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Missouri governor orders National Guard to Ferguson

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Monday ordered the state's National Guard to Ferguson to help contain rising tensions and violence over the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. The announcement came after the St. Louis suburb endured another night of violence as several agitators, whom Brown's family and other protest leaders condemned, engaged in shootings, hurled Molotov cocktails, and vandalized various businesses. "Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk," Nixon said in a statement.


McDonald's confronts its junk food image

NEW YORK (AP) — At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.


New traveler screeing requirements for Ebola-hit countries

Authorities in countries affected by Ebola should check people departing at international airports, seaports and major border crossings and stop any with signs of the virus from travelling, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The U.N. health agency reiterated that the risk of getting infected with Ebola on an aircraft was small as infected people are usually too ill to travel, and said that the risk is also very low to travellers in affected countries, namely Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. There was no need for wider travel or trade restrictions, the WHO said in a statement. "Affected countries are requested to conduct exit screening of all persons at international airports, seaports and major land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with potential Ebola infection.


Wall Street gains as Ukraine worry cools, M&A lift

By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday, as the threat of an escalation of tensions in Ukraine appeared to diminish and the latest flurry of merger action supported equities. Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday. Discount retailer Dollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.95 billion, trumping an offer by Dollar Tree Inc .


Crime Wire: Maryland-based Bryan Voltaggio, former Top Chef...

Maryland-based Bryan Voltaggio, former Top Chef contestant and the chef/owner of Volt and Aggio — among other concepts — was charged with attempting to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Baltimore, reports Eater DC. No injuries were...


iPhone 6L to Sport Big Screen, Big Battery (Report)

By now you may have heard that the iPhone 6 is expected to come in two sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Now comes word that the latter smartphone will be dubbed the iPhone 6L, and the L won't just stand for large display. According to Apple Daily, the iPhone 6L will sport a very generous 2915 mAh battery.


Defense's turn in Virginia ex-governor, wife's corruption trial

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The defense begins its case on Monday in the bribery and corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with Robert McDonnell expected to testify at some point. The defense in the federal trial will begin laying out its evidence after almost three weeks of testimony by prosecutors. The couple face a 14-count indictment alleging they took gifts and loans from the head of a dietary supplement company in exchange for promoting his main product. McDonnell, a onetime rising star in the Republican Party, is expected to take the witness stand and perhaps try to distance himself even further from his wife.


Care for a grog? 200-year-old booze found in shipwreck

A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. The chemical composition of the alcohol corresponds to that of the original brand of "Selters" water that is engraved on the bottle, according to the National Maritime Museum in Gda?sk, Poland. The bottle is embossed with the word "Selters," the name of a supplier of high-quality carbonated water from the Taunus Mountains area in Germany. Water from Selters was discovered about 1,000 years ago, which makes it one of the oldest types of mineral water in Europe, and one whose alleged health benefits are legendary.


WikiLeaks founder Assange to leave London embassy 'soon'

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building "soon", but Britain signaled it would still arrest him if he tried. Assange made the surprise assertion during a news conference alongside Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. The 43-year-old Australian fled to the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition for questioning in Sweden over sex assault and rape allegations, which he denies. He says he fears that if extradited to Sweden he would then be handed over to the United States, where he could be tried for one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.


WikiLeaks founder Assange says he'll soon depart London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange indicated Monday he would leave Ecuador's embassy in London "soon" but his organisation played down the comment, saying he would not depart until there was an agreement with Britain's government. A pale and bearded Assange, who sought asylum at the embassy two years ago, told a press conference that WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson had said he could "confirm that I am leaving the embassy soon." His comments came after British media reported, quoting a WikiLeaks source, that he was suffering from the potentially life-threatening heart condition arrhythmia and had a chronic lung complaint as well as high blood pressure.


Saudi prince carjacked in Paris, robbed of huge sum

Heavily armed robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents, French police said Monday. The spectacular robbery took place in northern Paris late on Sunday as the motorcade was making its way from a plush hotel on the Champs Elysees to an airport in Le Bourget, said police, who confirmed there were no injuries. A police source and Le Parisien daily had said the men were armed with Kalashnikov rifles but an official later clarified to say they were carrying hand guns. The Saudis' Mercedes and one of the thieves' BMWs were later found abandoned and burned out in the village of Saint-Mesmes, to the northeast of Paris, approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the scene of the crime.


Somali journalists urge fair trial for colleagues

Somalia's journalist union on Monday urged the government to ensure a fair trial of three colleagues arrested last week when security forces stormed a major radio station for "negative" broadcasts. Radio Shabelle and its sister station Sky FM were shut down Friday after they were reportedly critical of a military operation to disarm a militia leader in the capital Mogadishu that escalated into heavy gun battles. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said journalists had been accused of "incitement". Sixteen workers, including journalists, technicians and guards, were released on Sunday, but the station remains off the air.


Kurdish, Iraqi forces in control of Mosul dam: spokesman

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have pushed Islamic State militants out of Mosul dam, state television reported on Monday. The television station quoted Lieutenant-General Qasim Atta, a military spokesman, as saying the forces were backed by a joint air patrol. He did not give details. An independent verification was not immediately possible. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Toby Chopra)


China says Mercedes guilty of price abuses

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.


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