Hurricane Odile slams popular Mexico resort area
Reuters: Hurricane Odile slammed the popular Baja California, Mexico, resort area overnight forcing thousands of tourists and locals to crowd into emergency shelters.
The storm is now a category 2 hurricane and is expected to weaken further, but lingering flooding and mudslides could continue to affect the area, forecasters say. 
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Photo: Waves pound the beach in Acapulco as Hurricane Odile churns far off shore September 14, 2014. (REUTERS/CLAUDIO VARGAS)

Hurricane Odile slams popular Mexico resort area

Reuters: Hurricane Odile slammed the popular Baja California, Mexico, resort area overnight forcing thousands of tourists and locals to crowd into emergency shelters.

The storm is now a category 2 hurricane and is expected to weaken further, but lingering flooding and mudslides could continue to affect the area, forecasters say. 

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Photo: Waves pound the beach in Acapulco as Hurricane Odile churns far off shore September 14, 2014. (REUTERS/CLAUDIO VARGAS)

Panthers deactivate Greg Hardy
USA Today: The Carolina Panthers have deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for the team’s game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Hardy was found guilty this summer of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. He is appealing the conviction. 
Photo: Sam Sharpe Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers deactivate Greg Hardy

USA Today: The Carolina Panthers have deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for the team’s game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Hardy was found guilty this summer of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. He is appealing the conviction. 

Photo: Sam Sharpe Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Video emerges showing people reacting to Michael Brown shooting

AP: Cellphone video that shows witnesses raising their hands in the air moments after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer could bolster arguments that Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts say.

Video via AP on YouTube

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Reports: NFL star Peterson indicted in child injury case

ESPN: Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports.

Montgomery County sheriff investigators said they received the case earlier this year and that Peterson has been cooperative with them. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office told ESPN that Peterson has not been arrested.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropping out of October mayoral election

Globe and MailToronto Mayor Rob Ford is withdrawing from the city’s October mayoral election, a city official confirmed on Friday.

The news comes after doctors discovered a tumor in Ford’s abdomen.

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Photo via NBCNews.com

Pakistan arrests militants suspected of Malala Yousafzai attack

TIMEPakistan’s army says it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted because of her campaign for women’s rights and education.

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Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide in death of girlfriend

New York Times: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday after being acquitted of murder charges in the death of girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp. 

Culpable homicide carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. Pistorius was also acquitted of two of three firearms charges after a judge said state prosecutors “failed to establish that the accused is guilty.”

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Photo: Oscar Pistorius arriving at the courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday. (Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

Remains of 3 infants found in trash-filled Massachusetts house

Boston Globe:  Police discovered the remains of three infants in a trash-filled house in Blackstone, Mass., on Wednesday. Four other children were removed from the same home last month.

The cause of death for the infants has not yet been determined, but authorities described the house as filled with feces, bugs and rats. The investigation is ongoing.

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Photo: Police tape covered the front door of the home in Blackstone, Mass. (Rick Cinclare /Telegram & Gazette)

Report: US threatened fine in 2008 if Yahoo wouldn’t release data

Washington Post: The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 in an attempt to force the company to release user data, unsealed court documents showed Thursday. 

The company, which believed the data release was unconstitutional, ultimately lost the legal battle.

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Photo: The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand for user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ebola survivor donates blood to treat infected US doctor

NBC NewsUS Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly has donated his blood to treat another infected US doctor, Rick Sacra, currently hospitalized in Nebraska, aid agency Samaritan’s Purse said Thursday.

Using serum from an Ebola survivor is an experimental treatment but the World Health Organization endorsed the approach last week.

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Judge says Oscar Pistorius cannot be convicted of murder

NBC NewsA judge in South Africa has ruled out murder in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, but said there was “no doubt” the double-amputee acted unlawfully when he shot and killed his girlfriend.

The rest of the verdict was expected to come at a later date. Pistorius could still be convicted of culpable homicide.

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Photo: Oscar Pistorius arrives for the verdict in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria. (Reuters via NBCNews.com)

President Obama outlines strategy to defeat Islamic State

The New York Times: President Obama outlined his strategy for confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria during a televised speech tonight.

Obama said the U.S. was recruiting a global coalition to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the militants. He also announced the U.S. will send nearly 500 more military advisers to Iraq, but said that these “forces will not have a combat mission.”

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Photo: President Obama used a prime-time address on Wednesday evening to explain to Americans his strategy for confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. (Pool photo by Saul Loeb)

Report: Source tells AP Rice video sent to NFL
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago. The NFL has repeatedly said it could not obtain the video of Rice hitting Janay Palmer at a casino in February. The Baltimore Ravens released Rice, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely, on Monday after TMZ released the video. Follow this story on Breaking News.
(This post was edited after AP updated their story to say the video was reportedly sent five months ago, not three.)
Photo: In this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux / AP file)

Report: Source tells AP Rice video sent to NFL

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago.

The NFL has repeatedly said it could not obtain the video of Rice hitting Janay Palmer at a casino in February. The Baltimore Ravens released Rice, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely, on Monday after TMZ released the video.

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(This post was edited after AP updated their story to say the video was reportedly sent five months ago, not three.)

Photo: In this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux / AP file)

UN panel: Earth’s ozone beginning to recover

Associated Press: Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday.

For the first time in 35 years, scientists were able to confirm a statistically significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields us from solar radiation that causes skin cancer, crop damage and other problems.

From 2000 to 2013, ozone levels went up 4 percent in the key mid-northern latitudes at about 30 miles high, said NASA scientist Paul A. Newman. He co-chaired the every-four-years ozone assessment by 300 scientists, released at the United Nations.

Father of 5 kids found dead in Alabama to be charged in deaths
AP: Timothy Ray Jones Jr., father of the five children whose bodies were found in Alabama Tuesday, will be charged with murder in their deaths when he arrives back to Lexington, SC.
Officials believe Jones killed the children at the same time. A motive is not known at this time. 
Photo: AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff’s Office

Father of 5 kids found dead in Alabama to be charged in deaths

AP: Timothy Ray Jones Jr., father of the five children whose bodies were found in Alabama Tuesday, will be charged with murder in their deaths when he arrives back to Lexington, SC.

Officials believe Jones killed the children at the same time. A motive is not known at this time. 

Photo: AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff’s Office