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  • Analysis: In Senate battle, GOP's weapon is Obama

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:52:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, offshore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado.

  • Sweden calls off search for submarine

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:42:18 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea.

  • Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:38:17 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

  • US officials see signs of new life in Iraqi army

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:38:00 GMT

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say.

  • NKorea signals US must apologize to free detainees

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:31:57 GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them.

  • FACT CHECK: Making 97 percent a failing grade

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:15:27 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans trying to take back control of the U.S. Senate are working hard to sear one big number into the brains of voters from Alaska to Arkansas: 90 percent. Or 95 percent. Or 97 percent.

  • Poland's Tusk denies claim on partition offer

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:05:55 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, denied Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that their two nations carve up Ukraine.

  • Hagan and Tillis in a battle of 'extremes' in NC

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:02:03 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Senate race boils down to a battle of extremes. At least that's how Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis want voters to see it.

  • Gestapo impostor tricked Nazi sympathizers in WWII

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:54:01 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic that could neutralize an enemy's air defenses, leaving major cities exposed to devastating air raids. Kohout, a naturalized British citizen, knew about it from his work at a plant doing defense-related work.

  • Official cites 'epidemic of fear' in US

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:49:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.

  • Foreign policy question mark over Indonesia leader

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:25:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The remarkable rise of Indonesia's new president has captured popular imagination at home and won praise internationally, but Joko "Jokowi" Widodo still needs to prove his foreign policy prowess. The U.S. is looking for him to sustain Jakarta's role as a regional leader in Southeast Asia.

  • China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:23:17 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.

  • Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:20:15 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.

  • NK expert says US must apologize to free detainees

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:24:41 GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them.

  • Pesky, effective? Campaign signs spread like weeds

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:20:56 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pesky. Illegal. Effective?

  • After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:13:46 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

  • Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:11:11 GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital.

  • Cuomo's office tightly controls public records

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:55:16 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office four years ago promising the most transparent administration in history.

  • Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:45:35 GMT

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Government leaders gathered in a show of resolution a day after a deadly attack on Canada's Parliament, as authorities and everyday Canadians sifted through confounding shards of the gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power.

  • Cloning whistle-blower: little change in S. Korea

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:22:57 GMT

    CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.

  • Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:20:22 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — It has been nearly 11 weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. The Aug. 9 shooting and the protests that followed raised new awareness about the racial makeup of police departments and police use of military-style equipment, among other issues. Here's a look at where things stand: