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  • Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Four gunmen attacked a minibus carrying Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, police said. The Shiites from the minority Hazara community were targeted outside the vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta city, operations police chief Aitzaz Goraya said. The four gunmen riding...

  • India picks up pace on economic overhaul

    NEW DELHI (AP) — After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy. Over the past week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled an overhaul of India's archaic labor laws, freed...

  • Man apprehended after jumping White House fence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A 23-year-old Maryland man is in custody after he climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper carrying a knife sprinted across the same lawn, past...

  • 3 states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas, Montana and South Carolina leaders are fighting against same-sex marriages even though federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional. Officials in the three states are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage...

  • Disqualified tribal candidate persists in campaign

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo presidential candidate disqualified from the race is holding out hope that election officials and tribal lawmakers will provide a way for him to remain on the ballot, despite the long odds. The Navajo Nation's highest court dismissed an appeal from Chris Deschene on Wednesday, all but ending his bid for office...

  • Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria. "We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister...

  • Asia stocks down on mixed China data, weak Wall St

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after another slump in oil prices dragged Wall Street lower and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.6 percent at 15,108.83 in afternoon trading, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.4 percent 23,290.44. Seoul's Kospi shed 0.4...

  • Police track Indiana slaying suspect's movements

    CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police are tracking the recent movements of an Indiana man who confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims. Illinois law enforcement officials told The Associated Press Wednesday that Darren Vann may have traveled to Chicago's south suburbs between Friday night, when 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy's body was...

  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

    BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. There was no explicit discussion of the ban or any Facebook effort to enter the China market during Wednesday's question-and-answer session at the...

  • Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip. The program was launched with high expectations at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12, but has run into obstacles, including wrangling...

  • Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction. Mayer staunchly defended her strategy during a Tuesday presentation that addressed recent criticism leveled by activist...

  • Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the...

  • Chicago jail escapee sentenced to 36 years

    CHICAGO (AP) — A bank robber who escaped from Chicago's high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Center has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. In December 2012, Joseph Banks and an accomplice smashed a hole in a cell window and climbed down 20 stories using a rope fashioned from bed sheets. Banks was caught two days later on the city's North...

  • NY governor hopefuls debate economy, leadership

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption Wednesday while two third-party candidates worked to get traction in the only scheduled debate in the governor's race. Cuomo noted that Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has been questioned...

  • Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday. The abuse complaints are...

  • AP NewsBreak: Prisons agree to end race policy

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence. Officers have frequently locked inmates in their cells based on which races were involved in the riot, even if individual inmates of that race were not...

  • GOP Sen. Collins, Democrat Bellows debate in Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday touted her willingness to work to bring both political parties together while Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows argued that sending her back to Washington could lead to a GOP majority in the Senate and even more partisan gridlock. The senator, who's seeking a fourth term,...

  • Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week stopped paying for...

  • Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday. At least nine university employees were fired or...

  • Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were U.S. citizens, according to...

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