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BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.
The Heritage Foundation, one of Washington’s preeminent right-wing think tanks, has a reputation for pulling no punches when it comes to going after President Obama. So if you are a Republican, and the Heritage Foundation is warning you that your political strategy may be a little too aggressive, you might want to listen. It’s not clear though, that the message is getting through to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Last week, a pair of Heritage Legal fellows examined Boehner’s proposal to sue President Obama over his alleged failure to faithfully enforce U.S. law and concluded that, as a legal matter, the case will face “what may prove to be an insurmountable hurdle” over the legal concept of standing.
Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of injuries or fatalities from the storm. "We are in the process of evaluating the aftermath of the severe storm that passed through Revere this morning," Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo said on his official Twitter page.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City delicatessen Katz's has won a legal battle to force a Florida restaurant to change its name, according to court documents made public on Monday. Katz's Delicatessen, founded in 1888, sued Katz's Deli of Deerfield Beach in June, claiming that the Florida restaurant had blatantly infringed on its trademark rights and tried to profit illegally from its name and reputation. Katz's Delicatessen of Deerfield agreed to change its name in the settlement, which was signed in Manhattan federal court last week. The Deerfield Beach restaurant owner, Charles Re, said he agreed to the change because keeping the name was not worth the legal troubles.
The two actors revealed through their TV roles on "Lost" and "House of Cards" were recently added to the cast of Marvel's comedy feature. Evangeline Lily will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the first scientist to put on the Ant-Man suit. Corey Stoll, who played a young congressman on the first season of "House of Cards," will play the supervillain Yellow Jacket, aka Darren Cross, Hank Pym's former protégé.
The first movie is not even out in theaters yet, but Marvel has already announced that the second episode will arrive in 2017. Although it may seem somewhat precipitous, Marvel's announcement at Comic-Con of a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel is based on the largely positive response from the press to the movie's first screenings. In the first episode, Starlord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Bautista) attempt to thwart the evil Ronan's plans to destroy the galaxy. In "Guardians of the Galaxy," the protagonists bump into Thanos, a character who will also cause problems for the heroes in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," which is due to hit theaters on May 1, 2015.
The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq. The jihadist group's office is operating from Al-Bab, a town in Aleppo province of northern Syria, for "single women and widows who would like to marry IS fighters", said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey. IS has its roots in Iraq, but spread into Syria in late spring 2013.
Director Zack Snyder unveiled the first photo of the female superhero as portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot in the upcoming movie "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." A few images from the teaser screened at San Diego's Comic-Con have also made their way to the web. The buzz is building around Zack Snyder's next superhero epic, despite the long wait until its US release on May 6, 2016. On the heels of a somber close-up of Ben Affleck wearing the Batman mask, the "Batman V Superman" director tweeted the first image of Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. A small group of fans lucky enough to be on site in San Diego at Comic-Con even got to see the first footage from this upcoming sequel to "Man of Steel." A few copies of the video were briefly leaked on the internet, showing Batman with glowing eyes sending out the Bat Signal across the rainy night sky, followed by Superman with glowing red eyes standing in its shadow, all to the cheers of a very enthusiastic crowd.
At San Diego's Comic-Con, Warner Bros revealed a first look at its reboot of the famous dystopian trilogy. The new trailer is Tom Hardy's debut as the antihero Max, originally played by Mel Gibson. "My name is Max. My world is fire and blood." Fans of three original action films, released between 1979 and 1985, will likely not be disappointed by this first trailer. The video reveals a post-apocalyptic future that is at least as dark and violent as the one depicted in George Miller's original trilogy.
In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers should look for signs of pollution in the atmospheres of alien planets outside the Earth's solar system, a new study says. The next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch in 2018, could hunt for worlds harboring alien life by sniffing their atmospheres for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), greenhouse gases that destroy ozone in the Earth's atmosphere. Of course, to very advanced civilizations, Earth's own greenhouse gases might signal a primitive world, the scientists said. "We consider industrial pollution as a sign of intelligent life, but perhaps civilizations more advanced than us, with their own SETI programs, will consider pollution as a sign of unintelligent life since it's not smart to contaminate your own air," study leader Henry Lin, a student at Harvard University, said in a statement.