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Cruz blames Obama for climate of violence against police
07:19 PM, 09.03.2015

Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz waves before speaking to supporters during a campaign event at the Stockyards in Forth Worth, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz blamed President Barack Obama on Thursday for a climate of violence against police, contending the president and his administration have long vilified law enforcement.

Latest on US Open: Hewitt, 2001 champ, loses in 5 sets
07:15 PM, 09.03.2015

Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, returns a shot to Bernard Tomic, of Australia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

The Latest: Canada: Syria family didn't file refugee request
07:12 PM, 09.03.2015

Migrants receive a juice donation in front of the railway station in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):

10 Things to Know for Friday
07:04 PM, 09.03.2015

In this photo taken on Aug. 26, 2015, Karen Roberts, left, and her partner April Miller discuss their inability to obtain a marriage license in Morehead, Ky. Roberts and Miller are one of the four couples, two gay and two straight, suing Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis through the American Civil Liberties Union for refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Pressured by party, Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge
07:04 PM, 09.03.2015

U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in New YorkBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election. At a news conference in his own Trump Tower in Manhattan, the property magnate waved the loyalty pledge, signed in a thick black marker, in the air for TV cameras. Trump had previously refused to rule out a third-party bid, drawing boos from the crowd in Ohio last month at the first full Republican debate.

Judge: Suspect's confession OK in California pier shooting
06:59 PM, 09.03.2015

FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, right, is lead into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. The parents of Kathryn Steinle filed a wrongful death claim Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 alleging that the San Francisco Sheriff's Department is to blame for releasing an illegal immigrant from jail despite a federal "detainer" request to keep in custody for possible deportation proceedings. A claim is usually a precursor to a lawsuit. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge declined Thursday to toss out the confession of a suspect charged with murder in a San Francisco shooting at the center of the national immigration debate.

Summer makeover has 1st-place Mets primed for playoff run
06:53 PM, 09.03.2015

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) celebrates the Mets' 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. Tejada had four RBIs during the game, including an inside-the-park home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright can hardly contain his excitement.

Guatemala swears in new president as ex-leader detained
06:53 PM, 09.03.2015

Guatemala's former president Otto Perez (L) is taken into custody at the end of a hearing at the Supreme Court in Guatemala City on September 3, 2015Guatemala's Congress swore in a new president as disgraced former leader Otto Perez was ordered detained to prevent him becoming a fugitive from justice in the Central American nation's long-running corruption saga. Perez spent much of a tumultuous day at proceedings held at Guatemala's Supreme Court, answering a raft of corruption allegations, just hours after handing in his resignation. "The Guatemalan people have been at the center of great moments of change and upheaval in our institutions, mobilized by their disgust with broken systems," said Maldonado, a lawyer and former judge on the Constitutional Court, after taking the oath of office and assuming the blue and white presidential sash.

Bush: Trump 'too pessimistic,' will lead GOP to defeat
06:50 PM, 09.03.2015

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush a speaks to employees at Foss Manufacturing during campaign stop Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Hampton. N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush says rival Donald Trump is "too pessimistic" to lead the country and that Republicans will lose the 2016 election if they make the billionaire their candidate for the White House.

2 papal parades, more passes available after ticket outcry
06:40 PM, 09.03.2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After an outcry over plans to keep most of Pope Francis' audience at his biggest Philadelphia events at least a half-mile away, organizers Thursday announced the pontiff will parade through downtown twice and said they would set aside 30,000 tickets for the public to get a closer view.

Canadian government under fire in case of drowned Syrian toddler
06:39 PM, 09.03.2015

By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada's Conservative government came under fire on Thursday after it emerged that the family of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach had wanted to emigrate to Canada, rattling Prime Minister Stephen Harper's re-election bid. The boy's aunt, Vancouver resident Tima Kurdi, said she had hoped to bring Abdullah and his family to Canada, but had first tried to sponsor another brother, currently in Germany, an application that was rejected.

Asian shares win reprieve on ECB signal, U.S. jobs next focus
06:38 PM, 09.03.2015

A pedestrian looks at an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in TokyoAsian shares won a reprieve on Friday after the European Central Bank signalled its readiness to take further steps to shore up the European economy, and investors looked to U.S. jobs data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1 percent while Japan's Nikkei also ticked up 0.1 percent. The ECB cut its growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday, warning of possible further trouble from China and paving the way for an expansion of its already massive 1 trillion-euro plus asset-buying programme.

Special Report: Thai junta hits royal critics with record jail time
06:27 PM, 09.03.2015

File photo of a soldier climbing a barricade in front of a picture of Thailand's King Bhumibol as his unit dismantles an anti-government encampment in central BangkokBy Aubrey Belford BANGKOK (Reuters) - Just minutes after being locked up for 30 years for insulting Thailand’s monarchy, Pongsak Sriboonpeng described what he thought was the cause of his capture: a poorly chosen Facebook friend. For at least a year, the self-described "red shirt" supporter of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had posted angry commentary on the social networking site, including six postings that were later deemed to have defamed the royal family. As the bus idled at a station in the northern province of Phitsunalok on December 30, soldiers and police swarmed the vehicle and took him to a Bangkok army base.

New refugee proposals as photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world
06:04 PM, 09.03.2015

Images of the slain toddler have dominated international headlinesThe heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank brought home the horror of the refugee crisis -- the worst of its kind since World War II. With tensions growing in Europe over how to handle the situation, France and Germany said they had agreed that the EU should now impose binding quotas on the numbers that member states should take in, having failed to reach such a deal in June. "We agree that... we need binding quotas within the European Union to share the burden.

Intel putting $50 mn into quantum computing research
06:01 PM, 09.03.2015

Intel Corporation plans a 10-year collaboration with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and TNO to make real the kind of quantum computing that could tackle seemingly insurmountable problemsSan Francisco (AFP) - US chip colossus Intel on Thursday said that it will put $50 million and engineering resources into an alliance on quantum computing that could radically advance complex problem-solving.

Guatemala's president quits, jailed on corruption charges
05:58 PM, 09.03.2015

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina enters the courtroom after a break at the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala CityBy Alexandra Alper and Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's Otto Perez resigned as president and was jailed on Thursday while a judge weighs charging him in a corruption scandal that gutted his government and plunged the country into a political crisis days before a presidential election. Former vice president Alejandro Maldonado was sworn in as president to fill out the remaining months of Perez's term.

US public servant becomes face of anti-gay marriage fight
05:51 PM, 09.03.2015

A man preaches that being gay is a sin while surrounded by same-sex marriage supporters in front of the federal courthouse on September 3, 2015 in Ashland, KentuckyBy refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis -- taken into federal custody Thursday -- has gone from being a public servant to a heroine for millions of Americans opposed to the new law of the land. Republican presidential hopefuls immediately jumped on the bandwagon, capitalizing on the image of an outspoken Christian woman heading to jail as evidence for their narratives of religious persecution. Until recently, few outside Kentucky's rural Rowan County had heard of Davis.

Manhunt could bring subdued holiday in recreation area
05:47 PM, 09.03.2015

Aquatic foliage graces the shore of Nippersink Lake Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz threatens to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes. The scenery normally draws tens of thousands of visitors for end-of-summer fun, but concerns mounted Thursday that the heavy police presence and fear of the fugitives could led would-be visitors to go elsewhere. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an Illinois police officer threatened Thursday to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes.

GOP's Rubio says 'Minecraft' can prepare kids for future
05:45 PM, 09.03.2015

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks to hundreds of supporters inside the Lindsay Street Hall in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.Marco Rubio speaks to hundreds of supporters inside the Lindsay Street Hall in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDITCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Thursday that the popular "Minecraft" video game is a good example of how to prepare young people for the new economy.

'Deflategate' unlikely to harm NFL brand, experts say
05:44 PM, 09.03.2015

The National Football League has managed to flourish through a number of highly-publicized fiascoes in recent years and sports experts expect more of the same despite a months-long battle with its most popular player. Quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension tossed out by a judge on Thursday and the ordeal may prove to be a boon for the NFL when his New England Patriots open the 2015 regular season next week. "Typically, when you look at almost every bad thing or everything that would be negative or is to be avoided in sports they almost never affect the bottom line," Robert Boland, professor of sports law at Ohio University, told Reuters.

Murray escapes as heat victims hit new Slam record
05:44 PM, 09.03.2015

Andy Murray of the UK celebrates his win over Adrian Mannarino of France during the 2015 US Open men's singles round two match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 3, 2015 in New YorkAndy Murray escaped his earliest US Open exit in 10 years Thursday as the searing heat at Flushing Meadows took the number of men's singles retirements to a Grand Slam record 12. Third seed and 2012 champion Murray came back from two sets down to defeat tiring Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Murray goes on to face Brazilian 30th seed Thomaz Bellucci for a place in the last 16.

Rock-throwing that injured teacher results in jail sentences
05:42 PM, 09.03.2015

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, Sharon Budd, right, speaks with her husband Randy after ringing the "victory" bell to celebrate her discharge from Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville, Pa. Three young men will soon learn their sentences for a rock-throwing incident last year that caused severe brain trauma to an Ohio schoolteacher as she passed through Pennsylvania in the dead of night on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three young men apologized to their victim on Thursday after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars for throwing a rock from an interstate overpass, striking the woman in the head and causing her severe brain damage.

Amazon buys streaming video startup Elemental
05:40 PM, 09.03.2015

Amazon announces a deal to buy Portland-based Elemental Technologies, which tailors traditional television broadcast for the vast array of Internet-linked devices used for streaming videoAmazon on Thursday announced a deal to buy a startup that tailors traditional television broadcast for the vast array of Internet-linked devices used for streaming video. Amazon did not disclose how much it is paying for Portland-based Elemental Technologies, but a report at tech news website The Information put the price at $500 million. The nine-year-old startup specializes in software that takes live or on-demand traditional television, cable or satellite broadcasts and reformats the video to play on smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices.

With Emmys change, 'OITNB' creator not a fan of genres
05:37 PM, 09.03.2015

In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Jenji Kohan arrives at Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Q&A Screening at the Director Guild of America, in Los Angeles. The show is nominated for outstanding drama series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards which airs on Fox at 8 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The creator of "Orange Is the New Black" says though the Emmys switched the hit show from the comedy category to drama, she's not a fan of people boxing the series into a single genre.

US indicts British 'Flash Crash' trader
05:36 PM, 09.03.2015

British trader Navinder Singh Sarao leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on August 14, 2015A grand jury in Chicago has indicted a British securities trader for manipulating markets and playing a key role in the 2010 "Flash Crash" in US stocks. The indictment unveiled Thursday said Navinder Singh Sarao, working out of a modest suburban London home, earned $40 million via so-called market "spoofing" and "dynamic layering" techniques between 2010 and 2014. The indictment detailed how the independent day trader built a trading system with the help of programmers specifically designed to help him repeatedly issue and cancel simultaneous sell-and-buy orders in key securities to make the prices go in the direction he wanted.

Soccer-15-goal Qatar lead World Cup routs in Asia
05:33 PM, 09.03.2015

* Hong Kong hold China in only surprise result * Asia's big guns ease to big victories (Updates after late matches in West Asia) By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Qatar smashed 15 unanswered goals past Bhutan and the United Arab Emirates knocked in 10 against Malaysia in a lopsided round of World Cup qualifiers across Asia on Thursday. Kuwait eased to a 9-0 win over Myanmar, South Korea netted eight against lowly Laos and Asian champions Australia battered Bangladesh 5-0 as the continent's elite made light work of the region's plucky outsiders. Japan again looked disjointed in attack but still had far too much quality for an outclassed Cambodia in a 3-0 victory in Saitama, while former Asian champions Iraq kicked off their Group F campaign by downing Taiwan 5-1 in Tehran.

GOP Rep. Kline says he won't seek re-election in Minnesota
05:29 PM, 09.03.2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. John Kline, a seven-term lawmaker and chairman of the House Education panel, announced Thursday he won't seek re-election next year in a Minnesota district that has grown more politically competitive in recent years.

Judge in Kentucky gay marriage case keeping politics out of courtroom
05:22 PM, 09.03.2015

Bunning found Davis in contempt and threw her into jail, a punishment more severe than the fines sought by lawyers representing the couples seeking licenses. Nominated to the court by former Republican U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001, Bunning joined the U.S. District court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in February 2002.

Judge sides with Brady on 'Deflategate,' NFL appeals
07:21 PM, 09.03.2015

FILE - In this April 31, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves Federal court in New York. Brady can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for "Deflategate." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady learned Thursday he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league's four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed.

Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall
05:03 PM, 09.03.2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.

Forest Service spends a record $243M last week on wildfires
05:01 PM, 09.03.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service spent a record $243 million last week battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.

ACLU wants feds to withhold funds from LAPD for body cameras
04:54 PM, 09.03.2015

FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department’s effort to equip officers with body cameras has run up against an unlikely obstacle, the ACLU of Southern California. The civil rights organization sent a letter Thursday, Sept. 3, to the U.S. Justice Department urging it to deny funding for the cameras until the LAPD revamps its camera policy, which the ACLU said is seriously flawed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department's effort to equip officers with body cameras has run up against an unlikely obstacle — the ACLU of Southern California.

Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme
04:52 PM, 09.03.2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said.

New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance
04:44 PM, 09.03.2015

This undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows the StingRay II, manufactured by Harris Corporation, of Melbourne, Fla., a cellular site simulator used for surveillance purposes. Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Sept. 3, 2015. The seven-page policy, the first of its kind, is designed to create a uniform legal standard for federal law enforcement agencies using equipment known as cell-site simulators. (AP Photo/U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday.

Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe
04:36 PM, 09.03.2015

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, biohazard suits hang in a Biosafety Level 4 laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. Army Secretary John McHugh on Spet. 3, 2015, has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories, including at USAMRIID, that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world.

U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on
04:33 PM, 09.03.2015

A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt then elicited a pledge from five of her six deputies to issue the licenses. The 49-year-old woman, who has emerged as a darling of social conservatives, has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

Clinton camp urged ex-State Dept. employee to testify
04:31 PM, 09.03.2015

Former Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, left, listens as House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, following her deposition before the panel investigating Benghazi. The committee was launched last year to investigate the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. The investigation has widened in recent months to focus on Clinton's use of a private email account and server. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Aides to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a former State Department employee who helped set up her private email server to appear before a House investigative panel, but the former staffer has said he will assert his constitutional right not to testify.

3 California deputies arrested; inmate died of blunt trauma
04:27 PM, 09.03.2015

In this booking photo released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department is Matthew Farris. Farris is one of three California correctional deputies who were arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of an inmate at a county jail, sheriff's officials said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. A sheriff's spokesman said the deputies were in custody in connection with a death that happened late last week. They are being held without bail. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Dept. via AP)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Three Northern California jail guards have been arrested after an inmate under their watch was found dead of multiple blunt trauma, authorities said Thursday.

Guatemala swears in new president amid corruption storm
04:27 PM, 09.03.2015

Guatemalan new president Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre waves after being sworn in at the Congress in Guatemala City on September 3, 2015Guatemala's Congress swore in former judge Alejandro Maldonado as president Thursday as his disgraced predecessor appeared in court over corruption allegations hours after resigning in the face of unprecedented protests. Maldonado, a 79-year-old conservative who only became vice president in May, will serve out the rest of his former boss Otto Perez's term, handing over on January 14. The country will hold elections Sunday to choose his successor, in a climate of widespread outrage over the corruption scandal engulfing Perez and broad rejection of the traditional political elite.

Ethics panel investigating Rep. Mike Honda of California
04:26 PM, 09.03.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of California remains under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that he had congressional aides perform campaign work when they were supposed to be working on government business. Facebook Page

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