Most talked about Washington Times stories

Twitter suspending accounts that show James Foley execution — Twitter is actively suspending accounts that post images or video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. A gruesome video released Tuesday showed extremists executing Foley, 40, in what the extremists called retribution for U.S. military actions in northern Iraq.

Florida police department to use body-mounted cameras — Police in Sarasota, Florida, will begin wearing body-mounted cameras later this year in an effort to increase accountability among officers and residents. The Sarasota City Commission voted unanimously Monday to accept a U.S. Department of Justice grant providing $36,645 in initial funding for the cameras, reported.

Russia vows naval expansion to counter NATO; move in response to Ukraine tensions — Russia is crafting a way to bolster its naval capabilities over the next six years, a move Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday is a response to tensions with NATO. "These proposals must ensure that our forces are reequipped with modern weapons and military equipment," Russian news agencies quoted Shoigu as saying, Agence France-Presse reported.

Fewer North Dakota fall turkey licenses available — BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The number of hunting licenses available for North Dakota's fall turkey season has dropped for the sixth year in a row. The state Game and Fish Department is making 3,805 hunting licenses available for the fall season, 215 fewer than last year.

S.C. school apologizes for omitting 'under God' from Pledge of Allegiance — A South Carolina elementary school has apologized after a fourth-grade teacher omitted the words "under God" from a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance she handed out to students. Jessica Andrews, whose daughter attends Chukker Creek Elementary School in Aiken, said she was shocked when her daughter showed her a copy of the pledge without any mention of God.

Illegal immigrants file applications to force Obama's hand on stopping deportations — Nearly a dozen illegal immigrations announced a campaign Wednesday to force President Obama's hand on halting deportations, saying they would file papers demanding to be let into the existing program granting so-called Dreamers legal status, even though none of them qualify.
Aug 20, 2014

Ineligible illegals file request for Dreamer status, hoping to force Obama's hand on deportations - Washington Times

Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

SNYDER: With guaranteed scholarships, Maryland champions education for athletes — The football program has failed to blast off under fourth-year coach Randy Edsall and the men's basketball program has a shaky trajectory off under fourth-year coach Mark Turgeon. The women's basketball team has excelled in 12 seasons under coach Brenda Frese, with a national title, two Final Fours, four Elite Eights and seven Sweet 16s in the books.

Fantasy football fantasy? Not Peyton Manning with an early pick — I was all set to impress you by working a George Santayana (Google him) reference into a lead about why you should avoid Peyton Manning this season, but then I watched his Fantasy Football Channel commercial with brother Eli and his series of Gatorade commercials and I'm wavering on whether you should target Manning in the first round because any athlete who can be that self-deprecating and hilarious deserves your support.

N.J. police searching for 'knockout game' suspect after 3 attacks — Police in North Jersey are searching for a man suspected of punching three victims Monday night in a string of apparent "knockout game" attacks. Hackensack residents were put on alert as police hunted for a man who randomly approached and punched three people within 15 minutes, The Bergen County Record reported.

Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C. — Race-based hate crimes jumped in the District last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities. D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black.
Aug 20, 2014

Hate crimes up in DC, most are against whites. Minorities might not be reporting, however.…

Law enforcement officers cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides — More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn't specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person's death.
Aug 19, 2014

RT @Police_Dispatch: Cops cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides - Washington Times #PoliceNews

Aug 19, 2014

Law enforcement officers cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides - Washington Times

Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected — BECKLEY, W.Va. - Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the problems inflicted by President Obama's policies are even worse than he predicted during the 2012 presidential campaign. "It's been a good deal worse than even I expected," Mr. Romney told reporters after headlining a rally here for Republican candidates for the U.S.