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Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

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Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. More>>

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Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

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How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline. More>>

'No time to lose' in global push against militants

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With reconnaissance planes already in action, France's president said there was "no time to lose" in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group as he opened an international conference to attack... More>>

Hundreds flee 2 California wildfires

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Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures. More>>

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

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Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. More>>

A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

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If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security - the European Union and... More>>

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

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By DAN PERRY Associated Press The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of... More>>

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

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The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their... More>>

Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

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Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. More>>

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

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Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. More>>

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

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Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan. More>>

Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

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Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time. More>>

Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

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President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists. More>>

Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

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A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday. More>>

10 Things to Know for Monday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: More>>

An emotional Beyonce, Jay Z end tour in Paris

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An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago. More>>

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

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Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of the main... More>>

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an... More>>

Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential... More>>

Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

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Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party. More>>

Vikings miss Peterson in 30-7 loss to Patriots

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The face of the franchise was nowhere to be found as the Minnesota Vikings flailed away against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and it's not clear when, if ever, Adrian Peterson will rejoin them. More>>

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

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Now it's Britain's turn to mourn. More>>

Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

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From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have... More>>

From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe Video included

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He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor -... More>>

Residents emerge in shell-shocked Ukrainian city

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Months of daily shelling reduced the east Ukraine city of Luhansk to a ghost town, silent but for the explosions. More>>

Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

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Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes. More>>

Cops photograph alleged sleeping Florida burglar

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Talk about a heavy sleeper. More>>

Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

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Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. More>>

'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

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On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears. More>>

Greg Norman recovering from chain-saw accident

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Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. More>>

Ferguson video shows witness raising hands in air

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Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster... More>>

Gaza children return to school after war

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Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. More>>

Russia-annexed Crimea votes for legislature

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Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers. More>>

Statue of singer Amy Winehouse unveiled in London

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Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honored on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London. More>>

Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

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President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

Holocaust experts work to preserve WWII-era items

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With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories. More>>

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

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Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare... More>>

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

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There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye. More>>

40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

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Forty "I do's" - or "Si" in Italian - were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. More>>

Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

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Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker. More>>

Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

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Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. More>>

US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

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Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing... More>>

North Korea holds trial of American Matthew Miller

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North Korea held a trial Sunday morning for American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. Details were not immediately available. More>>

Video shows slaying of British aid worker

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Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an... More>>

Miss America contestants showcase shoes in parade

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Contestants vying for the Miss America title showed off some fancy footwear along a New Jersey boardwalk. More>>

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

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A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on... More>>

Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

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A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders. More>>

Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide Video included

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A judge convicted Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide Friday in the death of his girlfriend, ruling that the former track star was negligent when he opened fire in his home after hearing what he said sounded like an... More>>

In drought, "pop-up" wetlands provide bird habitat

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For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically... More>>

Review: Apple Watch looks to be another winner Video included

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As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. More>>

Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

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Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I. More>>

After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

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Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed to free... More>>

Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

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Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to... More>>

Investigations underway into Ohio prison escape

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Criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how a convicted killer of three Ohio high school students managed to escape from prison, along with two other inmates, state correction officials say. More>>

Man wins fight to get same-sex union recognized

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In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex... More>>

Vikings' Adrian Peterson accused of child abuse

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Authorities in Texas issued an arrest warrant Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. He was swiftly benched by... More>>

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid... More>>

Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

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A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention... More>>

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

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Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. More>>

San Diego cabbies cry foul over body odor test

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Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. More>>

Autopsy: Inmate died from heat, meds in NYC cell

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The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, who ruled... More>>

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late... More>>

Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

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Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or... More>>

NFL: 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer's, dementia

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The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population. More>>

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

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Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair. More>>

Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

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European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. More>>

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

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On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But... More>>

Football coach moves game for daughter's wedding

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You think fall weddings are inconvenient for college football fans? Imagine being a coach with a daughter who has her heart set on a Saturday in late September. More>>

Pistorius trial: Judge's verdict explained

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Did Oscar Pistorius get away with murder? More>>

Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

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France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq - even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran. More>>

Vintage baseball proves a hit with modern players

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From afar, it looks and sounds like a regular recreational baseball game: the crack of the bat, the cheering from the bench, the sliding into home. More>>

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

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Pakistan's army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for... More>>

Olive Garden investor: Back off on the breadsticks

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Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks. More>>

Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

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France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq's new prime minister said after talks with the French president... More>>

Pistorius can compete again in Paralympics

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By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Oscar Pistorius will be free to compete again once he has served any punishment for killing his girlfriend, the International Paralympic Committee said Friday. More>>

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten. More>>

Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

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For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never." More>>

Museum traces fragments of Star-Spangled Banner

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If you happen to find some remnants of woven wool in your attic - in red, white or blue and marked Fort McHenry - the Smithsonian Institution would like to know. More>>

Ian Paisley's many faces: orator, inciter, charmer

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Much like the Ulster weather, Ian Paisley could offer beaming sunshine one minute, stinging hailstones the next. More>>

Sponsors keep close watch on NFL investigation

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By MAE ANDERSON and TOM MURPHY AP Business Writers Major brand sponsors are watching closely to make sure the National Football League doesn't fumble the investigation into how its executives handled... More>>

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

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Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion... More>>

Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

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Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter. More>>

Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

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Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits "mistakes" were made. More>>

Convicted killer in Ohio school shootings escapes

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An intensive manhunt was underway in western Ohio early Friday for the teen convicted of killing three students at a suburban Cleveland high school after his escape from prison. More>>

Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices Video included

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Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away. More>>

Ravens fans, men and women, wear No 27 for Rice Video included

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Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white... More>>

10 Things to Know for Friday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: More>>

Yahoo says gov't threatened $250,000 a day fine

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Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company... More>>

Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

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Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. More>>

New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

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The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to... More>>

Case worker: Dad overwhelmed before 5 kids killed

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The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the last three years. More>>

Owners say Rice investigation will be independent

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The two NFL owners overseeing the investigation into how the league pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case pledged Thursday to make the findings of the probe public, and said their goal was "to... More>>

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

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Key Arab allies promised Thursday to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside... More>>

Across the years, Obama's 9/11 message varies

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Six times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at... More>>

4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

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Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official said Thursday, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad. More>>

Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

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Tightening its standards, the government issued new regulations Thursday that will require managers to file a detailed report within eight hours on fatal workplace accidents. More>>

UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria Video included

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Al-Qaida-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two week ago in Syria, ending the U.N.'s fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of... More>>

AP PHOTOS: US marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks

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By The Associated Press The United States marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against a troubling backdrop. The ceremonies came just hours after President Barack Obama told the country he... More>>

Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote Video included

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Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum protested Thursday for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain. More>>

APNewsBreak: US sharply cutting deportations

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President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more... More>>

Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

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A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer's Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run... More>>

House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

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House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections,... More>>

Pistorius not guilty of murder but was negligent Video included

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During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for... More>>

Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

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In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred. More>>

Scottish banks to move if independence is approved

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Scotland's leading banks warned Thursday that they would move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, intensifying doubts about the territory's economic future and dealing a blow to... More>>

Top banks plan move in case of Scots' independence Video included

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In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, top financial groups including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group say they will move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to break away from the... More>>

Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again

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The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing... More>>

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

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By The Associated Press Associated Press Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and... More>>

Pistorius: How the verdict is being delivered Video included

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Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is not being delivered so simply. More>>

Report: Progress slow in Nazi art restitution

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Fifteen years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done "little or nothing" to implement them, the Jewish Claims... More>>

Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

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Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group, while a state-run Syrian daily... More>>

Currency question at heart of Scottish debate Video included

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In for a penny, in for a pound. More>>

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. More>>

Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign Video included

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When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral - but for all the wrong reasons. More>>

EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia

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The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday. More>>

Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

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By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the... More>>

AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL Video included

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A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn't see the violent images until... More>>

War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists

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Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered - a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Missouri lawmakers enact 72-hour abortion wait

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Missouri lawmakers enacted one of the nation's most stringent abortion waiting periods Wednesday, overriding a veto of legislation that will require women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor before ending a... More>>

Highway shutdown averted at Ferguson protests Video included

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A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people who planned to protest the Ferguson police shooting from walking onto Interstate 70 during the late afternoon commute. More>>

NFL: Former FBI director will probe Rice case Video included

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The NFL says former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. More>>

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time Video included

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Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless... More>>

FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action Video included

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It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions... More>>

Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said Wednesday. More>>

4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

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The fourth U.S. aid worker sickened with Ebola arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, mirroring the carefully choreographed routine of the two Americans already successfully treated and released from Emory University... More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: More>>

Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors... More>>

'Loving' father now tied to his 5 kids' deaths

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Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush. More>>

Republican women struggle to secure party's future

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Elise Stefanik is fighting to make history in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, an expanse of rural America in upstate New York that - like the Republican Party - is struggling to grow. More>>

Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

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The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. More>>

Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

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Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. More>>

Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

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The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad... More>>

Anna Kendrick sings again in 'The Last 5 Years'

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Anna Kendrick is done with musicals. No really. She swears. More>>

AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL Video included

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A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. More>>

9 topless activists cleared in Notre Dame protest

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A Paris court on Wednesday threw out a legal complaint against nine activists who bared their breasts in a protest at Notre Dame Cathedral but ruled that three security guards who restrained the women were too violent. More>>

UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

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Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. More>>

Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

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Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday. More>>

Senior Americans burdened with student debt

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Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social... More>>

Electronic Arts drops Ray Rice from Madden game

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Video game publisher Electronic Arts is removing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice from its recently released Madden NFL 15 title, the latest company to pull its support for the player. More>>

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city Video included

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Raging monsoon floods across India and Pakistan that have killed more than 450 people poured into the plains of eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, sending a major river over its banks and threatening to force hundreds... More>>

Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

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Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic... More>>

UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence Video included

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The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real... More>>

What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

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If Arab states, plus NATO member Turkey, join a coalition to take on Islamic State militants, they bring both formidable weaponry and some hesitation about participating in an American-led fight. Here's a look at what... More>>

Vanessa Hudgens coming to Broadway as 'Gigi'

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It's taken a few years, but Vanessa Hudgens has finally made the leap from "High School Musical" to a Broadway musical. More>>

Weapons watchdog: Chlorine likely used in Syria

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A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Thousands flee flood in India, Pakistan Video included

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By The Associated Press Evacuees fleeing rising floodwaters cling to treetops and wait to be plucked from the roofs of buildings in Srinagar, the main city on the Indian-administered side of Kashmir.... More>>

Nicki Minaj: Natural look stems from confidence

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Nicki Minaj, who has recently dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look, says it's because she's more comfortable in her skin. More>>

Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week

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It's no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. More>>

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

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The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade... More>>

Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

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Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. More>>

Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout

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Sudden gunfire rattled the morning routine outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison and soon inmates, many barefoot and shirtless, dashed frantically from the maximum-security facility, startling street vendors as they... More>>

Extremist threat hangs over key Tunisia elections

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When masked gunmen started pounding on the door last week, politician Mohamed Al Nasri leapt from the second-floor window into a neighbor's home. It was more than just an isolated case of political violence. Coming... More>>

Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains

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While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem - and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of... More>>

News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

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By The Associated Press Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. More>>

No end in sight for America's Mideast war duties

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to be a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their... More>>

Missouri execution is 8th in the state this year

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A Missouri inmate convicted in a 1998 robbery and double murder was put to death Wednesday, the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November. More>>

Now open, 9/11 museum sees influx of new artifacts

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After seeing the new National September 11 Memorial Museum, one victim's widow decided to donate one of her husband's FDNY paramedic shirts, karate uniforms and beloved baseball jersey. More>>

Boos, booty dominate Fashion Rocks concert

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The 2014 Fashion Rocks was all about booing and booty. More>>

Fiji may have jumped gun on fate of its UN troops Video included

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Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon. More>>

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition Video included

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President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to... More>>

Goodell says NFL didn't see video before this week

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As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back... More>>

News Guide: Primary election highlights

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By The Associated Press Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More>>

Canada finds 1 of 2 explorer ships lost in Arctic

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One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could... More>>

With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

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A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients. More>>

Nike, others end business relationship with Rice

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By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Ray Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL for domestic violence will cost him income from endorsements in addition to his $4 million in salary. More>>

Wreckage scattered in Ukraine as inquiry released

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A child's jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17... More>>

AP PHOTOS: Fashion models share off-runway tales

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They're the often- anonymous stars of New York Fashion Week - the models who walk the runways in designer clothes, looking mostly impassive and inevitably beautiful as they pose before cameras. More>>

Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

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Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. More>>

Broadway League backs down, agrees to honor Rivers

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In the end, Broadway's leaders saw the light - and decided to turn them off. More>>

Under militia power, Libya closer to failed state

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After three years of chaos since Moammar Gadhafi's fall, Libya is further crumbling into a failed state after Islamist-allied militias took over the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government,... More>>

Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned

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In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia." More>>

Terror plotter Padilla gets new 21-year sentence

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Convicted al-Qaida terrorism plotter Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen jailed for years as an enemy combatant, was handed a new 21-year prison sentence Tuesday because an appeals court determined his previous 17-year term was... More>>

Raging floods kill over 440 in Pakistan, India Video included

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Raging monsoon floods sweeping across India and Pakistan have killed more than 440 people, authorities said Tuesday, warning hundreds of thousands more to be prepared to flee their homes as helicopters and boats raced to... More>>

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