Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) shakes hands with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, prior to an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, August 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Yves Logghe/Pool

EU plans more sanctions as Russia advances in Ukraine

KIEV/BRUSSELS - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled they were ready to prepare more sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.  Full Article 

Captives held by Islamic State prove tough quandary for Obama 1:48pm EDT

WASHINGTON - After Islamic State's beheading of journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama's administration is making little headway in efforts to secure the release of three other Americans held by the insurgent group in Syria, officials said.

An Afghan security force takes up position at the site of an attack in Jalalabad city August 30, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz

Suicide bombers hit Afghan intelligence agency

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west.  Full Article | Video 

A bag filled with toy guns is seen at a school in Ciudad Juarez  October 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Toy weapons can't look real under California bill

The California State Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that would require certain replica guns to be painted bright colors or made transparent to prevent police from confusing toy guns for real weapons.  Full Article 

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Google tests drones to deliver goods

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine.  Video | Full Article 

A cyclist exits the entryway to the Main Quad at Stanford University in Stanford, California, May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

'Yes means yes,' on California campuses

Californian lawmakers passed a law requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses.  Full Article 

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Big California waves to last the weekend

Huge surf from Hurricane Marie expected to entertain California beach goers through the Labor Day weekend.  Video 

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Explosions, gunfire in Syria

Syrian government soldiers advance in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, where they were engaged in heavy fighting against anti-government forces, according to the Syrian army. Gavino Garay reports.