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  • Iran's parliament approves on nuclear deal with world powers

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:58:52 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament voted on Tuesday to support implementing the nuclear deal it struck with world powers, sending the measure to a council of senior clerics for who will review the accord before its final approval.

  • Bush offers plan to repeal, replace federal health care law

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:55:27 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is proposing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection against "high-cost medical events."

  • Q&A: Ryan weighs speaker post, conservatives still a puzzle

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:50:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan says he doesn't want to be the next House speaker but he's thinking it through — even as the Republican establishment pressures him to just do it.

  • Clinton, Sanders rivalry in spotlight as Democrats debate

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:48:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she always expected tough competition in the Democratic presidential primary. It's likely she didn't expect it would come from Bernie Sanders, the rumpled independent senator from Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist calling for "political revolution."

  • Syria's al-Qaida says Russia launching Crusader campaign

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:29:15 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate has released an audio message purportedly from its leader, describing Russian military intervention as a "new Crusader campaign" aiming to save the rule of President Bashar Assad.

  • Only on AP: Clinton server ran software that risked hacking

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:24:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The private email server Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers.

  • Vanuatu in political chaos after lawmakers pardon themselves

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:06:37 GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu found itself in political chaos Tuesday following an extraordinary few days in which 14 lawmakers were found guilty of corruption but were then pardoned by one of their own while the president was abroad.

  • Iran's parliament approves nuclear deal with world powers

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:45:16 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament has voted in favor of a nuclear deal struck with world powers.

  • Japan says may cut UNESCO funds over Nanjing massacre move

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:35:15 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Tuesday that it may cut funding for UNESCO after the U.N. world heritage body included documents on a World War II-era massacre by Japanese troops on a Chinese city in its Memory of the World register, a move Tokyo criticized as biased.

  • Hillary Clinton slams Trump in front of his casino

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:32:35 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump's doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.

  • Trial set to begin in Iowa for 2 former aides to Ron Paul

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:20:54 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal trial is set to begin in Iowa for two aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign accused of secretly paying a state lawmaker for his endorsement.

  • Philippines backs US plan to sail ship near Chinese island

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:49:26 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday backed a reported U.S. plan to challenge China's territorial claims by deploying a Navy ship close to a Chinese-built island in the South China Sea, saying it was important for the international community to safeguard freedom of navigation in the disputed waters.

  • John Kerry, Ash Carter meeting with Australian counterparts

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:33:01 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter are meeting with their Australian counterparts in Boston to discuss security and trade issues.

  • Okinawa gov revokes approval for relocation of US air base

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:45:52 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa's governor on Tuesday revoked approval for work needed to relocate a U.S. air base from one area of the southern Japanese island to another, but the Tokyo government said it would still proceed with the plan.

  • Journalist released from prison in Egypt returns to Canada

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:13:48 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist who was released from prison in Egypt last month, has returned home to Canada with the hope of starting an election debate on how the Canadian government can better protects its citizens abroad.

  • Cruz faults Senate rivals for skipping pressing debates

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:10:32 GMT

    ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday tried to distinguish himself as a leader among the party's more conservative voters by indirectly chiding presidential rivals such as Marco Rubio for skipping recent high-profile votes in the Senate.

  • President Barack Obama interviews author Marilynne Robinson

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:04:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — For this interview, President Barack Obama was the one asking the questions.

  • Experts: Cash infusion helps NY transit but isn't cure-all

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 02:05:09 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A $29 billion infusion into the city's transportation network will go mostly to provide long-overdue repairs and upgrades, transit experts said, leaving the nation's largest city lagging behind modern systems around the world.

  • Guatemala: Mob kills village mayor over attack on rival

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:26:48 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A mob killed a village mayor in western Guatemala in reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls, authorities said Monday.

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:09:19 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

  • Police defend use of Taser on city official in Texas

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:04:54 GMT

    PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — Police officials in a small, predominantly black Texas college town are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a City Council member when he intervened as officers questioned his friends outside his apartment.