The White House said last week that the U.S. is "at war" with some 31,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq, and will build an international coalition to defeat the radical Islamist group. One of the biggest champions of this new military campaign is Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting rebels in a bloody civil war sparked by the Arab Spring in 2011. But Assad is largely responsible for ISIS' rise in the first place. In a gamble, he allowed them to obliterate moderate rebels so he could show the world he was fighting terrorists, not citizens calling for democracy. Now ISIS is so big it's a threat to his regime and so he's asking the U.S. to work with him to defeat the beast he helped create.
Hillary Clinton showed up in Iowa on Sunday to cheers from thousands of supports wearing "Ready for Hillary" buttons. Although her appearance was to honor Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, who is retiring, it was the former Secretary of State who stole the show. “Hello, Iowa, I’m back," she said at the start of her speech, an unsubtle reminder that it's been seven years since she last visited the state as a presidential candidate. She even hinted that she might run again in 2016: “It’s true, I’m thinking about it. But for today, that’s not why I’m here.”
The brother of the British aid worker beheaded in a video released by ISIS, said on Sunday that religion wasn't responsible for the militants' actions, or the death of his brother, David Haines. "The Muslim faith is not to blame for ISIL (ISIS), nor is it the fault or people of Middle Eastern descent," said Mike Haines. He said his brother was passionate about helping people of any creed, race or religion. David Haines was remembered Sunday by
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as a generous colleague and committed worker. As aid worker for ACTED, Haines, 44, helped displaced Syrian people near the Turkish border.
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Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded. The probe comes as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday's deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.
A women's rights group calling for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell flew banners, reading "#GoodellMustGo," over two NFL games on Sunday, NBC News reported. The move by advocacy group UltraViolet comes in the wake of a domestic violence scandal involving Ray Rice. The group flew the banner over fans at the Saints vs. Browns game in Cleveland and the Cardinals vs. Giants game in New Jersey. Goodell has been criticized for not imposing a harsher penalty on Rice after a video surfaced of him hitting his wife in an elevator.
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An actress who had a part in the film “Django Unchained” claimed on Facebook that she was “humiliated” and forced into handcuffs by two Los Angeles Police Department officers for publicly showing affection to a companion in Studio City Thursday. In the Facebook post, which had nearly 2,000 shares by Sunday, actress Daniele Watts says she was put into a police car after refusing to agree that she had done “something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public space.”
A South Florida man convicted of murdering two people during a string of Dunkin’ Donuts robberies in 2008, dared a judge Friday to sentence him to death. “Honestly and truly, I’m not asking you to spare me,” James Herard said in Broward County courtroom on Friday. “Go ahead and do what you gonna do. I pretty much dare you to give me the death sentence because I’m innocent.” Herard, 25, was convicted on 18 of 19 counts by the Fort Lauderdale jury in May. The same jury that convicted him has recommended the death penalty for Herard.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they lack confidence that President Obama’s goals of degrading and eliminating ISIS will be accomplished, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll. The findings come in the wake of President Barack Obama’s national address announcing his new plan to defeat the Islamist militants. ISIS has beheaded two U.S. journalists and on Saturday released a video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines. The poll – conducted before the latest execution emerged – showed that a combined 68 percent of Americans say they have “very little” or “just some” confidence in Obama's goals. Still, 62 percent of voters say they support Obama’s decision to take action against ISIS, while 22 percent oppose it.
The family of the British man ISIS threatened to execute at the end of a video in which they beheaded British aid worker David Haines released a photo of him on Sunday. U.K. officials confirmed the name of the hostage as Alan Henning. The photo was taken at a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to the British Foreign Office. The family did not release a statement.
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A pregnant Chicago State University student who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted, told her teen attacker she was pregnant, showing him her stomach, but was still forced to take off her clothes, prosecutors allege. The teen, identified in court as Aaron Parks, 17, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon, and armed robbery. He was charged as an adult and was ordered held without bail.
A power outage occurred at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, according to police. Police say the outage was caused by a transformer issue Sunday afternoon. Jackson Township Police say no one was hurt and that everyone is safe. They have not confirmed, however, whether anyone is stuck on the rides due to the outage.
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Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.
The Panthers have benched Greg Hardy for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with the defensive end involved in an ongoing domestic violence case. Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats. He is appealing the ruling. He was active against Tampa Bay in Week 1.
A 14-year-veteran police officer put her recent CPR certification to the test when she saved a newborn baby Friday night. The officer heard a radio call from a dispatcher asking “if anyone on the zone knew how to perform CPR on a newborn baby,” according to a police statement, and she went to the house of the 2-day old baby. The newborn was blue in color and not breathing, and the officer began performing chest compressions for several minutes until he began to breathe on his own, police said.