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OPEC agrees to limit oil output at 32.5 million barrels per day
12:35 PM, 09.28.2016

Participants attend the end session of the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial (IEF15) in AlgiersALGIERS (Reuters) - OPEC agreed on Wednesday to reduce its oil output to 32.5 million bpd from the current production levels of around 33.24 million bpd, two OPEC sources told Reuters.

Testimony: GOP staff wanted Democrats off bridge authority
12:29 PM, 09.28.2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former bridge authority official testifying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Chris Christie's staff asked him to produce a list of authority employees so the Democrats could be purged.

Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies
12:29 PM, 09.28.2016

Medics inspect the damage outside a field hospital after an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Maadi neighbourhood of AleppoBy Ellen Francis and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had turned the city into a slaughterhouse. Two patients died in one of the hospitals and other shelling killed six residents queueing for bread under a siege that has trapped 250,000 people with food running out. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles ... at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the M10 hospital, the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters.

Seeking maximum lift from debate, Clinton courts millennials
12:26 PM, 09.28.2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to parlay her widely praised debate performance into stronger support from women, young Americans and other critical voter groups, while Donald Trump kept focus on the die-hard backers who have thronged his rallies this year.

Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security
12:26 PM, 09.28.2016

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in New York. Kerry is threatening to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. The State Department says Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security.

US accused of killing 22 in misdirected Somalia air strike
12:18 PM, 09.28.2016

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An air strike in northern Somalia left as many as 22 soldiers dead overnight, local officials said on Wednesday, and one region said the United States had been duped into attacking its troops. Galmudug's Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his region's soldiers had been killed in the strike, adding that the rival neighbouring region of Puntland had requested it on the pretext that the men were al Shabaab Islamist militants. "Puntland misinformed the United States and thus our forces were bombed," he told Reuters.

UBS in $15 mn settlement with US over derivatives sales
12:15 PM, 09.28.2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission said a US arm of the private wealth manager, UBS Financial Services Inc, had failed to train and educate its sales force adequately about risks of complex financial products known as reverse convertible notesThe Swiss private banking giant UBS has agreed to pay $15 million to settle US allegations of selling risky derivative investments to thousands of unsophisticated investors, US market regulators said Wednesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission said a US arm of the private wealth manager, UBS Financial Services Inc, had failed to train and educate its sales force adequately about the risks of complex financial products known as reverse convertible notes, which are derivatives whose values are generally based on the performance of an underlying stock. Some were retirees, according the SEC.

Massive Texas district isn't big enough for either candidate
12:14 PM, 09.28.2016

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, first-term Republican Rep. Will Hurd, right, of Texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office in San Antonio. Hurd faces former Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego in Texas' 23rd District, which spans 58,000-plus square miles, making it larger than 29 states. Neither Hurd nor Gallego live in the district. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A West Texas congressional district sprawls 58,000-plus square miles and two time zones, from San Antonio to just outside El Paso. Yet neither the Republican who represents it nor the Democrat trying to reclaim the seat actually lives there.

Inquiry says MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia
12:12 PM, 09.28.2016

Dutch investigators present the results of the criminal probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, during a press conference in Nieuwegein, on September 28, 2016The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, as it announced that about 100 people were being investigated for playing "an active role" in the disaster. Saying they had "irrefutable evidence" that the BUK missile system was used to blow the Malaysia Airlines plane out of the sky, investigators also for the first time pinpointed that the device was fired from a field in a part of eastern Ukraine then controlled by pro-Russia separatists. The findings of the Dutch-led probe stopped short of directly accusing Moscow of involvement in the tragedy in July 2014, and both the rebels and Russia issued fresh statements denying any responsibility.

Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
12:12 PM, 09.28.2016

Protesters gather at the El Cajon Police Department headquarters to protest fatal shooting of an unarmed black man Tuesday by officers in El Cajon, California- (Reuters) - Protesters yelled "murder" and demanded a federal investigation on Wednesday after a police officer in southern California shot and killed an unarmed black man, less than two weeks after similar incidents sparked outrage in two other U.S. cities. Police did not immediately identify the victim, but local activists and friends named him as Ugandan-born Alfred Olango. El Cajon officers found Olango behind a restaurant at about 2 p.m. PDT (2100 GMT) on Tuesday and ordered him to remove his hand from his pocket.

Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul
12:08 PM, 09.28.2016

FILE - In this Sept 22, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president is preparing to send more troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment for Iraq and for President Barack Obama's much-criticized strategy to defeat IS.

Exclusive: Redstone's NAI to call on CBS, Viacom to explore merger -sources
12:06 PM, 09.28.2016

A woman exits the Viacom Inc. headquarters in New YorkA merger would give Viacom, whose networks include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, a seasoned media executive at the helm with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves at a time when its TV ratings and ad revenue have been in decline, many investors believe. Viacom shares jumped as much as 7 percent after Reuters broke the news of NAI's plans, and were trading up 1.7 percent at $36.07 in New York in early afternoon, giving the company a market value of $14.3 billion. Representatives for NAI, Viacom and CBS declined to comment.

White House calls Senate override of veto of September 11 bill 'embarrassing'
12:05 PM, 09.28.2016

The White House on Wednesday slammed the Senate's nearly unanimous vote to reject President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government. "This is the single most embarrassing thing this United States' Senate has done possibly since 1983," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing, referring to the last time when the chamber so overwhelmingly overrode a president's veto. Earnest said some lawmakers had only recently been informed about potential drawbacks to approving the legislation.

U.S. threatens to end Syria work with Russia if Aleppo attack continues
12:00 PM, 09.28.2016

By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States threatened on Wednesday to halt its diplomacy with Russia on Syria and it said it held Russia accountable for the use of incendiary bombs on Aleppo - a view a U.S. official said could open Moscow up to charges of war crimes. Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed the message in a call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in which he voiced "grave concern" over the Russian-backed Syrian government's air and land assault on rebel areas of Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

Alabama justice 'urged defiance, not compliance' on marriage
11:57 AM, 09.28.2016

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore testifies during his ethics trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016. He is accused of encouraging judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Pool)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, a lawyer for a disciplinary commission argued on Wednesday.

Nuclear first strike? Trump's ambiguous debate stance
11:57 AM, 09.28.2016

Trump's stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguousWASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue.

Allardyce admits 'judgement' error as minister calls for probe
11:57 AM, 09.28.2016

Former England football manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in Bolton on September 28, 2016Sam Allardyce admitted an "error of judgement" on Wednesday after his career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters. "Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that," Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England. "Unfortunately it was an error of judgement on my behalf and I've paid the consequences," he added the morning after he was forced out of the England job following a mere 67 days in charge of the national side.

Takata sells auto interiors unit as recall costs rise
11:56 AM, 09.28.2016

Troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. of Japan is selling its automotive interior trim and seating material operation, raising cash as its inflator recall costs continue to mount. The Japanese company is ...

Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise
11:55 AM, 09.28.2016

Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the riseIncidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday. There were 10,854 air rage incidents ...

US stocks wobble as phone companies fall, oil prices jump
11:53 AM, 09.28.2016

US stocks wobble as phone companies fall, oil prices jumpU.S. stock indexes are little changed Wednesday as dividend-paying stocks skid and health care companies take losses. Energy companies are rising as the price of oil changes course yet again and moves ...

Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint
11:52 AM, 09.28.2016

Deal reached to keep US government running, help FlintCongressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, clearing the way Wednesday for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December. ...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms in the Atlantic
11:48 AM, 09.28.2016

Satellite photo shows storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean on September 28, 2016Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Atlantic over the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday and threatened to become a hurricane by Friday, US forecasters said. Tropical storm warnings were issued for Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as Barbados, Dominica, St Vincent, Grenada and St Lucia. The tropical storm was located about 55 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of St Lucia, and was moving westward with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

Senate overwhelmingly rejects Obama veto of Saudi September 11 bill
11:47 AM, 09.28.2016

A man lays a flower on a monument engraved with names of victims of the September 11th attacks, during a memorial event marking the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., at the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in JerusalemBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, paving the way for the first veto override of his eight-year presidency. The final vote was 97-1 against the veto, a blow to Saudi Arabia, a frequent U.S. partner in the Middle East recently subject to harsh criticism in the U.S. Congress. Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid was the only senator to side with Obama.

The Latest: First Lady calls for "adult in the White House"
11:45 AM, 09.28.2016

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, as she campaigns for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

BUK: Russia's feared anti-aircraft missile system
11:44 AM, 09.28.2016

Russia's BUK missile system first entered service with the Red Army in 1980, and has been exported to many countries, including North Korea and SyriaThe BUK missile system blamed for shooting down flight MH17 over east Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, is an anti-aircraft weapon whose origins date back to the Soviet era. BUK -- which means "Beech" in Russian -- first fully entered service with the Red Army in 1980, and has been exported to many countries, including North Korea and Syria. Up to six BUK missiles can be fired simultaneously from a launch vehicle -- usually either a military truck or a tank -- on targets flying on different bearings, according to the London-based Jane's defence and intelligence group.

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area
11:44 AM, 09.28.2016

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay AreaThe national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity ...

Obama hopes to attend Peres funeral in Israel: White House
11:42 AM, 09.28.2016

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hopes to attend the funeral of former Israeli president and statesman Shimon Peres in Israel on Friday and the White House is working on the logistics, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, writing by Jeff Mason, editing by G Crosse)

Jennifer Lopez is back in judge's chair for dance show
11:37 AM, 09.28.2016

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2016 NBCUniversal Winter TCA in Pasadena Calif. NBC said Wednesday, Sept. 28, that Lopez will be a judge on the "World of Dance" competition series. The 10-episode series will challenge contestants to demonstrate their skills in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, krumping, ballet and ballroom. The winner gets $1 million. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez is stepping in front of the camera for NBC's new "World of Dance" competition series.

Black man shot dead by police near San Diego, probe underway
11:36 AM, 09.28.2016

Police shoot, kill man in San Diego area; protesters gatherEL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said.

Senators ask Justice Department to investigate EpiPen maker
11:36 AM, 09.28.2016

Senators ask Justice Department to investigate EpiPen makerSenators are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether pharmaceutical company Mylan acted illegally when it classified its life-saving EpiPen as a generic drug and qualified for lower rebate ...

FBI head: Extremism apparent influence in Minnesota attack
11:33 AM, 09.28.2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says the man who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before being shot and killed appears to have been inspired, at least in part, by extremist ideology.

Deutsche Bank shares stabilize after deal to sell unit
11:33 AM, 09.28.2016

Deutsche Bank shares stabilize after deal to sell unitInvestor concerns over Deutsche Bank's financial stability appeared to ease Wednesday after Germany's biggest lender said it had struck a deal to sell a subsidiary and stressed it was not seeking government ...

US Senate votes to override Obama's 9/11 bill veto
11:32 AM, 09.28.2016

In a landmark vote, Senators almost unanimously backed the override of President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi ArabiaThe US Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke of his eight-year presidency. In a landmark 97-1 vote backing the override, only outgoing Obama ally, Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, voted against it, teeing up a similar vote in the House of Representatives later Wednesday. The rare act of bipartisanship is a severe blow to Obama, who lobbied hard against the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Kvitova forgets rankings, dimisses Kerber at Wuhan
11:31 AM, 09.28.2016

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a return during her third round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany at the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on September 28, 2016Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova put aside thoughts of rankings to down newly crowned number one Angelique Kerber in an epic three sets at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday. The US and Australian Open champion, playing her first tournament since ascending to number one, took the first set after an aggressive 22-point tie break. Kvitova took an early lead in the second set, going 5-3 up, before a surge from the German brought them level.

Pakistan says India will 'disintegrate' when Kashmir is free
11:29 AM, 09.28.2016

FILE - In this Friday, April 25, 2008 file photo, Pakistani Petroleum Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif, right, shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Murli Deora after their joint news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's Defense Minister says its nuclear-armed rival India will "disintegrate" when the people living in disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir got independence from New Delhi. Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 that Pakistan will continue to extend moral support to Kashmiri people in their struggle. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash, File)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's defense minister on Wednesday said India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence, in a sign of mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Migratory bird struggles for shelter as chimneys torn down
11:29 AM, 09.28.2016

In this Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 photo, migratory Vaux's Swifts are a blur as they race to roost for the night inside a large, brick chimney at Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Ore. Numbers of Vaux's Swifts are in decline, in part scientists say because of the destruction of the brick chimneys that they use to roost during their annual fall migration. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the growing darkness outside Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, before the first Vaux's Swift darted into view high above.

APNewsBreak: Autopsy of woman found dead in freezer amended
11:28 AM, 09.28.2016

ATLANTA (AP) — An exit button inside a downtown Atlanta hotel where a worker was found dead failed to work during an inspection, trapping two people who had to beat on the door to alert someone to let them out, a medical examiner found.

The Latest: Canadian PM remembers Israel's Peres
11:25 AM, 09.28.2016

The Latest: Canadian PM remembers Israel's PeresThe Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is remembering former Israeli statesman Shimon Peres ...

Nature or nurture: is violence in our genes?
11:17 AM, 09.28.2016

A team of scientists concluded that humans violent nature was at least partly inherited from an ancient ancestor, and shared with other primatesAre we innately violent, as Englishman Thomas Hobbes postulated in the 1650s, or is our behaviour influenced more by the environment we grow up in, as Jean-Jacques Rousseau theorised a century later? On Tuesday, a team of scientists who looked at the question from a new angle -- that of evolutionary biology -- concluded that our violent nature was at least partly inherited from an ancient ancestor, and shared with other primates. Lethal violence appears to be "deeply rooted" in the lineage of monkeys, apes and Homo sapiens, the researchers wrote in the science journal Nature.

FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe
11:17 AM, 09.28.2016

FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probeRepublican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI ... Facebook Page

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