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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump looks at a signed pledge Thursday in New York to support the Republican Party’s nominee, whoever it may be. (Associated Press)

Trump pledges support for GOP primary winner

NEW YORK – Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party’s nomination – a U-turn made easier by his position at the front of the field. The decision follows weeks of behind-the-scenes efforts by GOP leaders, who’ve been trying to avert the possibility of an independent campaign by Trump ever since last month’s opening debate, when he refused to promise to back the party’s eventual nominee. A third-party bid by Trump, or any prominent conservative, could doom Republican efforts in 2016.

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Washington Supreme Court rules can be sued

A divided Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the website can be sued in state court by three girls who claim it aided in their being “bought and sold” as prostitutes. The decision may be the first in the country to hold the website accountable for its content.

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Obama gains enough Senate votes to protect nuclear deal with Iran

WASHINGTON – Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress. The decisive 34th commitment came from Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring next year after three decades in the Senate. In a statement she said “no deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime.” But she called the pact “the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb.”

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Drowned Syrian toddler’s photo goes viral

Heartbreaking images that surfaced Wednesday of a drowned Syrian toddler’s tiny body on a Turkish beach went viral, shared by thousands of social media users around the world. The 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother were reported by Turkish media to have been among 12 refugees who drowned when their boat apparently capsized while trying to make the short but treacherous journey to the Greek island of Kos.

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Hungary blocks migrants from trains for second day

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from traveling deeper into Europe. The migrants, who have swamped every nook and cranny of public space outside the city’s Keleti train station, threatened to walk the 105 miles to the Austrian border if police don’t let them board trains to their desired destinations in Austria and Germany.

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In brief: State senator backs Kentucky clerk

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering a county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said U.S. District Judge David Bunning needs to give the state Legislature time to pass a law that would exempt Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis from having to issue marriage licenses. The Legislature is not in session and won’t be until January. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has refused to call for a special session, arguing it would waste taxpayer money for an issue that only affects one clerk.

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President Barack Obama participates in a performance by native Alaskan dancers at Dillingham Middle School on Wednesday in Dillingham, Alaska. (Associated Press)

Obama crosses Arctic Circle at end of Alaska climate change tour

KOTZEBUE, Alaska – President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. Obama’s visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, was designed to snap the country to attention by illustrating the ways warmer temperatures have already threatened entire communities and ways of life in Alaska. He said, despite progress in reducing greenhouse gases, the planet is already warming and the U.S. isn’t doing enough to stop it.

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People: Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over namesake hamster toy

An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name – and possibly even her resemblance. Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company’s popular Littlest Pet Shop line. She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult.

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UNICEF: Education in Mideast conflict areas in crisis

AMMAN, Jordan – Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region. An estimated 13.7 million school age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan are not in school, out of a total of 34 million, UNICEF said.

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U.S., China, mark end of WWII, China cuts 300,000 from military

U.S. officials and veterans gathered on a decommissioned battleship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end. “It was not about retribution. Like today’s ceremony, it was an acknowledgement that the shared losses of World War II vastly exceeded the immediate gains at the time,” said Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told a crowd of several hundred gathered on the deck of the former USS Missouri.

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Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," died of Parkinson's disease in Los Angeles on Sept. 1. He was 84.

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China report depresses markets

NEW YORK – Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. The sell-off adds to what has been a difficult few weeks for U.S. and international markets. U.S. stocks just closed out their worst month in more than three years. Tuesday’s drop also dashed hopes that, after some relatively calm trading Friday and Monday, the stock market’s wild swings were coming to an end.

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Scouting the WSU opponent: Utah

Tomorrow WSU will play at Utah. Tomorrow is also Valentine's Day. The Cougars have a player named Valentine. That's all that needs to be said about that. Although the Cougars ...

Weekend Wild Card — 2.13-14.16

We're officially a week away from the 2016 Blogfest at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. I'll be beating this drum for the next week. If I can find some photos ...

5 education reads found in the last 7 days

New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried via The New York Times’ Anemona Hartocollis “For thousands of college hopefuls, the stressful college admissions season is about to become even more fraught. ...



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