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In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

Russian troops, tanks enter Ukraine

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine’s overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. Echoing the comments by Ukrainian Col. Andriy Lysenko, a senior NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine … 0

Obama puts blame for violence in Ukraine squarely on Russia

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow to halt operations against its far … 0

Military: Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday. Col. James Keefe said his “thoughts and prayers are with the family” of the pilot, whose identity wasn’t disclosed. The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air … 0

Police: Be careful what you tweet ... crooks tweet, too!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP Associated Press SEATTLE — Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. The “TweetSmart” campaign began … 0

It’s a jungle out there

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By DAVID ESPO Associated Press WASHINGTON — It’s a veritable menagerie out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet … 0

On their own

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title “freelance journalist.” The role of freelancers, who make a living … 0

Weary of war

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire … 0

‘Spiral of silence’ Social media users shy away from opinions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, … 0

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MIAMI — The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad. Burger King said Tuesday it will buy Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s third … 0

Officials: Girl accidentally kills gun instructor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave … 0

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently … 0

Interfax: Ukraine cites support for peace plan

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MINSK, Belarus — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said early Wednesday that he has support for a peace plan from leaders who attended a summit meeting in Minsk, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax news agency reported. But … 0

Colleges increasingly warn students of sex-abuse, alcohol ‘red zone’

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Halee Bazer, a freshman at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., said she has heard about the wave of sexual assault lawsuits on college campuses and plans to be cautious about parties, never go anywhere alone and call campus … 0