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  • Thousands march in New York City to protest police chokehold death

    People take part in the "We Will Not Go Back" march and rally for Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Reverend Al Sharpton led thousands of chanting but peaceful activists in a march across Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, who died after New York City police put him in a banned chokehold last month. "Let's make this a peaceful march and get justice for my husband so that this doesn't happen to anybody else," Esaw Garner said in a somber tone to protesters. Garner's sister, Ellisha Flagg, also spoke, saying the march was not anti-police, but it was against police brutality and violence in general. The demonstration was also in response to the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American who was shot dead by a white police officer this month in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking more than a week of violent confrontations, Sharpton said.


  • Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank

    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's VineyardBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 - as some conservative Republicans hope it will - if lawmakers fail to act. Obama said in his weekly radio address that if Congress lets the bank close, it would be stunting U.S. "If Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit," the president said.


  • Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar
    ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of the Democratic Party adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor to President Barack Obama.
  • Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster trade sending Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland for 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, a person familiar with the trade said. The Timberwolves are getting Wiggins and former top pick Anthony Bennett from Cleveland and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia. The 76ers get a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland, and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from Minnesota. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James.


  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

    Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Yasmine Saleh GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City. Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel. Initial reports said 17 people were wounded in the attack on the 13-storey building, the Israeli army and Gaza health officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the building, which collapsed completely, contained a command centre by Hamas militants.