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  • Boeing names its new Apollo-style spacecraft the Starliner

    Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:25:48 GMT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Now it also has the Starliner.

  • UN threatens sanctions if South Sudan peace deal isn't kept

    Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:20:34 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is discussing imposing sanctions on two additional South Sudanese for continuing to fuel conflict in the world's newest nation, diplomats said Friday.

  • Austria says it and Germany will take refugees from Hungary

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:56:10 GMT

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — After misery, delivery. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary's government as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in.

  • Guatemala ex-president tells court he's innocent of graft

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:45:57 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Otto Perez Molina sat in a defendant's chair Friday and declared his innocence in a customs corruption scandal that forced him to resign a day earlier as president of this Central American nation.

  • Refugees on buses in Hungary; Austria, Germany to take them

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:40:59 GMT

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — After misery, delivery. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary's government as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in.

  • The Latest: Austria, Germany to accept bused migrants

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:26:20 GMT

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

  • Transgender student's bid to again use boys restrooms denied

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:22:54 GMT

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a bid by a transgender teenager to resume using the boys' restrooms at his eastern Virginia high school.

  • Judge approves $90M settlement for ex-Boeing workers

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:11:43 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Boeing will pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit filed by former Boeing workers over retirement and medical benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations.

  • Judge: Injunction against water rule limited to 13 states

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:05:30 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule aimed at regulating some small waterways applies only to the 13 states that sued to block it, and not nationwide.

  • Lawmakers cited for making out pay fines but dispute report

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:04:58 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The two Minnesota lawmakers cited for allegedly "making out" in a car at a regional park said they paid their fines Friday and would not file a complaint with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, but stood by their contention that the park ranger's account was wrong.

  • Austria chancellor: His country, Germany to grant unhindered passage to migrants from Hungary

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:03:43 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — Austria chancellor: His country, Germany to grant unhindered passage to migrants from Hungary.

  • Lawsuit: Montana dam transfer to tribes is security risk

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:02:50 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to block the transfer of a Montana dam to two Native American tribes makes the unusual assertion that the transfer could lead the Turkish government to seek raw nuclear materials on U.S. soil to blow up the dam or other targets.

  • Refugees in Hungary start moving west on foot; buses offered

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:52:46 GMT

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after long treks from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, broke away from Hungarian police on Friday and headed on foot for Western Europe. In a surprise nighttime announcement, Hungary's government said it would send buses to take them to the border with Austria.

  • Clinton, Rubio court Puerto Rico voters as crisis looms

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:47:59 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financial crisis loomed over dueling Friday campaign appearances by Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio, two presidential contenders with sharply different positions on a key issue for Puerto Rican voters whose influence is growing in U.S. politics.

  • Appeals court rejects suit by teacher fired over blog

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:31:34 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired for writing derisively about students on her blog, calling them "disengaged, lazy whiners" and "disobedient, disrespectful oafs," can't invoke free speech in suing to get her job back, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

  • The Latest: UN says can't solve crisis by 'closing the door'

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:19:14 GMT

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

  • Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:15:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition.

  • Gay rights advocates: Jailed Kentucky clerk is no martyr

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:06:08 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King.

  • Amid grief, Jill Biden said to share VP's hesitation on 2016

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:46:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's reluctance to enter the presidential race centers on his family. His wife, Jill, has never relished political life and is said to share his misgivings about whether the Bidens are emotionally equipped for another campaign.

  • Trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez nears end

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:44:28 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The more-than-yearlong trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was nearing an end Friday as the imprisoned politician prepared to give his final remarks in a closed courtroom.

  • Houston-area sheriff's deputy remembered during funeral

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:38:49 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Thousands of law enforcement officers stood at attention to form a wall Friday outside one of Houston's largest churches as a 21-gun salute and flyover by police helicopters were carried out in honor of a slain sheriff's deputy.