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Before going into an investigative briefing at the local FBI headquarters, Holder said the Justice Department had assembled “very experienced” prosecutors and agents to determine whether 18-year-old Michael Brown’s civil rights were violated wh... Ferguson, Mo. • Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. swept into this battle-scarred St. Louis suburb on Wednesday, meeting with community leaders and promising a “thorough and fair” federal inquiry into the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Before going into an investigative briefing at the local FBI headquarters, Holder said the Justice Department had assembled “very experienced” prosecutors and agents to determine whether 18-year-old Michael Brown’s civil rights were violated wh... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58319499@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:51:01 MDT Germany and Italy to arm Kurds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319183-68/islamic-state-iraq-militants.html.csp Berlin • Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Wednesday cleared the way for Germany to supply Iraqis with weapons to fight Islamic State militants, dropping a post-World War II taboo on arms shipments to conflict areas. Germany’s reversal of its postwar arms doctrine reflects the revulsion felt across Europe at the brutal advance by Islamist fighters in Iraq. It also shows governments’ determination to halt the violence perpetrated by Islamic State from spilling back into Europe’s heartland. H... Berlin • Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Wednesday cleared the way for Germany to supply Iraqis with weapons to fight Islamic State militants, dropping a post-World War II taboo on arms shipments to conflict areas. Germany’s reversal of its postwar arms doctrine reflects the revulsion felt across Europe at the brutal advance by Islamist fighters in Iraq. It also shows governments’ determination to halt the violence perpetrated by Islamic State from spilling back into Europe’s heartland. H... 58319183@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:02 MDT Secret U.S. mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319197-68/syria-rescue-foley-mission.html.csp 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 Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped b... 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 Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped b... 58319197@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:02 MDT Beheading brings new U.S. attacks on Islamic militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319207-68/state-islamic-syria-foley.html.csp Washington • The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage. In brief but forc... Washington • The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage. In brief but forc... 58319207@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:02 MDT U.S. Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319071-68/court-marriage-virginia-sex.html.csp 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 clerk in northern Virginia to delay a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Thursday morning. The state would have also ha... 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 clerk in northern Virginia to delay a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Thursday morning. The state would have also ha... 58319071@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:58:19 MDT Judge: Turn over Fast and Furious documents http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319078-68/department-federal-documents-justice.html.csp Washington • A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential, and President Barack Obama... Washington • A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential, and President Barack Obama... 58319078@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:54:02 MDT Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317041-68/police-brown-ferguson-louis.html.csp Ferguson, Mo. • Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. And tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers. But the overall scene was more subdued than the past five nights, with smaller crowds, fewer confron... Ferguson, Mo. • Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. And tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers. But the overall scene was more subdued than the past five nights, with smaller crowds, fewer confron... 58317041@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:34:18 MDT Video: George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317547-68/config-data-bush-challenge.html.csp Kennebunkport, Maine • Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In a video posted Wednesday on Bush’s Facebook page, he says: “To you all who challenged me, I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I’m simply going to write you a check.” Th... Kennebunkport, Maine • Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In a video posted Wednesday on Bush’s Facebook page, he says: “To you all who challenged me, I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I’m simply going to write you a check.” Th... 58317547@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:52:02 MDT Texas Gov. Rick Perry offers wry smile in mug shot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317464-68/perry-texas-governor-config.html.csp Austin, Texas • Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream. That’s how the possible 2016 presidential candidate greeted his booking on criminal charges of abuse of power. But what’s next for the longest-serving governor in Texas history isn’t so glib: Perry’s high-powered and pricey legal team now will try to quickly extinguish the case against him, which includes two felony charges stemming from h... Austin, Texas • Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream. That’s how the possible 2016 presidential candidate greeted his booking on criminal charges of abuse of power. But what’s next for the longest-serving governor in Texas history isn’t so glib: Perry’s high-powered and pricey legal team now will try to quickly extinguish the case against him, which includes two felony charges stemming from h... 58317464@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:16:02 MDT Liberian police, soldiers seal off slum to halt Ebola http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317035-68/west-ebola-slum-government.html.csp 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 residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets. One 15-year-old boy was injured trying to cross the ba... 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 residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets. One 15-year-old boy was injured trying to cross the ba... 58317035@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:44:02 MDT Containment increases on fire near Yosemite, evacuations start to lift http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317020-68/fire-evacuations-christopherson-firefighters.html.csp Oakhurst, Calif. • Fire officials expect to soon lift the remaining evacuations ordered because of a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park. The flames drove about 1,000 people from their homes. State fire spokesman Chris Christopherson says residents still out of their homes should be allowed to return later on Wednesday, as firefighters get the upper hand on the blaze. Some evacuations were lifted a day earlier. The fire near the community of Oakhurst in Madera County has burned about 1 ... Oakhurst, Calif. • Fire officials expect to soon lift the remaining evacuations ordered because of a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park. The flames drove about 1,000 people from their homes. State fire spokesman Chris Christopherson says residents still out of their homes should be allowed to return later on Wednesday, as firefighters get the upper hand on the blaze. Some evacuations were lifted a day earlier. The fire near the community of Oakhurst in Madera County has burned about 1 ... 58317020@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:40:02 MDT Hamas: Military chief not present at Gaza strike http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317014-68/gaza-strike-deif-hamas.html.csp Gaza City, Gaza Strip • A Hamas spokesman says the group’s elusive military chief was not present during an Israeli strike on a Gaza Strip house that killed his wife and son. Sami Abu Zuhri says Mohammed Deif “wasn’t even in the location when they bombed it.” Abu Zuhri was speaking to Hamas’ TV station Al-Aqsa on Wednesday. An Israeli strike on the three-story house late Tuesday killed Deif’s wife and child, as well as three others. Deif has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the... Gaza City, Gaza Strip • A Hamas spokesman says the group’s elusive military chief was not present during an Israeli strike on a Gaza Strip house that killed his wife and son. Sami Abu Zuhri says Mohammed Deif “wasn’t even in the location when they bombed it.” Abu Zuhri was speaking to Hamas’ TV station Al-Aqsa on Wednesday. An Israeli strike on the three-story house late Tuesday killed Deif’s wife and child, as well as three others. Deif has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the... 58317014@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:37:02 MDT Rev. Al Sharpton to address Mike Brown’s St. Louis funeral http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58316941-68/brown-louis-funeral-rev.html.csp St. Louis • The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown is scheduled for Monday at a church in St. Louis. The Austin A. Layne Mortuary, which is handling arrangements, says the funeral is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Brown’s uncle, the Rev. Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy, and the Rev. Al Sharpton will also speak. Brown will be buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery in St. Louis County. Brown, who was black, was killed Aug. 9 by white Ferguson police officer ... St. Louis • The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown is scheduled for Monday at a church in St. Louis. The Austin A. Layne Mortuary, which is handling arrangements, says the funeral is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Brown’s uncle, the Rev. Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy, and the Rev. Al Sharpton will also speak. Brown will be buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery in St. Louis County. Brown, who was black, was killed Aug. 9 by white Ferguson police officer ... 58316941@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:28:02 MDT Idaho man arrested after pointing gun at Missouri Interstate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58316939-68/arrested-gun-interstate-platte.html.csp Platte City, Mo. • The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol say they arrested an Idaho man who witnesses said was pointing a gun at traffic along Interstate 29 north of Kansas City. Authorities say they have not received any reports of the man firing shots at traffic. Several witnesses reported seeing the man walking along the interstate with a rifle. KMBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1q03LSP ) the 46-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon near the Tracy-Weston ... Platte City, Mo. • The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol say they arrested an Idaho man who witnesses said was pointing a gun at traffic along Interstate 29 north of Kansas City. Authorities say they have not received any reports of the man firing shots at traffic. Several witnesses reported seeing the man walking along the interstate with a rifle. KMBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1q03LSP ) the 46-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon near the Tracy-Weston ... 58316939@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:24:02 MDT Ferguson city leaders pledge to change police force http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58315110-68/police-ferguson-louis-brown.html.csp Ferguson, Mo. • Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. In a public statement, the city said the mayor, the City Council and employees have been exploring ways to increase the number of African-American applicants to the law enforcement academy, develop ince... Ferguson, Mo. • Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. In a public statement, the city said the mayor, the City Council and employees have been exploring ways to increase the number of African-American applicants to the law enforcement academy, develop ince... 58315110@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:48:02 MDT Islamic State says American photojournalist executed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58314864-68/video-foley-american-islamic.html.csp Washington • The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. A video posted on YouTube, later removed, purported to show the execution of James Foley after he recited a statement in which he called the U.S. government “my real killers.” A second prisoner, said to be Steven Joel Sotloff, like Foley an American journalist who disappeared while covering Syria’s civil war, then appears in the video. The masked... Washington • The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. A video posted on YouTube, later removed, purported to show the execution of James Foley after he recited a statement in which he called the U.S. government “my real killers.” A second prisoner, said to be Steven Joel Sotloff, like Foley an American journalist who disappeared while covering Syria’s civil war, then appears in the video. The masked... 58314864@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:08:15 MDT Floods force dramatic rescues near Phoenix http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58314561-68/phoenix-rain-north-tuesday.html.csp Phoenix • Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. A helicopter crew rescued two women and three dogs from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters in a town about 30 miles north of Phoenix, while elsewhere a small trailer park was evacuated, a school was flooded and first-responders pulled motorists from partially-submerged vehicles. The National Weather Service... Phoenix • Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. A helicopter crew rescued two women and three dogs from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters in a town about 30 miles north of Phoenix, while elsewhere a small trailer park was evacuated, a school was flooded and first-responders pulled motorists from partially-submerged vehicles. The National Weather Service... 58314561@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:16:20 MDT How can authorities restore order in Ferguson? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58314393-68/police-ferguson-black-missouri.html.csp They’ve lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. After nine days of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, law enforcement and political leaders are left struggling for answers to a frustrating question: What can we do to restore peace to the communi... They’ve lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. After nine days of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, law enforcement and political leaders are left struggling for answers to a frustrating question: What can we do to restore peace to the communi... 58314393@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:05 MDT Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58313012-68/gay-history-museum-collection.html.csp Washington • Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the... Washington • Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the... 58313012@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:48:05 MDT Car crash in Argentina kills 3 relatives of pope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58313010-68/pope-car-argentina-crash.html.csp Buenos Aires, Argentina • Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man’s wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri. The crash killed the wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months. Photos showed the passenger sid... Buenos Aires, Argentina • Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man’s wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri. The crash killed the wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months. Photos showed the passenger sid... 58313010@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:36:02 MDT