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14 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world UCLA football, hopes in clouds but feet on ground, opens at Virginia

UCLA receiver Jordan Payton gets the question on campus sometimes. When someone asks him about winning the national title, "I keep my headphones on and keep walking," Payton joked.

15 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world UN troops held in Golan 'for own protection'

Syrian rebels tell UN that 44 Fijian observers were seized to 'remove them from an active battlefield' in Golan Heights.

15 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Major conferences face numbers crunch in college football playoff

Something to ponder over a holiday travel weekend as college football's four-team playoff prepares for takeoff: the flight is overbooked.

18 minutes ago // CBS

world What am I seeing?

Some photos really need captions to make sense. These are some of our favorite from the week's news, Aug. 23 - Aug. 29, 2014.

20 minutes ago // Reuters

world Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election: poll

BRASILIA Reuters - Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in a likely second-round runoff in Brazil's October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday.

24 minutes ago // BBC

world Ecuador to bring in digital currency

Ecuador says it will introduce the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank and it will go into circulation in December.

29 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Newspaper: ISIS targeting Pope Francis

I just read an article recently about the predictions of St. Malachi and Nostradamus and their prognostications about the end of the world or Armageddon and the 112th Pope fleeing the Vatican while it is in flames. While this article implies that everyone including the Vati …

29 minutes ago // CBS

world "We are coming for you": Extremists returning home at heart of Syria fears

Counterterrorism officials fear attacks from Europeans and Americans who have gone to fight for extremist armies in Syria and now Iraq

32 minutes ago // The Guardian

world George Brandis meeting leaves Muslim leaders frustrated with dialogue

Leaders say brief look at anti-terrorism legislation proposals did nothing to allay concerns about civil liberties Continue reading...

34 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Renan Barao falls ill cutting weight, scratched from UFC title fight

T.J. Dillashaw said last week he believed his scheduled Saturday opponent and former bantamweight champion Renan Barao had outgrown the division.

34 minutes ago // CBS

world Entertainment buzz: Top 10 moments of the week

Awards were handed out at the VMAs and Emmys, while "True Blood" met the True Death and "Full House" may be heading back to TV

35 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

BONANZA, Nicaragua Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have communicated with emergency crews.Teams of dogs helped locate the 20 miners, who are inside a kind of cave in the mine on the side of a mountain, but authorities have not yet been able to get them out, said Milagros Solorzano of the ruling Sandinista Party in the community of Bonanza.

35 minutes ago // CBS

world Why Obama doesn't "have a strategy yet" in Syria

Going after ISIS within Syria's borders would be much more complicated than attempting to roll back or defeat the extremist group in Iraq

40 minutes ago // Reuters

world Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY Reuters - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.

41 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Ebola drug hope as Senegal reports first case

ZMapp proven "100% effective" in primate trials, as virus spreads to fifth west African country.

45 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world UCLA vs. Virginia: How they match up

UCLA, opening its most-anticipated football season in more than a decade, starts Saturday at Virginia, which is coming off a 2-10 season. Chris Foster examines the story lines and matchups:

45 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world New Treatment Offers Hope for Ebola Cases

An experimental drug cocktail called ZMapp has cured monkeys inoculated with a lethal dose of the Ebola virus, setting the stage for scientists to test the treatment in people.

46 minutes ago // Reuters

world U.N. was told Golan peacekeepers seized 'for their protection'

UNITED NATIONS Reuters - The United Nations on Friday said it had been informed that the Islamist militants who seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights did so "for their own protection" and that all the detained blue-helmeted soldiers are safe.

47 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Falling Prices Threaten to Sink Europe Recovery

Europe's struggle to prevent ultralow inflation from derailing an already fragile economic recovery grew even more challenging as consumer prices weakened to a five-year low in August.

50 minutes ago // CBS

world Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

The Grammy-winning singer pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner and was sentenced to probation and community service

52 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Experimental Ebola medication ZMapp saves infected monkeys

In speedy testing conducted as West Africa's Ebola epidemic began to mushroom, researchers have found that ZMapp, the experimental drug that has been used in seven infected human patients to date, prompted the recovery of 18 macaque monkeys infected with the virus.

55 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world California Senate approves film tax credit bill

A bill that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax credit program was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.

56 minutes ago // BBC

world 'Climate of fear' - the front pages

Most papers focus on the prime minister's warnings that the threat from terrorists is currently than at any point in history.

58 minutes ago // NPR

world Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

New regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions in those states, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that the law unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.

59 minutes ago // NPR

world Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Suriname leader's son admits Hezbollah plot

Dino Bouterse, son of the nation's president, admits in US that he offered to help Lebanese group set up in his country.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Obama, in Estonia and at NATO summit, to send strong message to Putin

WASHINGTON Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Estonia and attend a NATO summit in Wales next week to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his incursion into Ukraine must be reversed and to keep his hands off the Baltic nations.

1 hour ago // The Independent

world Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Peter the Great's beard token

It doesn't seem like 316 years ago this week, does it, since Peter the Great returned to Moscow from a trip to Western Europe with a burning desire to modernise the country of his birth. Widespread political, military and social reforms were to follow over the next few years, but Peter knew exactly where to start. Beards.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Pentagon reveals cost of recent military operations in Iraq

Operations including airstrikes and surveillance flights have been conducted since mid-June

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Ukraine Forces Retreat in East

Kiev says its forces suffered a setback in trying to cut off one of the biggest remaining rebel-held strongholds as the separatists, backed by Russian forces, advanced in the east.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world U.S. Considers Threat of a Radical State

U.S. officials assessing the Islamic State have begun considering the implications posed by a breakaway extremist state in the Middle East.

1 hour ago // Sky News

world French Media Support Hunt For Missing Ashya

TV channels and newspaper websites in France urge motorists to look out for the right-hand drive English car carrying Ashya.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Ukraine 'slipping out of control'

The Ukraine crisis is "slipping out of control", Germany's foreign minister warns as EU leaders prepare to discuss new sanctions against Russia.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Labor Shortage Dents Thai Plans to Boost Rice Exports

Thailand is facing delays in plans to export millions of tons of rice from state stockpiles because of a labor shortage at ports after hundreds of thousands of foreign workers fled amid fears of a military crackdown on illegal migrants. The military government has started selling rice from the stockpile amassed during a disastrous and costly subsidy scheme under the administration toppled by the country's armed forces in a coup in May. Thailand aims to ship 10 million tons of the grain this

1 hour ago // CBS

world Jon Voight speaks about Brangelina wedding

The actor wasn't in attendance when daughter Angelina Jolie married Brad Pitt in France, but did have something to say about it

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Federal judge strikes down key part of restrictive Texas abortion law

A federal judge has struck down a key provision of Texas' new restrictive abortion laws that would have required abortion facilities in the state to comply with the standards set for surgical centers, according to court filings.