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AP Wire
Aug 11, 2014

1. NEW GAZA TRUCE BEGINS

If it holds, the cease-fire could clear the way for resumption of talks for a long-term halt in the fighting that has claimed some 2,000 lives.

2. WHO RESISTS CALLS TO RESIGN

As even his closest allies push for him to quit, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accuses the country's new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into a political crisis amid advances by Islamic State militants.

3. POLICE SHOOTING OF 18-YEAR-OLD BLACK MAN IN MO. SPARKS PROTESTS

The death of Michael Brown, who was unarmed, also draws the attention of civil rights leaders and the Justice Department.

4. ON-TRACK DRIVER FATALITY RATTLES NASCAR

The death of Kevin Ward Jr., who defiantly walked on the upstate N.Y. track and was struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car, has left the race community saddened and in shock.

5. WOMAN PUNCHED BY CHP TALKS TO AP

Marlene Pinnock tells the Associated Press she thought she was going to die as a California Highway Patrol officer straddled her, repeatedly striking her head, on the side of a LA freeway.

6. WHEN 'YES MEANS YES'

California lawmakers are considering what would be the first-in-the-nation measure requiring all colleges that receive public funds to set a standard for consensual sex.

7. SUPPORTERS OF EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT PRESS ON

The ERA was first drafted 90 years ago, and today backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making it clear the ratification fight is far from over.

8. 25 YEARS AGO, FIRST EBOLA OUTBREAK IN US

The disease showed up in monkeys quarantined in Reston, Va., but that strain was nonlethal to humans.

9. KEYSTONE XL COULD POLLUTE MORE THAN ESTIMATED

The pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated, a new study finds.

10. IT'S LIGHTS OUT FOR CANDLESTICK

The "Stick," San Francisco's cold and windy workhorse stadium, is closing after more than a half-century of hosting sports, cultural and other events — including The Beatles' last live concert in 1966.

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11. AN APT DESCRIPTION OF OBAMA AND TOO MANY POLITICIANS OF BOTH PARTIES

""The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."

12. FEDERAL COURT SMACKS DOWN ERIC HOLDER ON VOTER ID

"“It is an embarrassing defeat for the Holder Justice Department. The court’s decision eviscerates Eric Holder’s politicized and racially inflammatory legal assault on commonsense election integrity measures. The court expressly rejected the Department of Justice’s contention that minorities are harmed by commonsense measures that help secure honest elections. The court’s dramatic rejection of Holder’s legal theory shows that that the DOJ’s lawsuit, which was coordinated with political activists at the White House, was always more about cynical political and racial appeals than upholding the law.” http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/0...

13. NEW HISTORY - OBAMA ALWAYS WANTED TO KEEP TROOPS IN IRAQ (NOW THAT IRAQ IS FALLING APART)

History - "THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end -- for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011.

As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities. Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And to date, we�ve removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country�s security.

A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward.

So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America�s war in Iraq will be over." and

We are leaving behind a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government.” It was a "moment of success,"

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