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Bucks County Playhouse gives lyricists a boost

This photo provided by Sam Rudy Media Relations shows the Bucks County Playhouse, a 450-seat theater 40 miles north of Philadelphia that opened in 1939. The Playhouse is making a push to nurture lyricists over the next year. (AP Photo/Sam Rudy Media Relations, Alexander Fraser)NEW YORK (AP) — All too often, it's the melodies in musicals that get all the attention. But what about the lyrics?



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Israeli police find body in search for missing US student

A flyer asking for help in the search for missing New Jersey native near Jerusalem forestIsraeli police and volunteers found a body near a forest in Jerusalem on Thursday while searching for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week, but said no formal identification had yet been made. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on Friday while walking in woods not far from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. In June, three Israeli seminary students, all teenagers, were kidnapped while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank, some 30 km (20 miles) south of Jerusalem, and later found dead. The Palestinian militant group Hamas later acknowledged responsibility for the killings, which helped precipitate seven weeks of war between militants in Gaza and Israel that ended with an open-ended ceasefire on Tuesday.



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Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

Turkey's new President Tayyip Erdogan and outgoing President Abdullah Gul, attend a handover ceremony at the Presidential Palace of Cankaya in AnkaraBy Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. Reading the oath of office in a ceremony in parliament, Erdogan vowed to protect Turkey's independence and integrity, to abide by the constitution and by the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic. Erdogan, who had been prime minister since 2003, has consistently presented his time in office as a historic mission to transform Turkey domestically and as a regional power. "We're now more worried than ever about one-man, autocratic rule in Turkey," CHP deputy Aykan Erdemir told Reuters.



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Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe – source

Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, attends the unveil event of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New YorkBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.



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Jets’ Patterson: no-show claims ‘completely false’

FILE - This is a 2014, file photo showing Dimitri Patterson of the New York Jets NFL football team. The Jets have "indefinitely" suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson after he left the team for 48 hours without contacting the organization.General manager John Idzik said Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, that Patterson spoke to him and coach Rex Ryan on Sunday night. Idzik would not discuss the reason for the absence. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — Dimitri Patterson disputes the New York Jets' version of his mysterious absence.



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Fifteen civilians killed in shelling in Ukrainian city of Donetsk: municipality

KIEV (Reuters) – Fifteen civilians were killed in shelling in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Thursday, the city administration said in a statement on its website which described the general situation there as “very tense.” Donetsk has experienced heavy shelling over the past two weeks as government forces attempt to push out pro-Russian separatists who have declared a ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and said they seek union with Russia. (Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Richard Balmforth)
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Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al Jazeera: security sources

Ousted Egyptian President Mursi is seen behind bars during his trial at a court in CairoEgypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news channel, security sources said on Thursday. Relations between Qatar, a Gulf Arab state, and Egypt have been tense since mid-2013 when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled the Islamist Mursi after mass protests against his rule. Qatar supported Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood.



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Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine: Russian rights activists

More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles. “A column of Russian soldiers was attacked by Grad rockets and more 100 people died. Polyakova said she had also been given the same figure, of more than 100, for the number of Russian soldiers killed in the attack.
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Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in as president

Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, left, presents a document on election of Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before he takes oath of office at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's first popularly elected president, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years. Erdogan was scheduled to appoint Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, his designated successor as prime minister and loyal ally, to form a new government, following ceremonies at the presidential palace. Just before Erdogan took the oath of office in parliament, legislators from Turkeyís main opposition party left the hall in mass in protest of the man they accuse of not respecting Turkeyís constitution.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the oath office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.



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US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.
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Suspects in New York violinist’s death held

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two men accused of killing a New York concert violinist during a robbery in her home have been ordered held without bail after a prosecutor detailed how the victim was shot and stabbed after opening her door to help them.
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Afghan election result delayed again despite US pressure

An election commission worker carries a ballot box during an audit of the presidential run-off vote in the country's general election at a counting centre in Kabul on August 25, 2014Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country's prolonged election crisis lurched towards another damaging delay. A NATO summit in Britain from September 4-5 is meant to agree on future support for Afghanistan after the 13-year US-led combat mission ends later this year. The United Nations released a statement saying that its mission chief Jan Kubis had told outgoing President Hamid Karzai "that a rigorous and credible audit required time, but could be completed around 10 September". NATO press officials in Kabul were not immediately available to comment on whether both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the two presidential candidates, could attend the event.



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A brother seeks answers in ‘The Look of Silence’

Actor Adi Rukun, right, and director Joshua Oppenheimer pose for photographers at the photo call for the film The Look of Silence the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)VENICE, Italy (AP) — What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished?



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U.N. says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by militants

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A group of 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday. The detained peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji, a U.N. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “During a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the Golan Heights, 43 peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained early this morning by an armed group in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah,” the U.N. press office said in a statement.
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Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers

This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday. A U.N. commission on Wednesday accused the extremist Islamic State organization of committing crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians, as pictures emerged of the extremists' bloody takeover of a Syrian military air base that added to the international organization’s claims. (AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 150 troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in northeastern Syria, shooting some and slashing others with knives in the past 24 hours in the latest mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday.



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California environmentalists decry feds’ fire plan

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.



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Adam’s story: 2,000 pills in 6 weeks

The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.


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Chiney Ogwumike of Sun wins WNBA rookie of year

Chiney Ogwumike always enjoyed following her sister’s path. Now the Connecticut Sun player joins her as a winner of the WNBA rookie of the year award.
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Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

This Aug. 27, 2014 booking photo released by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shows reality television star Will Hayden, after he was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish on a charge accusing him of raping a child. Hayden, whose show “Sons of Guns” appeared on The Discover Channel, had been free on $150,000 bond after an Aug. 9 arrest for alleged child molestation. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says she cannot say whether both arrests involve the same child. (AP Photo/East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show "Sons of Gun" distanced itself from the program's star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child.



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Israel finds body where US student disappeared

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Thursday “there is a strong possibility” they have found the body of an American seminary student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.
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Police kill TV crew member filming reality show ‘Cops’

In "Cops", TV crews follow police officers and film them in actionThe filming of the reality show "Cops" turned deadly when US police firing on a man suspected of robbing a restaurant hit a TV sound man and killed him, police said. The audio technician was named as Bryce Dion, 38, and his death is believed to be the first in the 25-year history of the show, one of the first American reality programs, US media said. In "Cops", TV crews embed with the police and film them in action. Omaha police chief Todd Schmaderer said Dion was in the vestibule of a Wendy's fast food restaurant as the suspect, identified as Cortez Washington, came out firing his pellet gun.



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EU provides aid to dairy sector after Russian ban

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers. Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic sanctions over Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Agricultural experts from all 28 EU countries have held a series of crisis talks, and agricultural ministers will meet on Sept. 5 to address the issues of finding alternative markets and compensating producers. Following the latest internal meeting, the Commission, the EU executive, said on Thursday it would pay towards storage costs for taking surplus products off the market for three to seven months.
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West African states call for end to border closures over Ebola

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said on Thursday. The ECOWAS countries and airlines will make their own decisions on flight bans and borders, but the view of the main regional body, expressed at a meeting of ECOWAS health ministers in Ghana’s capital, is likely to prove influential. “We must implement containment measures but we must not implement measures that will isolate or ostracise the affected countries,” Ghana President John Mahama, who is also ECOWAS’s current chairman, told the meeting. West African governments have implemented a patchwork of measures in a bid to stem the spread of the recent Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 1,550 people.
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Cheese with honey and figs

Mirage Gourmand has added a photo to the pool:

Cheese with honey and figs

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See inmate scale razor wire

An Idaho inmate is on the loose after climbing over a razor wire fence and eluding local officers. KBOI reports.


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General loses rank, forced out

A major general who formerly headed U.S. Army operations in Japan will be forced to retire and do so at a lower rank after the military concluded that he failed to “properly address” sexual assault allegations in his command, the Army said on Wednesday.


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Hit man says he killed 300 people

John Jairo Velasquez — the top hit man for notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar in the ’80s, known in Colombia as the “narcoterrorism era” — is a free man for the first time in 22 years.


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Girl, 9, kills gun instructor with Uzi

Gun experts say Charles Vacca bears much of the blame for the accident that took his life, from allowing a young child to fire a fully loaded submachine gun to standing in the wrong place.


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