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McDonald's in Russia's crosshairsYour Top Plays for Today

RUSSIA SHUTS DOWN 4 MICKEY D'SFood safety agency to investigate chain in Urals after 4 Moscow branches shuttered.


Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Matt Bai: We want our politicians to act like LBJ, but not reallyAthens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

LBJ in VietnamThe problem with Barack Obama is that he just doesn't love the full contact sport of politics. He has no capacity for the inside machinations or tactical brutality we associate with a more sophisticated and celebrated president


In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photo, the abandoned beach volleyball Olympic venue is seen in Neo Faliro, southern Athens. As Greece groans under a cruel depression, forecast to end this year, the 10-year anniversary once again raises the question of whether the Athens Games were too costly an undertaking for a weak economy. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.


US doc treated with experimental Ebola drug recoversSchools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly speaking with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the U.S. Kent Brantly was given ZMapp, a drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak and produced by U.S.-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical. Atlanta, Georgia's Emory University Hospital said it would hold a news conference to discuss Brantly's case and that of a second American, Nancy Writebol, being treated there with ZMapp. Brantly will leave Emory hospital after the news conference, a spokesperson for the charity Samaritan's Purse said.


The Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio is being constructed on the ground levee of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.


Hamas finally admits role in killing of Israeli teensFCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the West Bank during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modiin, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners converged Tuesday in central Israel for the funeral service for three teenagers found dead in the West Bank after a two week search and crackdown on the Hamas militant group, which Israeli leaders have accused of abducting and killing the young men. The deaths of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, have prompted angry calls for revenge and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security Cabinet for an emergency meeting to discuss a response to the killings, hours after airstrikes targeted dozens of suspected Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.(AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)The kidnapping and killing of three teens sparked the current war between Israel and Hamas.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.
Italian houses you can buy for less than $2Mixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex

An interactive map of commercial flights over Europe, showing planes avoiding Ukraine, cente to the right, is displayed at the Eurocontrol headquarters, the European organization for the safety of air navigation, in Brussels, Friday, July 18, 2014. The attack on a Malaysian jetliner Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations, more than half being Dutch, including vacationers, students and a large contingent of scientists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)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.


This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Johathan Koppenhaver who appeared in UFC's Ultimate Fighter TV show in 2007. Las Vegas police say the former UFC fighter is the primary suspect in a domestic dispute that resulted in serious injuries. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.




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Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 
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