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  • Democrat loses ground in Kansas governor's race

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback over his aggressive tax-cutting experiment, challenger Paul Davis appears to be losing ground as the state's GOP loyalties and a hail of negative television ads take their toll. The closely watched race has begun...

  • Timeline for New York doctor who has Ebola

    NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the recent activities of Dr. Craig Spencer, a New York City physician who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and this week became the fourth person to test positive for the virus in the United States: Sept. 18: Spencer leaves for West Africa via Brussels. Oct. 12: Spencer has final contact with Ebola patients in...

  • Militant group said to be using chlorine bombs

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — New allegations have emerged that Islamic State extremists have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters in the key Syrian border town of Kobani have held off a month-long offensive by the Islamic State group with...

  • Greeks get 8 years to clear austerity tax bill

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Parliament has approved draft legislation that would give distressed Greeks more than eight years to settle unpaid taxes imposed under the country's austerity measures. Lawmakers Friday backed the measure allowing tax settlements to be extended to a maximum of 100 monthly payments, up from previous rules allowing 48. Two...

  • Man to serve 8 months for groping woman on plane

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Louisiana man who admitted that he groped a sleeping woman aboard a cross-country flight was sentenced Friday in federal court to eight months in prison. A federal judge in Newark also sentenced Devender Singh to two years of supervised release and ordered Singh to register as a sex offender. He had faced up to two years...

  • Man who was part of cybercrime ring gets prison

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in an international cybercrime ring that targeted more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service. Robert Dubuc was sentenced Friday for his role in the ring that attempted to steal at least $15 million from U.S....

  • 4 consulates get suspicious packages in Turkey

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday. The U.S. consulate in Istanbul also received an envelope of suspicious yellow powder on Friday, but the building was not evacuated, said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in...

  • Italian court acquits Dolce&Gabbana in tax case

    MILAN (AP) — Italy's highest court acquitted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion Friday in a case that created such public acrimony that the designers closed their Milan stores in protest for several days last year. The Court of Cassation in Rome overturned two lower court convictions, ruling that the designers committed no...

  • Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Estonian national who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million from ATMs around the world was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to repay most of the money, prosecutors said Friday. Sergei Nicolaevich Tsurikov, 30, was sentenced...

  • Venezuelans brace for slump in oil prices

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Milagro Alvarez and millions of other Venezuelans, whose country depends almost exclusively on oil revenue. The math teacher has been getting up before dawn each day and rushing out to hunt for...

  • Car smashes Ten Commandments statue, man detained

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities took a man into custody Friday after they say he admitted driving a car onto the Oklahoma Capitol grounds overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces. The man was detained after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City Friday morning, rambling and...

  • Police charge man with lying in Frein probe

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man provided bad information to police about the suspect accused of killing a state trooper. Michael Abuiso was charged Friday in Monroe County with making false reports and related counts. According to a complaint, Abuiso lied to police by saying suspect Eric Frein (freen) asked him in...

  • France OKs extradition of dissident Kazakh banker

    PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court has authorized the extradition to Russia or Ukraine of a Kazakh dissident banker whose legal case is tangled up in at least five countries. His lawyer immediately announced a decision to appeal, which blocks the procedure. Mukhtar Ablyazov fled Kazakhstan amid the nationalization of BTA Bank, which he once...

  • Kansas court affirms verdict in abortion shooting

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court Friday agreed with the first-degree murder conviction of the man who admitted shooting abortion provider Dr. George Tiller to death, rejecting his argument that he should have been allowed to present a defense that his actions were necessary to stop a greater wrong. But the state Supreme Court also...

  • Vienna honors deserters from Hitler's army

    VIENNA (AP) — Austria's president apologized Friday for his country's postwar treatment of deserters from Hitler's army as traitors, at the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who fled military duty rather than serve under the Nazi regime. The ceremony in Vienna was also attended by municipal dignitaries as well as some of those who...

  • As Rebs win, Ole Miss balances Dixie and diversity

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that's bringing new attention to Mississippi's flagship university. The Rebels haven't played this well since 1962, which happens to be the same year troops stood up to mob violence to force the University of Mississippi, under federal court order, to...

  • School board reconsidering Andre Reed honor

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Going out of bounds on Facebook could block Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed from getting his name on his old high school field in Pennsylvania. The Allentown school board on Thursday delayed a vote on whether to name the field at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Reed's honor. They're concerned about a profanity-laced...

  • Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse. Parliamentary elections on Sunday...

  • Lupita Nyong'o seeks Va. slave-trade preservation

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — "Twelve Years a Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o is lending her star power to the opposition to a minor league baseball stadium in what was once the center of Richmond's thriving slave-trading center. Nyong'o has been posting anti-stadium opinions on social media to her millions of followers, and has personally appealed to...

  • Woman guilty of pushing husband off cliff appeals

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has appealed her murder conviction for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park. Attorneys for Jordan Graham argued in the appeal filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prosecutors distorted evidence to convince jurors that Graham planned to...

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