Tag Archive for august

Jets bomb Boko Haram in Nigeria’s first major offensive



Nigerian and Chadian jets are bombing Boko Haram out of a slew of northeastern Nigerian towns and villages, witnesses and officials said Wednesday. It is the first major offensive against the Islamic extremists whose insurgency is spreading across borders.

The successful operations come as African Union officials meet in Cameroon to finalize a mandate for a 7,500-strong multinational force to confront the extremists who in…

10 things in 2015 that could affect 2016 presidential campaign



There’s a whole year of campaigning, positioning and politicking to go before the next campaign for president kicks off with the Iowa Caucus in early 2016

Here are 10 things to look out for this year that might tell us something about how that campaign to come (which is really already underway) may shake out.

1. Courtrooms before campaigns

Three Republican governors who appear likely to run for president face legal issues…

Elon Musk promises to reveal Tesla Roadster update this week



2014 was a good year for Tesla aficionados, as the company has seen a strong international expansion, opened a bevy of new Superchargers throughout the year and unveiled Tesla D in October. But company CEO Elon Musk has one more surprise up his sleeve for this year: An update to Tesla Roadster

Written as a reply to a tweet about the Roadster on Friday, Musk’s announcement went mostly unnoticed until it was dug out by Autoblog Monday. In it, he claims that the update was pushed back by…

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Rival protesters — for and against police — face off in New York



After two rival demonstrations converged near New York City Hall Friday afternoon—one supporting the New York Police Department and the other opposing police brutality—some anti-police protesters continued their march throughout Manhattan, temporarily taking over the Manhattan Bridge overpass and stalling traffic.

While the New York police brutality protesters focused on the police-involved killings of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson in August and 43-year-old Eric Garner in Staten…

Can Instagram save pit bulls?



Broad-shouldered, strong-jawed and lean, Mr. Fantastic looks every bit what his superhero-esque name would suggest

Only he’s not very athletic. He frightens easily (especially around cats.) And those who know him best would likely refer to him as a “giant softie.” He’s also a pit bull

“These breeds are big. A lot of people assume they’re aggressive or mean,” says Sophie Gamand, a New York-based photographer and animal activist. “But they’re very affectionate animals. Most of them, like…

Kurdish forces claim to have broken Islamic State’s siege of Mount Sinjar



Kurdish forces said they have broken Islamic State’s siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where thousands of Yazidis have been trapped for several months.

“The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. A vast area has been liberated,” said Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s national security council.

“Now a corridor is open and hopefully the rest of the (Sinjar) region will be freed from…

Spider-Man may appear in ‘Captain America 3,’ but not with Andrew Garfield



Despite their public protestations to the contrary, it looks like Sony is working with licensing Spider-man to Disney for use in Marvel’s Captain America 3. Just not with Andrew Garfield in the spidey-suit.

The widely-rumored revelation comes from the email inbox of Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, part of an unprecedented hack last month with new details continuing to leak out every day.

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What Ferguson really lost last night? Hope.



Jeniece Andrews and her husband Eddie own an antiques shop called Hidden Treasures just a few blocks from the Ferguson Police Department on South Florissant Avenue

Last month, Andrews, who is black, said someone came into her shop and told her that people were getting ready to boycott her store

As I spoke with her, dozens of protesters gathered just blocks away from her shop. They were calling for Darren Wilson’s arrest just as they’d done…

Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak gets popular — and controversial



“If you go to Costa, you should watch out very closely at school today.”

Those 14 words, written on the anonymous sharing app Yik Yak, caused a Los Angeles high school to go in lockdown mode last week. Similar threats in San Diego prompted two other schools to shut down and another in Illinois to beef up security. While it didn’t name Yik Yak in particular, a February study by the National School Safety and Security Services found 35% of all violent threats to schools from August 2013 to…

Gun sales surge ahead of jury’s Ferguson decision



Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day — while the jury prepares to…