<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/isis-amerli-siege_n_5741414.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Try To Break ISIS Siege Of Shiite Town Amerli</a>

Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Try To Break ISIS Siege Of Shiite Town Amerli

By Raheem Salman

BAGHDAD, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants’ siege of the Shi’ite town of Amerli, army sources said.

Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four directions on the northern town, which has been surrounded by Islamic State forces …read more

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The Killing of Margarita Murillo in Honduras

Margarita Murillo was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in the village of El Planón, located within the municipality of Villanueva in northern Honduras. She was walking to tend a plot of land near her home when she was confronted by three men wearing ski-masks. Her body was found lying beneath a mango tree by members of the Asociativa Campesinos de Producción Las Ventanas (Window Production Peasants Association), made up of at least 23 peasant families who have been involved in a legal dispute over properties in the area.

According to Domingo Orellana, who was one of the men …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/hit-186-mile-an-hour-pitch_n_5741202.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">Former Japanese Star Takeshi Yamasaki Tries To Hit 186 Mile An Hour Pitch</a>

Former Japanese Star Takeshi Yamasaki Tries To Hit 186 Mile An Hour Pitch

Takeshi Yamasaki hit 403 home runs in Japanese baseball — against human beings. But against a pitching machine hurling the ball at about 186 miles per hour (300 kilometers per hour), he’s no slugger. All he can do is laugh. And that’s all we can do, too, watching this recently posted clip from a Japanese television show.

The man vs. fastball battle, such as it is, heats up at the 3:30 mark. Don’t blink. You’ll miss the pitch.

h/t Sports Illustrated

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevinwalsh/labor-day-created-in-six_b_5741244.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord</a>

Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord

The following was first published on Kevin’s blog, MyMediDiary.

This weekend, we’re celebrating the end of summer — the bookend to Memorial Day and a great Monday to have off. Labor Day was created to supposedly honor the American worker but was passed in record time in 1887 by a Congress and president with a guilty-conscience.

Grover Cleveland

It began with a broken promise — probably one that shouldn’t have been made. But it was made — and believed to be made for all the right reasons on one side and the …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/week-in-photos_n_5736898.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Ferguson Funeral, California Quake and A Tomato Fight: Week In Photos, Aug. 24 - 31</a>

Ferguson Funeral, California Quake and A Tomato Fight: Week In Photos, Aug. 24 - 31

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos offer peeks into what happened around the globe this week.

1. Nicholas George looks under a buckled highway just outside of Napa, CA after an earthquake struck the area in the early hours of Aug. 24, 2014.

(Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

2. A boy waits to listen to senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at a rally in Gaza City on Aug. 27, 2014, after a cease-fire was declared between Hamas and Israel.<br …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/tom-horne-lost_n_5739062.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">The Other Guy Behind The Mexican-American Studies Ban Lost His Primary Too</a>

The Other Guy Behind The Mexican-American Studies Ban Lost His Primary Too

The second of the two main forces behind an Arizona law banning a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum admitted defeat in his bid for reelection as the state’s Attorney General this week.

Attorney General Tom Horne — plagued by a campaign finance investigation, rumors of an extra-marital affair and a hit-and-run car accident — lost the GOP primary to Mark Brnovich. The defeat in Tuesday’s election, which Horne did not conceded until the following day, came in the same round of primary elections on Tuesday that ousted the state Superintendent of Public Instruction John …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/bill-murray-takes-tickets-baseball-game_n_5741026.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">Bill Murray Takes Tickets At Baseball Game, Definitely Worth Price Of Admission</a>

Bill Murray Takes Tickets At Baseball Game, Definitely Worth Price Of Admission

Bill Murray, part owner of the Minnesota minor-league baseball team St. Paul Saints, took tickets Thursday, Aug. 28, at the team’s final game at Midway Stadium, outlets reported. And his work was a hit.

Murray also caught the first pitch and …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jose-ramoshorta/new-zealand-time-for-a-sm_b_5740220.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council</a>

New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council

I believe that few people could name more than five members of the UN Security Council. The U.S., Russia and China certainly. Think hard and you would probably add in the United Kingdom and — maybe — France, as the countries who hold the power of “nay” or “aye” over key actions of the United Nations, including how the UN addresses conflicts arising around the world.

There are 10 other countries who are non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.

This October, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey will contest two vacant seats …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/isis-weapons_n_5725418.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Weapons Expert Warns About ISIS Militants' Supply Of Guns And Ammunition</a>

Weapons Expert Warns About ISIS Militants' Supply Of Guns And Ammunition

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we turn to Syria and the danger of the Islamic State militant group.

After the Islamic State captured a major military air base in Syria last week, the extremist group was quick to broadcast its war booty, posing in Syrian fighter jets and posting images of the air squadrons and missiles it claimed to have secured.

Yet how do we verify the militant group’s claims about the types of arms it now has in its possession? Damien …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/heart-failure-drug_n_5741148.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Study: New Heart Failure Drug Shows Big Promise</a>

Study: New Heart Failure Drug Shows Big Promise

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Doctors say the Novartis drug — which doesn’t have a name yet — seems like one of those rare, breakthrough therapies that could quickly change care for more than half of the 6 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide with heart failure.

“This is a new day” for patients, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiology chief at Northwestern University in Chicago and a …read more

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