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Islamic State hostage drama reveals 'chink in the armor'

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, a passerby is silhouetted against a large TV screen broadcasting a news program in Tokyo reporting on a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, that purports to show a still photo of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through digitized, audio dispatches featuring either still photos or text. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)Experts say there is a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:30:06 -0500
Ukraine peace talks end without agreement: Kiev envoy

Media wait on January 31, 2015 outside the presidential residence in Minsk during talks aimed at ending the fighting in eastern UkrainePeace talks to thrash out a truce agreement between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine ended without a deal Saturday, Kiev's representative at the talks in Minsk said. Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma told Interfax Ukraine news agency the talks had been "thwarted" after top rebel leaders stayed away and their negotiators refused to discuss a plan for an immediate ceasefire. The negotiator for the rebel Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, however, blamed Kiev for causing the collapse of the talks and said insurgent leaders would only sign a deal if Kiev's forces halt fire first, Russian news wires reported.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:56:58 -0500
Charlie Hebdo delays publication of upcoming issue, citing grief, fatigue

People hold a poster reading "Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie)" during a rally in Paris on January 11, 2015 in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown IslamistsThe cartoonists and writers for Charlie Hebdo need a break to deal with their recent grief and fatigue, according to spokeswomen for the publication.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:30:09 -0500
Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif. The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)ATLANTA (AP) The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:46:32 -0500
Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays Maria Sharapova of Russia during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:13:35 -0500
Germany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut

German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting of her government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin's aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:20:40 -0500
U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue

Jeep's Liberty Patriotic Edition is seen in a file photo taken at the North America Auto Show in DetroitThe auto industrys air bag troubles deepened on Saturday as U.S. federal safety regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to. The vehicles involved in the recall announced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are made by Toyota Motor Corp , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. There have been about 400 reported cases of inadvertent air bag deployments in the recalled vehicles, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said. The agency said the recall concerned a defective chip in air bag systems and the fix involved replacing the entire air bag module, including circuits manufactured by parts maker TRW Automotive Holdings, Rosekind said.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:06:39 -0500
Whitney Houston's daughter breathing in hospital after being found unresponsive: CNN

Brown daughter of the late singer Houston poses at premiere of Sparkle in Hollywood(Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and of singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home near Atlanta on Saturday and was taken to hospital where she was breathing, CNN reported. TMZ entertainment news website also reported that Brown, 21, was breathing after being revived at the hospital. Brown was hospitalized at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, a suburb north of Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Whitney Houston, a famous but troubled singer who battled substance abuse issues, was found unconscious in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub and died in February 2012.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:38:45 -0500
Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West

Doug Groves teaches a rawhide braiding workshop at the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NevadaBy Mary Papenfuss ELKO, Nev. (Reuters) - When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people would associate with cowboy life: writing poetry. The ramshackle town with casinos, the Stampede Motel and coffee shops that play Hank Williams Jr., is sprouting an unusually large number of raw-boned guys in ten-gallon hats who call women maam. Both veteran poets as well as newbie rhymers are welcome at the festival, which features open mike nights, live music, and workshops on Western crafts and skills, including silver-smithing, ranch cooking, and making pulled-wool saddle blankets. Doug Groves, who sports a large handle-bar mustache, is teaching a four-day workshop on rawhide braiding, a beautiful macram-like treatment of equine rigging introduced to the West by the Spanish. Groves learned his skill from fellow cowboys in bunkhouses while working for area cow outfits. Student Bobbie Yokum, who is married to a one-time team rodeo roper, has traveled to the workshop from California for the last 12 years.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:17:59 -0500
First lady defends 'American Sniper' at veterans event

Actor Bradley Cooper speaks on a panel during the launch event for "Got Your 6," a multifaceted program that includes encouraging film and television to include characters who are veterans, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the National Geographic Society in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)NEW YORK (AP) First lady Michelle Obama urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the Oscar-nominated "American Sniper," which has received criticism for its depiction of war.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:34:54 -0500
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