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Sold Stuff: The Real Estalker reports that actress...

The Real Estalker reports that actress Meg Ryan just bought actor Hank Azaria's 4,000-square-foot New York loft for $8M. Before Azaria owned the full-floor converted SoHo loft, it was home to artist Cindy Sherman.

Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister

The German government will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State militants in the north of the country, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday. "The German government has not reached a decision yet today but I believe that a decision should be made on Sunday on concretely what should be supplied," said the German minister.

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US journalist thankful for work to secure freedom

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — A U.S. journalist said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release from a Syrian extremist group.

The More You Know: Curious City explores the history of...

Curious City explores the history of Chicago's iconic two-flat buildings, which can be found in any neighborhood throughout the city. Many of the buildings were built and occupied by the city's Czech, German, and Polish immigrants in the earliest decades...

Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general said Wednesday that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic flew in from a northern country that once was part of the Soviet Union.

Germany steps up fight against far right after neo-Nazi murders

Germany has drafted legislation to help prevent a repeat of a racist murder spree by a neo-Nazi cell in 2011, giving a bigger role to federal prosecutors and allowing courts to focus more on xenophobic motives. The killings shocked Germany after going undetected for more than a decade and coming to light only by chance in late 2011. The draft law, approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday, will implement recommendations made by a parliamentary panel after the murders of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman in Germany between 2000 and 2007. "Overall it will become easier to justify the responsibility of the federal prosecutor," the government said in a statement.

Say It With Flowers: Your evening commute just got...

Your evening commute just got a little brighter thanks to Brattle Street Florist. Starting today, and running every Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm, the Harvard Square shop will host a floral happy hour, giving shoppers 10 percent...

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

GENEVA (AP) — The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday.

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. Between Monday and Tuesday alone, we shared $99 worth of iOS apps with you that all could have been downloaded for free thanks to limited-time sales from the developers — in fact, a bunch of Tuesday’s apps are still free if you move quickly. Today, we’ve got eight more iOS apps for you that are worth a combined $68, but they’re all free downloads right now for a limited time. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long

US considers another relief operation in N. Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

Louisiana governor sues U.S. government over education's Common Core

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Wednesday filed suit against the federal government, arguing that it has coerced states into adopting Common Core education standards. The move by the Republican governor comes amid a backlash against the multistate standards that aim to boost critical-thinking skills and apply consistency to a patchwork of state guidelines. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Eric Beech)

Meanwhile, in Cobble Hell: Yet another roadblock has appeared ahead...

Yet another roadblock has appeared ahead of Long Island College Hospital's umpteenth sale attempt, this time to Fortis Property Group. The New York State Nurses Association has filed a temporary restraining order to halt the hospital's sale, reasoning that Fortis...

Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange travel for local Muslims making the journey, and daily flights from Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, to Saudi Arabia started Wednesday and continue until Sept. 12. More than 3 million Muslims worldwide make the pilgrimage each year, but recent reports say Saudi Arabia plans to restrict the number this year to about 1.3 million because of construction projects in the holy city.