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Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl prisoner swap

Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl prisoner swap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense violated U.S. law in swapping five Guantanamo detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a review by a government watchdog found.
Gabrielle Levy
Bank of America to pay $17B in toxic securities settlement

Bank of America to pay $17B in toxic securities settlement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Bank of America reached a deal to pay $17 billion in a settlement for selling toxic mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 crisis, Justice Department said.
Gabrielle Levy
Federal judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Federal judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A federal judge overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying that 50 years from now it will be seen as "an obvious pretext for discrimination."
Frances Burns
Friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber pleads guilty

Friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber pleads guilty

BOSTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber admitted Thursday that he removed a backpack and laptop from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room.
Frances Burns
Hamas warning: No flights into Tel Aviv

Hamas warning: No flights into Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Hamas appeared to give a warning the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, will be a target of its rocket fire.
Ed Adamczyk
After major delays, Ukraine begins customs inspection of Russian aid trucks

After major delays, Ukraine begins customs inspection of Russian aid trucks

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government announced Thursday that the customs clearance process for the first batch of Russian aid trucks has begun.
JC Finley
Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

BANGKOK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's Parliament nominated military junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the new prime minister, further empowering the military's grip over Thailand.
JC Finley
Missouri gov. orders withdrawal of National Guard from Ferguson

Missouri gov. orders withdrawal of National Guard from Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson Thursday after the second straight night of relative calm.
Gabrielle Levy
When Putin needs to talk, he calls Merkel

When Putin needs to talk, he calls Merkel

BERLIN, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to call a world leader, he can reliably expect German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pick up the phone.
Ed Adamczyk
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- With less than 11 weeks to go, Amanda Curtis, a high school math teacher and single-term Montana state legislator, is kicking off her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Gabrielle Levy
Protesters attach giant Palestinian flag to Manhattan Bridge

Protesters attach giant Palestinian flag to Manhattan Bridge

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A large Palestinian flag was found hanging off the Manhattan bridge Wednesday, as a protest against U.S. support of Israel in the conflict with Gaza.
Aileen Graef
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Ahead of this week's grisly execution of journalist James Foley, the U.S. failed in a rescue attempt after his captors demanded millions in ransom.
Gabrielle Levy
Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An auction for acreage in the western Gulf of Mexico drew more than $100 million in high bids from energy companies, the Interior Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Doctor with Ebola expected to be released from Atlanta hospital

Doctor with Ebola expected to be released from Atlanta hospital

ATLANTA, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The American doctor being treated for Ebola at an Atlanta hospital has recovered and is expected to leave the hospital Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Bill Murray Day planned for 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Bill Murray Day planned for 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTO, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival's Bill Murray Day will celebrate the actor's career by screening "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Ghostbusters."
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