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  • US stocks drop as China, oil weigh on markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday. Investors are nervous about China following a run of soft economic data that suggests growth in the world's second-largest economy is slowing. The worries about China helped...

  • Israel court condemns African migrant detentions

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A high Israeli court on Monday condemned the government's policy of detaining illegal African migrants captured in the Negev Desert, ordered that a detention facility be closed within three months and banned new detentions for a year. The ruling by the High Court of Justice — which saw a nine-judge panel vote 7-2 to order the...

  • Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel. The talks about Gaza's future seem to be a long shot, and failure could set the stage for another...

  • Argentine doctors tried in 'dirty war' baby thefts

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Two Argentine doctors are being tried on suspicion of stealing babies from political prisoners during the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship. Raul Eugenio Martin and Norberto Bianco are accused of taking nine babies from a clandestine maternity ward located inside military barracks. The trial, which began on Sept....

  • Focus on UVa employee in student's disappearance

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student focused Monday on the man they believe was the last person seen with her, searching his apartment for a second time and trying to locate the campus employee to arrest him on reckless driving charges. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32 and a...

  • St. Louis County cops apologize for flier wording

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police apologized Monday for the wording of a flier announcing a seminar to help officers interact with the media. The flier on county letterhead says topics of the Oct. 24 program at the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy will include "Feeding the Animals" and "Meet the 900-pound Gorilla." Some...

  • Governor confident ambush suspect will be caught

    In the thick of a difficult re-election campaign, Gov. Tom Corbett could have been tempted to place himself front and center of the effort to capture the gunman who ambushed a Pennsylvania State Police barracks, killing a trooper and injuring another. Instead, Corbett has largely stayed in the background as he allows state police officials to...

  • Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within the next three years. The move was announced in a letter to the university community from President Michael Roth and trustees Chairman Joshua Boger. It requires its residential Greek organizations...

  • Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani's 42-minute audio statement, which appeared to be a rallying cry, was the group's latest...

  • Sheriff: Iowa man locked 5 kids in bedroom all day

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or a bathroom, authorities said Monday. Deputies who responded to a domestic disturbance at a Westgate home Friday found several children crying and yelling through a window for help, the Fayette...

  • After scandal, congressman's TV ad features wife

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana congressman whose re-election is threatened by a cheating scandal is putting his marriage front and center in the campaign. Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister released his first TV ad in the 5th District race Monday, prominently featuring his wife Kelly. In the 30-second spot, McAllister describes his...

  • Computer bungle leads to Mexico child porn arrest

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico said Monday they have arrested a man who was promoting children's camping trips in front of a group of parents, but accidentally called up images of child pornography on his computer. Federal prosecutors in Jalisco state said the man was using his computer to pitch his company's guided...

  • Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. Turkey is resisting because it...

  • Detroit tells judge: We can't give away free water

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line. Judge Steven Rhodes set aside Detroit's bankruptcy trial to hear evidence in a controversy that has been boiling all summer. A coalition representing low-income...

  • Mexico: Alert over mine spill into river to Ariz.

    CANANEA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in a northern Mexican state issued a binational alert Monday after contaminants from a copper mine spilled into a river that flows into the U.S. state of Arizona. Carlos Jesus Arias, director of the Sonora state civil protection agency, said the contamination from the Buenavista del Cobre mine in Cananea had...

  • Police: Texas soldier beat daughter to death

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Fort Bliss soldier was charged with capital murder after he fatally beat his 2-year-old daughter with a belt because she soiled her diaper, according to West Texas police. El Paso police Det. Mike Baranyay said Dartarious Graham, 20, was arrested Sunday. He said the U.S. Army specialist beat his daughter, Peyton Graham,...

  • US gives Detroit $25.9 million to add 50 buses

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say Detroit's transportation system is getting a $25.9 million federal grant to help buy 50 new buses. The Democratic lawmakers said Monday that the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. Levin and Stabenow say the aid is part of the...

  • Perry asks to miss court date, cites overseas trip

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked Monday that the Republican be allowed to skip his next court appearance because he'll be out the country — and that he not be forced to attend subsequent pretrial hearings where no evidence is presented. In a five-page motion, Perry's defense team asked a judge to excuse...

  • Fate of Texas' tough voter ID law in judge's hands

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The fate of Texas' tough voter ID law moved into the hands of a federal judge Monday, following a trial that the U.S. Justice Department said exposed another chapter in the state's troubling history of discrimination in elections. State attorneys defending the law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 urged...

  • Prosecutor to drop all Seattle marijuana tickets

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's elected prosecutor says he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law. In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes said he is moving...

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