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  • Del. authorities: Bus overturns, 2 dead, injuries

    NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — A bus carrying dozens of passengers finishing up a sightseeing tour crashed and overturned in Delaware, leaving two women dead and several other passengers injured, authorities said. The wreck did not involve other vehicles and happened around 4:20 p.m. Sunday in New Castle in the northern part of the state, south of...

  • Bear suspected of killing hiker in New Jersey

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities believe a black bear attacked and killed a hiker in a northern New Jersey nature preserve. West Milford police say five friends from Edison, New Jersey, were hiking in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the bear on Sunday. Police say the group became frightened and ran in different directions. They...

  • Palestinian reconciliation talks begin in Egypt

    CAIRO (AP) — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Monday began reconciliation talks in Cairo, one day ahead of negotiations with Israel on cementing the Aug. 26 truce that ended a 50-day war in Gaza, according to Egyptian security officials. The talks were being held behind closed doors at the Egyptian intelligence headquarters in the...

  • UK's Cameron hosts talks on Scottish voting rights

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a summit with senior officials from his Conservative Party to try to placate anger over promises made to Scotland during the referendum campaign. Monday's high-level gathering at Chequers, Cameron's official country retreat, comes amid a bitter debate over what road political reform...

  • AP Photos: Dynamite doesn't stop Peru narcos

    PICHARI, Peru (AP) — The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight. As authorities wound up a 54-airstrip "cratering" mission, Peru's counternarcotics...

  • Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels have begun withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region. Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said Kiev's...

  • 2nd trial begins for man accused of killing teen

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin for the second trial of a Florida man accused of killing a Georgia teenager during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Attorneys for 47-year-old Michael Dunn want to move the trial away from Jacksonville, citing widespread publicity about the case....

  • UN in Libya: Rival groups agree to hold talks

    CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations mission in Libya says the country's rival groups have agreed to hold talks on September 29 for the first time since the latest surge of violence that left the country torn between two parliaments and governments. In a Sunday statement, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said a joint UN-Libyan committee...

  • Judge to hear from sides in Detroit water shutoffs

    DETROIT (AP) — A hearing is scheduled in bankruptcy court on a motion to stop Detroit's water department from shutting off service to residents with unpaid bills. Attorneys for the city and opponents of the shutoffs are expected to present evidence Monday before federal Judge Steven Rhodes. Detroit residents at risk of shut off and public...

  • Heavy rains trigger landslides in northeast India

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday. A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state. The rains also caused heavy damage in neighboring Assam state, where floods washed...

  • Blair says airstrikes not enough to beat militants

    LONDON (AP) — Western powers must be ready to commit ground forces to the fight against militants from the Islamic State group because airstrikes alone won't defeat these "fanatical" extremists, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday. Writing on his Faith Foundation website, Blair said it would be better if the troops were to...

  • Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city. The strike comes as dozens of the city's tycoons and business leaders...

  • China reveals cases of torture in police detention

    BEIJING (AP) — Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China's official state news agency reported, in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice. One of the cases resulted in the death of a man who was tortured with electric shocks and hit on the head and face with a...

  • South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday. The three suspects were found with a hunting rifle and ammunition in the Lower Sabie area of Kruger National Park, which has been hit hard by rhino...

  • German employers struggle to find apprentices

    BERLIN (AP) — It's lunchtime at Tauro and the restaurant staff are bustling to keep up with orders for marinated pork ribs, spinach-filled crepes and chicken breast with ricotta and pine kernels. The 800-seat eatery caters to Berlin's affluent Prenzlauer Berg district and when the evening crush starts owner Gerd Spitzer needs all hands on deck...

  • New Afghan leader to name woman to Supreme Court

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, including on the Supreme Court. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai planned to hold his first news conference later Monday after being announced by the country's election commission Sunday as president. His opponent for...

  • Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark. Five years ago, Arif and her husband left impoverished Madura Island, joining the stream of migrants from across the vast...

  • Crews make progress on huge California wildfire

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke. More than 5,000 firefighters — from as far as Florida and Alaska —...

  • Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the...

  • New Zealand leader wants flag vote held next year

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fresh off a big election win, New Zealand Prime Minster John Key said Monday that he wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag. Key told television station TV3 that he wants to quickly initiate the process of holding a national referendum. "I'd like that issue dealt with in 2015," he said. "New...

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