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  • 4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are an outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. Meet the Koch brothers. (Pronounced like the cola.) Perhaps the first thing you need to know is that...

  • Phelps wins gold, Ledecky breaks 400 world record

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The second coming of Michael Phelps gained momentum with another gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships on a night when U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky set yet another world record. The old and the new faces of world swimming delivered on expectations...

  • Job No. 1 for the next governor? A huge budget gap

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Job No. 1 for whoever wins this fall's election for Pennsylvania governor likely will be trying to solve the state government's messy fiscal situation. Numerous budget analysts expect state government will be facing a $2 billion deficit next year, if not more. For...

  • Longshot primary foe aims for rebuke of Gov. Cuomo

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Zephyr Teachout is hoping for the upset of the year now that supporters of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have dropped their effort to knock her off next month's primary ballot. Cuomo is the easy favorite, with pollsters saying Teachout's name recognition is so low...

  • Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 cases

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in...

  • Militia: Airstrikes in Libya's capital kill 15

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Two airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital on Saturday killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 others, a senior Islamist militia leader and a militia spokesman said. The militia leader said the warplanes targeted the Interior Ministry and several...

  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening on Saturday, said organizers of an event that has become a rare and influential venue for the showing of films that could be critical of the government. The Beijing Independent Film Festival's...

  • Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President...

  • Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's parliament has approved a law imposing prison terms of up to two years for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient. Lawmaker Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai said the measure passed Friday was needed because some families had resisted seeking medical...

  • 2 European sat-nav satellites in off-course orbits

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network. The European Space Agency and launch company...

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