patrice Chereau, dead at 68

French director Patrice Chereau attends a photocall in Venice. By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68. Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back. ...


Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image

By Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practiced in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region. The films, which had been due to be shown at the Beirut International Film Festival that opened last week, were blocked by a government censorship committee, festival organizers said. ...

Scarlett Johansson again named 'sexiest woman alive' by Esquire

Johansson poses at the premiere of the movie "Iron Man 2" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood (Reuters) - American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men's lifestyle magazine said on Monday. "The Avengers" star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors. Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film "Ghost World," stars in three films this fall. ...


Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image

By Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practiced in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region. The films, which had been due to be shown at the Beirut International Film Festival that opened last week, were blocked by a government censorship committee, festival organizers said. ...

Britain's 'kitchen sink' cinema finds dark new twist

By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - British director Paul Wright's new film "For Those in Peril" pans across a dour Scottish coastal town where madness, tragedy and a feared sea monster lurk close beneath the surface. It's a dark tale, typical of a new generation of filmmakers like this year's Oscar hopeful Steve McQueen, who are taking Britain's tradition of gritty "kitchen sink" cinema in a stark and sometimes strange direction. ...

'Breaking Bad' teacher-turned-druglord gets obit in Albuquerque newspaper

Actor Bryan Cranston from AMC's series "Breaking Bad" poses backstage with his award for Outstanding Drama Series By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Fans mourning the loss of the gritty drug drama "Breaking Bad" and its main character, chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White, memorialized the fictitious druglord on Friday with a real obituary in an Albuquerque newspaper. Members of the Facebook page "Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour" and local high school science teacher David Layman, who appeared as an extra in the show's pilot, purchased advertising space for the 87-word tribute in the Albuquerque Journal, the newspaper reported. ...


CBS gives 'Late Show' host David Letterman two-year extension

TV talk show host David Letterman is pictured on the balcony at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington (Reuters) - U.S. television network CBS has extended its contract with late night talk show host David Letterman through 2015. Letterman's "Late Show with David Letterman has earned nine Emmy Awards during the 20 years it has aired on the broadcast network, a unit of CBS Corp. "There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS 'home,'" Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp president and chief executive, said in a statement on Friday. ...


U.S. TV networks tout video on-demand for catch-up viewing

File photo of televisions on display at a Sears store in Schaumburg, Illinois, near Chicago By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The morning after a new episode of the drama "Sleepy Hollow" airs on the Fox broadcast network, a message on the show's Facebook page encourages viewers to catch up with the show by clicking on their cable operator's video on demand service. Fox and other networks are firing up marketing efforts to steer audiences who miss live episodes to free on-demand viewing. As the new television season gets underway, they are putting promotional spots for video on demand, or VOD, in prime time, on their web pages, and on social media. ...


NBC reality TV show to send winner to space with Virgin Galactic

Producer Mark Burnett accepts the award for Outstanding Reality - Competition Program for "The Voice" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - After a decade of casting around for a space-themed show, reality TV producer Mark Burnett has finally found a way to launch his dream. On Thursday, Burnett, creator of "Survivor" and "The Voice" unveiled a partnership with Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group, for a TV series that will send someone to space. ...


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