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Women's World Cup turf war heats up

- Associated Press

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass.

In this Aug. 16, 2014, photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) carries during an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

- Associated Press

Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season.

Simon touts Bloomington Internet program

Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is welcoming Illinois students - who could graduate from college in 2025 - back to school and is highlighting a program providing Internet access to low-income students.

Mannequins stand at a store that sells clothing for over weight people in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The Venezuelan government has launched a public relations campaign to halt a steady rise in obesity that, if left unchecked, threatens to lead to a costly, public health crisis. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

- Associated Press

Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories.

Couples can say 'I do' once again

- Associated Press

Couples will soon have the opportunity to marry or renew their wedding vows inside the historic Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum - the same site where thousands said "I do" more than 50 years ago.

Liberian security forces with riot gear stop people from leaving the West Point area, that has been hardest hit by the Ebola virus spreading in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday.(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

- Associated Press

Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries.

Midwest states share bat-disease funding

Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Illinois and seven other Midwestern states will share more than $280,000 in federal money intended to help combat white-nose syndrome among bats.

Nicholas Dillion rests in his bed at UC Davis Medical Center on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif., after being injured in Sunday's earthquake. Sunday's quake caused several injuries, left four mobile homes destroyed by gas-fed fires and damaged wineries, historic buildings and hotels in the Napa area. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randy Pench)

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

Associated Press

Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

This frame grab taken from Twitch.tv shows two gamers competing and a streaming chat, at right, as visitors to the online network watch the two gamers go head-to-head. Twitch's 55 million monthly users viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on the service in July 2014, making Twitch.tv one of the world's biggest sources of Internet traffic. (AP Photo/Twitch.tv)

Video games come of age as spectator sport

- Associated Press

Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."

A man, left, walk past a Ebola awareness campaign poster, in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast,  Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Sevi Herve Gbekide )

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

- Associated Press

A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa.