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  • Turkish parliament considers authorizing incursions into Iraq, Syria to thwart IS threats
    Oct 2, 2014 3:26 AM CDT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday was considering a motion that would give the government new powers to launch military incursions in Syria and Iraq and allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group, although the country has yet to define what role it intends to play in the U.S.-led coalition against the militants. Turkey's government has been vague about how it will back the coalition or how far it is willing to go in taking...

  • California community comes to grips with shooting death of mayor in fight with son and wife
    Oct 2, 2014 3:11 AM CDT

    BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — She was his high school sweetheart and wife of 28 years. He was mayor of the modest Los Angeles suburb where they moved and had two kids just after they were married. Daniel Crespo, mayor of Bell Gardens, is now dead from a fatal gunshot wound that authorities say was fired by his wife, though she had not been arrested and no charges had been filed Wednesday. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials who interviewed both Crespo's wife and son said Levette Crespo shot...

  • France's Moscovici vows to be impartial, tough enforcer of EU rules limiting nations' decifits
    Oct 2, 2014 3:02 AM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's incoming economics chief vows to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's budget and deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French Finance Minister. Pierre Moscovici told lawmakers in a confirmation hearing in Brussels Thursday he will be a "scrupulous guard of our rules" and not the "ambassador of one country." France has fallen behind several deadlines to bring its budget deficit under the EU-mandated ceiling of 3 percent of gross...

  • Indian prime minister joins millions in nationwide campaign to sweep away garbage
    Oct 2, 2014 2:58 AM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister joined millions of schoolchildren, officials and ordinary people who picked up brooms and dustpans Thursday in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept the road in a poor neighborhood in New Delhi while launching the Clean India Campaign. Elsewhere in state capitals and small towns, lawmakers, school principals, factory workers and millions of common folk swept and cleared garbage, and cleaned...

  • Secret Service director's undoing came quickly as support vanished from nearly every corner
    Oct 2, 2014 2:58 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president. Pierson's undoing was not telling the president about a Sept. 16 incident in Atlanta in which President Barack Obama rode an elevator with an armed security contractor during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two White House officials said. The armed contractor's proximity to Obama violated the...

  • Man gets 30 years for plotting to detonate bomb at Portland, Oregon, Christmas tree event
    Oct 2, 2014 2:57 AM CDT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One thousand, four hundred and six days after he screamed "God is great" while police officers dragged him into a waiting van, a young Somali American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb. His intended target was a downtown Portland square one night after Thanksgiving 2010, where thousands of revelers watched the mayor light a towering Christmas tree. The bomb was a fake, part of an elaborate FBI sting with Mohamed Mohamud as its target. Mohamud...

  • Court ruling strikes at pension fund sanctity, says California must follow US bankruptcy laws
    Oct 2, 2014 2:56 AM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has struck a blow against the sanctity of public pensions in California by ruling that U.S. bankruptcy law permits the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, allowing the city to cut benefits. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees before its creditors are paid the entire amount they are owned. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled Wednesday that federal law and the U.S. Constitution...

  • Australian Parliament bans veiled visitors from open galleries as counterterror measure
    Oct 2, 2014 2:55 AM CDT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's Parliament House have been restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new counterterrorism security measure. Some senators accused the Parliament of sending a message to the nation that Muslim women can be treated as second-class citizens. The government department that runs Parliament House said in a statement on Thursday that "persons with facial coverings" would no longer...

  • AP-GfK Poll: Talk of terrorism and health care aside, economy remains top issue for voters
    Oct 2, 2014 2:44 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Recent headlines could make you think this election would be different. Perhaps, for the first time since the Great Recession, the economy wouldn't be the top issue. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll suggests that's not going to happen. Nine in 10 likely voters in the survey said the economy was an important issue, outpacing rising concerns about terrorism, ongoing concerns about health care, and the social issues that have led to sharp clashes on the campaign trail. Where...

  • Visit by Chinese top diplomat exposes differences with US over Hong Kong protests
    Oct 2, 2014 2:38 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A visit by China's top diplomat, intended to show growing U.S.-China cooperation, instead highlighted political differences between the two world powers as Washington spoke out about democracy protests gripping Hong Kong. Foreign Minister Wang Yi stopped in Washington after attending the U.N. General Assembly last week. He met Wednesday with his counterpart John Kerry and got face time with President Barack Obama, who joined Wang's discussions with National Security Adviser Susan...

  • Missing data, clunky navigation mar new gov't site for searching doctors' financial conflicts
    Oct 2, 2014 2:21 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Although it's called "Open Payments," the government's new website doesn't make it easy to find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers. This should be a clue: The website lacks a "Find Your Doctor" button. The Obama administration says consumers will start seeing some improvements later this month, particularly when it comes to navigation. However, an Associated Press analysis found...

  • Obama to speak about economy at Northwestern U., taking a break from global crises
    Oct 2, 2014 2:19 AM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is delivering an economic address Thursday at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, a pitch the White House has long been planning to frame the midterm campaign's closing arguments. While Washington's attention was focused on a Secret Service scandal, Obama slipped away for an overnight trip to his family home in Chicago, just a short helicopter ride away from the speech site. WHY ANOTHER ECONOMIC SPEECH? The president has spent weeks consumed...

  • Mitt Romney back in demand 2 years after losing presidential race as party eyes murky future
    Oct 2, 2014 2:17 AM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Almost two years after his Election Day drubbing, Mitt Romney is the Republican man in demand. The twice-defeated White House contender is campaigning across seven states this week, covering nearly 6,000 miles in five days to raise money and energy for Republican midterm candidates from Georgia to Colorado. Romney has repeatedly insisted he's not running for president again, and his closest aides laugh off a possible 2016 bid. But top GOP strategists and donors suggest his continued...

  • Anatomy of a resignation: Trickle of bad news became a downpour for Secret Service director
    Oct 2, 2014 2:14 AM CDT

    At first word, it was bad enough: A White House fence-jumper managed to make it all the way to the front doors of the White House. From there, the story just kept getting worse. Bit by bit, details trickled out about the extent of the intrusion and about other security violations involving the Secret Service that hadn't been previously reported. How the story evolved: Friday, Sept. 19: The Secret Service says an unarmed man jumped the fence on the North Lawn of the White House just before 7...

  • China voices support for Hong Kong's leader as protesters threaten to occupy buildings
    Oct 2, 2014 2:07 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's ruling party mouthpiece warned of "chaos" and expressed strong support for Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday. The People's Daily said in a commentary that the "central government fully trusts Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and is very satisfied with his work." It added that it firmly supports the Hong Kong police — criticized for using...

  • Palestinian-born candidate runs for Berlin mayor, says rise can give hope to disaffected youth
    Oct 2, 2014 1:43 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's mayor broke ground 13 years ago by winning election after coming out as gay. Now a top candidate to succeed him wants to make history of his own: Palestinian-born Raed Saleh is seeking to become Berlin's first immigrant mayor. Saleh, who was born in the West Bank and came to Berlin at age 5, offers a story of social advancement he hopes will win over voters and set an example for others. The son of a Palestinian "guest worker" who brought his family to then-West Berlin...

  • As winter nears, anger mounts among Kashmir flood victims over Indian gov't disaster response
    Oct 2, 2014 1:01 AM CDT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — As floodwaters ripped through Indian-controlled Kashmir, Abdul Majeed spent five days holed up with his family in their attic, watching helplessly as army helicopters plucked tourists from hotel rooftops and government boats ferried officials to safety. "We shouted and signaled, but they ignored us," the businessman said. The water has mostly receded, but Majeed's anger has not. He vows to participate in anti-India protests, dozens of which erupt daily, blocking the few...

  • GOP Senate candidate Sullivan grilled during debate centered on fisheries issues in Alaska
    Oct 2, 2014 12:56 AM CDT

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan was grilled on his positions on fishing issues during a debate Wednesday night with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the largest fishing ports in the U.S. Sullivan, who took flack for initially planning to skip the debate to campaign in rural Alaska, sought to show his command of fisheries issues, the focus of the only-in-Alaska debate that is a tradition among politicians in the Last Frontier. Sullivan mentioned his family's...

  • Australia lifts Ebola donation to $16 million but won't send personnel for fear of infection
    Oct 2, 2014 12:39 AM CDT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia more than doubled its donation to the fight against Ebola in West Africa to 18 million Australian dollars ($16 million) on Thursday, but resisted demands to send personnel. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said an additional AU$10 million had been provided in response to a United Nations' appeal for $50 million to meet needs over the next month. "The government has assessed that, at this stage, financial contributions are the best and most efficient way Australia...

  • A look at changes in how Advanced Placement US history courses are being tested, taught
    Oct 2, 2014 12:37 AM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado students and teachers are protesting a school board's attempt to change the new way some history college prep classes are being taught and tested. For years, high school teachers have complained that Advanced Placement history classes — electives which are meant to help high school students prepare for college— were more focused on helping students memorize facts and pass the test to earn college credit than actually preparing them to go to college. A group of teachers and...

  • Hong Kong protests cause short-term pain, longer-term risks for role as business hub
    Oct 2, 2014 12:35 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China. The impact on Hong Kong's key industries of finance and trade is limited so far. But economists warn Hong Kong's appeal to global companies might erode if they start to think protests will become more frequent — or if they end in a violent...

  • US security firm reports 'malicious, fake' smartphone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters
    Oct 2, 2014 12:11 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists to protests, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. The firm said that once downloaded, they give an outsider access to the phone's address book, call logs and other information. The identities of victims and details of the servers used "lead us to believe that the Chinese government are...

  • US security firm reports smartphone app targets Hong Kong protesters
    Oct 1, 2014 11:37 PM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — A U.S. security firm says the Chinese government might be using a smartphone app to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The firm, Lacoon Mobile Security, says activists have received a link to the application that says it was created by a protest group. The firm said once downloaded, the software gives an outsider access to the phone's address book, call logs and other information. Lacoon said the technical details of the application "lead us to believe that the Chinese...

  • Alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva captured at restaurant, the 4th brother to fall
    Oct 1, 2014 11:03 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant. No shots were fired during the operation in San Miguel de Allende, a popular enclave for foreigners and artists in the central state of Guanajuato, federal criminal investigations chief Tomas Zeron said Wednesday night. With the arrest, Mexico's government landed another high-profile blow...

  • A look at detentions and killings of major Mexican drug chiefs in recent years
    Oct 1, 2014 11:02 PM CDT

    Top drug cartel captures or killings in recent years in Mexico: — Oct. 1, 2014: Mexico announces the capture of Hector Beltran Leyva, alleged head of the Beltran Leyva cartel. Authorities say Beltran Leyva, alias "The H" and "The Engineer," assumed leadership of the group following the killing of his brother Arturo in 2009. — Feb. 22, 2014: Mexican and U.S. officials catch the world's most powerful drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan. — July 15, 2013:...

  • Envoy says Iraq considering Australian request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State
    Oct 1, 2014 10:32 PM CDT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Iraq's ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets. Australia has six F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighters waiting on standby in the United Arab Emirates for final authorization to begin combat missions with the U.S.-led coalition. "We are seriously considering the request from Australia," Ambassador Mouayed Saleh told The Associated Press. He said...

  • Mexico says alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva captured while dining at restaurant
    Oct 1, 2014 9:35 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Military special forces grabbed alleged cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva during a lightning raid at a restaurant Wednesday, the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country. Officials said the purported head of the Beltran Leyva drug gang was captured inside a seafood eatery in the city of San Miguel de Allende, a popular enclave for foreigners and artists in the central state of Guanajuato. No shots were fired in the brief operation, which culminated an...

  • US sharply criticizes new Israeli construction project following Obama, Netanyahu meeting
    Oct 1, 2014 9:20 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians. The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president privately raised...

  • Students with umbrellas in New York, elsewhere rally for pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters
    Oct 1, 2014 9:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Students bearing umbrellas as a sign of solidarity gathered at rallies in several U.S. cities on Wednesday to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Altogether, hundreds were expected at Umbrella Revolution rallies in 40 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, organizers said. In New York, more than 100 students and supporters gathered in Times Square on Wednesday evening, many holding umbrellas, which have become symbols of the civil...

  • A look at detentions and killings of major Mexican drug chiefs in recent years
    Oct 1, 2014 8:29 PM CDT

    Top drug cartel captures or killings in recent years in Mexico: — Oct. 1, 2014: Mexico announces the capture of Hector Beltran Leyva, alleged head of the Beltran Leyva cartel. Authorities say Beltran Leyva, alias "The H" and "The Engineer," assumed leadership of the group following the killing of his brother Arturo in 2009. — Feb. 22, 2014: Mexican and U.S. officials catch the world's most powerful drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan. — July 15, 2013:...

  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
    Oct 1, 2014 8:18 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. Texas health officials said there were no other suspected cases in the state, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately sought to calm fears that one case would spread widely. Key is finding and tracking anyone who was in close contact...

  • Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund
    Oct 1, 2014 8:11 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees before its creditors are paid the entire amount they are owned. The case is being closely watched because it could help clarify who gets paid first by financially...

  • Man accused of taking illicit photos of Sen. Cochran's wife indicted on burglary charges
    Oct 1, 2014 8:09 PM CDT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges. Clayton Kelly was served Wednesday with an indictment charging him with one count each of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, said Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. Kelly's lawyer, Kevin Camp, told The Associated Press that his client picked up an indictment at the Madison County courthouse that grand...

  • IOC on Rio Olympics: 'A lot of progress' but 'schedule remains tight' for 2016 Games
    Oct 1, 2014 7:50 PM CDT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months but the schedule "remains tight," the head of the IOC's inspection team said Wednesday. Nawal El Moutawakel, who ended a three-day visit to Rio, was upbeat in nearly all her comments. This contrasts sharply with the situation about six months ago when one IOC member described the preparations as the "worst" in recent history. Nawal said the main concern was hotel rooms...

  • Federal report says hospital protocol failed in tuberculosis exposure at West Texas hospital
    Oct 1, 2014 7:31 PM CDT

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An El Paso hospital worker who exposed more than 850 infants to tuberculosis was allowed to return to work despite showing symptoms of the disease and coughing up blood at a hospital health screening, a federal report shows. The report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals that the nurse assistant on July 2 told others at Providence Memorial Hospital she was fatigued and coughing up blood. She continued to work six more weeks later after a private doctor...

  • Man accused of taking illicit photos of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife indicted on burglary charges
    Oct 1, 2014 7:15 PM CDT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said Clayton Kelly, of Pearl, was served Wednesday with an indictment charging him with one count of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. Kelly was released in May on $75,000 bond after his arrest on other charges. Kelly's lawyer, Kevin Camp,...

  • 2nd-in-command named acting US attorney in Seattle following Jenny Durkan's resignation
    Oct 1, 2014 7:01 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Annette Hayes has been named acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, following the resignation of Jenny Durkan. Durkan's last day in office was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys picked Hayes — her second-in-command — to fill in pending the confirmation of a presidentially appointed replacement. The 52-year-old Hayes has been at the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle since 1997, and during that time she has prosecuted drug trafficking,...

  • Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State say they have yet to receive weapons pledged by US, allies
    Oct 1, 2014 6:51 PM CDT

    MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants. One of them, Moustafa Saleh, tapped the cannon with his mud-caked boots. "Russian-made," he said, with a smirk. "My grandfather used the same one." Iraqi Kurdish fighters on the front lines of battle say they have yet to receive the heavy weapons...

  • 3 Afghanistan army soldiers who fled for Canada feared the Taliban, now fear own government
    Oct 1, 2014 6:24 PM CDT

    BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well. "Now that we've decided to seek asylum, the danger has multiplied," said Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, who along with Capt. Noorullah Aminyar and Capt. Mohammed Nasir Askarzada traveled more than 500 miles by taxi from a Wal-Mart on...

  • Texas woman submits highest bid for Nuremberg stenographer's mementos auctioned in Alaska
    Oct 1, 2014 6:18 PM CDT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Dallas woman bid $9,000 for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old locked trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer. Fran Berg, a member of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, was the highest bidder for the items in an auction of World War II memorabilia Saturday by the Alaska Auction Co. in Anchorage. With a 15 percent buyer's premium paid to the auction house, Berg paid a total of $10,350. "This is very special," Berg...

  • Energy inspector general finds 'weaknesses' in lab's nuclear waste packaging process
    Oct 1, 2014 6:14 PM CDT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern...

  • Top China, US diplomats air differences over Hong Kong student protests for electoral change
    Oct 1, 2014 6:13 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was visiting Washington as the standoff between students and authorities intensified in the Chinese territory — the stiffest challenge yet to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997, allowing it to retain more freedoms than mainland China....

  • Kansas court says Democrats aren't required to name new US Senate challenger for GOP's Roberts
    Oct 1, 2014 6:12 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of capturing a majority. A panel of three Shawnee County District Court judges ruled in a suit filed after Democratic candidate Chad Taylor dropped out of the race — a development Republicans resisted. The judges also said the disgruntled voter who sued the state Democratic...

  • For Secret Service, the fence-jumper story just kept getting worse as details trickled out
    Oct 1, 2014 5:59 PM CDT

    At first word, it was bad enough: A White House fence-jumper managed to make it all the way to the front doors of the White House. From there, the story just kept getting worse. Bit by bit, details trickled out about the extent of the intrusion and about other security violations involving the Secret Service that hadn't been previously reported. How the story evolved: Friday, Sept. 19: The Secret Service says an unarmed man jumped the fence on the North Lawn of the White House just before 7...

  • Secret Service chief quits due to White House security lapses, eroding congressional support
    Oct 1, 2014 5:56 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest. High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier — and revelation...

  • Obama dines with 2 winners of Democratic fundraising contests
    Oct 1, 2014 5:56 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates. The prize is dinner with Obama. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee identified the winners as Hannah Banks, an architect from the Boston area, and Andrea Abrahams, a court clerk from New York. Each was allowed to bring a guest. Obama joined the dinner party Wednesday at Joe's seafood, steak and stone crab restaurant, a block from...

  • KY ad war: McConnell hits Grimes for taking public salary while campaigning; but he does, too
    Oct 1, 2014 5:52 PM CDT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for drawing her state paycheck while away from work to campaign. Left unsaid in the new TV ad is that McConnell appears to be taking his government salary while campaigning, too. The ad was among those fired in a new salvo this week in one of the nation's fiercest — and most expensive — races for U.S. Senate. It's a contest Republicans are counting on as they reach for the six seats they need to take control...

  • Consumer group sues Health and Human Services to obtain info about Missouri insurance rates
    Oct 1, 2014 5:32 PM CDT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri consumer group announced Wednesday that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace. The Consumer Council of Missouri filed the complaint in federal court in St. Louis on Tuesday, one day after the health care advocacy group Citizen Action Wisconsin filed a state records request seeking insurance rate information....

  • California Catholic leadership files federal complaint over insurance abortion insurance order
    Oct 1, 2014 5:31 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions. The California Catholic Conference, which represents the state's bishops and archbishops, sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It contends that California's Department of Managed Health Care discriminated against those morally opposed to abortion and requests an investigation. The complaint is under...

  • Ukraine rebels close in on strategic Donetsk airport; at least 9 killed in shelling
    Oct 1, 2014 5:31 PM CDT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce. Fighting for the airport has raged for months as the insurgents have tried to dislodge the government forces using it to shell rebel positions in Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. At least nine people were killed in the crossfire Wednesday in...

  • Russia opts out of high school student exchange program with US families; US expresses regret
    Oct 1, 2014 5:24 PM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program. U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program has brought more than 8,000 Russian high school students to the United States to live with American families, attend high school and experience community life. Tefft added "we deeply regret this decision by the Russian government to end a...

  • ACLU challenges new Alabama law that adds more requirements for minors seeking abortions
    Oct 1, 2014 5:24 PM CDT

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking abortions without their parents' approval. The suit, filed in federal court in Montgomery, said the Alabama law goes beyond any other state's law in regulating abortions for females under 18, and it creates additional barriers for girls who can't seek parental consent because they are victims of abuse or neglect. "This law aims to shame a young woman...

  • Wall Street sees 'danger signs' of a sell-off as bonds soar, flaws in trading system emerge
    Oct 1, 2014 5:18 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, and helped send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that when people go to unload, there won't be anyone to buy. Too many funds own the same bonds, making them difficult to sell in a sudden downturn. On top of that, the banks that used to bring bond buyers and sellers...

  • Canadian PM says British explorer ship lost nearly 170 years ago is HMS Erebus
    Oct 1, 2014 5:10 PM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — Experts identified a shipwreck uncovered last month in the Arctic as the HMS Erebus, the ship British Rear Adm. Sir John Franklin was likely sailing on when it vanished along with another vessel 170 years ago, Canada's prime minister announced Wednesday. Experts believed the shipwreck was either the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, both of which sailed under the command of Franklin on an unsuccessful search for the Northwest Passage Stephen Harper said in Parliament that experts...

  • In court appearance, man indicted for breaching White House security pleads not guilty
    Oct 1, 2014 5:08 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. A lawyer for defendant Omar J. Gonzalez, David Bos, entered the plea on his client's behalf in a 20-minute proceeding that grew contentious because of a disagreement between Bos and U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson. Wearing a standard prison-issue orange jump suit, Gonzalez sat attentively at the defense table, but...

  • Mexico's explanation of army's slaying of 22 suspects raises more questions than answers
    Oct 1, 2014 5:08 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain. Why did state prosecutors and the army quickly declare soldiers had behaved appropriately in killing the suspects on June 30? Why did federal prosecutors...

  • Wife questioned and released after mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot and killed
    Oct 1, 2014 5:00 PM CDT

    BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — In the small, modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, neighbors of Mayor Daniel Crespo struggled Wednesday to come to terms with how the friendly, outgoing political leader could have been shot to death by his wife of 28 years. Sheriff's officials who interviewed both Crespo's wife and son said Levette Crespo shot her husband several times Tuesday afternoon after he got into a physical altercation with their 19-year-old son. Crespo, 45, was pronounced dead at a hospital....

  • Down to 2: Oslo pulls plug on bid for '22 Winter Games, leaving only 2 contenders
    Oct 1, 2014 4:49 PM CDT

    The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates. Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project on Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly — a decision the IOC said was based on "half-truths and factual inaccuracies." Oslo's exit leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two contenders. Oslo is the fourth city to pull out of a race that has been thrown into...

  • Prosecutors: 6 people implicated in Army National Guard bribery scheme; 3 plead guilty
    Oct 1, 2014 4:47 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six people were implicated Wednesday in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said. The Department of Justice unveiled the charges the individuals face in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Court documents show the schemes involved two businesses headed by retired National Guardsmen, one from Minnesota and another from Virginia. Prosecutors say both businesses...

  • Hagel labels US military medical system 'average,' in need of improvement
    Oct 1, 2014 4:46 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities. Hagel released findings of a 90-day review of the entire military health care system, which serves 9.6 million active-duty troops and their family members, as well as retirees. He also directed military medical officials to write a detailed plan by the end of...

  • Guatemalan ex-police officer goes on trial in 1980 fire at Spanish embassy that killed 37
    Oct 1, 2014 4:42 PM CDT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former police officer went on trial Wednesday charged in the deaths of 37 people more than three decades ago when the Spanish Embassy burned down during this Central American nation's bloody civil conflict. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, the 69-year-old former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, is accused of homicide and crimes against humanity for allegedly ordering officers to keep anyone from leaving the diplomatic mission as it burned...

  • Court blocks part of North Carolina voting law, says it may disenfranchise black voters
    Oct 1, 2014 4:36 PM CDT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of the Republican-backed law that would have eliminated same-day registration during early voting and voided ballots cast on Nov. 4 outside of a person's assigned precinct....

  • Cuba says it's likely to increase money supply, raising question of inflation
    Oct 1, 2014 4:30 PM CDT

    HAVANA (AP) — The planned elimination of Cuba's unusual dual-currency system will likely mean printing more of the single currency that remains, the country's central bank chief said in a report published Wednesday. Elimination of the double currency was announced last year, although no date has been set for the monetary unification. Cubans have been watching closely for clues as to how the government will avoid high inflation, a danger for a weak economy where many citizens struggle to pay for...

  • Man cleared in Taliban terror support case sues US for millions, claims malicious prosecution
    Oct 1, 2014 4:24 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realize the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver and service technician, and operated a limousine company. He was an avid cricket player. Then he stepped up to a California computer industry job in 2011 that promised a good living. A short time later, Khan was indicted, along with his father and brother — both Muslim imams...

  • Key events in investigation of Mexico army slaying of 22 suspects
    Oct 1, 2014 4:20 PM CDT

    A timeline of official statements about the slayings of 22 suspected gunmen by soldiers in rural Mexico: ___ JUNE 30: A patrol of soldiers confronts a group of armed suspects at a half-finished grain warehouse in southern Mexico. The army issues a statement saying troops came under fire, returned fire and killed 21 men and one woman while freeing three kidnap victims being held inside the warehouse. One soldier was wounded. The army says prosecutors from Mexico state, where the killings occurred,...

  • Top Texas criminal court refuses to reinstate Tom DeLay's money-laundering convictions
    Oct 1, 2014 4:19 PM CDT

    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before...

  • AP-GfK Poll: A look at where voters stand on the top issues in the midterm election
    Oct 1, 2014 4:14 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look at what voters think on the top issues of the election cycle. THE ECONOMY: The nation's economic blues remain at the top of voters' list of important issues. Asked to name the nation's biggest problem,...

  • Ex-madam who ran against Spitzer in NYC comptroller's race is sentenced to 2 years in prison
    Oct 1, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A madam-turned-candidate who ran against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the city comptroller's race last year was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for selling prescription drugs illegally. A tearful Kristin Davis apologized to the court before she was sentenced, saying that she had turned her life around and that a prison sentence would cause her to lose her apartment and threaten her new cosmetology license. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, though, noted her previous...

  • Argentina-US relations hit low as Fernandez blames Washington for her country's debt crisis
    Oct 1, 2014 4:04 PM CDT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Relations between Argentina and the United States have sunk so low the South American nation's president is blaming the Obama administration for her country's debt crisis and suggesting Washington might even want to have her killed. "If something was to happen to me, nobody should be looking to the east, but to the north after the things that are being done in diplomatic offices," President Cristina Fernandez said in a fiery speech Tuesday. Fernandez and her government...

  • A look at changes in how Advanced Placement US history courses are being tested, taught
    Oct 1, 2014 4:02 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado students and teachers are protesting a school board's attempt to change the new way some history college prep classes are being taught and tested. For years, high school teachers have complained that Advanced Placement history classes — electives which are meant to help high school students prepare for college— were more focused on helping students memorize facts and pass the test to earn college credit than actually preparing them to go to college. A group of teachers and...

  • Amazon closing Kansas distribution plant next year; hundreds of employees affected
    Oct 1, 2014 4:02 PM CDT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday. The Seattle-based company said it regularly evaluates its network to ensure the business is placing fulfillment centers as close to customers as possible. "This is not a decision we made lightly and we are committed to supporting our employees through this transition," Amazon spokeswoman Ashley...

  • US appeals court OKs evidence from warrantless GPS device; case tests limit of police tracking
    Oct 1, 2014 3:58 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant. The decision is a blow to three Philadelphia brothers charged in a series of pharmacy robberies, and for civil rights lawyers concerned about the reach of police power in the technological age. "It's disappointing that today's decision lets law enforcement agents off the hook in a broader range of circumstances," said Catherine...

  • US approves $1.75 billion Patriot missile sale to Saudi Arabia
    Oct 1, 2014 3:52 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved a $1.75 billion sale of Patriot missiles and associated items to Saudi Arabia to bolster the air defenses of the key U.S. ally in the Arab world. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday that the State Department had approved the transfer, which includes 202 Patriot missiles, test targets, launchers, spare parts and other equipment. It said the sale would improve the security of Saudi Arabia, a nation it said has been an...

  • Labor Department finalizes raise of minimum wage to $10.10 for workers with federal contracts
    Oct 1, 2014 3:50 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The action puts in force a step announced by President Barack Obama in February. The Labor Department said nearly 200,000 American workers will benefit from the new minimum, which takes effect Jan 1. The minimum federal wage is now $7.25 an hour. Obama has proposed the higher pay level for all workers, but that has drawn resistance from...

  • How the AP-GfK Poll on the midterm elections was conducted
    Oct 1, 2014 3:23 PM CDT

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the midterm elections was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications September 25-29. It is based on online interviews of 1,845 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited via phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to panel recruits who don't already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't...

  • Tolerance for civilian casualties is higher in Iraq and Syria than for prior air campaigns
    Oct 1, 2014 3:23 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured." But amid unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties, the White House said this week that U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria is not being held to the near-certainty standard. And the Pentagon, hamstrung by limitations in intelligence gathering, has been unable to determine in many cases whether the casualty...

  • AP-GfK Poll: As early voters begin casting ballots, economic concerns top those about terror
    Oct 1, 2014 3:23 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday, 9 in 10 of those most likely to go to the polls or mail in a ballot in this year's midterm elections call the economy an extremely or very important issue. "We need...

  • Federal appeals court considers whether Colorado man can bring guns into post office lobby
    Oct 1, 2014 3:19 PM CDT

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Tab Bonidy carries a concealed pistol everywhere he goes. It offers him a sense of safety even in Avon, Colorado, a mountain town so small its lone post office doesn't offer home delivery. But when the 56-year-old architect drives into town to pick up his mail, he has to disarm, even if he's just running into the lobby. It's a hassle, he says, but U.S. Postal Service rules prohibit bringing guns inside. Bonidy is challenging that rule in federal court, saying it violates...

  • Figures on government spending and debt
    Oct 1, 2014 3:16 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Sept 30 17,781,107 Statutory debt limit suspended Total public debt outstanding Sept 30 17,824,071 Operating balance Sept 30 158,302 Interest fiscal year 2014 through Aug 239,753 Interest same period 2013 230,815 Deficit fiscal year 2014 through Aug 589,185 Deficit same period 2013...

  • Construction to expand NKorea rocket launch site said completed
    Oct 1, 2014 3:16 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says North Korea has completed a yearlong construction program enabling it to handle bigger rockets at its main launch site. The U.S.-Korea Institute says Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) could now conduct a launch from the Sohae site by year's end if it wants to. There's no clear sign that a launch is in the works, but the analysis published Wednesday will deepen concern over North Korea's missile program. North Korea conducted what it called a peaceful space...

  • Federal agency considers lethal steps to keep invasive caribou off Alaska island refuge
    Oct 1, 2014 3:03 PM CDT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is considering lethal measures to protect an Alaska island refuge from an invasive species — caribou. The big game animals are a popular target for Alaska hunters. The state annually pays to kill hundreds of wolves and bears to enhance moose and caribou populations. But caribou are an unwelcome, unnatural presence in a wilderness refuge in the central Aleutian Islands. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say caribou swim from Adak Island, where they...

  • In Wisconsin election, the only issue is Gov. Walker, and voters already know what they think
    Oct 1, 2014 2:46 PM CDT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The airwaves and campaign appearances in the closely contested governor's race here are bristling with charges over whether the incumbent did enough to create jobs in the state and whether the challenger is an out-of-touch liberal, and other arguments designed to sway opinions before Election Day. There's just one complication. For nearly everyone in Wisconsin, the only issue is Scott Walker. And almost every voter already knows whether they love him or hate him. While there...

  • White House says Obama determined new leadership was needed at helm of Secret Service
    Oct 1, 2014 2:44 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign. Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday amid intense scrutiny over security lapses at the White House. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama concluded that new leadership of the agency was required. He says Obama called Pierson on Wednesday to thank her for her service to the Secret Service and to the U.S. Earnest says Obama...

  • Pro-democracy protesters vow to occupy government buildings if Hong Kong leader doesn't quit
    Oct 1, 2014 2:42 PM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. The Chinese government, meanwhile, appeared to be losing patience. An editorial solemnly read Wednesday on state TV said all Hong Kong residents should support authorities in their efforts to "deploy police enforcement decisively" and "restore the social order in...

  • White House: Obama believes Pierson resignation in best interest of Secret Service
    Oct 1, 2014 2:36 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: Obama believes Pierson resignation in best interest of Secret Service.

  • Under election threat, Greece's troubled coalition government to call confidence vote
    Oct 1, 2014 2:30 PM CDT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures. Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi the government would request the vote Monday, at the end of parliament's summer recess, but gave no further details. The vote is likely to be held late Wednesday. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservative-led coalition...

  • Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists from mainland China but get an earful instead
    Oct 1, 2014 2:29 PM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren. But instead of support, many of the young demonstrators got an earful Wednesday from grumpy tourists who appeared more intent on shopping than talking about democracy. Some complained that Hong Kong already...

  • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns amid recent White House security breach
    Oct 1, 2014 2:21 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns amid recent White House security breach.

  • Army drops murder charges against soldier in shooting of Iraqi boys, other charges remain
    Oct 1, 2014 2:11 PM CDT

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Army has dropped murder charges against a soldier in the shooting of two unarmed Iraqi boys during a blown reconnaissance mission in 2007, but he still faces prosecution on allegations that he obstructed the investigation and threatened a journalist's wife. The murder charges were dropped against Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera after I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza at Joint Base Lewis-McChord reviewed the results of a pretrial hearing held last spring, The News...

  • UN says deaths of Syrian children after vaccinations was an NGO 'mistake' and 'real tragedy'
    Oct 1, 2014 2:01 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday. But Stephane Dujarric told reporters the incident has nothing to do with the quality of humanitarian aid now going through U.N. channels into Syria. A physician who administered the vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern...

  • 9th Circuit: Not all tribal court convictions can be used as a basis for federal prosecution
    Oct 1, 2014 1:48 PM CDT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors can't always use past tribal court convictions as proof of a defendant's criminal history, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in a Montana case. The determination came Tuesday as the three-judge panel ruled that two federal counts of domestic assault filed in 2011 against Michael Bryant Jr. must be dismissed. The judges said Bryant was convicted of previous crimes in Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court and served time in custody but didn't...

  • Obama salutes the 2013 Major League Soccer champions, Sporting Kansas City
    Oct 1, 2014 1:46 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has saluted the 2013 Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City. He credits the "dedicated fans" of Kansas City for helping the sport grow in the United States. Obama paid tribute to the team Wednesday for winning the MLS trophy 10 months ago in a freezing penalty kick shootout. Obama singled out Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi, who were on the U.S. Men's National Team for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. The president...

  • Financial planning can help prepare for the likelihood you'll need long-term care
    Oct 1, 2014 1:41 PM CDT

    Many of us hold on to an idyllic vision of our golden years, imagining we'll be in good health and living self-sufficiently in our own home. But that scenario is likely to get dashed. On average, nearly 70 percent of 65 year-olds will eventually need some form of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And HHS estimates that 20 percent will need it for more than five years. Whether that means round-the-clock supervision or a caregiver dropping by your...

  • Palestinians ask UN Security Council to set deadline of November 2016 for Israeli withdrawal
    Oct 1, 2014 1:40 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence. The circulation of the draft resolution to council members follows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' announcement to the U.N. General Assembly last Friday that he would ask the council to set a deadline for a pullout and dictate the ground rules...

  • San Francisco to pay $15 million to family of woman killed by city truck in park hit-and-run
    Oct 1, 2014 1:34 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park. The city's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the legal settlement Tuesday to 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr's widower, Vegar, and their child, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1wY9WJI ). Svanemyr was relaxing with her 11-month-old baby and dog in the grass at Holly Park in the city's Bernal...

  • Poland's new PM wants greater US military presence in the country due to Ukraine conflict
    Oct 1, 2014 1:29 PM CDT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important. Later Wednesday the Parliament voted 259-183 with seven abstentions to grant Ewa Kopacz and her government a vote of confidence for their one-year mission. Kopacz took over from Donald Tusk, democratic Poland's longest serving prime minister, who resigned...

  • Israel clears way for construction of 2,500 homes in east Jerusalem
    Oct 1, 2014 1:16 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — City officials said Wednesday that they have granted final approval for the construction of a controversial new Israeli housing development in east Jerusalem, dealing a new blow to already tattered relations with the Palestinians and raising the likelihood of a fresh round of international condemnations. The announcement was circulated by an anti-settlement watchdog group as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting President Barack Obama at the White House, though...

  • France boosts military presence in Persian Gulf amid fight against Islamic State group
    Oct 1, 2014 12:55 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that three Rafale jets will shortly join six others already based at a French air base outside Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It said French military liaison officers will also join allied command structures in the region. Acting on a request from Iraqi authorities,...

  • Court blocks part of North Carolina voting law, says it may disenfranchise black voters
    Oct 1, 2014 12:47 PM CDT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Court blocks part of North Carolina voting law, says it may disenfranchise black voters.

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