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Oliver Sacks was the author of the 1973 book "Awakenings," which detailed his real-life experience with patients who suffered from a condition known as encephalitis lethargicaRenowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who explored the mysteries of the human brain in a series of best-selling books, died Sunday at age 82, the New York Times reported. Sacks' longtime personal assistant, Kate Edgar, told the Times he died at his home in New York after a battle with cancer. The story was adapted into a 1990 Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro.


8/30/2015 8:34:57 AM

In this image released by the Saudi Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Civil Defense, smoke billows from a fire at a residential complex used by state oil giant Saudi Aramco in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Authorities say one person has been killed and dozens were injured in the fire. (Saudi Interior Ministry General Directorate of Civil Defense via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200, officials in the kingdom said.


8/30/2015 8:32:46 AM

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2013 file photo, Cate Foughty, 6, of Frisco, Texas, takes part in a rally for Texas public schools at the state Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas’ latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year. There’s no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in front of the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kids who were barely a month into their first year of high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began are now seniors — and there's still no end in sight.


8/30/2015 8:32:25 AM

Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a meet and greet with local residents, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Harlan, Iowa. Walker wowed Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, jumping to the top tier of Republican presidential candidates. But in the seven to eight weeks since the Wisconsin governor became an official candidate, he's had to backtrack and clarify his positions on immigration and Islamic terrorists, reassure jittery donors after a lackluster debate performance, and reshape his campaign to try and rekindle the spark that he showed in the middle of the winter in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is putting a new twist on the topic of securing the border, a staple among the GOP candidates running for president, by pointing north.


8/30/2015 8:29:15 AM

In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, General Mills CEO Ken Powell talks about his company's plans for reducing greenhouse gases during an interview with The Associated Press in Golden Valley, Minn. The company's goal is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025, not just within its own operations but all the way up its supply chain from suppliers. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.


8/30/2015 8:27:54 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 500 people have held a protest in Russia's second-largest city over the destruction of a century-old bas-relief of the demon Mephistopheles.

8/30/2015 8:18:46 AM

Central African Republic's Prime Minister Tiangaye, seen during an interview with Reuters in Paris where he urged the immediate deployment of French troops and an African peacekeeping force (MISCACentral African Republic's constitutional court has confirmed the exclusion of past members of a transitional government from running for office in presidential and parliamentary elections due in October. A 2013 transitional charter stated that members of the caretaker body would not be eligible to participate in the polls, which are meant to draw a line under more than two years of violence However, the court was asked to clarify the charter's provision after former Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye and other senior ministers, who have since left the transitional government, announced their candidacies. The transitional authority was established to lead the country to fresh elections.


8/30/2015 8:17:05 AM

A man, centre, accused of being involved in the trafficking of the 71 migrants found dead in a truck in Austria, is escorted by police officers at a court in Kecskemet, Hungary on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi) HUNGARY OUTBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police have detained a fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in neighboring Austria.


8/30/2015 8:16:14 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82.

8/30/2015 8:14:09 AM

ROME (AP) — The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea.

8/30/2015 8:14:07 AM

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Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a meet and greet with local residents, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Harlan, Iowa. Walker wowed Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, jumping to the top tier of Republican presidential candidates. But in the seven to eight weeks since the Wisconsin governor became an official candidate, he's had to backtrack and clarify his positions on immigration and Islamic terrorists, reassure jittery donors after a lackluster debate performance, and reshape his campaign to try and rekindle the spark that he showed in the middle of the winter in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is putting a new twist on the topic of securing the border, a staple among the GOP candidates running for president, by pointing north.


8/30/2015 9:40:33 AM

While the narrative for New Orleans after a decade has become one of rebirth and renewal, the same cannot be said for small Pearlington, Miss. that saw just as much devastation. Many here acknowledge that Pearlington may physically never be the same. But just as Katrina broke their buildings, townspeople say one unexpected positive note is that the unity required for the recovery also broke a longstanding racial divide.

8/29/2015 6:40:09 PM

New York Yankees v Atlanta BravesThis is the second major incident involving a fan falling from the upper deck at Turner Field in the last three years.


8/29/2015 9:17:39 PM

Mourners gather at a gas station in Houston on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot and killed while filling his patrol car. On Saturday, prosecutors charged Shannon J. Miles with capital murder in the Friday shooting. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT: JAMES NIELSEN/HOUSTON CHRONICLEHOUSTON (AP) — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy will be arraigned this week, jail records show.


8/30/2015 9:50:30 AM

South Miami-Dade County as seen during a fire department aerial reconnaissance..By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice. If authorities were quicker to heed warnings about the devastating potential of Katrina before it made landfall in Louisiana on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, some of the nearly 1,800 lives that were lost may have been saved, forecasters speculate.


8/30/2015 6:09:20 AM

(Reuters) - A powerful windstorm toppled trees, killing two people in Washington state as work crews scrambled on Sunday to restore power to 450,000 customers, a TV report showed. A father driving with his three-year-old daughter in Gig Harbor, just west of Tacoma, was killed on Saturday when a tree fell on his car, KOMO 4 TV reported. Within two hours, a falling branch struck and killed a 10-year-old girl in Federal Way, just east of Tacoma, the television station reported. Gusting winds were blamed for massive power outages affecting as many as 450,000 customers. ...

8/30/2015 9:34:44 AM

Packing potentially destructive winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the hurricane was about 450 miles (720 km) east of Big Island of Hawaii moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour (15 kph), the center said. With hurricane force winds extending 30 miles (45 km) from its center, waves as high as 20 feet (4 meters) could be expected on Sunday and Monday, along with sustained winds of 39 miles per hour (63 kph), he said.

8/30/2015 9:58:32 AM

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Christie answers a question from the audience during a campaign town hall meeting in Salem(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Saturday if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages. Christie, who is well back in the pack seeking the Republican nomination for president, told a campaign event in the early voting state of New Hampshire that he would ask FedEx Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith to devise the tracking system. Immigration has become a top issue in the Republican campaign, with front-runner Donald Trump vowing to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall along the southern border.


8/29/2015 5:31:09 PM

This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth who was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Goforth, was pumping gas into his vehicle when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities.


8/29/2015 10:16:16 PM

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