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  • Gael Monfils into quarters of US Open

    Tue, 5:00pm

    Peng Shuai, of China, returns a shot against Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)NEW YORK (AP) — Gael Monfils beat Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010.


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  • Nicaragua calls off search for 4 missing miners

    Tue, 5:00pm

    A rescued miner looks down as he leaves the El Comal gold and silver mine after being rescued in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The first 11 of 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in a mine have been rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Tuesday it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.


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  • Egypt urges unity against jihadist 'barbarism'

    Tue, 4:58pm

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri answers questions during an interview on September 2, 2014 in ParisEgypt's foreign minister on Tuesday called for a "collective and international approach" against the "barbarism" of jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. In an interview with AFP, Sameh Shoukri said: "What we need is a collective and international approach that takes into account all the different elements required to fight this phenomenon: political, military and social." Asked whether Egypt could envisage a possible military intervention against the extremists, the minister said Cairo was "ready to support the international community in terms of what might be decided on this subject" after a United Nations Security Council resolution. On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a global coalition to combat the Islamic State jihadist group and their "genocidal agenda".


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  • Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection

    Tue, 4:47pm

    A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityCircuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Judge Gerard Lynch, one of three judges who heard the arguments, said it was "hard for me to imagine" Congress had envisioned such a sweeping effort when it passed an expansion of anti-terrorism powers known as the Patriot Act after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Stuart Delery, a lawyer for the Justice Department, told Lynch in response that Congress was fully informed when it voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act twice.


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  • Home Depot investigating 'unusual activity' after breach

    Tue, 4:23pm

    A sign outside The Home Depot store is pictured in Monrovia, CaliforniaHome Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach. "At this point, I can confirm that we’re looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," Home Depot representative Paula Drake wrote in an emailed statement to Reuters. "If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately." The statement came after security website KrebsonSecurity first reported that multiple banks had seen evidence that Home Depot may be the source of stolen credit and debit cards put up for sale on underground markets. Retail customers faced a massive data breach during last year's holiday season when hackers stole at least 40 million payment card numbers and 70 million other pieces of customer data from Target Corp .


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  • Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage: SITE

    Tue, 4:07pm

    File photo of U.S. journalist Steven SotloffBy William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State".


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Community Calendar

  • Airing of the Quilts

    9/6/2014

    The "Airing of the Quilts", modeled after a similar event held each year in Sister, Oregon, will be an open-air quilt show in downtown Rensselaer Falls, NY. Quilts will be hung from fences, on the fronts of buildings, on parked cars, and other available and suitable surfaces. The event will be hosted by Susan's Stitches, 216B Rensselaer St. from 10am to 3pm.

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