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Best Bites: Brooks Smokehouse and Catering is a...

Brooks Smokehouse and Catering is a great place to get some Louisiana barbecue, says Cafe Society. Keep an eye out for owner Ronald Brooks and his mobile smoke shack around town. — By Robert Stein

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run-off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.

Convicted killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

Convicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a request by Arias, who is acting as her own attorney in the penalty phase retrial, to push back jury selection until Sept. 29, according to a court spokeswoman.    Arias, 34, asked for the delay from Sept. 8 because of problems meeting with a potential witness, the spokeswoman said. The judge’s decision came after a closed-door hearing on Wednesday morning and was announced later by the court.     A state jury convicted Arias in May 2013 of killing Travis Alexander in a headline-grabbing case that was broadcast live on the Internet and attracted thousands of avid trial watchers nationwide.

Italian houses you can buy for less than $2

It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro. Hewn into the Madonie mountains and dotted throughout the town of Gangi, the houses were left empty after their owners emigrated in the 1920s.

Calif. patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

Blood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, though two American relief workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were flown back to America for treatment earlier this month. In the latest case, a patient admitted to South Sacramento Medical Center in California's state capital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, Kaiser Permanente, the company that operates the hospital, said in a statement Tuesday.

China, Russia, Egypt scold US on aftermath in Ferguson

By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Governments scolded by the United States over their human rights records have seized on racial unrest and a police crackdown in the Missouri town of Ferguson to wag their fingers back in disapproval. Adversaries and uneasy allies from Russia and Iran to China and Egypt have accused the United States of hypocrisy as images of police brandishing lethal weapons and tear-gassing protesters have been shown around the world. Many of the countries draw criticism of their own democratic credentials from independent rights group as well as the U.S. Nonetheless, activists say the events in Ferguson, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman has provoked 11 nights of protests, undermine the United States' credibility in criticizing others.

Zombie fungus has horrific way of spreading

A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts. The parasitic fungus in question, Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, is named for the species of carpenter ant that it inhabits, Camponotus rufipes.

Coming Attractions: Eric Ziebold of CityZen to Open His Own Place

CityZen's longtime renowned chef Eric Ziebold will open his own restaurant. Washington Business Journal reports the chef has signed a lease for a project at 1015 Seventh St. NW, according to the owner of the building. There were no specifics...

Two held for killing S.Africa farmworker 'with oranges'

Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday. A quarrel on a farm outside Tzaneen in the northern Limpopo province on Monday turned deadly when the two men armed themselves with fruit, said Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. "Babanto Chauke, 38, and two men had a quarrel. The two allegedly started throwing loose oranges at him until he died," Ngoepe said.

Linkage: Shark Cove Research; Obama Returns to Vineyard; More!

· Great white shark researchers hone in on 'Shark Cove' · Phew! Hyannis tanning salon avoids shutdown · President Obama returns to Martha's Vineyard vacation · Summer is ending, hide in the garden · Psst! Wednesday is the last...

France to host track cycling world championships

France's new National Velodrome will host the 2015 Track Cycling World Championships, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Wednesday. The 5,000-seater velodrome in the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, just outside Paris, was inaugurated in January this year and will host the championships from February 18-22 -- the first time France has hosted them since Bordeaux in 2006. Brian Cookson, the UCI president, said that the venue had greatly impressed him and his fellow UCI members when they attended the inauguration. "We were very impressed by the new velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines at the inauguration and are delighted that track cycling's flagship event will be staged in these state-of-the-art facilities, in front of passionate and knowledgeable spectators," said the Englishman.

NCIS: Meet Tony's New Love Interest!

Melrose Place alum Stephanie Jacobsen is joining the cast of  NCIS as a "flirtatious" FBI agent who works with Tony (Michael Weatherly) on a case involving a terrorist threat against Navy researchers, has confirmed.  Does this mean Tony's finally moving on from Ziva (Cote de Pablo)? Read More > Other Links From NCIS Michael Weatherly Cote De Pablo Stephanie Jacobsen Gary Glasberg