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  • Peterson: Witt assured of agriculture panel spot

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday said former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is assured a spot on the panel if he wins his bid for a south Arkansas congressional seat this fall. Speaking at a forum focusing on farming issues, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of...

  • After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and headed by leading Palestinian pollster...

  • A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose? Here are some questions and answers about the Islamic State...

  • Pakistan lawmakers back premier amid mass protests

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster. Speaking for the government in the joint session of Pakistan's National Assembly and the Senate, the country's interior minister...

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The footage — depicting what the U.S....

  • Islamic fighters besiege Nigerian city: Senator

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerians are fleeing a northeastern city amid conflicting reports that it has been seized by Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a federal senator said Tuesday. The military claims to have repelled the insurgents in fierce fighting but the stream of refugees from the city indicates otherwise, said Sen. Ali...

  • Irish tax haul jumps, signals kinder 2015 budget

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's tax collections are beating targets and have put the country on course to achieve normal deficit levels after six years of austerity, the government announced Tuesday. Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the unexpectedly healthy figures — deficit spending so far this year of 6.3 billion euros ($8.25 billion), 1.3...

  • Bieber charged with assault over photo incident

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation involving a photographer, his lawyer said Tuesday. Ontario Provincial Police would only say the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the...

  • Macedonian premier, opposition leader, go to court

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian court is hearing a private lawsuit by the country's prime minister against the opposition leader for alleged slanderous allegations concerning a bank sale. Governing conservative leader Nikola Gruevski is seeking €50,000 in compensation from opposition Social-Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, and both appeared...

  • 32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-two teens "overwhelmed" their minders and escaped from a juvenile detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence, a state government spokesman said. Hours later Tuesday, eight were still on the run. Police caught up with some walking along roads or coming out of the woods. Some turned themselves in....

  • US family grieving over new beheading video

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants. In a two-sentence statement Tuesday, family spokesman Barak Barfi said Sotloff's family, quote, "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately." The family...

  • School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

    CHICAGO (AP) — School opened in Chicago on Tuesday, with children and parents making their way past security guards whose bright neon vests served as a reminder of the city's efforts to protect students from the violence that plagues its streets. A year after hundreds more "Safe Passage" workers were hired to keep children from harm, an...

  • Court: US can withhold Guantanamo detainee images

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government can withhold photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo Bay detainee identified as the would-be 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court found Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with the government that images of Mohammed al-Qahtani, if made public,...

  • Flight diverted, woman removed over seat dispute

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A combative woman upset over a reclining seat was removed from a flight to Florida, airport officials said Tuesday, but the woman told authorities she was not aggressive — just upset over the recent death of her two dogs. The Delta flight from New York to West Palm Beach was diverted on Monday night to Jacksonville,...

  • Tobin holds thin lead in Arizona US House race

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin should find out soon if the razor-thin lead he's held over rancher Gary Kiehne for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District holds up. Tobin has held a lead of less than 500 votes in the seven days since voters went to the polls as county elections officials work to finalize...

  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    NEW YORK (AP) — Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem...

  • Chicago Arab leader in court on immigration case

    DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago-area Arab leader accused of covering up her conviction in a fatal terrorist bombing in Israel when she entered the U.S. is returning to court for the first time since a new Detroit judge was assigned to her case. Federal Judge Gershwin Drain is holding a status conference Tuesday. He got the case after Judge Paul...

  • A guide to the trial over Texas' Voter ID law

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A major election year in Texas largely has overshadowed the trial to determine the fate of the state's tough new voter identification law, but U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi is presiding over a case to determine whether the measure safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities...

  • Problems abound with health law immigration papers

    MIAMI (AP) — More than 200,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama's health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don't submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them. The government mailed letters in...

  • Jenny Sanford wants psych exam for US Rep. Sanford

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jenny Sanford is asking that U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford undergo a psychiatric evaluation and take anger management and parenting courses in the latest filing in the couple's contentious divorce. She also wants the court to appoint an impartial guardian to look after the interests of the youngest of their four sons. Jenny...

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