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Islamic State Fights for Control of Syrian Oil Wealth

Clashes between the Islamic State and the Syrian government have become more frequent as the terrorist army's military and financial strength increases.


PG&E Charged With Obstruction Over San Bruno Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood.


UCLA Officials Assess Damage After Water Main Break

A broken water main near the UCLA campus covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.


Free Workshops for Job Hunters

The city of Wichita and the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas are hosting a series of free workshops in August for those seeking jobs.


Custom Cooler Creating Jobs in Kentucky

Custom Cooler Inc. is creating 75 jobs and investing nearly $5.8 million in a manufacturing facility in southern Kentucky.


Syria Still Using Barrel Bombs Against Civilians

The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.


Aussie Airline Warns High Flyers to Flush Their Stash, Gets Flak

Australian carrier Jetstar apologized on Wednesday because a flight attendant tipped off passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs waiting at Sydney airport.


Ukraine: Rebels Lay Mines Around MH17 Crash Site

International observers turned back Wednesday after trying again to reach the site where the jet went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area had been mined by pro-Russian separatists.


U.S. Firms Add 218,000 Jobs in July: ADP Survey

A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, a slowdown from the previous month but the fourth straight month of job gains above 200,000.


Cause of Dinosaur Extinction Revealed

A new study has revealed that dinosaurs were killed by a perfect storm of climate change, volcanoes and a giant asteroid.


Florida Warns Beach-goers About Flesh-eating Bacteria

Florida officials are warning beach-goers that a flesh eating bacterium, which thrives in warm salt water, can infect swimmers via open cuts and scrapes.


Obama-Netanyahu Transcript Is a Fake, but Here It Is Anyway

The White House took to Twitter Tuesday to strike down rumors about a leaked transcript of a phone call between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.


Child Stowaway Found Dead in Cargo Plane

The body of a teen stowaway was found above the rear landing gear of a U.S. Air Force cargo plane after it landed at a military base in Germany, the Pentagon said.


Stranded Boston Whale Watching Boat Was in Restricted Area

A group of whale watchers expecting an afternoon tour were forced to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable near Boston, officials and passengers said Tuesday.


Ebola Outbreak Strikes Fear in Minnesota

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa seems a distant threat to many Americans, but it stirs fear in Minnesota, home to thousands of Liberian immigrants.


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