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  • Correction: Air Bag Recall story

    DETROIT (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about an auto industry air bag recall, The Associated Press reported an incorrect age for Hien Thi Tran, who died after being severely injured in a Florida crash. She was 51 years old, not 46. A corrected version of the story is below: US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed US agency warns car...

  • Puerto Rico power company officials face charges

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice department has filed fraud and other charges against officials at the troubled state-owned power company in the U.S. territory. Among those charged is Jose Perez Canabal, former vice president of the board of the Electric Energy Authority, along with attorney Francisco Santos Rivera. Also...

  • How the academic scandal worked at UNC

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The academic scandal at the University of North Carolina unfolded over nearly two decades and involved about 3,100 students, nearly half of them athletes, according to a report released Wednesday by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. Here are details about the fake classes that students didn't...

  • Canadian official IDs Ottawa gunman

    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian official has identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Authorities and witnesses say a man with a scarf over his face shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial on...

  • Poems, but few ads -- Pressler seeks Senate return

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — For the homestretch of a suddenly competitive four-way Senate race here — one that could tip control of the Senate — former Sen. Larry Pressler is bringing in the best surrogate he can imagine: a 78-year-old retired FBI agent. Democrats have dropped about $1 million into the South Dakota Senate race, as have Republicans,...

  • Republicans hope for congressional sweep in Iowa

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The politically savvy state of Iowa prides itself on purple voting, boasting a congressional delegation evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. But this year, with a closely matched Senate race and three competitive House seats, the GOP sees an opportunity to turn the state a vibrant shade of red. Big bucks...

  • Ben Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard...

  • Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no...

  • Methodist panel hears appeal over gay wedding

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Methodist pastor who was disciplined for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then defrocked last year after refusing to promise to refrain from conducting...

  • University defends response to threat to speaker

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Facing faculty concerns about guns on the campus of Utah State University, the school's president is responding to accusations that the institution acted irresponsibly after a threat against feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian. President Stan Albrecht said USU immediately started working with police and communicating with...

  • Missile, fire from Egypt wounds 2 Israeli troops

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Attackers inside Egypt fired an anti-tank missile and automatic rifles at a military vehicle in Israel on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said. The attack occurred in southern Negev Desert and the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel, it added. An Egyptian security...

  • Appeal sought in Puerto Rico gay marriage case

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday. The...

  • UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea's 'honeyed words'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday. Michael Kirby then had a rare exchange with North Korean officials, who...

  • US Rep. Don Young apologizes after suicide comment

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that people kill themselves when there's a lack of support from family and friends. During an appearance in front of about 120 students and adults Tuesday in Wasilla, a teacher asked Young about Alaska's...

  • APNewsBreak: Care questioned in 15 NY jail deaths

    NEW YORK (AP) — These are the deaths in New York City's Rikers Island jail that don't make headlines — prisoners with diseases, disorders and addictions who succumb to heart attacks, infections and other causes officially filed away as "medical." But hundreds of documents obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests raise...

  • Student back in US after being stuck in Mexico

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexico-born Harvard University student has returned to the United States after being stuck for months in his native country when he crossed the border without permission. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service initially declared that Dario Guerrero Meneses effectively deported himself when he crossed the border with...

  • North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

    WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle, who was released with help from a retired diplomat and former Ohio congressman,...

  • Libyan army troops advance into Benghazi

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan army troops on Wednesday pushed into Benghazi, the first time in two months that government forces had entered the eastern city, which has been under control of Islamist militias. The advance was a significant boost to the troops, though fighting was still raging in Benghazi and the army had a long battle ahead,...

  • 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...

  • Florida kids slain by father said they feared mom

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In the months before David Mohney shot his three children, killing two of them and then himself, his wife's drinking seemed to be tearing the family apart. She was stumbling drunk at times, repeatedly slapped the children and they were increasingly afraid of her, according to documents released Wednesday by state...