ABC News on the Map - Aug 15

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Las Vegas: Paul Ryan Meets With Donors as Protest Rages Outside Venetian Hotel

Hundreds of protesters greeted Rep. Paul Ryan as he met with a small group of Nevada donors, including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, at the Venetian hotel.

Winds Fan Fires Across Hot, Dry Western States

The extreme fire conditions across the West came to bear in a rural part of Washington State when three separate blazes started in just 90 minutes.

Damascus, Syria: Activists Report Clashes in Syrian Capital

Activists say Syrian troops have clashed with rebels near the government headquarters and Iranian embassy in the capital, Damascus.

Hartford, Conn.: Linda McMahon Wins Conn. GOP Primary

In Connecticut, wealthy former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the GOP's endorsed candidate, defeated former Rep. Christopher Shays in the Senate primary.

New Delhi: Government Announces Plans for a Mars Mission in 2013

India plans to send a spacecraft to Mars next year in a giant leap forward for science and technology in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced.

Canberra, Australia: Court Upholds Extreme Logo Ban on Cigarette Packs

Australia's highest court today upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion, meaning tobacco companies will be prohibited from displaying their logos and instead feature images of cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children on their cigarette packs.

Sparks, Nev.: Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Movie Theater

Police say a man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks at a Nevada movie theater during a showing of "The Bourne Legacy."

Tehran, Iran: Families of Slain Iranian Scientists Sue Israel

Families of Iran's slain nuclear scientists have filed a lawsuit against Israel, the United States and Britain, accusing them of involvement in the assassination of their loved ones, prominent nuclear scientists.

London: N.Y. Times Picks BBC Boss as Chief Exec

The New York Times has selected BBC boss Mark Thompson as its new chief executive.

Perryville, Ariz.: Betty Smithey, Longest-Serving Female Prison Inmate, Released

Betty Smithey served 49 years of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of a child in 1963.

Ugandans Celebrate First Medal in 40 Years

Uganda's only medal winner at the London Olympics cried tears of joy as hundreds of people welcomed him home today with celebrations of music and dance in honor of the African nation's first gold since 1972.

Seattle: Bill Gates Searches for a New Toilet

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is looking to fund an innovative toilet. One uses microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity. Another captures urine and uses it for flushing. And still another turns excrement into charcoal.

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