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  • Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund government

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:47:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has blocked a spending bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline.

  • People around the world react to first Trump-Clinton debate

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:46:45 GMT

    Views from around the world on Monday's first U.S. presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump:

  • Barriers used to protect soldiers now stopping floodwaters

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:44:12 GMT

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's second-largest city has managed to keep flooding at bay largely because of barriers that were widely used to protect soldiers in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Senate blocks spending bill needed to keep government open beyond Friday midnight deadline

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate blocks spending bill needed to keep government open beyond Friday midnight deadline.

  • Spate of whale entanglements could inform regulations

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:40:14 GMT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities say a recent wave of entanglements of rare whales off of New England could help inform future regulations to preserve the animals.

  • US probing possible worker abuse by Wells Fargo

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:37:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department is investigating possible abuses of employees by Wells Fargo in connection with the bank's alleged efforts to open millions of unauthorized accounts to meet sales goals.

  • Confidential UN report details South Sudan threats, violence

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:30:58 GMT

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N. ambulance carried an urgent patient: a local woman in labor. South Sudan government soldiers stopped the ambulance 15 times at checkpoints in the capital, Juba. The Aug. 2 journey, which usually takes 15 minutes, lasted nearly two hours.

  • Neither Trump, Clinton exactly right about stop-and- frisk

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:51 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says the police tactic known as stop-and-frisk led to a drop in murders in New York City, while Hillary Clinton says it has been ruled unconstitutional.

  • Women leaders urge UN chief to press for Korea peace treaty

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:38 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Women leaders from 38 countries are urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to fulfill a promise he made in 2007 to start a peace process that would turn the armistice that ended the Korean war into a peace treaty before his term ends on Dec. 31.

  • Biden assails Trump on housing crisis remarks

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:19 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday questioned Donald Trump's "moral center" as a result of the Republican presidential candidate's comments about America's housing collapse.

  • Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:22:09 GMT

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Spencer Mulligan knew his family could pay for his college education, even without loans or grants. So when the University of Connecticut offered a merit award of $20,000 over four years, he saw it as a bonus.

  • Charlotte residents denounce officials over police shooting

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:07:09 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Angry Charlotte residents verbally lashed City Council members for hours, complaining about what they called unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who have failed to force change as the city marked a week of protests since a police officer fatally shot a black man.

  • The Latest: More Charlotte protesters face charges

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:02:10 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):

  • Trump blames others after combative debate with Clinton

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:52:41 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

  • No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:47:50 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, to be a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric vehicles.

  • Lawyer: Texas officer protected by immunity in shooting

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:41:42 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawyer for a white police officer who shot and killed a black man about three years ago after a foot chase argued Tuesday to an appeals court that his client should be protected by federal immunity. But state prosecutors disagreed, saying the case never should have been dismissed by a lower court.

  • India to not participate in regional summit in Pakistan

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:41:40 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi will not participate in a meeting of South Asian nations to be held in Islamabad in November, its foreign ministry said in a statement late Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Lawyer: Texas officer protected by immunity

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:41:15 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on appeals court ruling on Texas police shooting (all times local):

  • Judge's ruling reduces Election Day registration in Illinois

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:40:56 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Voters in highly populated areas of Illinois will have fewer Election Day registration options after a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the wider same-day registration instituted in 2015 that Republicans claim is unconstitutional.

  • Democrats poised to block stopgap funding bill over Flint

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:32:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday promised to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, to battle the Zika virus and to help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.

  • Water company workers lead Greek protests

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:28:43 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Workers from a state-run water company are blocking traffic outside Greece's parliament as lawmakers prepare to vote on a proposal to move control of public utilities to a new asset fund created by international bailout creditors.