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Italy sends 19 Eritreans to Sweden under new EU refugee plan
09:47 AM, 10.09.2015

European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, speaks to Eritrean refugees waiting to board an Italian Financial police aircraft which will take them to Sweden, at Rome's Ciampino airport, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft, carrying 19 Eritreans, will bring the first refugees to Sweden under the European Union's new resettlement program aimed at redistributing asylum-seekers from hard-hit receiving countries. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)ROME (AP) — Italy bid farewell Friday to 19 Eritreans — the first of an estimated 160,000 refugees to be resettled throughout Europe as part of a new EU redistribution program to move asylum-seekers out of hard-hit front-line countries.

1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University
09:45 AM, 10.09.2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into gunfire Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University killed one person and wounded three others, authorities said.

NYC jury acquits Atlanta Hawks' Sefolosha in police fracas
09:45 AM, 10.09.2015

Thabo Sefolosha receives congratulations outside the criminal courts in New York, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The Atlanta Hawks' player was acquitted Friday in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday of charges stemming from a struggle with police outside a trendy New York City nightclub that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.

IS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids
09:44 AM, 10.09.2015

An image grab taken from a video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters raising their weapons with the Jihadist flag at an undisclosed locationIslamic State group fighters advanced Friday to the outskirts of Syria's second city Aleppo, despite 10 days of Russian air strikes that Moscow says are aimed at routing the jihadists. Moscow announced on Friday that its raids had killed several hundred IS fighters and hit more than 60 "terrorist targets" in Syria over the past 24 hours. Strikes on Aleppo killed "some 100 militants", and other raids struck command posts and training camps in Latakia, Hama and Idlib.

Pentagon scaling back Syria rebel training: officials
09:44 AM, 10.09.2015

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Fajr al-Hurriya (Dawn of Freedom) Brigades mans a position during battles with jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) groupThe Pentagon said Friday it will halt its troubled program to build Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State and focus instead on training and arming vetted leaders already on the ground. The switch in tactics will be seen as a tacit admission that the Pentagon's $500 million program to train thousands of "moderate" Syrian rebels has failed. Two small groups of US-trained fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey this year, but one broke up after coming under attack and the other surrendered much of its equipment to an Al-Qaeda front group.

All eyes on Ryan amid search for House speaker
09:44 AM, 10.09.2015

McCarthy laughs off a question as he explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), on Capitol Hill in WashingtonHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is deciding whether to seek the U.S. House of Representatives' speaker job, fellow Republican lawmakers said on Friday after they met behind closed doors to try to settle their leadership battle. Speaking to reporters the day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped his bid to become speaker, Representative Darrell Issa of California said he had no second choice if Ryan sticks by his announcement on Thursday that he would not seek the post. "Although he's ruled himself out, it's very clear he's reconsidering," Issa told reporters as he exited the meeting.

One shot dead, three wounded in US university 'confrontation'
09:41 AM, 10.09.2015

A student armed with a handgun killed another student in a "confrontation" at an Arizona university early Friday that also left three others with multiple gunshot wounds, police said, in the latest shooting at a US college. The deadly incident at Northern Arizona University (NAU) came hours before President Barack Obama was to meet families of victims of last week's shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left nine people dead before the gunman killed himself. The first emergency calls came through to police at 1:20 am Friday, when most NAU students would have been in bed at the sprawling university campus in the city of Flagstaff.

Tunisian mediator group wins Nobel Peace Prize for aiding move to democracy
09:41 AM, 10.09.2015

Wided Bouchamaoui smiles in her office in TunisBy Gwladys Fouche and Tarek Amara OSLO/TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an example of peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence and upheaval. The quartet of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers was formed in the summer of 2013. It helped support the democratisation process when it was in danger of collapsing, the Norwegian Nobel committee said in its citation.

YouTube star Rachel Bloom is CW's 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'
09:40 AM, 10.09.2015

This photo provided by The CW shows, Rachel Bloom, left, as Rebecca Bunch and Santino Fontana as Greg Serrano, in a scene from the pilot for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." The show debuts Oct. 12, 2015. (Eddy Chen/The CW via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLYLOS ANGELES (AP) — The music video star is dressed right, in a low-cut catsuit that leaves little to the imagination. But her body language, as guided by the director, is somehow off.

Sanders not overloaded with prep for 1st Democratic debate
09:36 AM, 10.09.2015

In this Oct. 7, 2015, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Conference at Washington Convention Center in Washington. Sanders and his campaign team have a relatively simple plan for his debut appearance in a nationally televised debate: "Let Bernie be Bernie." It’s a strategy aides say fueled Sanders’ rise in the Democratic primary campaign, where the often-disheveled, 74-year-old Vermont senator has won the hearts of his party’s base with an unapologetically liberal message. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no image consultants, no mock stages and no body language coaches.

U.S. changes tack on support to Syria rebels after failed training push
09:35 AM, 10.09.2015

Rebel fighters demonstrate their skills during a military display as part of a graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, SyriaBy Phil Stewart and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Friday it would overhaul its failed efforts to support moderate Syrian rebels battling Islamic State, saying it would provide arms and equipment to vetted rebel leaders and their units. The U.S. announcement marked the effective end to a short-lived multimillion-dollar program to train and equip units of fighters at sites outside of Syria, after that program's disastrous launch this year fanned criticism of President Barack Obama's war strategy. Future training will be greatly scaled back, with the apparent U.S. focus on providing weaponry.

The Latest: University releases names of victims in shooting
09:34 AM, 10.09.2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at Northern Arizona University (all times local):

The Latest: Former Tunisian leader says dialogue was key
09:34 AM, 10.09.2015

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, members of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly celebrate the adoption of the new constitution in Tunis, Tunisia. A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine, File)OSLO, Norway (AP) — The latest developments in the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. All times local.

Celebration of Peru's economic boom comes late
09:32 AM, 10.09.2015

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is handed a notebook by an assistant before the start a forum at the the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. In the five decades since their last annual meeting in the region, in Rio de Janeiro in 1967, the IMF and World Bank have loosened up on policy prescriptions that forced austerity on much of the hemisphere. (AP Photo/Geraldo Caso Bizama)LIMA, Peru (AP) — The world's top finance officials lavished praise on Peru's "economic miracle" this week, lauding it for cutting poverty by half during a decade-long bonanza of record-high prices for gold, copper and other metals it mines.

Prince serenades Madonna at Paisley Park party
09:31 AM, 10.09.2015

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Some lucky music fans got to see two icons in the same room early Friday, as Prince performed for Madonna at Paisley Park.

AP Exclusive: Hajj crush was deadliest ever at pilgrimage
09:24 AM, 10.09.2015

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 file photo, emergency services personnel attend to victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage. A new tally shows last month’s crush and stampede at the Saudi hajj was the deadliest event to ever strike the annual pilgrimage. The Associated Press count Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, shows at least 1,453 people died Sept. 24 in Mina. Saudi officials have said their official figure of 769 killed and 934 injured in the disaster remains accurate. (AP Photo, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One survivor of last month's crush and stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia recalled seeing so many bodies that he couldn't tell how many there were.

U.S. court places hold on clean water rule nationwide
09:23 AM, 10.09.2015

A glass of tap waterA U.S. court on Friday issued an order temporarily blocking the implementation of a federal water rule across the country, expanding on a prior injunction from a separate court that applied only to certain states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit granted a nationwide stay against the so-called Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May. The appellate court said that the 18 states challenging the new standards were unlikely to face immediate irreparable harm from the rule, but there was also no evidence that the nation's waters would suffer "imminent injury" if the regulation was put on hold. In August, the U.S. District Court in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against the federal water rule in another case.

US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website
09:22 AM, 10.09.2015

In this photo taken Oct. 6, 2015, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. The Obama administration says it’s strengthening privacy protections for consumers on the government’s health insurance website ahead of a new sign-up season starting Nov. 1. In a blog Friday, CEO Kevin Counihan says the web page will have a new ‘privacy manager’ that lets consumers opt out of embedded connections to third-party advertising, analytics and social media sites. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government's health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears.

A reckless life as rocker -- and media figure -- for Hynde
09:21 AM, 10.09.2015

FILE - In this June 16, 2011 photo, Chrissie Hynde performs at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Hynde released her memoir, "Reckless: My Life as a Pretender,"in September. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)NEW YORK (AP) — She may be 64 now, but Chrissie Hynde is still one tough rock 'n' roller.

Five killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian violence widens
09:20 AM, 10.09.2015

Masked Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones at Israeli troops as others take cover during clashes in the West Bank city of HebronBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead five Palestinians in protests in Gaza on Friday and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel in a wave of violence that has fueled talk of a new uprising against Israeli occupation. The Israeli soldiers shot across the border into Gaza after the Palestinians came too close to the frontier, throwing stones and rolling burning tyres, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Gaza medics said five people were killed and 30 wounded.

Fed official still favors 2015 hike but notes dimmer outlook
09:19 AM, 10.09.2015

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2014 file photo, Dennis Lockhart speaks during a news conference in Jackson, Miss. Lockhart, a voting member of the Federal Reserve’s policy committee said Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, that he believes the economy is on a satisfactory track and that an increase in interest rates is likely to be appropriate in either October or December. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)NEW YORK (AP) — A voting member of the Federal Reserve's policy committee said Friday that he still thinks an interest-rate increase will be appropriate by year's end. But he acknowledged that the outlook for the economy appears cloudier than it did a few weeks ago.

Air France appeals to passengers after labor violence
09:18 AM, 10.09.2015

People walk past a pile of garbage during the fourth day of a garbage collectors strike in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Trash is piling up on Paris streets because of a strike by garbage collectors angry over wage and career stagnation. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Air France sent an unusual appeal Friday to its passengers worldwide, insisting that the violent, clothes-ripping protests against executives earlier should not scar the airline's reputation.

Music Review: Fritts' 'Oh My Goodness' layered with emotion
09:16 AM, 10.09.2015

This CD cover image released by Single Lock Records shows "Oh My Goodness," by Donnie Fritts. (Single Lock Records via AP)Donnie Fritts, "Oh My Goodness" (Single Lock)

Gunmen attack Burkina Faso police station; 3 dead
09:16 AM, 10.09.2015

OUAGDOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities say three police officers have been killed after some 50 armed men attacked a police station near Burkina Faso's border with Mali.

US stocks move higher, on track for best week this year
09:15 AM, 10.09.2015

FILE - This Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets rose Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at a record low for at least several more months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose again on Friday, keeping the market on track for its best week this year, helped by shares of mining and industrial companies. Markets continue to be driven by confidence that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for several more months.

Pentagon giving up on building new Syrian rebel force
09:15 AM, 10.09.2015

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks during a press conference held with Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, at Lancaster house in London, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — The U.S. is abandoning its goal of training a new force of moderate Syrian rebels and will focus on equipping, arming and supporting established rebels groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria, officials said Friday.

Tanzania: Wildlife activists praise arrest of Chinese woman
09:14 AM, 10.09.2015

In this photo taken on Wednesday Oct. 7, 2015, Chinese national Young Feng Glan , center, is escorted by police from Kisutu Resident's Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A Chinese woman has been charged in a Tanzanian court with smuggling nearly 1.9 tons of ivory as wildlife activists applauded the move by Tanzanian authorities to crack down on the illegal ivory trade, which has devastated the elephant population in just a few years. Businesswoman Yang Feng Clan, 66, was charged Wednesday in Dar es Salaam alongside two Tanzanian men. The three suspects allegedly committed the crime between Jan. 1, 2000 and May 22, 2014. Their case was adjourned to Monday. (AP photo)DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Wildlife activists are applauding the arrest by Tanzanian authorities of a Chinese woman for alleged ivory smuggling but caution that it's a small step toward stemming the "slaughter of industrial proportions" of elephants

Former FIFA vice-president Chung to appeal six-year ban to CAS
09:12 AM, 10.09.2015

FIFA presidential candidate and former vice-president Chung Mong-joon has said he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after he was banned for six years by the ethics committee of soccer's world governing body on Thursday. The South Korean described the ruling in a statement on Friday as a "shameful attempt" to punish his open criticism of FIFA, which is mired in the worst corruption scandal in its 111-year history, and said it was a blatant miscarriage of justice. The six-year ban will almost certainly end Chung's hopes of running to succeed Sepp Blatter, who has been suspended from the presidency over allegations of improper payments, which he denies.

NYC historical society to create center for role of women
09:11 AM, 10.09.2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The New-York Historical Society is establishing a center devoted to women's history exhibitions and scholarship.

House expected to pass bill axing U.S. oil export ban, future uncertain
09:11 AM, 10.09.2015

A pumpjack drills for oil in the Monterey ShaleA bill to repeal the U.S. oil export ban was expected to pass the House of Representatives on Friday, but faces an uncertain future after a veto threat by President Barack Obama. U.S. representatives on Friday morning debated the bill, sponsored by Joe Barton a Republican of Texas, and were slated to vote on it later in the day. Oil policy analyst Kevin Book of ClearView Energy Partners expected the bill to pass the Republican-led House, but said it was unlikely to win the 290 votes necessary to override a White House veto.

Studio: No evidence 'Maze Runner' cast took artifacts
09:10 AM, 10.09.2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Twentieth Century Fox officials say they have found no evidence actors took American Indian artifacts while filming "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" at a private New Mexico ranch.

South Africa's ANC losing ground amid economic woes, corruption, Zuma says
09:09 AM, 10.09.2015

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma sits before he addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said on Friday the ruling party was losing membership countrywide before local elections next year, citing criticism over a stalling economy and perceptions that it was "soft on corruption".     Many older South Africans still feel grateful to the African National Congress for winning their freedom from white-minority rule during apartheid, ensuring the party unbroken power for the past two decades. The ANC won the 2014 national elections with a 62 percent majority, a hefty majority but a decline from more than 65 percent in the previous election.     Zuma said party membership had shrunk 20 percent from one million in 2012 as the party grappled with rising job losses in the mining sector, power supply shortages and corruption that led to criticism that the ANC was a "self-serving organisation."     "The ANC needs to work harder to reverse the public perception that it is soft on corruption and that it is a corrupt organisation," he told the mass meeting.     The ANC is under greatest pressure in the Johannesburg province of Gauteng, where its 2014 share of the vote slipped almost 10 percentage points to 53 percent, raising the possibility it will lose control of the country's economic hub in next year's elections.     The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has been making in-roads with middle-class urban blacks in Johannesburg and Pretoria despite a reputation as the party of white privilege, winning 22 percent of the vote in last year's general election.

Gene editing: Research spurs debate over promise vs. ethics
09:08 AM, 10.09.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle-cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder.

The Latest: UN allows EU to seize migrant-smuggling boats
09:05 AM, 10.09.2015

A migrant boy plays near the border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The International Organization for Migration says it has seen a sharp increase in the number of people landing on Greece's eastern islands over the past week, with around 7,000 people arriving every day. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

Mideast unrest spreads to Gaza as stabbing attacks continue
09:03 AM, 10.09.2015

Palestinians carry a wounded man, who flashes a victory sign, as others run for a cover, during clashes with with Israeli soldiers on the Israeli border, Eastern Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. At least four attacks — three by Palestinians and one by an Israeli — as well as deadly clashes along the Gaza border threatened to escalate tensions throughout the country on Friday as Israel struggled to control spiraling violence. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border on Friday, killing five of them, as a rash of stabbing attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli, raised fears of wider unrest.

Egypt to restore King Tut mask after botched epoxy job
08:48 AM, 10.09.2015

CAIRO (AP) — The restoration of King Tutankhamun's world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt's state-run news agency said Friday.

At least 15 wounded in pre-election clash in Guinea capital
08:46 AM, 10.09.2015

Supporters of former PM and UFDG presidential candidate Diallo complain to security forces during a confrontation with supporters of Guinea's President and RPG leader Conde during an UFDG electoral rally in ConakryBy Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - At least 15 people were wounded in Guinea on Friday in clashes between supporters of President Alpha Conde and his main rival before Sunday's election, witnesses said. Shots were fired, security forces fired teargas and wielded batons outside rival Cellou Dalein Diallo's house in the capital, while activists armed with stones and clubs roamed the streets, reducing traffic to a minimum, they said. It was not immediately clear what triggered the clashes, but Conde on Thursday rejected a demand by opposition candidates to postpone the vote to allow time to rectify what they said were irregularities in the process.

Wal-Mart names executive with international wing as next CFO
08:44 AM, 10.09.2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart named Brett Biggs, an executive in its international division, as its next chief financial officer Friday.

Pressure builds on Paul Ryan to run for House speaker
08:43 AM, 10.09.2015

House Majority Leader of Kevin McCarthy of Calif. walks out of nomination vote meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after dropping out of the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner. In a stunning move, McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for House speaker Thursday, throwing Congress' Republican leadership into chaos. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The pressure is on Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, to run for House speaker in the chaotic aftermath of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's sudden decision to abandon his campaign for the post.

Finance officials clamp down on multinational tax evasion
08:43 AM, 10.09.2015

International Monetary Find (IMF) Managing Director Christine, right, sits next to Glenn Robert Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, center, and Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance of Australia, before a group picture with Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the G20 in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The world's finance ministers and central bankers are in Lima for the joint annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF that run through Sunday. (AP Photo/Geraldo Caso Bizama)LIMA, Peru (AP) — Finance officials from the world's 20 biggest countries are committing to tougher laws to prevent multinational companies from avoiding as much as $250 billion a year in taxes. Facebook Page

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