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6 shot, 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood; gunman dead
11:00 AM, 09.26.2016

Gunman dead after shooting 6 at strip center in SW HoustonHOUSTON (AP) — A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris.

Mexico: 6 slain in Pacific coast resort city of Mazatlan
10:59 AM, 09.26.2016

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have found the bound, asphyxiated bodies of five men and a woman in the Pacific coast resort city of Mazatlan.

U.S. new home sales fall in August but trend still positive
10:58 AM, 09.26.2016

Roofers work on new homes at a residential construction site in the west side of the Las Vegas Valley in Las VegasJuly's sales pace was revised up 5,000 units to 659,000 units. Analysts said the level of sales generally supported their view of a strong underlying trend in new home sales and of a quickening pace of overall economic growth in the second half of the year. Following the new home sales release, analysts at Macroeconomic Advisers kept their estimate of third-quarter economic growth at 3 percent, a marked pickup from the first half of the year.

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict
10:57 AM, 09.26.2016

Diomedes holds the baby of a visiting relative of a fellow rebel of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, in the Yari Plains, southern Colombia, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, alias Timochenko, are expected to sign a peace accord to end more than five decades of conflict Sept. 26 in the Caribbean city of Cartagena. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia takes a big step Monday toward emerging from its decades-long nightmare of bloody violence when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four years of negotiations.

Egypt's president defends military's economic role
10:55 AM, 09.26.2016

In this picture provided by the office of the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, gives a speech in Egypt, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Egypt’s president has indignantly rejected criticism that the country’s military is being distracted from its core duties by further involving itself in the economy. (Mohammed Samaha/Egyptian Presidency via AP)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Monday rejected criticism that the military's growing economic involvement was distracting it from its core duties, an issue that recently moved center stage when the armed forces said it would intervene to end shortages of baby formula.

Clinton, Trump neck and neck heading into first debate
10:54 AM, 09.26.2016

Clinton and Trump are virtually tied in the latest polls as they prepare for their first televised debateHillary Clinton and Donald Trump were neck and neck Monday as they girded for their first presidential debate, an intensely anticipated clash of opposites that could set the tone for the last six weeks of the White House race. An estimated 90 million people were expected to watch the Democratic and Republican candidates go toe-to-toe for 90 minutes starting at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday) on the stage at Hofstra University in New York. Surrogates have been out in force trying to manage expectations, and preempt public perceptions of their respective candidates, two of the least admired contenders for the White House in contemporary US political history.

Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June
10:51 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - This undated file photo made available by Amanda Ghahremani, shows retired Iranian-Canadian professor Homa Hoodfar. Iranian media are saying Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, that the country has released retired Canadian-Iranian professor Homa Hoodfar, who was detained in the Islamic Republic earlier this year. (Courtesy of Amanda Ghahremani via AP, File)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on "humanitarian grounds" and flown out of Iran on Monday, Iran's state-run news agency said, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services.

Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown
10:51 AM, 09.26.2016

Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdownWASHINGTON (AP) — After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America's future.

Mall shooting suspect: 'Creepy,' multiple arrests, disputes
10:48 AM, 09.26.2016

This late Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, image from video by KIRO7 photographer Jeff Ritter shows suspected Cascade Mall shooter Arcan Cetin at Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon, Wash., after his arrest in Oak Harbor, Wash., earlier in the evening. Investigators on Sunday tried to piece together information on the 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shootings who was apprehended after a nearly 24-hour manhunt. (Jeff Ritter/ via AP)MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter was described by a neighbor as so "creepy, rude and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door. He also had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather.

Diplomats: Portugal's Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief
10:45 AM, 09.26.2016

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Security Council's fifth informal poll on Monday, U.N. diplomats said.

Egypt's Sisi promises more jobs to deter perilous migration to Europe
10:45 AM, 09.26.2016

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a ceremony to sign military contracts at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in CairoPresident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday pledged more jobs for Egyptians to help dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe after more than 160 migrants died when a boat capsized off the country's Mediterranean coast. Survivors and their families said poverty and a lack of jobs and opportunity along with political repression in Egypt have driven thousands to embark on perilous journeys in rickety boats across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Reaction to Arnold Palmer's death on Sunday
10:45 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - In this April 12, 1964 file photo, Arnold Palmer, right, slips into his green jacket with help from Jack Nicklaus after winning the Masters golf championship, in Augusta, Ga. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87. (AP Photo/File)Reaction to the death of golf great Arnold Palmer on Sunday at age 87 in Pittsburgh:

Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions
10:45 AM, 09.26.2016

The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four Chinese nationals for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions. Also Monday, the Treasury Department ...

The Latest: Residents: Houston shooting lasted about an hour
10:44 AM, 09.26.2016

A cars windows are shattered by bullets at the scene of a shooting along Wesleyan at Law Street in Houston that left multiple people injured and the alleged shooter dead, Sunday morning, Sept. 25, 2016. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at in Houston neighborhood (all times local):

Kerry discounts Syrian suggestion of talks on unity government
10:43 AM, 09.26.2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday dismissed a suggestion from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem that his government is prepared to take part in a unity government, given its continued bombing of the city of Aleppo. "The Assad regime’s statements are almost meaningless at this point in time," Kerry told reporters in Cartagena, on a trip for the signing of a peace deal between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. "So we will have to see whether or not anything can develop in the next days that indicates a different approach from the Russians and from the regime," Kerry said.

The Latest: Kaine highlights helping those with disabilities
10:43 AM, 09.26.2016

In this photo taken Sept. 21, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Orlando, Fla. The 2016 campaign for president reaches what may be a decisive milestone: the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is an analytical reader that should largely stand until mid-afternoon, with updates on merits in the event of breaking news. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Brazil arrests Silva's ex-finance minister in graft probe
10:41 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, speaks with his Economy Minister Antonio Palocci during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Palocci was arrested, police said on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, the latest detention in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into a kickback scheme in state oil company Petrobras. This month investigators charged Lula with money laundering and corruption. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities arrested a former finance minister Monday for his alleged role in a massive kickback scheme, the latest high-level politician to be snared in a corruption probe roiling Latin America's largest nation.

Death toll from militia clashes in central Congo was 49
10:41 AM, 09.26.2016

Congolese opposition supporters chant slogans during a march to press President Joseph Kabila to step down in the DRC's capital KinshasaKINSHASA (Reuters) - The death toll from clashes that erupted in central Democratic Republic of Congo last week was at least 49 people, of whom 16 were police, the governor of the province Alex Kande said on Monday. Militia fighters from Kamwina Nsapu, seeking to avenge the death of their leader, battled security forces in two days of fighting from Thursday last week. Kande said 27 of them were killed along with six civilians. [ID:nL8N1BZ4PN] Initial estimates had put the toll at 13. (Reporting by Amadee Mwarabu; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Alison Williams)

Justice Department announces $20M for police body cameras
10:41 AM, 09.26.2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Justice Department announced Monday it's awarding more than $20 million for law enforcement agencies around the country to establish or enhance their use of body cameras, a move that comes after several fatal shootings of black men by police that have prompted widespread protests.

Clinton and Trump to square off in highly anticipated debate
10:41 AM, 09.26.2016

Trump holds a rally with supporters in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.By John Whitesides HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched and highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history. The tight race for the White House and the unpredictable clash in styles between well-known but polarizing foes has generated wide interest in the potentially pivotal encounter, which comes six weeks before the Nov. 8 election. The size of the television-viewing audience is expected to challenge the presidential debate record of 80 million who watched the 1980 encounter between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan.

U.S. charges four Chinese nationals, China-based firm for evading sanctions on North Korea
10:39 AM, 09.26.2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has charged four Chinese nationals and a China-based company for using front companies to evade U.S. sanctions on North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, the U.S Department of Justice said on Monday. The department said it had filed criminal charges against Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co along with the four individuals for conspiring to violate sanctions rules and conspiring to engage in international money laundering. A civil forfeiture complaint was also filed, it added. ...

U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program
10:39 AM, 09.26.2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets scientists and technicians in the field of research into nuclear weaponsThe United States said on Monday it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, taking a step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea's nuclear program that the company has links with. In a statement on its website, the U.S. Treasury said it was sanctioning Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co and four officials of the firm under U.S. regulations targeting proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. The U.S Department of Justice said it had filed criminal charges against the Chinese firm and the individuals for using front companies to evade sanctions on North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Molly Ringwald eyes return to stage in a classic title
10:35 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - In this May 1, 2016 file photo, Molly Ringwald attends The 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway in New York. Ringwald will return to a New York stage in an adaptation of the 1980s film, “Terms of Endearment.” Performances begin Oct. 29. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "The Breakfast Club" star Molly Ringwald will return to a New York stage in an adaptation of another classic 1980s film — "Terms of Endearment."

Catholic Church alleges smear campaign against slain priests
10:32 AM, 09.26.2016

This Sept. 21, 2016 photo shows the funeral Mass for slain Rev. Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz at Our Lady of Asuncion Church in Paso Blanco, Veracruz state, Mexico, his hometown. Church leaders are increasingly frustrated by authorities’ inability to protect their priests under Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Roman Catholic Church is criticizing what it considers a campaign to smear three murdered priests by suggesting they were involved in questionable behavior.

Egypt's president calls for unity after migrant boat tragedy
10:29 AM, 09.26.2016

The boat was located about 7.5 miles from the Nile Delta port city of Rosetta.ROSETTA, Egypt (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Monday that Egyptians must join hands with the government to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that struck last week when a Europe-bound boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank off Egypt's coast, drowning at least 170 people.

Player remembers Palmer's 'dashing style' & 'knowing smile'
10:26 AM, 09.26.2016

File-This May 5, 2012, file photo shows Jack Nicklaus, left, Gary Player, center, and Arnold Palmer, right, reacting after Palmer's birdie putt on the 18th green during a Greats of Golf event in The Woodlands, Texas. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Gary Player remembers the many traits of Arnold Palmer: A fiercely competitive golfer who had a "slashing, dashing" style and didn't know when he was beaten.

Hospitals overwhelmed by wounded in Aleppo as Russia ignores Western pleas
10:23 AM, 09.26.2016

Children stand in front of the bullet-riddled facade of a building in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of DamascusBy Ellen Francis and Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - Medical supplies were running out in the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, with victims pouring into barely functioning hospitals as an all-out Russian-backed assault entered its fourth day and Moscow ignored Western pleas to stop. The Syrian government offensive to recapture all of Aleppo, with Russian air support and Iranian support on the ground, has been accompanied by bombing that residents describe as unprecedented in its ferocity. Some 250,000 civilians remain trapped in the besieged, opposition-held sector of Syria's biggest city.

The Latest: Backers of Colombia's Uribe protest peace deal
10:22 AM, 09.26.2016

Demonstrators yell "No to the plebiscite" to protest the government's peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), to be signed later in the day in Cartagena, Colombia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Colombians will be given the final say on endorsing or rejecting the accord in an Oct. 2 referendum. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the signing of a historic peace deal in Colombia (all times local):

Key bridge case witness: 'Traffic problems' email no joke
10:19 AM, 09.26.2016

David Wildstein arrives at Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for a hearing, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Wildstein, pleaded guilty last year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Gov. Chris Christie. Three years after gridlock paralyzed a New Jersey town next to the George Washington Bridge for days, two former allies of Christie, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, are being tried. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The government's key witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case testified Monday that he interpreted an email from one of the defendants that it was "time for some traffic problems" as an order to put a political revenge plot into action and that he immediately told Gov. Chris Christie's campaign manager.

UK mortgage approvals hit 19-month low, more weakness seen
10:13 AM, 09.26.2016

A couple view properties for sale in an estate agents window in LondonBritain's housing market showed signs of slowing in August with the number of mortgages approved by banks falling to its lowest level since January 2015 and analysts said they expected further weakness ahead as Brexit uncertainty dampens demand next year. British banks approved 36,997 mortgages for house purchases last month, down from 37,672 in July and 21 percent lower than in August 2015, the British Bankers' Association said on Monday. The figures extended a slowdown which began at the start of this year ahead of the introduction of a new tax on homes bought by landlords in April and Britain's referendum decision to leave the European Union in June.

Deutsche Bank shares fall sharply after report
10:11 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo the headquarters of Deutsche Bank is photographed in Frankfurt, Germany. Shares in Deutsche Bank are sharply lower Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 after a report that the German government won’t intervene with U.S. officials who are pressing the bank to pay US$ 14 billion to settle an investigation into its sales of mortgage-backed securities. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in Deutsche Bank are down sharply after a report that the German government won't intervene with U.S. officials who are pressing the bank to pay $14 billion to settle an investigation into its sales of mortgage-backed securities.

Drugmaker Pfizer decides not to break up business
10:09 AM, 09.26.2016

Drugmaker Pfizer decides not to break up businessDrug giant Pfizer says it won't split into two publicly traded companies, despite pressure from investors frustrated by its lagging stock price, ending years of Wall Street speculation over its strategy ...

Turkish markets hit by Moody's rating downgrade
10:09 AM, 09.26.2016

LONDON (AP) — Turkish financial markets took a battering Monday after ratings agency Moody's downgraded the country's credit grade to junk status to account for a series of shocks to the economy that included bombings and an attempted coup.

Nigeria military: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists
10:07 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - In this file image taken from video released Friday Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, centre, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group, surrounded by his fighters. Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The attacks bring the official toll to 10 troops killed and 24 wounded this past week in a resurgence of violence after a lull as the extremists confronted a leadership struggle. (AP Photo/Boko Haram,File)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday.

Snake wrapped around armrest halts Japanese 'bullet' train
10:04 AM, 09.26.2016

Snake wrapped around armrest halts Japanese 'bullet' trainA passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop. No one was ...

Will boom in loans at retailers, manufacturers turn to bust?
10:02 AM, 09.26.2016

FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, John Deere lawn tractors are on display at a Home Depot in Robinson Township, Pa. Financing at Deere & Co., which leases much of its farm and construction equipment, has risen in recent years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers.

U.S. network of Turkish cleric facing pressure as those at home seek help
10:01 AM, 09.26.2016

U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, PennsylvaniaBy Julia Harte and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of Gulen’s movement, and public records reviewed by Reuters. The publicly financed schools, a key source of jobs and business opportunities for U.S. members of Gulen’s global movement, have sharply slowed their expansion in recent years, public records show. The slowdown comes amid a series of government probes in more than a dozen states into allegations ranging from misuse of taxpayer funds to visa fraud.

Aleppo battered after Russia accused of 'war crimes'
10:00 AM, 09.26.2016

Smoke and flames billow from a bus following a reported air strike in the rebel-held Salaheddin district of Aleppo, on September 25, 2016Residents of Syria's Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages on Monday as warplanes again pounded the city after Western powers at the UN accused Russia of war crimes. A fresh wave of intense air strikes battered Aleppo's opposition-controlled east, said an AFP correspondent in the city facing its worst violence in years. During an emergency session of the UN Security Council, US ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of "barbarism", while the British and French envoys went even further.

Ex-IMF boss Rato on trial over bankers' luxury sprees
09:59 AM, 09.26.2016

Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato (left) arrives at the courthouse in San Fernando de Henares, Spain on September 26, 2016 for his trial over alleged misuse of bank fundsFormer IMF chief Rodrigo Rato went on trial Monday accused of overseeing a "corrupt system" that helped him and other executives misuse millions when he was the boss of a major Spanish bank. Protesters shouted "thief" and "fraud" at the former economy minister and ex-deputy prime minister as he arrived at the courthouse outside Madrid. Rato is standing trial with 64 other former executives and board members at Caja Madrid and Bankia, whose near-collapse sparked an EU bailout of Spain's financial sector.

Labour lock horns with business over economic reform
09:55 AM, 09.26.2016

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell after his keynote speech at the party's conference in LiverpoolBy William James LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - The Labour Party clashed with business groups on Monday after setting out a left-wing economic agenda aimed at boosting their chances of winning power by re-engaging with working class voters who backed leaving the European Union. Finance spokesman John McDonnell, a veteran socialist, said Labour would raise the minimum wage, change company law to prevent firms taking on excessive debts to benefit shareholders, and redouble efforts to eradicate tax avoidance. Labour re-elected leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday following a failed attempt to oust him after the EU referendum. Facebook Page

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