Death toll from Ebola outbreak rises to 729: WHO
The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, after 57 deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana. (Reuters)
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Death toll from Ebola outbreak rises to 729: WHO

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, after 57 deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana. (Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 30, 2014

A South Korean student displays a message during a rally against the Israeli military operations in Gaza and the West Bank, President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking about the economy and visitors are silhouetted as they enjoy the scene of the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Indonesia are just a few of the photos of the day for July 30, 2014.

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Water pollution in China

Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers and factory wastewater have degraded China’s water supplies to the extent that half the nation’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted. China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing’s push for rapid economic growth.

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Photos of the day - July 29, 2014

Smoke rises from Tuffah neighborhood after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, an aerial view as the Costa Concordia undertakes one of her docking manoures in the harbor of Genoa and Indian Muslims take part in Eid al-Fitr prayers in the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla Mosque in New Delhi are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

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The artwork of Mike Stilkey


Los Angeles native Mike Stilkey has always been attracted to painting and drawing not only on vintage paper, record covers and book pages, but on the books themselves.

Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a melancholic and at times a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. A lingering sense of loss and longing hints at emotional depth and draws the viewer into their introspective thrall with a mixture of capricious poetry, wit, and mystery.

His work is reminiscent of Weimar-era German expressionism and his style has been described by some as capturing features of artists ranging from Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally. (mikestilkey.com)

Visit his website to see more of his work.

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Fugitive arrest shootout in NYC

Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest. The mayor and police commissioner say the suspect is dead. (AP)

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Photos of the day - July 28, 2014

An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta, a fisherman is silhouetted against the lit skyline of Wonsan, North Korea and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III takes a selfie with a group of fans after practice are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 27, 2014

Stephen McDonagh takes part in the Irish Bog Snorkeling championship at Peatlands in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Kenya’s Denis Okoth lands a punch on England’s Samuel Maxwell during their men’s Light Welterweight boxing fight at the Commonwealth Games and a man competes at the Tough Mudder event in Germany are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

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Nude models, artists take to NYC streets

New York really is “the naked city.”

Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form.

Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle.

Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square.

The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued over the arrest. Public nudity is legal in the city if it’s part of a performance, exhibition or show.

Golub’s event Saturday included a post-painting march down Broadway and a return to Times Square for a photo shoot. (AP)

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