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Ukrainian gov’t troops take over much of Luhansk
DONETSK, Ukraine — After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. The advance ...
By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Peter Leonard The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. official: More airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second Ameri...
By Lolita C. Baldor and Lara Jakes The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the resc...
By Julie Pace The Associated Press FULL STORY
Militants use British killer as propaganda
LONDON — Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger. The black-clad fighter who appears to kill journalist James Foley speaks with an English accent, underscoring the insurgents’ increasing ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Social media pushes back at militant propaganda
BEIRUT — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But ther...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama weighing broader move on legal immigration
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration ...
By Laura Wides-Munoz and Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades
WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve’s first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke’s Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his appro...
By Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press FULL STORY
Holder says he understands mistrust of police
ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him becau...
By Alan Scher Zagier The Associated Press FULL STORY
Senate control could rest with well-funded women
WASHINGTON — The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races. Donors and fundraisers are catching on. Five female Senate contenders recently created a joint fundraising co...
By Philip Elliott The Associated Press FULL STORY
High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia — at least for now — after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban. The nation’s highest court granted a request from a county...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. In a new report, the Agriculture Department said that staffing for fighting fi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping
SACRAMENTO — Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state’s status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state’s water. Even with falling groundwater tables contributing ...
By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press FULL STORY
Legislation would require boating safety course
SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly is endorsing legislation that would require Californians to take a boating safety course, an online test and obtain a vessel operator card before driving a motorized boat. Lawmakers approved SB941 by Democratic Sens. Bill Monning of Carmel and Mark DeSaulnier of Co...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns
SACRAMENTO — The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown n...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Senate approves lactation rooms at major airports
SACRAMENTO — The state Senate has passed legislation requiring large airports to offer a private space for mothers to breastfeed or pump milk. Lawmakers approved AB1787 by Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal of Long Beach on a 32-1 vote Wednesday. It now returns to the Assembly. Senator Ke...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Governor criticizes new-hire pension enhancements
SACRAMENTO — The state pension board has approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay that can be used to increase retirement benefits for newer public employees, one of which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown. On Wednesday, Brown said the California Public Employees’ Retirement Syste...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
San Francisco water source subject of lawsuit
FRESNO — A nonprofit group in Fresno says a massive reservoir that serves over two million people in the San Francisco Bay Area is harming endangered fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability filed a lawsuit against the National Park ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record
MONROVIA, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of slum res...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian t...
By Ibrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg The Associated Press FULL STORY
Owl enters 10th story apartment, kills canary
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — An owl flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d’Alene, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside, the residents said. Sue Sausser said she awakened Sunday to find bird droppings and feathers all over her apartment, the Coeur d’Alene Press ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
His 101st birthday present? Another day at work
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Herman “Hy” Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won’t quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job. Goldman still shows up four days a week at light fixtures company Capitol Lighting in East Hanover. His co-workers celebrated his birthday with him on Monday. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot
MADISON, Maine — A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot. Nineteen-year-old Bobby Burt, of Pittsfield, had the mug shot from his June arrest printed on the orange shirt, along with the words...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Stolen shopping scooter ride leads to jail
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer. KOAT-TV reports court papers say 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode the electric shopping cart this week to make his scheduled visit. W...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

Daily Journal Quick Poll
Were the SF Giants right to win "tarp-gate," the controversial appeal of a rained out game with the Chicago Cubs?

Yes, the ground crew fumbled covering the infield
No, the Chicago victory should stand
Not sure but the game should have been called much earlier
Don't care. Just tired of the hoopla surrounding the initial call


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