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  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said. The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory...

  • NYC police boss defends response in custody death

    NEW YORK (AP) — It appears police officers behaved appropriately when they put a protective body wrap on a drug user who later died in custody, New York City's police commissioner said Monday. Ronald Singleton's death was ruled a homicide on Friday by the city medical examiner's office, which cited physical restraint by police as a factor,...

  • NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

    NEW YORK (AP) — Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway. The annual parade — which draws about 1 million people — features loud...

  • California fires burn cabin, threaten homes

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire has been contained after destroying a forest cabin, damaging five other homes and forcing about 50 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a second blaze threatens hundreds of homes. Authorities say the blaze erupted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday along the Russian River near Forestville in...

  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian...

  • Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee. The Southern African Development Community announced the measures after an emergency...

  • Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the...

  • Mexico rescues 15 Cubans adrift deep in Gulf

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 13 badly dehydrated Cubans who were drifting in a makeshift boat far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. One of those taken from the boat died while being taken for treatment. Another one of the 15 on the boat was found dead on the craft. The Navy said Monday it rescued the Cubans at a point...

  • Burning Man festival draws peak crowd of 66,000

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert. Friday's official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music festival 110 miles north...

  • Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances. The 41 photos show...

  • Retired Associated Press newsman dies in NY at 76

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former newsman who worked for The Associated Press for 39 years has died in New York. Bruce Hodgman was 76. His wife, Marion Hodgman, says he died Friday at a hospital 18 months after he was diagnosed with cancer. Hodgman began his AP career in 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a capitol correspondent, sending reports by...

  • Arrest in fatal stabbing of NYC homeowner

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a man suspected of burglarizing a home and stabbing the owners when they interrupted him has been arrested. Police say 20-year-old Dante Viggiano was being held on murder, attempted murder and burglary charges in Sunday's stabbings on Staten Island. Sixty-seven-year-old Peter Gialluisi was stabbed in...

  • Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring. The...

  • New Zealand gunman kills 2; suspect faces charges

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and seriously wounding a third in a South Island town was charged Tuesday with murder. John Tully was arrested Monday evening following a seven-hour manhunt that kept a town on edge. Tully made his first court appearance Tuesday on two charges of murder...

  • Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons). Seized in a raid last week, the drugs were flown to the capital Monday and unloaded in boxes from an Antonov police transport plane by officers wearing white...

  • 6 dead after speeding car slams into tree in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — A speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, killing all six people inside, police said Monday The crash occurred Sunday night in a southeast Dallas residential area, said Dallas police officer Monica Cordova. The victims were two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to...

  • Portland police shoot suspected carjacker by I-84

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A police officer shot a man who was pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 off-ramp, and the ensuing standoff with the wounded suspect led to a long Labor Day closure of the freeway. Sgt. Pete Simpson, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet,...

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect...

  • Uruguay: Guantanamo prisoner transfer not imminent

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A plan to resettle six men held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo in Uruguay is still being negotiated and is unlikely to occur before upcoming elections in the South American country, an official said Monday. The Pentagon had given the U.S. Congress a legally required 30-day notice in July that it intended to...

  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do. Instead, the region is pinning its hopes — once again — on the European Central Bank, which is expected to launch new stimulus measures if the...

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