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Storm to strengthen as it aims for Bahamas

Saturday, 11:40 AM

A man fishes as a cluster of storms passes through the area, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The National Weather Service in San Juan said the region could be hit with up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain and wind gusts of 35 mph (56 kph). (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean headed toward the Bahamas on Saturday as meteorologists warned it could soon strengthen into a tropical depression or a tropical storm.


Costa guides Chelsea to 2nd straight win

Saturday, 11:38 AM

Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates his goal against Leicester City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Diego Costa kept up the prolific start to his Chelsea career on Saturday, setting the title favorites on their way to a 2-0 win over Leicester and a second straight victory to open the Premier League.


Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

Saturday, 11:43 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of the Democratic Party adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor to President Barack Obama.

Obama again faces tug of military action in Syria

Saturday, 11:12 AM

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking in New York. President Barack Obama's military leadership made clear in recent days that the threat from the Islamic State militants, who murdered American journalist James Foley, cannot be fully eliminated without going after the group in Syria, as well as Iraq."This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated," said Dempsey. "Can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years, President Barack Obama has resisted the pull of potential U.S. military action in Syria.


Cavs acquire Love in blockbuster deal with Timberwolves

Saturday, 11:44 AM

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Miami Heat(Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and former number one pick Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for prized All-Star forward Kevin Love as part of a blockbuster three-team deal. Cleveland also sent a protected 2015 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who will acquire guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves in exchange for veteran forward Thaddeus Young in the multi-player trade.


Big names missing in final U.S. roster for Spain

Saturday, 10:37 AM

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Hornets(Reuters) - The United States team will travel to Spain without some of the sport's biggest names to defend their title at the Basketball World Cup after a selection process described as one of the "most difficult" in recent years. With marquee players LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love opting out of selection and All-Star Paul George hurt, the U.S.


Cops: Tot spent night in car while mom went to bar

Saturday, 11:40 AM

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a toddler spent the night in a car outside a bar after her mother went drinking and ended up in the hospital.

Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Saturday, 11:33 AM

Dr. Michael Baden, right, speaks as Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, left, holds a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Japan's labor market improving in face of challenges - BoJ's Kuroda

Saturday, 11:35 AM

Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda attends the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson HoleBy Howard Schneider JACKSON HOLE Wyo. (Reuters) - Japan's labor market is showing "significant improvement," though it still faces challenges including a large share of part-time workers in the service sector, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday. Wage growth is critical to reverse deflation and for that to happen "it is necessary to have some kind of coordinated mechanism," Kuroda said at a central banking conference here, adding that the Bank of Japan's quantitative easing stimulus is helping Japan escape from a deflationary cycle of falling wages and demand. "The Bank of Japan's price stability target can serve as a benchmark for wage setting," he added, speaking on a panel alongside central bankers from Brazil and Britain. "Once the bank has succeeded in firmly anchoring (inflation) expectations at 2 percent this could provide the basis on which wage negotiations are conducted." The Bank of Japan deployed an intense burst of monetary stimulus last April, when it pledged to double its money base with the quantitative easing program of asset purchases.


Unemployed take their case to Fed officials at Jackson Hole

Saturday, 11:25 AM

Fischer, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System, speaks with a demonstrator at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson HoleReginald Rounds was among those present at the Federal Reserve's high-flying monetary conference here, enjoying the chance to button hole two top officials of the U.S. He was among a group of activists who gathered on the sidelines of the Fed's annual symposium wearing green t-shirts with "What Recovery?" on the front and a chart depicting sluggish U.S. The coalition, consisting of more than 70 organizations, released an open letter to Fed officials earlier this week urging them to hold off on interest rate hikes until wages were rising more swiftly.


Sierra Leone makes harbouring Ebola victims a crime

Saturday, 11:04 AM

By Umaru Fofana and Joe Bavier FREETOWN/ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harbouring of Ebola victims a crime punishable by two years' jail in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday. Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 cases documented since the current outbreak - the worst since the disease's discovery - was first identified in Guinea in March, according to figures released by the WHO on Friday. "The new regulation will provide for summary trial, meaning trial by a magistrate court alone," Justice Minister Frank Kargbo told Reuters. Under-reporting of Ebola cases has been a problem particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone, currently the two countries hardest hit by the virus.

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

Saturday, 10:46 AM

A Liberian soldier, right, scans people for signs of the Ebola virus, as they control people from entering the West Point area in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new total to more than 2,600 with over 1,400 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. Most of the new cases are in Liberia, where the government was delivering donated rice to a slum where 50,000 people have been sealed off from the rest of the capital in an attempt to contain the outbreak. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak.