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Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire
11:31 PM, 09.17.2014

The smoldering empty shell of a local library and a Head Start center are all that remain Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, the day after a wildfire swept through Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, a saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon Border took reckoning of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week.


 
Pirates overwhelm Buchholz, Red Sox in 9-1 win
11:23 PM, 09.17.2014

Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco hits a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — There used to be a time — any year really between 1993-2012 — when reaching 81 wins would be cause for celebration for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


 
Australian leader warns of planned random attack
11:08 PM, 09.17.2014

A police officer searches a house in Mount Gravatt, Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Dave Hunt)Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.


 
Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge
11:08 PM, 09.17.2014

Balloons held by Yes supporters float next to balloons and posters held by No supporters after a No campaign event where a number of speeches were made by different people and politicians in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday's referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory — but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.


 
India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment
11:08 PM, 09.17.2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Jinping and Modi will hold talks aimed at boosting trade and Chinese investment even as their troops face-off along their disputed border in the Himalayas. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)NEW DELHI (AP) — Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks aimed at boosting trade and Chinese investment even as their troops face-off along their disputed border in the Himalayas.


 
Lawyers due in court in marathon bombing case
11:04 PM, 09.17.2014

FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Lawyers for Tsarnaev are scheduled to be in federal court in Boston for a status hearing Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. is expected to discuss pending motions, which include requests from the defense to move the trial outside Massachusetts and to delay the start of the trial by at least 10 months. Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were due in court for a status hearing on motions that include defense requests to move the trial outside of Massachusetts and delay the trial's start by at least 10 months.


 
Angels top M's 5-0, reach brink of AL West title
10:58 PM, 09.17.2014

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of the AL West title with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.


 
Closing arguments set in Rowland trial
10:55 PM, 09.17.2014

FILE - In this April 11, 2014 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, right, arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court in New Haven, Conn. A judge has set closing arguments for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the federal trial of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments in the federal trial of former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who is accused of conspiring to be paid for work on two political campaigns while disguising those payments in business deals.


 
Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona
10:45 PM, 09.17.2014

Mesa residents, reflected in a truck window, take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation for the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson residents questioning whether a storm was really coming Wednesday following a quiet afternoon of sporadic showers won't have to wait long for an answer.


 
Liam Neeson returns to dark side with new cop thriller
10:42 PM, 09.17.2014

Liam Neeson at the premiere of "Non-Stop" in Westwood, California on February 24, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - Liam Neeson returns to the darker side in his latest film, playing a former cop haunted by his past as he becomes caught up in a murky drug underworld.


 
APNewsBreak: Border Patrol to test body cameras
10:41 PM, 09.17.2014

FILE - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske poses for photos after ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo. Kerlikowske scheduled a news conference Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 in Washington to discuss what his office said were “developments toward CBP’s commitment to increase transparency and accountability.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.


 
Yes or No for Celtic in Europa League
10:27 PM, 09.17.2014

Celtic players take part in a training session at Camp Nou in Barcelona on December 10, 2013Paris (AFP) - Celtic face a tough trip to Salzburg on Thursday, the day of Scotland's independence referendum, while Everton host Wolfsburg and Tottenham go to Partizan Belgrade as the epic quest for the Europa League reaches the 48-team group phase.


 
Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
10:27 PM, 09.17.2014

This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a geologist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory using a radar gun to measure the speed of the lava flow from the June 27th flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the slow-moving lava is expected to bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island.


 
Sony shares plunge 12% on ballooning loss forecast
10:24 PM, 09.17.2014

Sony has cut expectations for sales in the smartphone business, which has been reporting operating losses as it faces off against global rivals including Apple and South Korea's SamsungSony shares plunged 12 percent in Tokyo on Thursday after the electronics giant warned of a $2.14 billion annual loss, more than four times its earlier forecast, and dealing a blow to its attempts to turn years of torpor.


 
Wehby blames former staff for copied policies
10:21 PM, 09.17.2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby on Wednesday blamed a former staff member for policy positions that matched statements from other Republicans word-for-word.

 
Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable
10:15 PM, 09.17.2014

U.S. Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen delivers opening remarks at her news conference in WashingtonThe Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.


 
AP Interview: Silva seeks grassroots Brazil reform
10:06 PM, 09.17.2014

Marina Silva, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Socialist Party, speaks during an interview with AP in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Silva was thrust into the Socialist Party's presidential nomination when its candidate of choice, Eduardo Campos, died in a plane crash last month. Since then, her anti-establishment profile has propelled her to a neck-and-neck race with actual Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Front-running presidential candidate Marina Silva says the key to her support among millions of Brazilians who joined in anti-government protests last year is her understanding that reforming a broken political system will come from the ground up.


 
Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy
10:06 PM, 09.17.2014

Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital, gives an update on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's condition during a news conference at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept.17, 2014. Ford has a malignant sarcoma tumor which he described as "very rare" and "very difficult." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)TORONTO (AP) — Doctors say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to drop his bid for re-election.


 
Obama, Poroshenko to meet as peace deal hopes rise
10:04 PM, 09.17.2014

Almost 2,900 people have been killed and at least 600,000 displaced across the war-battered east Ukraine, according to United NationsMoscow (AFP) - Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko will meet with US President Barack Obama Thursday, amid hopes Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels may end after Moscow hailed an offer of self-rule for the separatists.


 
Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile
10:04 PM, 09.17.2014

People carry looted goods taken from Walmart in Cabo San Lucas , Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm. Looters stripped supermarkets of their food and other products, with some people fighting over goods. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.


 
Today in History
10:00 PM, 09.17.2014

Today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year.

 
Directors Guild finds TV diversity hiring stalled
09:57 PM, 09.17.2014

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, Paris Barclay attends the LA Premiere Screening of "Sons Of Anarchy" at at TCL Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles. A new guild study says that women and minorities were largely shut out of the ranks of TV directors again last season. In a Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 statement, Directors Guild President Barclay said it can be "shockingly difficult" to persuade those who control industry hiring to make even small improvements. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and minorities are largely shut out of the ranks of TV series directors in a stubbornly unchanged pattern of hiring, according to a Hollywood guild study released Wednesday.


 
Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain
09:56 PM, 09.17.2014

People gather for a pro-independence rally in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on September 17, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland votes Thursday on whether to become independent from Britain in a referendum which has electrified the nation, dominating debate in homes and pubs from Edinburgh to the Highlands.


 
TV show helps spur arrest in 1997 Arizona killing
09:41 PM, 09.17.2014

This Sept. 16, 2014 booking photo provided by the Cottonwwood, Ariz., Police Department shows Cecilio Cruz. Cruz, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 1997 death of his ex-girlfriend and her unborn child in Cottonwood. (AP Photo/Cottonwwood Police Department)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend, police said Wednesday.


 
Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq
09:38 PM, 09.17.2014

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Zarif ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.


 
Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS
09:29 PM, 09.17.2014

Iraqi soldiers and Sunni fighters hold a position on the top of a building on the frontine during clashes with Islamic States (IS) fighters on September 17, 2014 in the town of Dhuluiya, some 75 kms (45 miles) north of BaghdadWashington (AFP) - Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long."


 
Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race
09:16 PM, 09.17.2014

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman discusses voting trends with a class at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Capital Journal, Chris Neal)Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board ...


 
Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast
09:15 PM, 09.17.2014

Police gather outside the Federal College of Education in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on September 17, 2014, following an attack by Boko Haram gunmenKano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed after at least 13 people died during a shoot-out between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in northern Nigeria.


 
Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money
09:12 PM, 09.17.2014

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell tells an audience in Anchorage, Alaska, the amount of this year's Permanent Fund Dividend that will go to most residents just for living in the state, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The $1,884 payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's a highly anticipated day of the year in Alaska, when residents learn how much money they'll receive from the state's oil-wealth savings account — a payout people receive just for living in The Last Frontier.


 
Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards
09:06 PM, 09.17.2014

Jason Isbell performs during the Americana Music Honors and Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires.


 
Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases
08:58 PM, 09.17.2014

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green BayBy Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken (Reuters) - Another National Football League player was arrested on domestic violence allegations hours after two teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended players enmeshed in similar cases on Wednesday. The charges against Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer of aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence in late July come amid intensifying criticism from corporate sponsors and politicians toward America's top sports league. ...


 
Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath
08:56 PM, 09.17.2014

A woman and her daughter exit the Mega Supermarket with free food in Los Cabos, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. According to employees, the supermarket donated all the food in the store and established a system by which every person had 5 minutes to get whatever they could for free. Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos also on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.


 
Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row
08:53 PM, 09.17.2014

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, a port worker walks past a piles of cargo at a container terminal in Tokyo. Japan has logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.8 million) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as weak demand at home hit imports while exports also fell. The Finance Ministry reported Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 that exports fell 1.3 percent from a year earlier to 5.71 trillion yen ($53.3 billion) while imports dropped 1.5 percent to 6.65 trillion yen ($62.1 billion). (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.


 
China's President Xi seeks to reset ties in India
08:39 PM, 09.17.2014

China's President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Ahmedabad, on September 17, 2014China's President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi on Thursday on a rare visit likely to yield a sharp rise in investment as Beijing seeks to reset ties with its western neighbour.


 
Islamic State ordered 'demonstration killings' in Australia: PM
08:35 PM, 09.17.2014

Sydney (AFP) - A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering "demonstration killings" in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday.


 
Texas executes woman who starved child to death
08:34 PM, 09.17.2014

The Polunsky Unit, where death row inmates are held, in Livingston, Texas, about 40 miles from HuntsvilleWashington (AFP) - Texas, which has put more inmates to death than any other US state, executed child killer Lisa Coleman, one of only a handful of women on death row.


 
Sullivan ad calls out Begich snowmachine riding
08:33 PM, 09.17.2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An X Games snowmachine rider calls out Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's riding skills in a new campaign ad from Republican Dan Sullivan.

 
Dog missing from Pennsylvania found in Oregon
08:17 PM, 09.17.2014

This Sept. 15, 2014 photo provided by Washington County, Ore., Animal Services in Hillsboro, Ore., shows a Jack Russell terrier named Gidget. The 7-year-old dog who went missing from her Pennsylvania home outside of Philadelphia on April 22 has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away. Deborah Wood of the County's Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter says a good Samaritan found Gidget this month in Tualatin, Oregon. A microchip implanted in Gidget revealed her owner and hometown. Wood says Gidget was a little thin, but otherwise in good condition. It's a mystery how the dog ended up in Oregon. The shelter and the owner are trying to figure out how to get the dog back to Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Washington County Animal Services)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Jack Russell terrier that went missing from its Pennsylvania home has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away.


 
School district police stock up free military gear
08:13 PM, 09.17.2014

Sgt. Andres Vega, a Corpus Christi Independent School District police officer from Moody High School, prepares to enter a classroom room with a mock shooter inside during an active shooter training exercise Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the old Lamar Elementary in Corpus Christi, Texas, Officer's with the district's police department go through active shooter simulations before each school year. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUTSchool police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.


 
Iran's Rouhani: Islamic State beheadings a concern for mankind: NBC
07:58 PM, 09.17.2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced Islamic State's beheading of innocent people, saying the militant group's shameful actions violate Islamic principles, NBC News said in excerpts of an interview released on Wednesday. "From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing ... innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity," Rouhani told the television network, according to NBC. ...

 
 
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