August 27, 2014

Napa, Calif., gets back to business after 6.0 quake

A boy rides his scooter over a buckled sidewalk in Napa, Calif., on Aug. 24 after an early morning earthquake.(Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP) NAPA, Calif. — The heart of Northern California’s wine country was getting back to business after a strong earthquake damaged buildings Sunday and made a mess of the historic downtown district. Residents […]

Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries

Lucero Olive Oil shop manager David Gadlin, sweeps broken bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil that crashed to the floor of his shop in downtown Napa, California on August 24, 2014. California’s governor declared a state of emergency Sunday following a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that seriously injured three people including a child and ignited […]

6.0 quake jolts Bay Area; damage, at least 70 injuries reported

A long, rolling temblor pegged at 6.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey shook a wide swath of the Bay Area awake early Sunday, causing damage to buildings and sending at least 70 people to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Centered about nine miles south of wine country’s Napa at 3:20 a.m., the quake was […]

Obama orders review of federal role in arming state and local police

  President Obama has directed a review of federal programs and funding that allow state and local law-enforcement agencies to acquire surplus military equipment, a senior administration official said Saturday. The review will include whether the programs are appropriate, if the agencies are getting enough training and guidance to use the equipment and whether the […]

Egypt Calls for Gaza Cease-fire

Egypt has called for Israelis and Palestinians to accept a permanent cease-fire and return to indirect talks in Cairo. The move from Egypt’s foreign ministry came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Palestinian officials have said they will consider the appeal. There was no immediate response […]

US Officials and Experts at Odds on Threat Posed by ISIS

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UK rules out alliance with Assad in fight against IS fighters

LONDON: Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to combat Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country and his permission would not be needed for any military intervention, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday.   Hammond also said Britain had no plans to arm moderate fighters in Syria’s civil war, and insisted […]

Islamic State goes beyond a terror group with its tactics

Fighters from the Islamic State parade with their equipment on July 1 in Raqqa, Syria. Militants displayed U.S.-made Humvees, heavy machine guns and missiles captured from the Iraqi army.(Photo: Raqqa Media Center via AP) BAGHDAD — In confronting Islamic State militants in Iraq, the United States and its allies are facing, for the first time, […]

$225000 in Crowdfunding Raised to Support Darren Wilson

A crowdfunding site created this week to support Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson and his family continues to rake in donations, but not without backlash against comments made by some of the campaign’s donors. Created on Monday on the site GoFundMe, the campaign had raised over $225,000 as of midday Friday in support of […]

Gaza gunmen execute 18 ‘collaborators’ in Gaza; Israel pursues air strikes

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to be killed in the six-week war. Seven people were shot dead in front of worshippers outside a mosque in one of Gaza’s […]