2 NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing  

MSN News By : JONATHAN DREW

Superior Court Judge Douglass Sasser ordered the immediate release of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46.

The half brothers were convicted in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie in Robeson County. Lawyers for the men petitioned for their release after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt recovered at the crime scene pointed to another man. - Full Article


Sotloff, a freelance journalist, had written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and other publications  

Washington Post By : Greg Miller

A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, marking the second such execution in recent weeks by a group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to kill other captives.

The video shows a bound Sotloff being held at knifepoint by a black-clad militant against a desert backdrop... - Full Article


Russias ruble at lowest level ever as new sanctions loom  

CNN Money By : Alanna Petroff

The European Union said Saturday that it was preparing to issue new sanctions as soon as this week in response to signs that Russia had sent troops into Ukraine.

Russia has denied that its armed forces are active in the country. - Full Article


Death row lawyer: If I throw in the towel, a client dies  

CNN By : Emanuella Grinberg

By the time Edward Lee Elmore won his freedom at age 53, he had spent 30 years -- most of them on death row -- imprisoned in South Carolina for a crime he says he did not commit.

Law enforcement planted evidence and prosecutors manipulated facts to cast Elmore as the only suspect in the 1982 murder of 75-year-old Dorothy Edwards, his lawyers claim. - Full Article


Raid on ISIS suspect in the French Riviera  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

It was almost midnight when the surveillance team spotted their target at the base of the cavernous luxury apartment complex.

He fit the picture on the international arrest warrant which had urgently been issued just weeks previously -- a French-Algerian in his early 20s with buzz-cut hair and thick arching eyebrows. - Full Article


Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but a wide swath of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials described on Wednesday as a stealth invasion. - Full Article


6.0 earthquake jolts Bay Area early Sunday, Napa damage reported  

San Jose Mercury News By : Mike Rosenberg and Robert Salonga

The biggest Bay Area earthquake in a quarter-century rattled the region early Sunday morning, with a 6.0 shaker waking up nervous locals, knocking out power to tens of thousands of buildings in Napa County and tossing items from shelves in homes and stores.

The slow rumble was reported at 3:20 a.m. and was centered close to Buchli Station Road, near American Canyon in Napa County, and was about 6.7 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. - Full Article


Why Marketing Technologists Will Rule Modern Marketing  

Forbes By : John Ellett

This week in Boston the first MarTech conference was held to encourage and support the increasingly important but still rare professionals — those who are equally adept at marketing and technology.

Sometimes labeled chief marketing technology officers (CMTO), and affectionately referred to as unicorns because they are so difficult to find, these are the individuals who help equip organizations with the tools of modern marketing needed to engage today’s always-on customers. - Full Article


Amazon's new ad network has a secret weapon against Google AdWords: shopping data  

VB News By : Mark Sullivan

The secret to delivering relevant ads is data. Demographic, psychographic, personal data. Google has data on what we search for, Facebook has data on what we like and share, but Amazon’s data may be the best of all for targeting ads.

It has data on what we browse and buy. That’s why yesterday’s revelations that Amazon is gearing up to launch its own ad network are particularly interesting: Amazon could offer retailers a much-wanted alternative to Facebook and Google ads, and Amazon may prove to be better suited than either of its rivals at putting ads in front of consumers that actually get clicked. - Full Article


Time has come for Obama to start worrying about his critics again?  

CNBC By : Ben White

There are some who argue that criticism of President Barack Obama for happily golfing after speaking to the nation about the brutal terrorist murder of U.S. journalist James Foley is unfair and doesn't really matter anyway.

Those inclined to care about presidential golfing are never going to like Obama, this argument goes, so why should he trouble himself with their critiques? - Full Article


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