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The unlikely friendship of Cleo and Forbi

André Costa’s pet owl and cat Cleo and Forbi have been friends for life. They are entirely at ease in each other’s company and spend much of their time together. This unique, close-up footage gives a heartwarming insight into the bonds that can develop between different animal species. This charming pair may put viewers in mind of the popular classic poem The Owl and The Pussycat . Credit: Facebook/André Costa


US inflation falls for first time in over a year

Washington (AFP) - Consumer prices in the United States fell in August for the first time in more than a year, dragged lower by declines in energy, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.


Down the throat of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to ooze towards a highway and residential area on Hawaii’s Big Island. The volcano became active on June 27 when a newly opened fissure began to spew lava. The first video looks inside the June 27 fissure, showing the stream of molten lava. The second video shows aerial views of the activity near the front of the lava flow, where the heat is slowly burning vegetation. Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi declared a state of emergency on September 4 , as a lava flow creeped closer to residential areas near the summit of Kilauea. Credit: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


Quebec separatists closely watch Scotland's independence vote

MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.


Obama speech boosts Islamic State's recruiting drive in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama signaled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 162 people had joined Islamic State training camps in Aleppo province since Sept 10, when Obama said he would not hesitate to strike Islamic State in Syria. ...


Vikings bar Peterson from all team activities

After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, ...


Los Angeles schools police to return grenade launchers to U.S.: L.A. Times newspaper

(Reuters) - Los Angeles schools' police said on Tuesday it would give up three grenade launchers it acquired for free through a federal program now facing mounting scrutiny for supplying local agencies with military-grade equipment, the L.A Times newspaper reported. The move follows scrutiny over the Department of Defense's program, begun in 1991, which gives unused equipment to police forces across the U.S., including ones that serve school districts. ...

South Korea arrests American trying to swim to North Korea: report

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean marines arrested an American man late on Tuesday who had been swimming in a river that flows towards North Korea and said he had been trying to go to the North to meet its leader, Korean media reported. South Korean marines guarding the Han river, which flows into an estuary and meets the North's Imjin river, found the man lying on the river bank, apparently suffering from exhaustion, the South's Yonhap news agency said, citing a South Korean government official. ...

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...


Biden triggers 2016 speculation with Iowa visit

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the 2016 Democratic presidential competition there is Hillary Clinton and everyone else, all powerful politicians who could make a credible run should she decide not to seek the presidency. Vice President Joe Biden is at the top of that group, which also includes Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Biden's visit to Iowa on Wednesday for a relatively minor event speaks volumes about his desire to keep his name relevant in the 2016 discussion. ...


DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace

Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. messenger of peace.


Seventh Los Angeles sheriff's official found guilty in jail probe

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was found guilty on Tuesday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for his role in trying to thwart a federal probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the United States' largest jail system. A U.S. District Court jury convicted James Sexton of charges he helped hide an inmate informant from federal investigators after the inmate's cover was blown, altering computer records to make it appear the informant had been released, then re-booking him under false names. ...

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.


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