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UN says detained peacekeepers in Syria are 'safe'
2014-08-29: UN officials have received assurances that 44 peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights are safe and in good health, a UN spokesman said. Syrian armed fighters, including some linked to the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing on Wednesday, taking 44 troops from Fiji who were forced to surrender their weapons. The rebels surrounded another group of 72 soldiers from the Philippines serving in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) that is tasked with monitoring a ceasefire between Syria and Israel since 1974. The United Nations did not say whether the 44 Fijian soldiers had been released, but a statement suggested progress was being made in negotiations to secure their freedom.
Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open
2014-08-29: NEW YORK (AP) — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.
Jury finds woman guilty in silicone-injection case
2014-08-29: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman was convicted Friday of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death.
US OPEN SCENE: Fognini perfects art of outbursts
2014-08-29: NEW YORK (AP) — Fabio Fognini is perfecting the art of the outburst at Grand Slam tournaments.
Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua
2014-08-29: BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — 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 managed to communicate with emergency crews.
Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election
2014-08-29: BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil's October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday.
U.S. auto sales seen ending summer without a sizzle
2014-08-29: DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. auto industry sales in August will be about even with a year ago, not quite ending the summer in a sizzling fashion but still warm enough to continue the recovery from a recession now five years in the rear-view mirror.
Appeals court ups stakes in Oracle-SAP copyright fight
2014-08-29: A US appeals court on Friday ruled that Oracle be given a choice between $356.7 million or a new trial for its copyright lawsuit against German rival SAP. The settlement amount would be less than a third of the $1.3 billion SAP was ordered to pay the Silicon Valley giant by a jury in November 2010. The ruling Friday by a panel of three judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco came in response to a legal move made by Oracle in late 2012. "We conclude, however, that the district court erroneously set the remittitur at $272 million," the appeals judges ruled.
Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger
2014-08-29: Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical ...
Former Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick dies
2014-08-29: HONOLULU (AP) — Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday.
Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts
2014-08-29: The Law Firm has closed up shop in Cincinnati.
Gung-ho rebels impose tough rule of newly-taken Ukraine city
2014-08-29: Camouflaged rebel Alexander hung a sign on the wall of a busy supermarket Friday laying down the harsh new laws now governing the town of Novoazovsk after fighting drove out Ukrainian forces. "Brothers and sisters, if you know of any act of pillaging, thievery or violence call 0102." Some 12 kilometres from the Russian border, this once quiet seaside town is now firmly under separatist control after fighters flooded across from Russia this week opening up a new front in Ukraine's five-month insurgency. While rebel leaders insist their volunteer forces conducted the offensive, Kiev and the West say the combattants who took Novoazovsk on Wednesday were Russian army troops.
Yankees ace Tanaka sent home with general soreness
2014-08-29: TORONTO (AP) — Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm, a setback in his bid to rejoin the rotation this season.
Sam confident of making a team as last cuts loom
2014-08-29: Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League, is confident he will play for a team this season, although maybe not the St. Louis Rams. Sam, a defensive end, led St. Louis with six tackles Thursday in a 14-13 loss at Miami in the Rams' final pre-season game ahead of Saturday's deadline to trim the roster from 75 players to a final 53-man lineup. "I'm very confident I will be playing on an NFL roster this fall," Sam said. It might not be with the Rams, however, who boast a strong selection of veteran defensive lineman and two strong rookies in Sam and Ethan Westbrooks, the newcomers likely fighting for one spot.
No new trial for doctor convicted of killing wife
2014-08-29: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted in November of killing his wife won't get a new trial, a judge ruled Friday.
Ghana to serve as UN base for supplies bound for Ebola countries
2014-08-29: The United Nations will use Ghana as a base for supplies bound for countries stricken by an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,550 people in West Africa, the Ghanaian presidency said in a statement on Friday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon had a telephone conversation on Friday evening with Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama, who agreed to let international agencies use Ghana's capital Accra as a base for air lifting supplies and personnel to affected countries, the statement said. The statement said the UN and local authorities would work closely to put in place appropriate screening and prevention measures to avoid any adverse effects on Ghana as a result of the international operations. The UN will also help review and strengthen Ghana's Ebola preparedness as steps are taken to prevent the virus from spreading to that country, according to the statement.
Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash
2014-08-29: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead.
EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog
2014-08-29: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston
2014-08-29: NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he'll take his lowest round of the season.
Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned
2014-08-29: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.
GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns
2014-08-29: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.
After hard bargaining, EU set for deal on new leadership
2014-08-29: BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders are set to end weeks of wrangling over top jobs in Brussels and agree on Saturday on who will fill key posts in EU institutions that face major challenges from a combative Russia and a stuttering economy.
Obama, in Estonia and at NATO summit, to send strong message to Putin
2014-08-29: 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.
Community service eyed for Brooklyn Bridge stunt
2014-08-29: NEW YORK (AP) — A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge.
Joan Rivers 'serious' in New York hospital
2014-08-29: Joan Rivers, the acerbic US stand-up comic and octogenarian television presenter, remained seriously ill in a New York hospital for a second day on Friday, her daughter said. Brooklyn-born Rivers, 81, reportedly stopped breathing while undergoing a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York on Thursday and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. "Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible," said daughter Melissa Rivers in a statement released by the hospital. A long-time New York resident, Rivers has spared no one her razor-sharp wit and is considered one of the best at delivering a cutting one-liner with a well-timed zinger.
Stock market closes at record high
2014-08-29: The Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading.
Sierra Leone dismisses health minister over handling of Ebola
2014-08-29: FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed his Health Minister Miatta Kargbo on Friday over her handling of the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 400 people in the West African country. A presidency statement said that Kargbo was removed 'to create a conducive environment for efficient and effective handling of the Ebola outbreak'. She will be replaced by her deputy Dr Abubakarr Fofanah, the statement said. (Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Alison Williams)
UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million
2014-08-29: Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million. British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters there was "no doubt in my mind" that jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria had their sights set on targets in Europe. Despite the move, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Washington had no plans to follow suit, but US national security officials had been in close contact with London on the issue. US President Barack Obama has admitted that he has no immediate strategy to tackle advancing IS jihadists.
Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola
2014-08-29: DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola.
49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL
2014-08-29: SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.