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  • Sue Bird 1st 4-time player on US basketball roster

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Sue Bird is in a class by herself. She became the first American player to make four world championship teams when USA Basketball announced the roster on Tuesday. Bird won gold medals in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze medal in 2006. "It just means I've been playing a lot of years," Bird...

  • Girlfriend: Poisoned doctor suspected lover

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — The girlfriend of a Texas researcher who prosecutors allege was poisoned by a woman with whom he was having an affair testified Tuesday that her boyfriend suspected the woman was responsible but was afraid to contact authorities. Evette Toney, the girlfriend of Dr....

  • Dems urged to end online absentee ballot program

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state is urging the Michigan Democratic Party to suspend a new program that lets people apply online for absentee ballots, saying would-be voters are being disenfranchised close to the Nov. 4 election. Elections Director Chris Thomas wrote a letter Friday to...

  • Wisconsin DOJ: Leave voter ID decision alone

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court should leave its decision allowing Wisconsin election officials to implement the state's voter photo identification law alone, state Department of Justice attorneys argued Tuesday. Changing course now, this close to the election and with...

  • Senator's live pigeon shoot draws criticism

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several animal rights groups criticized Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Tuesday for a fundraiser he held earlier this month in his home state of Oklahoma in which live pigeons were thrown into the air for participants to shoot out of the sky. Illinois-based...

  • Cutler gets boost, but Michaud keeps money lead

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A campaign finance rule change is helping independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler bring in tens of thousands of dollars from previously maxed-out donors, but Democrat Mike Michaud continues to lead the pack in fundraising and in cash on hand, according to...

  • Hassan campaign attacks opponent's business record

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A $12 million settlement is fodder for the latest attack by New Hampshire Democrats against Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's leadership of a defense contracting company. Science Applications International Corporation, where Havenstein was chief...

  • Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters. Josef Wesolowski...

  • Denver area students walk out of school in protest

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil...

  • Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self." Administration...

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