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The Latest: Trump wants Congress to return, OK Zika money
05:00 PM, 08.24.2016

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with law enforcement leaders in New York. If this week’s string of vague and contradictory statements by Donald Trump and his team revealed anything, it’s that his immigration policy is still evolving. Just days ago Trump reshuffled his campaign staff just as he tries to recalibrate his message for the general election, in which his tough stance on immigration may be more of a liability than it was in the Republican primary. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):


 
North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability
04:59 PM, 08.24.2016

TV screens show file footage of a similar North Korea's ballistic missile that North Korea claimed to have launched from underwater at the Yongsan Electronic store in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of South Korea within its striking distance. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance.


 
Cespedes to honor deal with Mets despite opt-out clause
04:58 PM, 08.24.2016

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates with Jose Reyes after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes says he has no plans to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract with the New York Mets.


 
US intelligence still sorting out purported NSA hack
04:55 PM, 08.24.2016

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. is still probing the extent of a recent cyber leak of what purports to be hacking tools used by the National Security Agency.

 
Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report
04:52 PM, 08.24.2016

In the past two years there have been numerous allegations of chemical weapons being used against civilians in Syria, both by President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the rebels trying to oust himA UN investigation has established that President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to draw conclusions in the other six cases that it has been investigating over the past year. The report from the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) found that the Syrian regime dropped chemical weapons on two villages in northwestern Idlib province: Talmenes on April 21, 2014 and Sarmin on March 16, 2015.


 
Paisley Park, home of Prince, opens for public tours Oct. 6
04:52 PM, 08.24.2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday, and the company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it.

 
Militants storm American University in Kabul
04:44 PM, 08.24.2016

Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of explosion that targeted the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on August 24, 2016Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. At least one person was killed and 26 others were wounded in the assault, which comes just weeks after two university professors -- an American and an Australian -- were kidnapped at gunpoint near the school. Dozens of heavily-armed troops cordoned off the area after the attack started on Wednesday evening, when the private university is usually packed with students, many of them working professionals doing part-time courses.


 
Biden says US understands 'intense feeling' in Turkey over Gulen after coup
04:43 PM, 08.24.2016

US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister following their meeting on August 24, 2016 at the Cankaya Palace in AnkaraUS Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he understood the "intense feeling" in Turkey over the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 15 failed coup and wants to see extradited. Biden's one-day trip to Ankara was largely aimed at repairing damage to ties caused by the botched coup and Turkey's impatience over the failure of the US to rapidly surrender Gulen. Speaking at a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Biden said work was continuing by US legal experts to evaluate the evidence produced by Turkey that needs to "be supplied to an American court" for an extradition.


 
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles welcomed home to Texas
04:42 PM, 08.24.2016

Gymnast Simone Biles waives to fans as she is welcomed home with a small parade along Rayford Road, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Spring, Texas, after winning four gold medals and a bronze at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. ( Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Fans waved American flags and cheered as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles arrived home in Texas following the games in Rio de Janeiro.


 
Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation
04:41 PM, 08.24.2016

Former President Bill Clinton, left, says hello to Megan Bartlett, of Decatur, Ga., and her 3-month-old daughter Hannah Rice, as he works the crowd at historic Manuel's Tavern, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, during a stop in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he's proud of people who have donated to the Clinton Foundation and the work the organization has done, as he waded into a dispute that Republicans are hoping will damage his wife's presidential campaign.


 
Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria
04:40 PM, 08.24.2016

LONDON (AP) — The ongoing violence in Syria has taken years off of people's life expectancy, according to a new analysis published in the journal Lancet on Wednesday.

 
The Latest: Authorities say quake death toll at 159
04:39 PM, 08.24.2016

Rescuers search through debris following an earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):


 
Correction: Water Park-Fatality-Regulation story
04:38 PM, 08.24.2016

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions from reporters during a news conference in his Statehouse office, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Topeka, Kan.. Brownback says he wants the state to review its regulation of amusement park rides following the death of a 10-year-old state lawmaker's son on a Kansas City, Kan., waterslide (AP Photo/John Hanna)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 12 about the regulation in Kansas for amusement park rides, The Associated Press erroneously reported that South Dakota was among the states that have no laws regulating the industry. South Dakota passed a law requiring inspections in 2014.


 
Ex-Comverse CEO pleads guilty to fraud, a decade after fleeing to Africa
04:31 PM, 08.24.2016

Fugitive U.S. millionaire Jacob "Kobi" Alexander sits with his wife Hanna, as he awaits the start of his extradition hearing in WindhoekBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc pleaded guilty to securities fraud on Wednesday and was ordered detained a decade after fleeing the United States for Namibia to avoid prosecution. Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the Woodbury, New York-based software developer's founder, entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, after ending his fight to avoid extradition. Benjamin Brafman, Alexander's lawyer, said he was "bitterly disappointed." It was unclear if Alexander would appeal.


 
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital
04:29 PM, 08.24.2016

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's family foundation says that he has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection.

 
'SNL' star Leslie Jones' personal site offline after hacking
04:28 PM, 08.24.2016

FILE - In this July 9, 2016 file photo, actress Leslie Jones arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The personal website of Leslie Jones has been taken offline after it appeared hackers posted personal photos in the latest online attack on the black "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" actress-comedienne.


 
Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: U.S. official
04:27 PM, 08.24.2016

USS Nitze is greeted by spray of fireboat to kick off Fleet Week in New York HarborBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional." The vessels harassed the destroyer by "conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings," the official said.


 
Minneapolis bridge collapse survivor faces terror charge
04:27 PM, 08.24.2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A survivor of the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people now faces terror charges after authorities say he traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, departing the U.S. just a few weeks after collecting more than $91,000 in settlement money for his injuries.

 
North Korea's Kim declares missile launch from sub 'greatest success'
04:26 PM, 08.24.2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Sunchon Chemical Complex in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in PyongyangNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success" that put the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday. North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday which flew about 500 km (300 miles). The South Korean government and experts said the launch showed technical progress in the North's SLBM program.


 
Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon quit
04:24 PM, 08.24.2016

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1973 file photo, then-vice presidential nominee Gerald R. Ford, right, listens as President Richard Nixon, accompanied by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Overseas reaction to Nixon’s resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon’s exit the “falling out” of the “wicked boss” of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its forces on high alert because it feared the North Vietnamese would take advantage of the vulnerable U.S. political situation. (AP Photo/Harvey W. Georges, File)YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon's exit the "falling out" of the "wicked boss" of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its forces on high alert because it feared the North Vietnamese would take advantage of the vulnerable U.S. political situation.


 
The Latest: 3 kids kidnapped after mom killed found safe
04:24 PM, 08.24.2016

ADDS NAMES OF VICTIMS - This photo combination provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Joshua Robertson and Brittany Humphrey, who authorities are seeking in connection with the killing of Kimberly Harvill and kidnapping of her three small children. Authorities say the couple may have left California with the children, Rylee Watkins, 5, Brayden Watkins, 3, and Joslynn Watkins, 2. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of three children whose mother was killed in Southern California (all times local):


 
Weak petroleum, pharma hit US stocks
04:20 PM, 08.24.2016

Petroleum-linked shares mostly fell, with Anadarko Petroleum losing 3.4 percent, Halliburton 1.4 percent and driller Nabors Industries 3.3 percentWeakness in petroleum-linked shares and pharmaceuticals pushed US stocks lower Wednesday as global markets awaited a speech this week by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.


 
California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law
04:20 PM, 08.24.2016

California lawmakers approve extension of climate change lawCalifornia lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other ...


 
Underwater expedition off California reveals sunken warship
04:14 PM, 08.24.2016

This image provided by Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live, shows the canopy of a Grumman Hellcat fighter aircraft seen in an aircraft elevator hatch on the sunken wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast near San Francisco, Calif. The Independence was deliberately scuttled in 1951. (Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An underwater expedition along the California coast has revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier once used in atomic tests in the Pacific.


 
School groups denounce potential closure of Michigan schools
04:13 PM, 08.24.2016

Ray Tellman, executive director of the Middle Cities Education Association, expresses opposition to the potential closure of low-performing Michigan public schools on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at the Michigan Association of School Boards office in Delta Township, Mich. At left is Don Wotruba, executive director the school boards group. At right is Chris Wigent, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. (AP Photo/David Eggert)DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It would be a mistake for state officials to start closing underperforming Michigan schools for academic reasons because it would devastate communities while not improving student achievement, concerned educators said Wednesday.


 
Italy rescuers toil through night seeking quake survivors as death toll hits 159
04:11 PM, 08.24.2016

People stand by a road following a quake in AmatriceBy Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people. One hotel that collapsed in the small town of Amatrice probably had about 70 guests, and only seven bodies had so far been recovered, said the mayor of the town that was one of the worst hit by the quake.


 
Iranian navy in 'unsafe' intercept of US destroyer: defense official
04:10 PM, 08.24.2016

This June 24, 201 photo shows the Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) operating in the Mediterranean SeaFour Iranian military vessels sped close to a US Navy guided missile destroyer with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter, a US defense official said Wednesday. The USS Nitze shot warning flares, sounded its whistles and attempted unsuccessfully to communicate with the Iranian boats during Tuesday's incident, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. In January, the Iranian navy briefly captured the crews of two US patrol boats that had, through a series of blunders, strayed into Iranian territorial waters.


 
Playoffs begin with eye toward PGA Tour player of the year
04:09 PM, 08.24.2016

IFLE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo, Rickie Fowler hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament in Jersey City, N.J. So much more is at stake than $69 million in prize and bonus money during the FedEx Cup. The Barclays is the first postseason event, the start of deciding Ryder Cup teams and who gets voted player of the year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Olympics are over. The Ryder Cup in on the horizon.


 
Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State
04:09 PM, 08.24.2016

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at StateMore than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. ...


 
U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms
04:06 PM, 08.24.2016

A boy receives treatment in Bab al-Hawa hospitalBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters. The year-long U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry - unanimously authorized by the U.N. Security Council - focused on nine attacks in seven areas of Syria, where a separate OPCW fact-finding investigation had already determined that chemical weapons had likely been used.


 
Being overweight linked to eight more kinds of cancer
04:06 PM, 08.24.2016

Researchers reviewed more than 1,000 studies of excess weight and cancer risks, saying that limiting weight gain over decades can help to reduce the risk of colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterine cancerBeing overweight can raise the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancers of the stomach and digestive tract, as well as certain brain and reproductive tumors, international researchers said Wednesday. A report in the New England Journal of Medicine adds eight more kinds of cancer to the list of those already known to be more likely among overweight people. In 2002, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Cancer on Research (IARC), based in France, said excess pounds could raise the risk of colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterine cancer.


 
Yellowstone tourists face detour for fire but landmarks open
04:03 PM, 08.24.2016

Smoke fills the sky in a view north toward Yellowstone National Park from Leeks Marina in Moose, Wyo., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Visitors headed north are being stopped at Leeks. In neighboring Yellowstone, a fire grew near West Entrance Road. A team of fire managers was being brought in to help, although the fire was not yet being actively suppressed. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Some tourists heading to Yellowstone National Park during the busy summer season are facing an hourlong detour Wednesday as a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park kept a highway closed.


 
Afghan forces hunt gunmen after American University attack
04:03 PM, 08.24.2016

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack at American University of Afghanistan in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces combed the American University in Kabul in the early hours of Thursday for suspected gunmen who might be still at large, following an attack on the compound that sent students fleeing in panic. Details of casualties are still scarce, but one person, reportedly a guard, was killed and at least 14 students were wounded. Elite Afghan forces surrounded the walled compound and eventually worked their way inside, according to a senior interior ministry official.


 
Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity
04:02 PM, 08.24.2016

FILE--In this Nov. 1, 2013, file photo, a car stops to allow a moose to cross Westpark Drive in Anchorage, Alaska. Moose killed by cars and truck along the Alaska road system are salvaged and donated to people on the Alaska State Troopers' "charity list" but the Alaska Moose Federation says all or parts of three moose killed recently have been stolen before they could be picked up and delivered for processing. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, file)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a program run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses, officials said Wednesday.


 
Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble
03:54 PM, 08.24.2016

Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubbleRescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but the ...


 
Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys
03:52 PM, 08.24.2016

Students holds signs and sex toys as they protest a campus carry law in Austin, Texas, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms. (AP Photo/John Mone)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.


 
The Latest: Deaf driver killed by trooper afraid of police
03:52 PM, 08.24.2016

Friends and family of Daniel Harris gather around a heart drawn onto Seven Oaks Drive during a candlelight vigil to remember Harris, a deaf motorist who was shot and killed by a state trooper, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. Harris, a deaf man who was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper after he didn’t stop for the officer’s blue lights was unarmed and likely did not understand the officer’s commands, the slain man’s family says. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a deaf man in North Carolina (all times local):


 
Jury deliberates case of Russian man charged with hacking
03:51 PM, 08.24.2016

SEATTLE (AP) — Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, made millions by hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and selling that data to other criminals, a federal prosecutor told the jury during his closing argument on Wednesday.

 
With no deal, Chargers withdraw offer to first-rounder Bosa
03:50 PM, 08.24.2016

FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa trains during an NFL football rookie training camp in San Diego. The Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team. The Chargers' statement Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, said they believe "Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16-game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games."(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joey Bosa's holdout turned ugly Wednesday when the San Diego Chargers pulled their contract offer to the first-round draft pick and said they'll restructure a new deal that would reflect him playing less than a full season.


 
Italy quake death toll at least 159: civil protection agency
03:48 PM, 08.24.2016

ROME (Reuters) - The earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday has killed at least 159 people, the country's civil protection agency said, raising a previous count of 124. The search for bodies is continuing through the night, authorities said. (Reporting by Gavin Jones, editing by G Crosse)

 
 
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