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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' roleYour Top Plays for Today

FILE - This May 3, 2013 file photo president Barack Obama responding to a question about the ongoing situation in Syria during a news conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped. Now, as Obama again contemplates military action in Syria, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress. While cautioning that Obama has made no final decisions, officials say there is a difference between last year’s effort to strike Syria’s government in retaliation for chemical weapons use and a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that is now under consideration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?


Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland,of Australia, reacts after losing a point to Shuai Peng, of China, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


MH370 may have turned south 'earlier' than thoughtAthens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

File photo of co-pilot and crewmen aboard an aircraft while on search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian OceanThe hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. "The search area remains the same, but some of the information that we now have suggests to us that areas a little further to the south -- within the search area, but a little further to the south -- are of particular interest and priority in the search area," he said. His comments came as Australia and Malaysia inked a memorandum of understanding in Canberra over the next phase of the hunt for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


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.


Russian hackers attacked JPMorgan: reportsSchools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

This August 8, 2013 photo shows a JPMorgan sign in Los Angeles, CaliforniaHackers believed to be from Russia broke into the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and a second US bank earlier this month, sparking a federal investigation, US media reported Wednesday. Bloomberg said two people familiar with the probe confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was examining the case to see if it is retaliation for US sanctions against Moscow over its support of Ukraine's secessionist rebels. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, which also reported the hacking case but without naming Russians as behind it, said it was not clear what damage the hackers caused or what data they may have stolen. Bloomberg said the hackers showed a high level of skill to get through layers of security in the bank's systems, "a feat several security experts said appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers."


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.


What to Watch Tonight: The Season Finales of Defiance and Welcome to SwedenFCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

What to Watch Tonight: The Season Finales of Defiance and Welcome to SwedenWhat to watch on Thursday, August 28... SEASON 2 FINALE, 8pm & 9pm, Syfy Defiance Matters between Amanda and Stahma come to a head while Nolan scrambles to save Tommy's bacon in "All Things Must Pass." Then "I Almost Prayed" wraps the season with Nolan facing multiple threats as he tries to thwart Irisa's plan yet keep her alive. 9pm, PBS Great Performances A selection of liturgical and traditional works performed by Violinist Itzhak Perlman, cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Rejoice Chamber Orchestra. Joel Grey, Neil Sedaka, and Elie Wiesel also share their reflections. SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm & 9:30pm, NBC Welcome to Sweden Amy Poehler's dire financial straits draw Bruce back to the States to help in "Separate Lives/Saknad," while in Sweden, Emma uneasily greets her returning ex-boyfriend. Then in "Home/Aterförening," Amy obstructs Bruce's return to Sweden after he winds up in a compromising position with Aubrey Plaza. 9pm, USA Rush In "Because I Got High," a rock star patient opens Rush's mind to a potent hallucinogen. Elsewhere, the mushroom people dance the samba, that tree over there is melting, like, blueness, and holy crap what's that on my tail guys guys guys I think something's crawling up my tail it kind of looks like Kissinger what do I do what do I do. 10pm, USA Satisfaction Grace and Anika go on a college visit in "...Through Terms and Conditions," where Grace recognizes a onetime informant who had entered witness protection and decides to take matters into her… wait, I may be thinking of a different episode. Back home, Neil is flustered by a work deadline. 10pm, ABC The World's Wildest Commercials Host Chris Parnell runs down the 20 craziest and kookiest television advertisements that the producers of this special could get the rights to. Featured spots include that one with the animal behaving in a way more befitting a human, that one with the troublesome gender politics, and that one you saw like seven million times the last time you watched a single program on Hulu. 10pm, IFC Garfunkel and Oates "Road Warriors" finds Riki and Kate commemorating the 1,000th performance of Garfunkel and Oates. But a stubborn heckler and a prickly audio guy put a damper on the gig. 10pm, Sundance The Honorable Woman Secrets emerge during Ness and Atika's time in captivity, forging a bond between the two. Elsewhere in "Two Hearts," a professor discovers the Stein Group's dirty laundry. 10pm, FX Married In "Waffles & Pizza," Russ contemplates a real estate deal that may not be fully on the up-and-up, while Jess faces an uncomfortable situation with her boss. Still, if the promise of waffles and/or pizza is upheld, things can't be going too badly for them. 10:30pm, FX You're the Worst Gretchen flips her lid when Jimmy lets a sliver of emotion shine through in "Equally Dead Inside." Geez, it's like he didn't even read the issue of Bizarro Highlights where Goofus is open and honest while Gallant mashes every scrap of his emotions into a dull and viscous slurry between the mortar of popular culture and the pestle of cynicism. 11pm, Cartoon Network Black Jesus "I Gave at the Playground" finds Boonie arranging a yard sale, helped by the gang—and hindered by the unwelcome arrival of a former flame. 11pm, Showtime 7 Deadly Sins "Wrath" examines such healthy outlets for rage as amateur fight clubs and extra-strength bullets. Presumably, a segment on internet comments sections was omitted as too heinous for even Showtime's Standards & Practices. LATE-NITE: – Todd Glass on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central – JR on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central – Mike Myers and John Fullbright on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS – Aaron Paul and Ed Sheeran on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


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.
A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. KoreaMixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex

A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. KoreaSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.


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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