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Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist Greste, two others still held
01:59 PM, 02.01.2015

File photo of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of Australia standing in a metal cage during his trial in a court in CairoBy Michael Georgy and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no official word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed - who were also jailed in the case that provoked an international outcry. The three were sentenced to seven to 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization - a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. A security official said Fahmy was expected to be released from Cairo's Tora prison within days.


 
Whiteside comes up big for Heat in 83-75 win over Celtics
01:54 PM, 02.01.2015

Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside tries to get past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON (AP) — Hassan Whiteside scored half of his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Miami Heat stave off Boston's rally and snap a two-game slide with an 83-75 victory over the Celtics on Sunday.


 
Foreign affairs, culture wars split GOP focus ahead of 2016
01:53 PM, 02.01.2015

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Freedom Summit, in Des Moines, Iowa. Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity _ options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Need evidence there's no clear path to the Republican presidential nomination? Consider the competing messages some likely candidates delivered on Sunday's talk shows.


 
Egypt frees jailed Australian reporter Greste
01:51 PM, 02.01.2015

Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste listens to the verdict in Cairo on June 23, 2014 inside the defendants cage during his trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim BrotherhoodEgypt freed and deported Australian journalist Peter Greste on Sunday after more than 400 days in detention, following global condemnation of his jailing on charges of backing the Muslim Brotherhood. Greste, an award-winning correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, flew to Larnaca in Cyprus accompanied by his brother Michael after being released from Cairo's Tora prison, the interior ministry and airport officials told AFP. The reporter was detained along with two colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and an Egyptian producer, Baher Mohamed, in December 2013 and charged with aiding the blacklisted Brotherhood movement. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera welcomed Cairo's decision and expressed hope its other two journalists would soon also be released.


 
San Francisco experiences driest January on record
01:49 PM, 02.01.2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time in recorded weather history, San Francisco received no measurable rain in January.

 
Justice Department investigating Moody's for mortgage deal ratings: WSJ
01:48 PM, 02.01.2015

A screen displays Moody's ticker information as traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating Moody's Investors Services for issuing favorable grades on mortgage deals in the lead-up to the financial crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The federal probe comes as the Justice Department nears a settlement with Standard & Poors Ratings Services over similar actions, the Journal reported. (Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn)


 
Northern California chief's new approach revitalizes force
01:44 PM, 02.01.2015

In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 photo, Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus poses for a photo, in Richmond, Calif. Last month the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading “#blacklivesmatter” during a demonstration protesting the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police. The photo of Magnus holding the sign went viral, sparking criticism from the local police officers’ union and debate over whether his participation was appropriate. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police.


 
Storm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast
01:37 PM, 02.01.2015

Lisa Snow shovels the sidewalk outside of her north side home in Chicago Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.A heavy snowfall left Chicago covered for the first large storm of the year on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Nancy Stone) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; JOLIET HERALD OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; NEW YORK TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; DAILY CHRONICLE OUTMERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights, making roads treacherous and forcing some people to rethink their plans to attend Super Bowl parties.


 
Obama proposing $478 billion public works program in budget
01:33 PM, 02.01.2015

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 file photo, newly constructed roadways are being built in Fairfax County, Va. President Barack Obama’s budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. Obama will unveil a $4 trillion budget on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades.


 
Ukrainian separatist advance forces mass flight
01:32 PM, 02.01.2015

A young boy displaced from his home by unrest in east Ukraine plays with a suitcase at a sanatorium in the town of Svyatohirsk that has been converted into accommodation for evacuees, on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Ukraine’s emergency services say around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the town of Debaltseve, which has come under sustained shelling as government and Russian-backed separatists battle for control over the area. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)SVYATOHIRSK, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting escalates around the town Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, a growing wave of civilians are fleeing their homes, taking the risk of being struck by stray projectiles on their way, and often leaving family members behind.


 
Al Jazeera journalist Greste heads home to Australian via Cyprus: minister
01:29 PM, 02.01.2015

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is in Cyprus and is "desperate" to return to his native Australia following his release on Sunday after serving 400 days in an Egyptian prison, Australia's foreign minister said on Monday. "I spoke to Peter Greste shortly after his relsease and before he departed Egypt," Julie Bishop told reporters in Sydney on Monday. "He was immensely relieved and he was desperate to come home to Australia and reunite with his family." Greste, who had been arrested along with two colleagues on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, flew to Larnaca from Cairo and was met by Australian consular officials, Bishop said.

 
'Sniper' shoots down Super Bowl weekend record with $31.9M
01:24 PM, 02.01.2015

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley Cooper appears in a scene from "American Sniper." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Keith Bernstein)NEW YORK (AP) — "American Sniper" shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.


 
Super Bowl XLIX: Live Report Coming Soon
01:23 PM, 02.01.2015

Glendale (United States) (AFP) - AFP will launch a live report on the NFL Super Bowl at 23:00 GMT. Check back for coverage of the clash between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

 
NFL to keep the roof open for Super Bowl Sunday
01:14 PM, 02.01.2015

FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, with the grass field tray outside, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Black Hawk helicopter circles above University of Phoenix Stadium, site of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, during a security demonstration for the media in Glendale, Ariz. With a retractable roof and field that can been wheeled out into the sunlight, the stadium is unlike any other stadium in the world. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The retractable roof will be open for the Super Bowl.


 
Union asks refinery workers to strike after talks break down
01:14 PM, 02.01.2015

The United Steelworkers Union called for workers to strike at nine refineries mostly in Texas and California early Sunday, saying its negotiations with the Shell Oil Company broke down less than two weeks after they began.

 
Super Bowl Sunday kicks off with scandal and spectacle
01:08 PM, 02.01.2015

Singer and songwriter Katy Perry speaks during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show Press Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, ArizonaThe Super Bowl kicks off Sunday as American football seeks to put a scandal-plagued season behind it, with this year's spectacle featuring a Katy Perry concert, ultra-expensive commercials and a compelling clash between Seattle and New England. The extravaganza is expected to draw a whopping 115 million viewers -- or about one in three Americans -- and amounts to an unofficial holiday in the United States, where even those with no interest in the sport gather at countless Super Bowl parties. This year's championship comes with the National Football League battling back from a season of turmoil, accused of complacency and even conspiracy in its handling of issues ranging from domestic violence to concussion dangers. The latest controversy -- accusations that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs -- has dominated news coverage in the days leading up to the game.


 
Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail
12:54 PM, 02.01.2015

Pro-Russian separatists ride on a tank in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Natalia Zinets and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed. "Fighting continues across all sections of the frontline," Kiev military spokesman Volodymyr Polyovy said in a briefing, noting that some 13 soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which took part in the talks in Minsk, Belarus, along with envoys from Ukraine and Russia, said rebel delegates had not been ready to discuss crucial points of a peace plan. "In fact, they were not even prepared to discuss implementation of a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons," the OSCE said in a statement.


 
Christie begins trip to London with soccer, not politics
12:50 PM, 02.01.2015

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, top right, wearing an Arsenal scarf in the stands during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. In the front centre the England international coach Roy Hodgson sits with former England international player Gary Neville. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — An unabashed fan of the Dallas Cowboys, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Super Bowl Sunday on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, watching football of another sort.


 
Nigerian army repels fresh Boko Haram assault on key city
12:43 PM, 02.01.2015

Soldiers and security block a road as they secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015Nigeria's military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key city of Maiduguri as violence raged across the country's northeast just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists' second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week. As government forces were holding off Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the airforce of neighbouring Chad was pounding the militants' positions in Gamboru, a town on Nigeria's border with Cameroon 140 kilometres (87 miles)to the northeast. With near-relentless violence plaguing much of the northeast, and Boko Haram still in control of large swathes of the region, fears are mounting over the prospect of organising polls on February 14.


 
Boyfriend arrested in rape, brutal attack of California girl
12:42 PM, 02.01.2015

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California arrested a man accused of holding his 16-year-old girlfriend in a car, raping her and beating her with a tire iron over the course of five days.

 
Greece wants time for new deal, 'cold turkey' on debt
12:26 PM, 02.01.2015

By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - Greece's new government on Sunday offered to produce proposals within a month for a revised debt agreement with its skeptical international partners, insisting it would not take on any more loan tranches in the meantime. The proposal came after talks in Paris where French Finance Minister Michel Sapin offered his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis backing to craft a deal possibly including some alleviation of its debt load but no outright cancellation. Varoufakis, in Paris as part of a diplomatic offensive by Greece's leftist leaders to win changes to terms on debt as they roll back on austerity measures, said Athens had allowed itself to become addicted to debt, now at 175 percent of output. Setting out a possible timetable to renegotiate its 240 billion euro ($270 billion) bailout, Varoufakis said that if Athens was given till the end of the month to prepare proposals, it could aim to hammer out a realistic agreement with partners six weeks later.

 
Greek finance minister says Athens must go 'cold turkey' on debt
12:26 PM, 02.01.2015

PARIS (Reuters) - Greece's repayment of its existing debt must be tied to its ability to restore growth, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday after talks with his French counterpart in Paris. Varoufakis also ruled out Greece taking on a new tranche of debt, saying the country had become addicted to indebtedness and it was time to go "cold turkey". "We were elected to put an end to the addiction," he told a joint news conference with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin. (Reporting by Ingrid Melander; editing by Mark John)

 
Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved
12:24 PM, 02.01.2015

Maximiano Vazquez-Guevara, left, his wife Ashley Bowen, and their 6-year-old daughter, Nevaeh Vazquez, pose for a photo in their home Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in the northeast Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colo. The presidential executive order that fast-tracked immigration hearings for last summer's flood of Central American migrants may have had unintended consequences in canceling hearings for non-detained immigrants with longstanding cases such as Vazquez-Guevara. Vazquez-Guevarra, 34, recently won his appeal to become a legal permanent resident. But his case still needs to go in front of an immigration judge one last time, and it has been pulled from the docket. Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.


 
France offers support for Greece amid bailout tensions
12:19 PM, 02.01.2015

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis wallks with his French counterpart Michel Sapin, at the Economy Ministry in Paris, Sunday Feb. 1, 2015. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athens on Friday, has brought forward a trip to Paris, London and Rome to meet his counterparts. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government offered support Sunday for Greece's efforts to renegotiate debt for its huge bailout plan, amid renewed fears about Europe's economic stability.


 
Greek deputy PM says no fears of ECB cutting support to banks
12:15 PM, 02.01.2015

Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis dismissed fears that the ECB may cut vital liquidity support to Greek banks if it fails to agree with international creditors, saying the new government in Athens was confident it would reach an accord. On Saturday, Finnish central bank governor Erkki Liikanen, a member of the ECB's policymaking Governing Council, said the liquidity support could dry up if Greece persists with its plan of pulling the plug on its international bailout deal.

 
Baby born on roadside as mom goes into labor while driving
12:06 PM, 02.01.2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pregnant Utah woman driving herself to the hospital gave birth to a healthy, nearly 10-pound baby boy on the side of an interstate highway Saturday, police said.

 
Huckabee compares being gay to using alcohol, profanity
12:03 PM, 02.01.2015

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Freedom Summit, in Des Moines, Iowa. Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity _ options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said being gay is akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity — lifestyle choices he says are appealing to others but not to him.


 
France is open to lightening Greek debt, not cancellation: Sapin
11:54 AM, 02.01.2015

France is open to easing Greek debt but not cancelling it, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis on Sunday. "Anything that can alleviate the Greek debt burden will be welcome ... but of course there is no question of cancelling the Greek debt," Sapin said.

 
Giants matriarch Ann Mara dies
11:42 AM, 02.01.2015

Ann Mara holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, IndianaAnn Mara, the mother of New York Giants co-owner John Mara and a fixture at nearly every Giants game for almost 60 years, died on Sunday at the age of 85. John Mara said in a statement that his mother died of complications following a fall in front of her home during an ice storm on January 18. "I am sad to say that our mother has passed away," John Mara said. Ann Mara was married to Wellington Mara, who died in 2005 at the age of 89.


 
Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter
11:41 AM, 02.01.2015

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste, appears in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. A senior Egyptian prison official and the country's official news agency say Greste has been freed from prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUTCAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups.


 
Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists
11:39 AM, 02.01.2015

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. A senior Egyptian prison official and the country's official news agency say Greste has been freed from prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUTCAIRO (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt Sunday after President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi approved his deportation. He was arrested along with two colleagues, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed, in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights groups. His two colleagues remain in prison. Here is a look at the biographies of the three:


 
Bombs at luxury mall rattle tense Bangkok
11:34 AM, 02.01.2015

Guard secures the area around Siam Paragon mall in central BangkokTwo pipe bombs exploded outside a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law. The bombs caused little damage but were the first to shake the Thai capital since the military seized power in May to end months of sometimes deadly street protests. "There were improvised explosive devices detonated by a digital clock," said Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thawonrsiri, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Police. Two improvised explosive devices were placed behind power transformers on an elevated walkway linking the overhead rail line to the upmarket Siam Paragon mall in central Bangkok, police said.


 
Asians slower to seek immigration protection
11:32 AM, 02.01.2015

In this Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Seth Ronquillo, an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines, participates in a panel discussion on undocumented college students in Los Angeles. Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama’s reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan. Ronquillo, a 22-year-old community health advocate, said he felt he had nothing to lose when he applied since he had virtually no hope of putting his college degree to use upon graduation because of his immigration status. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama's reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan.


 
Hungarians protest against premier's dealings with Putin
11:24 AM, 02.01.2015

Demonstrators gather in front of the Hungarian Parliament building during an anti-goverment demonstration in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.” (AP Photo/MTI,Tamas Kovacs)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanded the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government Sunday, a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


 
Jordan committed to anti-IS coalition, despite hostage drama
11:21 AM, 02.01.2015

Members of Al-Kaseasbeh, the tribe of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, carry posters with his picture and Arabic that reads "we are all Muath," at the captured pilot's tribal gathering divan, in his home town of Karak, Jordan, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan remains "as committed as ever" to a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, the kingdom's foreign minister said Sunday, amid heightened fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the militants.


 
Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
11:08 AM, 02.01.2015

Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, speaks during a press conference at her home in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 after the release of an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading her son. Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the video posted on militant websites late Saturday Middle East time. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.


 
Boko Haram insurgents attack northeast Nigeria's capital city
11:06 AM, 02.01.2015

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, security sources said, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state. Everybody is panicking and trying to flee the area," Idris Abubakar, a resident of Polo suburb on the southwestern outskirts of the city, said. The insurgents, who arrived in several armed pick-up trucks and on motor-bikes, attacked three places in the south of Maiduguri at around the same time, a security source said. In a separate incident in the town of Potiskum, 230 km (140 miles) west of Maiduguri, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of federal legislator, Sabo Garbu.

 
Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim
11:04 AM, 02.01.2015

People walk past a screen reporting that Japanese hostage Kenji Goto was killed by the Islamic State group, on February 1, 2015 in TokyoWorld leaders reacted with outrage Sunday after Islamic State militants announced they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, as Jordan vowed to do all it could to save a captured airman. IS claimed in a video released online that it had killed 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto -- the second purported beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week -- but made no mention of the Jordanian pilot it had also threatened to kill. Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe condemned the "heinous and despicable terrorist acts" and said that "Japan will never yield to terrorism." "We will never forgive terrorists," Abe told reporters in Tokyo, appearing to fight back tears as he spoke. "We will cooperate with the international community to make them atone for their crimes." Jordan's King Abdullah II denounced Goto's murder as a "cowardly, criminal act" and said every effort was being made "to seek the release of the hero pilot Maaz Kassasbeh", captured after his F-16 plane crashed in Syria in December.


 
New York Giants matriarch Ann Mara dies at 85
10:51 AM, 02.01.2015

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, Ann Mara, the widow of former New York Giants' owner Wellington Mara, is interviewed after getting off a team bus at Giants Stadium Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants for the past 60 years, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. She was 85. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants for the past 60 years, has died. She was 85.


 
Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence
10:35 AM, 02.01.2015

Protesters carry yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy movement, and a banner as they march on a street in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year. Some 2,000 police flanked thousands of protesters who marched on the city's glitzy shopping and financial districts, seeking to avoid a repeat of the so-called Occupy Central campaign that saw demonstrations shut down key roads for 2-1/2 months. Last year's protests for a fully democratic vote to choose Hong Kong's next leader were the most serious challenge to China's authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Packed streets resembled rivers of yellow as protesters carried yellow banners and umbrellas - a symbol of last year's campaign after protesters used them to fend off police pepper spray attacks.


 
 
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