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Maryland doc facing sex charge surrenders license

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FILE - This June 10, 2014 file photo shows Dr. William Dando outside the Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland, Md. A western Maryland physician at the center of a medical licensing scandal is surrendering his license to practice medicine to resolve charges that he molested a female patient. Attorneys for Dr. William Dando and the Allegany County State's Attorney's office announced the deal at a court hearing Tuesday in Cumberland. (AP Photo/David Dishneau, File)CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A suspended physician at the center of a state licensing scandal agreed Tuesday to permanently surrender his Maryland medical license to resolve charges he sexually assaulted a female patient at a walk-in clinic in April.


A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

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FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. The Islamic State group holds roughly a third of Iraq and Syria, including several strategically important cities like Fallujah and Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. (AP Photo, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose?


Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory

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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an election official checks a voter's photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas. A federal trial opens Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that will decide the fate of one of the nation’s most stringent voter ID laws. A judge will hear arguments on whether the law safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election.


Islamic State claims to behead second US reporter

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An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State militants hanging the Islamic Jihad flag after they cut a road through the Syrian-Iraqi borderThe so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive. The footage, seen by AFP after it was found online by private terrorism monitor SITE, shows 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape. The masked militant condemns the ongoing US strikes against the Islamic State -- a Sunni jihadist group that operates in Iraq and Syria -- and cuts Sotloff's throat. "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State," the militant says, speaking in what sounds like a London accent.


Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

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This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.


IMF warns Ukraine may need extra $19 bn in help

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A Ukrainian fighter from the Azov Battalion walks past a checkpoint on the outskirts of Mariupol on September 2, 2014The International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday that economically-devastated Ukraine may need an extra $19 billion (14.5 billion euros) in assistance should it fail to quell its brutal pro-Kremlin uprising by the end of next year. "We are assuming that the conflict will begin to subside in the coming months," the Fund's European Department head Poul Thomsen said in his first review of Kiev's compliance with its reform and recovery programme. If this assumption does not hold... the programmes' viability could hinge on larger assistance from Ukraine's international partners." The IMF added that it has agreed to give Kiev some slack by allowing the government to collect a bigger budget deficit than the one initially approved by its board.


France's scorned former first lady to publish kiss-and-tell

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A picture taken on May 7, 2013 in Paris shows Valerie Trierweiler in the gardens at the Elysee presidential palaceFrance's scorned former first lady Valerie Trierweiler is set to lift the lid on her tumultuous relationship with the president on Thursday in what could prove an explosive memoir. Trierweiler, a journalist, was dumped unceremoniously by Francois Hollande in January after a magazine revealed his affair with actress Julie Gayet, and has since remained broadly silent about an event she once said had felt like falling "from a skyscraper."


Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks along a boardwalk after a town hall meeting in Ocean City, N.J. Christie is heading to Mexico officially for a trade mission typical of any governor. But Christie is a potential GOP presidential candidate with little foreign policy expertise, a lot of swagger and much to learn about international diplomacy. He is one of several potential White House hopefuls burnishing their foreign policy credentials for any possible general election matchup against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former secretary of state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But he also is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy experience.


Serena has medical timeout in US Open doubles loss

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NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams took a medical timeout because of a problem with her right foot, and later double-faulted on the last two points as she and sister Venus lost in the doubles quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage: SITE

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File photo of U.S. journalist Steven SotloffThe Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State", the SITE monitoring service said.


U.S. cannot verify video purporting to show beheading of U.S. hostage

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said it could not immediately confirm reports that Islamic State had released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing that if there is such a video, it would be analyzed very carefully, adding that the administration's thoughts and prayers were with Sotloff's family. Shortly before the briefing, the SITE monitoring service said the militant group had released the video. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Alexei Miller, CEO of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom during the ceremony marking the construction of gas pipeline "Power of Siberia" connecting Russia and China near the village of Us Khatyn in Yakutsk region, Russia, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs.


Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth

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An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg"Things continue to fall into place for our view that growth should accelerate in the year's back half," said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG in New York. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity rose to 59.0 last month, the highest reading since March 2011, from 57.1 in July. Carl Riccadonna, a senior economist at Deutsche Bank in New York, said the current level of new orders has historically been consistent with an annualized GDP growth pace of 4.4 percent.


Chris Brown pleads guilty in DC assault case

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In this August 13, 2014 photo, hip-hop star Chris Brown appears at a probation progress hearing at Los Angeles Superior CourtHip-hop star Chris Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday to hitting a fan outside a Washington hotel last year, a US district attorney announced. The misdemeanor assault charge carries a maximum 180 days in jail, but as part of a plea deal with the US Attorney's Office, a judge in District of Columbia Superior Court sentenced Brown to time served. The 25-year-old Grammy-winning R&B artist had already spent some 80 days in incarceration for a probation violation in California related to his arrest last October in the Washington assault case. At the time of the arrest, Brown had been on probation for felony assault for attacking the singer Rihanna in the hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards.


A&M jumps, FSU, 'Bama lose some support in AP poll

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NEW YORK (AP) — Texas A&M makes a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football. Florida State and Alabama lost some support in the first poll of the regular season after close victories against heavy underdogs.

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