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Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority
03:15 AM, 09.16.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday.

 
Roadside bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt
03:13 AM, 09.16.2014

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula early Tuesday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaida-inspired group, Egyptian security officials said.

 
Russia will struggle to help firms under sanctions: former finance minister
03:10 AM, 09.16.2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government will offer the economy the kind of investment it needs because of its large state social spending commitments, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday. A strong advocate of liberal reforms and fiscal prudence, Kudrin has become almost the lone voice among the Russian elite to criticise government policy in dealing with the fallout from the Ukraine crisis. ...

 
Liverpool return sets Champions League campaign underway
03:06 AM, 09.16.2014

Liverpool's players stretch during a training session in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 15, 2014, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League first-leg match against Ludogorets RazgradParis (AFP) - Liverpool's return to Champions League action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season dominate the start of the battle for European football's elite club competition on Tuesday.


 
US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
03:03 AM, 09.16.2014

In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, photo, farm workers, from left, Carlos Sanchez, Francisco Zuniga, and Alejandro Zuniga, pick tobacco leaves on Chris Haskins' farm in Chatham, Va. Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.


 
Russian ruble drops to historic low amid sanctions
03:01 AM, 09.16.2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, during the Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday as investors fret about the fallout of economic sanctions.


 
Syrian war plane crashes near Islamic State-held city: resident
03:01 AM, 09.16.2014

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian war plane crashed near the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa on Tuesday, a resident said, and a group that tracks violence in the war said a number of people had been wounded on the ground. It was not immediately clear what brought down the plane, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said had crashed on the outskirts of Raqqa, some 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus. ...

 
Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California
03:01 AM, 09.16.2014

Maria Ramirez, left, puts the shoes on her one-year-old niece Maritza next to the remains of their home that was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hundreds for impoverished houses were destroyed in the Unidad Real squatter's settlement and other equally poor neighborhoods. Hurricane Odile continued to lash the peninsula as it marched northward with strong winds and heavy rains. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.


 
Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism
02:52 AM, 09.16.2014

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock looking in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.


 
Season's first dolphins killed in Japan, say activists
02:50 AM, 09.16.2014

A placard reading 'Stop! Dolphin hunt' is displayed during a protest in central Tokyo on August 31, 2014 against an annual dolphin hunt in TaijiTokyo (AFP) - The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered on Tuesday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.


 
US bombs Islamic State stronghold near Baghdad
02:50 AM, 09.16.2014

An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier that is currently stationed in the GulfParis (AFP) - US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants.


 
Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge
02:49 AM, 09.16.2014

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Monday, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star running back was give him a high-five.


 
World stocks sag ahead of Fed meeting
02:44 AM, 09.16.2014

FILE - This March 4, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets sank Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and the referendum on Scotland's independence on Thursday.


 
UK inflation slips back, house price growth hits seven-year high
02:35 AM, 09.16.2014

A woman stops to look in the window of a shop in LondonLONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - British inflation edged down last month but house price growth surged in July at the fastest annual pace since in seven years, official data showed on Tuesday. Consumer prices rose 1.5 percent on the year in August, the lowest increase since May, compared with 1.6 percent in July, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists taking part in a Reuters poll had expected inflation to fall to 1.5 percent. Compared with the previous month, the consumer price index in August was up 0.4 percent, the ONS said. ...


 
Three NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide car bomb
02:21 AM, 09.16.2014

US soldiers keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on September 16, 2014A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy near the US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and wounding at least 13 Afghan civilians in a massive blast.


 
Eagles make right calls in 30-27 win over Colts
02:17 AM, 09.16.2014

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) makes six yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Philadelphia made all the right calls Monday night.


 
Nigeria sentences 12 soldiers to death for mutiny in northeast
02:13 AM, 09.16.2014

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian military authorities have sentenced 12 soldiers to death for mutiny in the northeastern region where a Boko Haram Islamist insurgency is raging, they said on Tuesday. The soldiers also attempted to kill their commanding officer during the mutiny in May, the military's statement said.

 
Qatar rejects accusation it sent weapons to Libya
02:06 AM, 09.16.2014

Libya's PM Abdullah al-Thinni speaks to reporters in Abu DhabiDOHA (Reuters) - Qatar has denied an accusation by Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni that it sent three military aircraft loaded with weapons to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group. In a statement to Qatar's news agency (QNA), Assistant Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi described the allegation as misleading and unfounded. "The policy of the State of Qatar is based on clear and consistent foundations: mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries," said the statement on Monday evening. ...


 
Obama to announce ramped-up efforts to beat Ebola
02:05 AM, 09.16.2014

U.S. President Barack Obama walks in before he awards two Medals of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War while in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will ramp up its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials said. The plan will be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, senior administration officials told reporters. ...


 
Scotland took long road to independence vote
02:00 AM, 09.16.2014

A "Scotland welcomes you" sign stands beside a road near Gretna, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. If Scottish-based voters approve separation from the U.K. on Thursday, officials from Scotland and Britain will have to sort out assets and debt, questions over continued membership in the United Nations and European Union, and whether to retain a common currency. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring — and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.


 
Salmond a likely winner whichever way Scots vote on independence
01:57 AM, 09.16.2014

Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond campaigns at Edinburgh Airport, ScotlandBy Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Alex Salmond wields no claymore sword and appears only sparingly in a kilt, and yet he has brought Scotland closer to independence than any Scottish warrior since union with England more than 300 years ago. Dressed typically in a business suit, the Scottish National Party leader has used guile, charm and persistence over many years to build a movement for independence. This campaign reaches its climax on Thursday when Scots vote in a referendum on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or to break away. ...


 
Northern California wildfire devastates town
01:51 AM, 09.16.2014

A jet aerial tanker drops its load of fire retardant on a fire near Pollack Pines, Calif., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The fire, which started Sunday has consumed more than 3,000 acres and forced the evacuation of dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.


 
Britain pledges state funding to Scotland ahead of independence vote
01:46 AM, 09.16.2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the leader of the opposition Labour Party arrive during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in LondonEDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of Britain's revered National Health System have formed a central part of nationalist Alex Salmond's case for secession. ...


 
Russia says weapons from NATO states would abet war crimes in Ukraine
01:45 AM, 09.16.2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday any deliveries of weapons from NATO countries to Kiev would be abetting war crimes being committed in eastern Ukraine. Earlier this month, a senior Ukrainian official said Kiev had agreed on the provision of weapons and military advisers from several members of the U.S.-led alliance. Four of the five countries named, including the United States, denied this. ...

 
Russia says latest U.S. sanctions over Ukraine have no logic: agency
01:45 AM, 09.16.2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there is no logic in the latest round of U.S. sanctions on Russia and Washington's intensified trade restrictions will not change Moscow's stance on de-escalating the situation in eastern Ukraine. "I see no logic in the United States' actions. Except, perhaps, an attempt to take revenge for its own failures in a number of regions, including with regard to Ukraine," Ryabkov told the RIA news agency in an interview. ...

 
Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border
01:44 AM, 09.16.2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army says a group of militants have attacked one of its positions from neighboring Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed.

 
Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes
01:41 AM, 09.16.2014

Smoke and haze from a wildfire more than 50 miles away darkens the sky over a shopping center parking lot in Sparks, Nev., late Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2014. The wildfire, about 60 miles east of Sacramento, forced the evacuation of 133 homes. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)WEED, Calif. (AP) — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.


 
3 killed, 5 wounded in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
01:35 AM, 09.16.2014

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.

 
China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka to promote 'maritime silk road'
01:30 AM, 09.16.2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave as they arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka on September 16, 2014President Xi Jinping was Tuesday due in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed $1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a "maritime silk road" in the face of growing competition from Japan and India.


 
Mauritius names opposition leader; former leader strikes deal with ruling party
01:25 AM, 09.16.2014

Mauritius' Finance Minister Jugnauth presents the budget for 2011 at the National Assembly in Port LouisBy Jean Paul Arouff PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius appointed a new leader of the opposition on Monday, replacing the head of the Mauritian Militant Movement, which has decided to enter into a coalition with the ruling Labour Party. Pravind Jugnauth, a former finance minister and the leader of the Mauritian Socialist Movement, will take over as opposition leader from Paul Bérenger, who said on Sunday he was resigning after his party voted massively in favour of an alliance with the Labour Party. ...


 
As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread
01:22 AM, 09.16.2014

In this Sept. 15, 2014, photo, Kurdish citizens who live in Lebanon shout slogans and hold a photograph during a demonstration against militants who refer to themselves as the Islamic State, in front of the UN building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Journalists beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be executed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. The Islamic State group’s rampage through Iraq and Syria has shocked the United States into launching expanded air strikes at a time when Americans were expecting to pull back from the Middle East after more than a decade of war. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.


 
NJ Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina
01:20 AM, 09.16.2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest possible presidential contender to visit South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South.

 
Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy
01:19 AM, 09.16.2014

In this Sept. 11, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers raced Monday, Sept. 15, to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.


 
AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad
01:17 AM, 09.16.2014

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Washington. Earnest answered question about Islamic State militants and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.


 
US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola
01:16 AM, 09.16.2014

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.


 
Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage
01:14 AM, 09.16.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

 
Six police dead in attack in Egypt's Sinai: interior ministry
12:57 AM, 09.16.2014

CAIRO (Reuters) - Six Egyptian policemen were killed on Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded as they passed through a volatile part of northern Sinai in an armoured convoy, the interior ministry said. Two others were wounded in the attack, it added. Militants in Sinai have stepped up attacks on policemen and soldiers since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013.

 
Season's first dolphins killed in Japan: activists
12:55 AM, 09.16.2014

A placard reading 'Stop! Dolphin hunt' is displayed during a protest in central Tokyo on August 31, 2014 against an annual dolphin hunt in TaijiThe first dolphins of the season were slaughtered on Tuesday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.


 
Somalia's al Shabaab says Uganda did not prevent attack by the group
12:44 AM, 09.16.2014

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab militants denied on Monday that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group, after police in Uganda's capital seized explosives and suicide vests and arrested 19 people. Ugandan Information Minister Rose Namayanja told Reuters that Saturday's raid seized an extraordinary amount of explosives from a suspected al Shabaab cell that was planning an attack. Namayanja said the government believed the Kampala cell had links to al Shabaab, without elaborating. On Saturday, the U.S. ...

 
UN takes charge of Central African Republic peacekeeping force
12:43 AM, 09.16.2014

By Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - The United Nations on Monday took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack. The former French colony has been paralysed by violence for nearly two years and is now deeply divided, with its north mostly occupied by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who seized power nationally last year but were forced to step down in January. ...

 
 
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