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Algerian extremists behead French hostage

RABAT, Morocco (AP) - Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained Wednesday by a U.S.-based terrorism watchdog.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to address UN amid new strikes

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart launching mobile checking account

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Wal-Mart is launching a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate some of the fees charged by banks.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clothes taken in search for missing UVa student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Joint Chiefs chair: 'No safe haven' for militants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

ERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A television reporter revealed during a live on-air segment that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug ahead of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of pot in Alaska.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White House security changes weighed

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is "obviously concerned" about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower as China weighs on markets

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower on Monday amid concerns over China's economy. Silver fell again, dropping to its lowest level in over four years.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition and is calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Romney responds to 'victims' comment

Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to help from the government that permeates their lives.

September 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio inmate says too obese for execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death."

September 17, 2012 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | NATION/WORLD


Older drivers face confusing license laws

Publishable Editors Notes: The latest installment in the joint AP-APME series examining the aging of the baby boomers and the impact that this so-called silver tsunami is having on society.

September 17, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


LSU evacuates following bomb threat

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of students, professors and workers were evacuated from Louisiana State University's main campus Monday following a bomb threat, school officials said.

The evacuation was prompted by a threat phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m., university spokeswoman Kristine Calongne said. Calongne said the caller didn't direct the threat to any specific area of the campus.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 year later, Occupy in disarray

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why are stocks soaring in bad economy?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economic growth is pitiful. Unemployment has topped 8 percent for an exhausting 43 months. The nation is careering toward a so-called fiscal cliff, and maybe a recession.

September 14, 2012 | CHRISTINA REXRODE and DANIEL WAGNER, AP Business Writers | NATION/WORLD


Univ. of Texas evacuated after threats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas has issued an alert on its website ordering an evacuation "due to threats on campus."

September 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks open higher day after Fed move

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street a day after the Federal Reserve promised more help for the economy.

September 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Whopping cough vaccine loses punch

NEW YORK (AP) - As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.

September 13, 2012 | MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


Brand new laptop infected from the get go

WASHINGTON (AP) - A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for another computer.

September 13, 2012 | RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Getting best airline deals more complex

NEW YORK (AP) - Some airlines are making travelers work harder to find a deal.

September 13, 2012 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | NATION/WORLD


Obama, Romney trade barbs over attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are trading tough words over the handling of foreign attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, injecting foreign policy into a presidential campaign that has focused on a sour economy.

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple: iPhone 5 in stores Sept. 21

Apple on Wednesday revealed that the new iPhone 5 will be in stores in the U.S. and several other countries on Sept. 21.

September 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Libya attacks coordinated to mark 9/11?

The Obama administration, roiled by the first killing of a U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and not a spontaneous mob enraged over an anti-Islam YouTube video

September 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney comments on Libya attack

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama's administration of standing in apology for American values when it should have been voicing outrage, as he looked for political advantage in the deadly protests that caused a breach of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and left four Americans dead in Libya.

September 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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