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  • New Zealand PM John Key's party in early election lead in his bid for 3rd term in office
    Sep 20, 2014 4:54 AM CDT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's center-right National Party was leading Saturday's general election by a wide margin in early vote counting in his bid for a third term in office. With polls closed and more than half of the votes counted, Key's center-right party had 49 percent of the vote, while its closest rival, the liberal Labour Party, had just 24 percent. Should the results hold, Key would return to power with a government that has a similar look to the...

  • Kiribati president tours Arctic glaciers ahead of UN climate summit
    Sep 20, 2014 4:30 AM CDT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat. President Anote Tong on Saturday ended a Greenpeace-organized tour of glaciers in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, a trip he said left a deep impression that he would share with world leaders at a U.N. climate summit next week in New York. "It's a very fascinating sight. In spite of that, what...

  • Afghan presidential election result to be released on Sunday, capping 5-month-voting process
    Sep 20, 2014 4:22 AM CDT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A spokesman for Afghanistan's election commission says the final results of the country's presidential election will be released on Sunday following a weeks-long audit for fraudulent ballots. Noor Mohammad Noor said Saturday that the election commission has finished its work and will announce results on Sunday. The announcement would bring the country's more than five-month-long election process to a close. Ballots were cast in a first round in April and again in June...

  • Tough questions face Secret Service after fence-hopping intruder makes it into the White House
    Sep 20, 2014 3:59 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service...

  • Turkish prime minister says 49 hostages held by Islamic militants have been freed
    Sep 20, 2014 3:28 AM CDT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Their release contrasts with the recent beheadings of two U.S. journalists...

  • Spies stand down: US stops spying on friendly governments in W. Europe in wake of revelations
    Sep 20, 2014 2:52 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official...

  • Obama faces questions of how far he's willing to go in US military fight against militants
    Sep 20, 2014 2:17 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants. Taking that step could put Obama dangerously close...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
    Sep 20, 2014 2:12 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Michael Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and...

  • Philippine storm batters northern provinces, leaves 5 dead, displaces thousands
    Sep 20, 2014 1:41 AM CDT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A storm that brought torrential monsoon rains which flooded much of the Philippine capital gained strength and battered the country's northernmost provinces Saturday with heavy downpours and strong winds. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that more than 700,000 people were affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in metropolitan Manila and in northern and central Philippine provinces, forcing more than 205,000 to evacuate. At least five...

  • India, China quietly struggle for dominance in Indian Ocean
    Sep 20, 2014 1:37 AM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket. The men are full of praise for one another, and one another's countries. Xi gushes over India as "an enchanting and beautiful land." Modi declares...

  • Federal government refuses to reveal status program meant to deter illegal immigration
    Sep 20, 2014 12:43 AM CDT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks ago when Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder...

  • Fence-jumper makes it through doors of White House, prompting evacuation; Obamas not at home
    Sep 20, 2014 12:24 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier. The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny of the Secret Service, an agency whose storied history has been marred in recent years by multiple allegations of misconduct by officers. It was unclear whether a fence-jumper has ever...

  • Foreign fighter threat, Ebola outbreak to top Obama's agenda next week at United Nations
    Sep 19, 2014 11:55 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said Friday. At the annual U.N. General Assembly, Obama will also speak at a meeting about Ebola, chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where individual...

  • Body of Central Texas sheriff's deputy swept away in floodwaters found in Lake Austin
    Sep 19, 2014 11:47 PM CDT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Divers found the body of a missing Central Texas sheriff's deputy Friday, a day after her patrol car was found swamped by floodwaters minutes after she radioed for help while checking flooded low-water crossings. Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis was found dead Friday afternoon in Lake Austin, an emotional Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton announced Friday afternoon. Hamilton said he had been determined to "bring her home." Efforts to locate the deputy had been suspended before...

  • Mexico struggles to return order, restore services in hurricane-hit resort area of Los Cabos
    Sep 19, 2014 11:38 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities struggled Friday to restore services and calm residents five days after Hurricane Odile knocked out power, water and phone service along the Baja Peninsula, sparking widespread looting in the resort area of Los Cabos. Federal officials said 200 electricity workers were deployed in the affected area of Baja California Sur state. Power and water had been restored to only about 20 percent of customers in the twin resort cities of Los Cabos. Interior Secretary Miguel...

  • AP Exclusive: Espionage against allies put on hold while risks and rewards are examined
    Sep 19, 2014 11:08 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether...

  • Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House
    Sep 19, 2014 10:19 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House.

  • Mexico rights body interviews witness who says troops killed 21 gang suspects after surrender
    Sep 19, 2014 9:42 PM CDT

    ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Civil Rights Commission said Friday it has talked to a witness in the case of a June 30 slaying of 22 people at a warehouse in southern Mexico. The Associated Press interviewed the witness, who claimed soldiers killed 20 men and one woman after they surrendered following a confrontation. The U.S. State Department urged Mexico to investigate the case, saying it is "imperative that there is a credible review of the circumstances." Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel...

  • Ukrainian talks produce agreement on buffer zone, pullout of foreign fighters, heavy weapons
    Sep 19, 2014 8:47 PM CDT

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine. The deal reached by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Moscow-backed rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe marks an effort to add substance to a cease-fire agreement that was signed on Sept. 5 but has...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
    Sep 19, 2014 8:02 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Michael Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and...

  • Health officials: More than 700 babies may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Texas hospital
    Sep 19, 2014 7:50 PM CDT

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested positive on Aug. 25 and was placed on leave, but she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013, said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the health authority for El Paso County. The...

  • US, Canadian jets intercept a total of 8 Russian military planes that neared restricted space
    Sep 19, 2014 7:32 PM CDT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the U.S. jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday. The Russian planes were identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and two Bear...

  • Feds: Mexican man shot by Border Patrol agent in 2010 did not pose a threat
    Sep 19, 2014 7:24 PM CDT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Mexican man shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona four years ago did not pose a threat, according to a letter by federal prosecutors in Arizona who reviewed the case. Jesus Castro-Romo of Nogales, Sonora, was wounded in the stomach on Nov. 16, 2010, after being caught crossing illegally from Mexico into the Arizona desert. Despite the finding by federal prosecutors, Abel Canales, who is no longer an agent, was found to be justified in the shooting by prosecutors...

  • Voters go to the polls in New Zealand election with John Key front-runner to remain leader
    Sep 19, 2014 7:09 PM CDT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Voters in New Zealand began casting their ballots Saturday in a general election that has Prime Minister John Key seeking a third term in office. Polls indicate Key's center-right National Party is the most popular party, and Key is the front-runner to remain the country's leader. But that could be in jeopardy if opposition parties gain more than half the parliamentary seats and form a coalition. Key's closest rival is David Cunliffe, leader of the liberal Labour...

  • Kansas sending ballots overseas with no Democrat for Senate, but Kobach says re-vote possible
    Sep 19, 2014 7:05 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will send voters living overseas a ballot for the November election with no Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate race that has unexpectedly become one of the most hotly-contested in the nation. But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Friday he is not abandoning efforts to get Democrats to name a replacement candidate for Chad Taylor. The Democrat dropped out of the race earlier this month, giving independent Greg Orman a better shot at defeating three-term...

  • UN urges international support for Iraq's fight against Islamic State terrorist group
    Sep 19, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged the international community Friday to expand support for the Iraqi government as it fights the Islamic State group and its allies, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there is a role for nearly every country in the world — including Iran. The presidential statement approved by all 15 council members at a meeting chaired by Kerry expressed "deep outrage" at the killing, kidnapping, rape and torture carried out by the Islamic State group....

  • Biden says young men need to stand up against domestic violence
    Sep 19, 2014 6:50 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the nation needs to bring young men into the struggle against domestic violence by encouraging them to stand against the crime on college campuses. Biden, speaking at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee's women's leadership forum, said the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act highlights the need to fight domestic violence against women in their teens and 20s. Biden said the administration would be unrelenting "to...

  • UN Security Council reaffirms support for Golan Heights peacekeepers embroiled in Syrian war
    Sep 19, 2014 6:46 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war. Questions about the future of the 12,000-strong force had been raised after the abduction of 45 Fijian peacekeepers by al-Qaida-linked rebels who later freed them. The U.N. then withdrew soldiers from many positions on the Golan Heights last weekend because of escalating fighting in Syria....

  • Ukraine peace talks produce deal on buffer zone, withdrawal of weapons, foreign fighters
    Sep 19, 2014 6:37 PM CDT

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine peace talks produce deal on buffer zone, withdrawal of weapons, foreign fighters.

  • Ex-manager of New Jersey diner sentenced to 8 years for plotting to kill co-owner
    Sep 19, 2014 6:22 PM CDT

    The former manager of a popular northern New Jersey diner was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, a co-owner of the restaurant, in an attempt to gain greater control for himself. Georgios Spyropoulos pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit murder and had faced up to 10 years in prison. The 46-year-old will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole under New Jersey's No Early Release Act. Spyropoulos...

  • Attorney for family of black man killed by Utah police calls for federal investigation
    Sep 19, 2014 6:19 PM CDT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney for the family of a black man who was killed by Utah police said Friday he will ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting. Lawyer Randall Edwards said at a news conference that it's likely 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was dressed as a Japanese anime character and role-playing when he was shot. That, he says, could explain why Hunt was carrying a sword. Edwards accused Saratoga Springs police of using excessive force and treating Darrien Hunt...

  • Lawyer for American imprisoned in Cuba argues client should be able to sue US government
    Sep 19, 2014 6:11 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government subcontractor who has spent over four years imprisoned in Cuba should be allowed to sue the U.S. government over lost wages and legal fees, his attorney told an appeals court Friday. Alan Gross was working in Cuba as a government subcontractor when he was arrested in 2009. He has since lost income and racked up legal fees, his attorney Barry Buchman told the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A lawyer for the government...

  • DNC reports $7M raised in August, committee has $11M saved in bank
    Sep 19, 2014 5:54 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee raised $7.4 million last month but still owes vendors almost $2 million, according to financial reports filed Friday. The DNC's filings also show it spent $5.8 million in August and has banked $11.2 million. The Republican National Committee was expected to file its August report for how much it raised and how much it spent by Saturday's deadline. The DNC has now raised almost $133 million since January 2013. Even without August's haul, the...

  • As police scan millions of license plates, civil libertarians question how info is being used
    Sep 19, 2014 5:53 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade, funded largely by Homeland Security grants, and judges recently have upheld authorities' rights to keep details from hundreds of millions of scans a...

  • Suspect in 1998 bombings pleads guilty to lesser counts but serious charges not dropped yet
    Sep 19, 2014 5:49 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser charges in the 1998 plot to bomb U.S. embassies in Africa as part of a deal that would greatly reduce his sentence. Adel Abdul Bary pleaded guilty to making death threats against Americans, but U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan put the deal on hold, saying he wanted to hear further arguments before agreeing to drop more serious terrorism charges that carry a possible life sentence. Bary, 54, shook his head and wept on and off...

  • New indictment as ex-BP exec prepares for trial in 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster
    Sep 19, 2014 5:48 PM CDT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal grand jury has issued a new indictment against a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Friday's superseding indictment makes adjustments to existing obstruction of Congress and false statement charges against David Rainey, who faces a March 9 trial. It follows months of appeals over whether Rainey could be tried on the obstruction charge. Ultimately, an appeals court said that he could. Prosecutors...

  • Obama, other Democrats say female voters hold key to party's midterm election
    Sep 19, 2014 5:39 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into President Barack Obama's final midterm election in the White House, Democrats on Friday sought to energize female voters, pointing to women as key to the party's future. "We do better when we field the whole team. When women succeed, America succeeds," Obama said at an annual forum sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headlined the daylong Women's Leadership Forum aimed...

  • Dour ex-leader Gordon Brown returns to stage with a bang, rouses Scots against independence
    Sep 19, 2014 5:07 PM CDT

    KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) — Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again. Yet, the former Labour Party leader and 63-year-old Scot has emerged as the oratorical star of Scotland's Better Together campaign, the man most responsible for persuading wavering voters to stick with Great Britain by emphasizing why they should be proud to be...

  • France becomes 1st country to join US airstrikes on Islamic State group in Iraq
    Sep 19, 2014 5:07 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush's war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks — this time in pursuit of militants of the Islamic State group. Flying from the United Arab Emirates, two French Rafale jets fired four laser-guided bombs to destroy a weapons and fuel depot outside the...

  • Iran, 6 powers seek to narrow gaps on uranium enrichment, advance on nuclear deal
    Sep 19, 2014 5:02 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief. The talks once again bring Iran to the negotiating table with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. But this time they are taking place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. That means U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • Connecticut ex-Gov. Rowland, chased from office for corruption, convicted again
    Sep 19, 2014 4:57 PM CDT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns. Rowland, once a rising star for the Republican Party, served 10 months in prison for taking illegal gifts while in office and now as a repeat offender faces the possibility of a much stiffer sentence. He was convicted in New Haven federal court of all seven counts, including...

  • As Scotland rejects independence, businesses and investors breathe sigh of relief
    Sep 19, 2014 4:52 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. The No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's referendum against 44.7 percent who backed independence. The margin was wider than expected — most opinion polls on the eve of the vote were predicting a narrower 4-point victory for proponents of the union with England, Wales...

  • Russia cites 'information war' against Moscow and Ukraine rebels in Malaysian plane disaster
    Sep 19, 2014 4:48 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. ambassador cast doubt on the Netherlands-led investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine's rebel territory and called Friday for a new probe assisted by the United Nations. The countries that lost most of the 298 victims on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — the Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia — as well as the United States and most other members of the U.N. Security Council strongly supported the Dutch-led international probe...

  • Moody's backs 'Aa1' rating on UK's bonds after Scotland votes to remain part of union
    Sep 19, 2014 4:32 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Moody's Investors Services maintained its rating on United Kingdom government-backed bonds Friday, a day after voters in Scotland decided against national independence. Moody's affirmed an 'Aa1' rating, its second-highest rating, and a stable outlook on U.K. government bonds. The firm added that it has a stable outlook on the bonds, which means it doesn't believe downgrades are likely in the next year to 18 months, and it said the U.K. has "very high" economic strength. "While...

  • Kobach: Ballots in Kansas Senate race with no Democratic candidate will include disclaimer
    Sep 19, 2014 4:18 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday. The Kansas election official on Friday directed counties to begin mailing overseas ballots under a federal deadline. The ballots will have no Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate race after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Kobach to honor nominee Chad Taylor's request to remove his name. Some...

  • FDA revises food safety rules ahead of 2015 deadline in an effort to appease wary farmers
    Sep 19, 2014 4:07 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The final rules are due in 2015, and the FDA has been haggling over how to write them since Congress passed a food safety law in 2010. Regulators say balancing the need for tighter...

  • US Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert voices concern over partisanship in selecting justices
    Sep 19, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that politics factor into the court's rulings. Roberts told an audience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law that the partisan atmosphere in Washington would make it unlikely for justices such as Antonin Scalia, widely viewed as a conservative, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is seen as liberal, to win confirmation...

  • Figures on government spending and debt
    Sep 19, 2014 4:00 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 18 17,707,183 Statutory debt limit suspended Total public debt outstanding Sept 18 17,749,821 Operating balance Sept 18 103,385 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...

  • Greece says new bailout 'out of the question,' despite election threat
    Sep 19, 2014 3:57 PM CDT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's finance minister said Friday that his country will not seek additional rescue funds from other eurozone countries after bailout loans are completed this year, despite concerns from rescue lenders that an early general election could unravel years of painful cost-cutting reforms. After meeting with private investors in London, minister Gikas Hardouvelis said that a so-called third bailout was "out of the question." Greece is receiving 240 billion euros ($308.5 billion)...

  • A new dawn for some, a hangover for others in wake of Scotland's vote to stay in UK
    Sep 19, 2014 3:50 PM CDT

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of more powers for Scotland. The result — 55 percent to 45 percent — was more decisive than pollsters had foreseen and prompted Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who led...

  • Thousands of troops will begin moving into Africa in 30 days to help Ebola fight
    Sep 19, 2014 3:45 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims, the Army's top officer said Friday. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said the disease has accelerated faster than initially thought, so the U.S. needs to get people on the ground and ramp up numbers quickly. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops, and the U.S. military commander and a small...

  • Congress OKs aid to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants, sends measure to Obama
    Sep 19, 2014 3:44 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama acted a day after a Senate vote capped congressional action on the request, which passed by wide margins despite reservation about whether his strategy will do enough to stop the surging terrorist group, which has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Congress will revisit the issue after the...

  • Obama signs bill authorizing arms and training for Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State group
    Sep 19, 2014 3:42 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill authorizing the military to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group. Obama signed the bill Friday in the Oval Office. The Senate gave its final approval Thursday, a day after the legislation drew strong bipartisan support in the House. The White House says U.S. troops will train Syrian rebels at camps in Saudi Arabia. Obama has authorized airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria but is relying on...

  • A look at the charges on which former Connecticut Gov. Rowland was found guilty
    Sep 19, 2014 3:14 PM CDT

    Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland was convicted Friday of all seven charges against him at his federal trial in New Haven. The charges: COUNT 1: FALSIFYING RECORDS Rowland was convicted of drafting a phony contract for consulting work with an animal shelter or other businesses owned by 2010 congressional candidate Mark Greenberg. Greenberg testified that Rowland actually wanted to be hired as a campaign consultant, but he rejected the offer and tore up the contract proposal. COUNT 2: CONSPIRACY...

  • Kansas elections official reverses course, ballots will go out without Democrat in Senate race
    Sep 19, 2014 3:13 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas elections official reverses course, ballots will go out without Democrat in Senate race.

  • Book it: Fallon to pay up wager with Chicago's mayor, broadcast 'Tonight Show' in Windy City
    Sep 19, 2014 3:10 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon says he'll keep his word to bring his show to Chicago, thanks to local students making good on their promise to read millions of words this summer. Fallon announced Thursday on his late-night NBC show that he would make good on his deal with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to host the show from Chicago if the city's public school students read 2.4 million books over the summer. The students did even better, according to the mayor, by reading 2.7 million...

  • Maine supreme court dismisses mother's appeal after agency backtracks on no-resuscitate order
    Sep 19, 2014 3:07 PM CDT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court has dismissed a mother's appeal of a court-approved do-not-resuscitate decision for her brain-damaged baby, saying the matter is moot now that the state has agreed to abide by the mother's wishes. The child welfare agency that won a judge's approval to make medical decisions on behalf of the infant announced last week that it would defer to the wishes of the teenage mother. On Friday, a supreme court spokesman said the mother's appeal was "dismissed...

  • Army chief says militant fighters hiding among Iraqis will make airstrikes more difficult
    Sep 19, 2014 3:05 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters that so far the targets American warplanes and drones have hit in Iraq have largely been out in the open and were "clearly identifiable." Now, he said, the militant fighters are starting to infiltrate the population, and there are reports...

  • Army is opening Ranger school to women; seeking volunteers now
    Sep 19, 2014 3:05 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Friday that he believes he will be able to put women in the Ranger course next spring. While completing the leadership course would let women wear the coveted Ranger tab, it does not let them become members of the Ranger regiment. Currently only men can be in the 75th Ranger Regiment...

  • From the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic, a glossary of extremist groups in Mideast and Africa
    Sep 19, 2014 3:01 PM CDT

    President Barack Obama presses ahead with his campaign to diminish and eventually defeat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, but the list of radical Islamic elements the United States and many of its coalition allies are fighting does not stop there. Violent radicals inspired by al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden pepper the map from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic. A look at the organizations presenting the most serious threats from South Asia to the Middle East and Africa. SYRIA and...

  • After negative public response, Texas backing off idea of selling alcohol at some gun shows
    Sep 19, 2014 2:50 PM CDT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After hundreds of negative responses, Texas officials appear to be backing off a plan to allow alcohol to be sold at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions. Staff at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has recommended withdrawing last month's proposal at the panel's next meeting on Tuesday. Alcohol sales would have come with strict conditions, such as banning the sale of live ammunition, a requirement that firearms be disabled and not allowing a...

  • Scottish descendants at New Hampshire's Highland Games split on failed independence vote
    Sep 19, 2014 2:45 PM CDT

    LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) — The head of the St. Andrew's Society of New Hampshire said his heart wanted to see Scottish voters choose independence Thursday, but his head knew remaining in the United Kingdom was the wiser choice. "There are so many details they needed to resolve," David Bruce said Friday at New Hampshire's annual Highland Games, speaking about the campaign promoting independence. "They left questions to the unknown; they pretty much forced the vote to be the way it was." This year's...

  • Police: Washington state man arrested after impersonating retired officer for 2 decades
    Sep 19, 2014 2:35 PM CDT

    OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A funeral home worker was arrested in Washington state after police said he pretended to be a retired officer for two decades and recently intervened in a fight. Authorities became aware of suspect Jim Bailey last month after he tried to break up a dispute between a couple in a car by identifying himself as a retired cop and telling a witness to call 911, Oak Harbor Police Chief Edgar Green said. An investigation determined the 69-year-old Bailey had been pretending to...

  • So far, no visible boost for Obama, Democratic candidates from fight against Islamic militants
    Sep 19, 2014 2:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a political rule of thumb that the public often rallies behind the president when the country faces peril from abroad. Sometimes, that can help candidates from his party in the next election. So far, that doesn't seem to have happened for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats as he ramps up a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Obama warned in a nationally broadcast speech last week that the militants present a menace...

  • France: Sarkozy announces political comeback, despite legal troubles
    Sep 19, 2014 2:32 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back. The man who led France from 2007 to 2012 announced Friday on Facebook that he's joining the race to lead his conservative UMP party in elections next month. The widely expected move is seen as a first step toward running for president in 2017. Sarkozy, the 59-year-old husband of model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, faces a string of legal problems. But that doesn't appear to be holding him back from staging a political return. When he left...

  • Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State militants cross to safety in Turkey
    Sep 19, 2014 2:02 PM CDT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. The extremists' offensive on the Kobani area near the border with Turkey prompted the leader of Iraq's Kurdish region to urge the international community to intervene to save Syria's Kurds from the militant onslaught. Together, the exodus to Turkey and appeal for help by...

  • Jury convicts former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland of crimes in campaign finance scheme
    Sep 19, 2014 1:43 PM CDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Jury convicts former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland of crimes in campaign finance scheme .

  • DA dismisses hundreds of 'Moral Monday' arrests in North Carolina, citing recent court rulings
    Sep 19, 2014 1:28 PM CDT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top prosecutor in North Carolina's capital is dropping criminal charges against hundreds of people arrested at mass protests at the state legislature last year. Wake County District Attorney Ned Mangum said Friday his move was prompted by a June 30 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutional rights of people to peacefully assemble and protest government policies. That federal decision, which struck down a Massachusetts law limiting protests outside...

  • Spain's Catalan separatists push for their own secession vote after Scots reject independence
    Sep 19, 2014 1:23 PM CDT

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal. The prospect of an independent Scotland had captivated European separatists. Besides the Catalans, their ranks include pro-independence Basques in northern Spain; Corsicans who want to break away from France; Italians from several...

  • Wisconsin governor challenger cuts ties with consultant over copied portions of jobs plan
    Sep 19, 2014 1:16 PM CDT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke said Friday she cut ties with a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from platforms of other Democrats. Burke has built her campaign around the jobs issue. One of her key arguments is Republican Gov. Scott Walker doesn't deserve re-election because he hasn't lived up to his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs, and Wisconsin is lagging other states in adding workers. Burke told...

  • Bahrain opposition criticizes proposal tied to legislative, security and judicial reforms
    Sep 19, 2014 1:14 PM CDT

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the tiny island nation of Bahrain on Friday to protest a proposal by the country's leadership for legislative, security and judicial reforms. The rally by members of the Shiite opposition came a day after the crown prince, Sheik Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, issued a statement summarizing proposed changes that included redefining electoral districts, promises of judicial reform and new codes of conduct for security forces. The...

  • DA dismisses hundreds of 'Moral Monday' arrests in North Carolina, citing recent court rulings
    Sep 19, 2014 1:12 PM CDT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top prosecutor in North Carolina's capital is dropping criminal charges against hundreds of people arrested at mass protests at the legislature last year. Wake County District Attorney Ned Mangum said Friday his move was prompted by a June 30 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutional rights of people to peacefully assemble and protest government policies. That decision has since been cited by judges in rulings in favor of Moral Monday protesters....

  • Family of CIA contractor killed in Benghazi seeking $2M from CIA, State Department
    Sep 19, 2014 12:49 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and CIA compound when it came under attack by militants in 2012. The family of Glen Doherty, led by his mother, Barbara Doherty, filed a claim with the two government agencies last week seeking $1 million for wrongful death. Doherty's friend and executor of his estate, Sean Lake,...

  • Sweden summons Russian ambassador after it says Russian military jets violate its air space
    Sep 19, 2014 12:46 PM CDT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft. The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the planes crossed into Swedish air space south of the Baltic Sea island of Oland on Wednesday. The ministry called it a "serious violation." Swedish newspaper Expressen first reported the incident, saying the planes were Sukhoi Su-24 combat planes that left Swedish air space when a Swedish Air Force fighter approached.

  • Obama says campus sex assault an affront to humanity, announces campaign to change attitudes
    Sep 19, 2014 12:39 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a new focus on violence against women, President Barack Obama kicked off a star-powered campaign Friday against campus sexual assault particularly targeted at encouraging men to take a stand. Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and NBA all-star Kevin Love are some of the familiar faces appearing in a public service announcement along with the president. The "It's On Us" campaign encourages everyone to consider stopping sexual assault their personal responsibility...

  • Hagel seeks info on military's relationship with NFL, amid domestic violence among players
    Sep 19, 2014 12:35 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asking for information about the military's relationship with the National Football League, amid a number of high-profile domestic violence incidents involving players. The military routinely uses broadcast games as recruitment tools. The military spends millions of dollars a year advertising during NFL games, and there is an agreement allowing the Armed Forces Network to broadcast games to service members overseas. That money...

  • California teachers fund pledges to more than double clean energy investments
    Sep 19, 2014 12:16 PM CDT

    The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years. CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes says the pension fund is seeing more opportunities in low-carbon projects and technologies. The fund is hoping also to help push for stronger policies aimed at fighting climate change, Ehnes says. If policies are adopted that impose a price on carbon emissions to discourage pollution, the...

  • New round of Iran nuclear talks faces same old hurdles 2 months ahead of final deadline
    Sep 19, 2014 12:03 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement. Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, but Western nations have long suspected Iran wants to have the capacity to make nuclear weapons. The talks once again bring Iran to the negotiating table with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. But this time...

  • Shiite rebels, Sunni militias battle in Yemeni capital, at least 120 killed in new turmoil
    Sep 19, 2014 11:37 AM CDT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region. Yemen has had years of turmoil and division, particularly a longtime battle with perhaps the most dangerous branch of...

  • Quebec separatists look for positives in Scotland independence vote
    Sep 19, 2014 11:22 AM CDT

    MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec separatists tried Friday to find the silver lining in Scotland's decision to stay within the United Kingdom. Members of Quebec's movement to break away from Canada had hoped a victory for the Scottish Yes side would give their own floundering ambitions a boost. Following the rejection, Alexandre Cloutier of the separatist Parti Quebecois made a point to emphasize the positives. "The Scottish people rejected the status quo," Cloutier told reporters in Scotland. "The No...

  • Scotland: In the big referendum on independence, a look at who won and who lost
    Sep 19, 2014 11:01 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? ___ WINNERS: The 55.3 percent of Scottish voters who wanted to stay in the United Kingdom. LOSERS: The 44.7 percent who disagreed. WINNER: Gordon Brown. The former prime minister broke out of what seemed to be a long sulk since losing the 2010 election, and delivered a barnstorming defense of the United Kingdom which gave the No campaign some badly needed energy in the final days. LOSER: Alex Salmond. The leader of the...

  • International Criminal Court again delays start of trial for Kenyan president
    Sep 19, 2014 10:54 AM CDT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court again delayed the trial of Kenya's president on Friday, after prosecutors said they did not have a strong enough case to convict him because Kenya was not cooperating in turning over potential evidence. Following a prosecution request for a delay, the court scrapped the planned Oct. 7 start of Uhuru Kenyatta's trial on charges of involvement in violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after his country's 2007 elections. Kenyatta...

  • Raunchy fake Twitter account ignites debate over online parody, federal civil-rights lawsuit
    Sep 19, 2014 10:49 AM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol. Daniel never intended for the fake account to be seen by anyone other than his friends, and it never attracted more than a few dozen followers. But within weeks the raunchy parody led to a police raid of his home and ignited a debate about online satire, free speech...

  • Emergency official: Lives lost as TB Joshua's church obstructed rescue from collapsed building
    Sep 19, 2014 10:49 AM CDT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Church officials prevented rescuers from freeing victims at the site of a six-story building collapse, causing a loss of lives, Nigeria's emergency agency said Friday. Most victims were South African, according to the South African government, which said at least 67 South Africans died and 17 appear to be missing in the rubble of the Lagos building that had a shopping mall on the ground floor and guest rooms above. The building at televangelist T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church...

  • Close Scottish vote to reject independence means major changes for UK, particularly England
    Sep 19, 2014 10:23 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — The saga of Scottish independence is over, but a new journey of political upheaval is only beginning for the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron responded Friday to the passion of the failed Scottish breakaway by promising sweeping new powers to the U.K.'s regions. Scotland's rebellious spirit and England's own movement for more autonomy mean that to keep an uneasy marriage intact, each of Britain's four nations soon may need to live mostly under separate roofs. Cameron...

  • Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond announces his resignation as first minister
    Sep 19, 2014 10:14 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond announces his resignation as first minister.

  • Dempsey: US appreciates French airstrikes against Islamic State militants
    Sep 19, 2014 9:56 AM CDT

    CAEN, France (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants. Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was in France on Friday, said the French hit a target north of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraq. Dempsey was not more specific. Dempsey said the strike happened while he was visiting the D-Day landing beaches and American military cemetery at Normandy with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, who informed him of the...

  • AP Interview: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei blasts government but is hopeful about youth
    Sep 19, 2014 9:49 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's best-known dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, has accused his country's Communist government of losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics. The artist, whose supporters say he was hit with a $2.4 million tax bill in retribution for his outspokenness and activism, also criticized fellow Chinese artists for failing to speak up while he was singled out. Yet Ai said he was optimistic about the country's younger generation in an exclusive interview...

  • Wisconsin governor challenger fires consultant after GOP charges her jobs plan was copied
    Sep 19, 2014 9:40 AM CDT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor has fired a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from plans by other Democrats. Mary Burke's spokesman Joe Zepecki says the campaign wasn't aware of the duplicate material until it was first reported Thursday night by Buzzfeed. Burke has made jobs and the economy the centerpiece of her argument against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Republicans quickly accused Burke of plagiarism. Walker campaign...

  • Group: Investigate Nigerian govt for flying $9.3 million cash to buy weapons in South Africa
    Sep 19, 2014 9:38 AM CDT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Nigerian watchdog group Friday demanded an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project petitioned the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force "to investigate admission by the government of Nigeria that it hired a private jet to convey $9.3 million in cash to procure arms from South Africa." South African customs officials last week seized the...

  • Uganda's long-serving president fires prime minister, a former ally turned rival for power
    Sep 19, 2014 9:20 AM CDT

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni fired his prime minister, a former ally who is widely expected to seek the presidency in elections in 2016, a decision that some believe signals Museveni's intention to stay in power after 28 years at the helm. Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was the only Cabinet member affected by a reshuffle announced late Thursday, Ofwono Opondo, a spokesman for Uganda's government, said on Friday. The Prime Minister was replaced by Health Minister Ruhakana...

  • Obama welcomes result of Scotland referendum, praises 'energetic exercise' of democracy
    Sep 19, 2014 9:16 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he welcomes Scotland's decision to stay part of the United Kingdom. In a statement, Obama also congratulates the people of Scotland for their "full and energetic exercise of democracy." He says their debate and discussion on independence is a reminder of Scotland's enormous contributions to the United Kingdom and the world. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum Thursday. Their decision prevented a rupture of...

  • French volunteer medic gets experimental Ebola treatment after transfer to hospital near Paris
    Sep 19, 2014 9:10 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Authorities say a French volunteer nurse infected with the Ebola virus is receiving experimental drugs. The nurse, who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia, was transferred to France early Friday and is being treated in the Begin hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris. She was the first person working with the aid group, also known by its French acronym MSF, infected with the virus. Health Minister Marisol Touraine said in a statement Friday that the French government has approved...

  • Lawyer: Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced to suspended jail terms, lashes
    Sep 19, 2014 9:07 AM CDT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians' case attracted international attention when they were detained in May for participating in a production deemed indecent by hard-liners in Iran. The video showed the men and women, none of whom wore obligatory headscarves, dancing together in sunglasses and silly clothes...

  • Guinean government: 8 people killed including 3 journalists on Ebola awareness trip
    Sep 19, 2014 9:05 AM CDT

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The team of health officials accompanied by journalists came to the village to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. Instead, a group of local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them with knives and rocks and killing eight of them, witnesses say. Guinea's government said in a statement Friday that six people have been arrested in connection with the attack earlier this week on the health and government officials who were doing disinfection...

  • Chemical weapons watchdog says Syria declared program to produce ricin
    Sep 19, 2014 8:51 AM CDT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Syrian authorities have declared that they once had a program to produce the deadly toxin ricin, according to an official document of the global chemical weapons watchdog. A report on the website of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says that Damascus revealed in July "a facility for the production of ricin" along with two other "chemical weapons-related facilities." Nobody at the OPCW was immediately available for comment Friday. Syria's...

  • This Week in the Civil War
    Sep 19, 2014 8:01 AM CDT

    This Week in The Civil War for Sunday, Sept. 21: More fighting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Confederates freshly defeated at the Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia, erected defensive works at Fisher's Hill in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia this week 150 years ago in the Civil War. A smaller battle was fought Sept. 21-22, 1864, with the Union taking the offensive against Southern cavalry before crashing through Southern infantry lines. Confederate Jubal A. Early was forced to retreat...

  • F1 changes radio ban after teams raise concerns: car performance information now allowed
    Sep 19, 2014 7:51 AM CDT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Formula One has significantly altered its proposed ban on pit-car radio transmissions after teams raised concerns, with information on car performance allowed for the rest of the season. F1 initially proposed drastic rules to prevent most radio messages due to fan disquiet that it was the teams rather than drivers that were effectively controlling the cars, with drivers altering settings at team behest and following instructions on fuel, tire and brake use. The new rules were...

  • Nepal government clears Indian company to build and operate largest hydro-electricity plant
    Sep 19, 2014 7:31 AM CDT

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government signed an agreement Friday with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment. The $1.15 billion Upper Karnali Hydro power plant would be the biggest private foreign investment in Nepal, putting India ahead of northern neighbor China, which has long shown interest in developing Nepal's power industry. The agreement was signed by officials...

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