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  • Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Iraq's ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets. Australia has six F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighters waiting on standby in the United...

  • Alleged Beltran Leyva cartel boss nabbed in Mexico

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant. No shots were fired during the operation in San Miguel de Allende, a popular...

  • AP PHOTOS: Trash pickers worry about end of dump

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Against a distant skyline of high-rise buildings, huge vultures dive over the nearly 9 tons of rubbish that arrive daily at the huge dump in Brazil's capital as nearly 3,000 trash pickers set aside recyclable plastic, metal and paper to sell. Known in...

  • Man attacked by shark in Western Australia

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — A man has been seriously injured in a shark attack in Western Australia. State police say the man was attacked Thursday morning at Wylie Bay in the town of Esperance on Western Australia's remote southern coast. The victim was being treated at a hospital. Police said...

  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded...

  • Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Top drug cartel captures or killings in recent years in Mexico: — Oct. 1, 2014: Mexico announces the capture of Hector Beltran Leyva, alleged head of the Beltran Leyva cartel. Authorities say Beltran Leyva, alias "The H" and "The Engineer," assumed leadership of the group following...

  • AP PHOTOS: Cavaliers fans welcome back LeBron

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — They waited in line to see him, and when LeBron James ran onto the new court inside Quicken Loans Arena for the first time in four years wearing the Cavaliers' wine and gold colors, Cleveland fans welcomed him back with a thunderous roar they've been waiting to...

  • Utah attorney general candidates hold 1st debate

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — The decision by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to defend the state's polygamy and gay marriage bans is a waste of money, according to Democrat Charles Stormont. Speaking at a debate in Provo on Wednesday, Stormont criticized Reyes' decision to pursue "hot button...

  • Mine plan spurs sharp jabs in governor debate

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota's candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration of "slow-walking" a regulatory...

  • Dayton, Johnson tangle over jobs, rural concerns

    Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The strength of Minnesota's economy put Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson at odds Wednesday night in an opening debate that also saw skirmishes over health care and transportation. Dayton worked to convince voters that things have...

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