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  • 'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

    BENTON, Calif. (AP) — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He's clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California's Eastern Sierra region. "Buster, go find!" Paul Dostie commands. They are a team, the black Lab and the retired police officer. For years, they have...

  • Lawsuit claims website aids child sex trafficking

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. The suit is one of two taking on the classified ad website. A federal case was filed in Boston last week. Backpage.com argues that the...

  • Australia premier credited with 1970s reforms dies

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98. Although national leader for only three turbulent years until 1975, the legacy of Whitlam's Labor...

  • Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism Department official Tulasi Gautam said trekkers venturing to mountain trails will be required to take trained...

  • UK suspect extradited to US to face terror charges

    LONDON (AP) — A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon was extradited to the U.S. on Tuesday after losing a nine-year legal battle. London's Metropolitan Police said Haroon Aswat was taken from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital west of London and escorted onto a plane by U.S. officials. Aswat is...

  • Syrian airstrikes kill 8 in town near Jordan

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian government airstrikes hit a rebel-held town along the country's southern border with Jordan, killing at least eight people. Activists with the Local Coordination Committees, and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say the number of those killed in Tuesday's strikes is likely to rise as there...

  • Schools closed in ambush suspect search area

    A northeastern Pennsylvania school district closed its schools Tuesday after at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. Officials in the Pocono Mountain School District announced the decision to cancel classes shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. In the latest possible sighting, an officer with Pocono Mountain...

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday. The attack, which happened on Monday night in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood, underscores the still simmering tensions in Israel over...

  • Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said. The closure is apparently linked to the infighting among Pakistan's numerous media outlets over their coverage of the...

  • Pope to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia in Turkey

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Francis' first stop on the Nov. 28-30 trip will be a visit to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the...

  • Top Romanian lawmaker in corruption probe resigns

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A key lawmaker in Romania has quit Parliament after prosecutors announced they are seeking his arrest on suspicion of influence peddling two weeks before a presidential election. Viorel Hrebenciuc, deputy speaker and a senior member of the governing Social Democratic Party, stepped down Tuesday, saying he wanted to...

  • Head of Iran's chief clerical body dead at 83

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83. Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors the supreme leader and picks...

  • Maine man charged with throwing baby down stairs

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been charged with throwing his 3-month-old son down a flight of stairs, causing a skull fracture. Authorities say 39-year-old William Lord Jr. was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence assault on a child less than 6 years old and domestic violence terrorizing. He was held in lieu of $5,000...

  • China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years

    BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown. The third quarter figures, released Tuesday, put China on course for annual growth somewhat lower than the...

  • Court rejects Lufthansa bid to block strike

    BERLIN (AP) — A German court has rejected a bid by Lufthansa to force a union representing the company's pilots to call off a strike, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits. The state labor court in Hesse, which includes Lufthansa's main Frankfurt hub, said Tuesday it rejected the airline's suit and found no grounds to...

  • Strike shuts Lisbon subway for 12th time this year

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies is meeting tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers walked off the job for the 12th time this year. Staff staged a 24-hour strike Tuesday, demanding the government keep the Metropolitano de Lisboa in public hands....

  • Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Authorities have brought additional charges against the man accused of abducting an 18-year-old college student in Virginia: the abduction, rape and attempted capital murder of a 26-year-old woman in a Washington, D.C. suburb. A Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County on Monday handed up the new indictment against Jesse...

  • AP Photos: Children learn wrestling in Old Havana

    HAVANA (AP) — In a wrestling suit the colors of the U.S. flag, 8-year-old Yodimiler Arias grapples with a classmate in the scorching heat of a Havana afternoon. About 20 children are learning to wrestle in the park in Old Havana. When asked why they chose wrestling in baseball-loving Cuba, they shout in unison: "To be like Mijain Lopez!"...

  • Myanmar says 2015 election won't be delayed

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government said Tuesday that a general election planned for late 2015 would be held on schedule, countering rumors that the vote could be postponed. Tin Aye, chairman of the Myanmar Union Election Commission, made the announcement at a meeting with political party members in Yangon, Myanmar's main city. He said...

  • US urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is urging Japan to be bolder in opening its markets to help reach a deal on a pan-Pacific trade agreement. Pritzker, who is leading the Commerce Department's first trade mission to Japan in two decades, said Tuesday that U.S. and Japanese negotiators were closing the gap on trade in farm...

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