September 30th, 2014

World News

Chef and volunteers make 1,126-pound bowl of Hawaii rice dish loco moco

By The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

HONOLULU, Hawaii – A group is claiming a world record for a popular Hawaii dish, after putting together a massive bowl of rice, hamburger, eggs and gravy. Chef Hideaki Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei restaurant and volunteers at Sunday’s Fifth Annual Rice Festival assembled a bowl of loco moco that weighed 1,126 pounds. Loco moco was ... Read More »

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US man who fatally shot teenager in argument over loud music takes stand in 2nd trial

By The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who shot and killed a 17-year-old teenager after an argument over loud music outside a convenience store is taking the stand in his own defence. Michael Dunn was the first witness called Tuesday by his defence team. The 47-year-old Dunn is on trial for first-degree murder in the fatal shooting ... Read More »

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Secret Service director to face US lawmakers about White House security breach

By Alicia A. Caldwell And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON – The director of the Secret Service will face members of Congress Tuesday for the first public accounting of the details surrounding an embarrassing and worrisome security breach at the White House earlier this month that, according to a congressman, was worse than the agency has publicly acknowledged. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will ... Read More »

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Hong Kong leader says Beijing won’t budge, as democracy protesters stick to deadline

By Joanna Chiu, The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

HONG KONG – Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong’s top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a speech ahead of Wednesday’s National Day ... Read More »

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Afghanistan, sign security pact with US to allow US forces in country past end of year

By The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

KABUL – Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. At a ceremony held at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, newly appointed national security adviser Mohmmad Hanif Atmar signed the document along with U.S. ... Read More »

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US-led airstrikes target Islamic State group outside Kurdish town near border with Turkey

By The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

BEIRUT – Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town along Syria’s border with Turkey. It was not immediately clear if Tuesday’s airstrikes succeeded in halting the militants’ advance on Koubani, also known as Ayn Arab. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ... Read More »

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Afghanistan, US sign security pact allowing US forces to remain in country past end of year

By The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

KABUL – Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-awaited security pact that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. At a Tuesday ceremony in the capital, Kabul, newly appointed national security adviser Mohmmad Hanif Atmar signed the document along with U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham. President Ashraf ... Read More »

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US delivers 2 mobile Ebola testing labs, equipment for clinic for health workers to Liberia

By Jonathan Paye-Layleh, The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia – U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease. Liberia is the hardest hit country in ... Read More »

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Hong Kong leader says Beijing won’t back down, dashing hopes for quick resolution of standoff

By Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that China won’t back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub, dashing hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations. As pro-democracy protests that have blocked Hong Kong’s streets entered a fifth day, the unequivocal ... Read More »

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Drugmaker Pfizer, aiming to raise sales of its Viagra, starts new ad campaign targeting women

By Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press on September 30th, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. – The maker of the world’s top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed in a tropical setting addresses the problems couples encounter when a ... Read More »

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