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August 10, 2014

Hawaii Democrats Face Tough Battles For Governor, Senate

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HONOLULU (AP) — As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii’s dramatic primary races, a pair of big storms thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. He hugged military response personnel, emphasized his national network of contacts…

Obama: U.S. Airstrikes, Aid In Iraq Continues With No Set ‘Timetable’

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said that U.S. airstrikes have successfully destroyed Islamic State arms and equipment moving against Kurdish forces in Iraq on Saturday, just hours before he was set to depart on a two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. “We feel confident we can keep ISIL from going up a mountain and slaughtering the people there,” he said in a statement from the White House. Obama said the U.S….

U.S. Launches 4 Airstrikes On Iraqi Militants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians. U.S. Central Command says the Islamic State militants were firing on Yazidi civilians taking shelter in the Sinjar mountains. In a statement, the military says the militants were firing on civilians indiscriminately. Central Command says the…

Thousands Of Iraqi Yazidis Flee To Syria After Kurds Open Safe Passage

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Kurdish forces rescued 5,000 Yazidis who were stranded on Sinjar Mountain in Northwestern Iraq and had been in danger of dying of thirst, Al Jazeera reports. “I can confirm that we succeeded in reaching the mountains and opening a road for the refugees,” said Halgord Hikmet, a spokesman for Kurdish security forces, according to Al Jazeera. More from AP: Thousands of members of a religious minority group under attack by Islamic extremists have…

‘Little White Lie’: New documentary explores biracial woman’s quest on racial identity

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It’s a story, which many might find far-fetched: A biracial black woman led to believe most of her life that she was a white Jewish woman. However, this very thing happened to filmmaker Lacey Schwartz and she is telling her remarkable story in a documentary titled Little White Lie, which is currently making its way through the film festival circuit. Most recently, the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, were she was on…

The public is losing appetite for harsh marijuana law sentencing

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Depending on what state you live in, if you are arrested with a small amount of marijuana, you can either get a citation or a long prison sentence. In states were marijuana possession is legal, there are still federal laws on the books that could land an offender in the federal penitentiary. There’s been significant movement on the state levelin Washington and Colorado, states that legalized the sale of marijuana this year, and…