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  • Massachusetts fire victims identified as brothers

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Police and relatives have identified the two young boys killed in a four-alarm fire at a Massachusetts apartment building Nine-year-old Kelvin Medina and his 4-year-old brother, Giancarlo Marrero, were trapped in a third-floor bedroom, after the fire broke out in Lawrence just after 3 a.m. Tuesday. The state fire...

  • Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth

    BEIJING (AP) — Asia-Pacific economies need to recalibrate financial policies in the face of slowing global growth, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said Wednesday, following a meeting of regional financial officials to prepare for next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Countries in the region are looking to...

  • Ex-Luxembourg leader Juncker gets OK as EU chief

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union legislature has approved the appointment of former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker as the new EU Commission president molding policies of the 28-nation bloc for the next five years. Despite weeks of haggling over some of the 26 Commissioners in his team, the European Parliament approved the Juncker...

  • Kuwait sentences 13 over controversial speech

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwaiti defense lawyer says a court in the Gulf nation has convicted and sentenced 13 people to two years in prison each for reading aloud a speech by a leading opposition figure challenging the country's ruler. Attorney Mohammad al-Humaidi says his clients were convicted Wednesday for reciting the speech by former...

  • Lawyers: Suspects retract claims they killed Brits

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two Myanmar migrant workers have retracted their confessions to killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair, the men's lawyers said Wednesday. Human rights lawyer Rasada Manurasada said the arrested men claimed they were tortured and...

  • Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi

    HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern. Could Othman Abu al-Qiyan have been radicalized by Israel's conflict with the Palestinians — or something else? No one can quite explain what happened and...

  • Japan to send officials to North Korea next week

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Wednesday that it will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North's investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the officials will arrive in Pyongyang on Monday for a...

  • Sweden raises estimate of foreign fighters

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's security service says up to 150 people have left the country to join IS militants in the Middle East. Anders Kassman, chief operating officer of the SAPO security service, on Wednesday said the agency has confirmed at least 90 cases of people leaving Sweden to fight in Syria and Iraq. He said 23 of them have been...

  • Century ago: Great War, great champagne vintage

    EPERNAY, France (AP) — Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages. As champagne goes, 1914 was a superlative year when the warmest of summers left the richest of grapes. As war goes, gunfire could be...

  • Father of UK hostage dies after appeal to save son

    LONDON (AP) — The father of a British photojournalist held by the Islamic State group has died just weeks after he appealed from his hospital bed for the militants to release his son. Paul Cantlie was recovering from throat surgery when he recorded a video he hoped would be seen by those holding his son, John, who he called an impartial...

  • Tribes in tense Abu Ghraib vow to keep IS out

    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) — The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad's airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It's an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants. For now, this Sunni-dominated town remains beyond their grip, despite recent reports to the...

  • Bank of England keeps rates steady

    LONDON (AP) — Bank of England policymakers remain split on raising interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting to maintain a record low rate of 0.5 percent amid increasing pessimism about the global economy. Minutes from the meeting held Oct. 7-8, released Wednesday, show that policymakers opted to hold the line despite calls from some...

  • Ryan, Tillis to rally NC Republicans at Wingate

    WINGATE, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is coming to a North Carolina university to campaign for GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis. The 2012 vice presidential candidate will headline a rally Wednesday at Wingate University with Tillis, who is locked in a tight battle to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. The GOP has long listed North...

  • No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday. Many U.S. cities and counties are moving their door-to-door rituals this year to avoid conflicts with the Friday night lights. Martinsburg, West Virginia, city manager Mark Baldwin says local law...

  • Heineken reports lower third quarter earnings

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower, though sales in developing markets grew strongly. The Dutch brewer Wednesday reported net profit of 460 million euros ($585 million), from 483 million euros in the same quarter last year. Sales fell 1.5 percent to 5.10 billion...

  • Sweden closes probe into 2010 suicide bombing

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have closed the investigation into a suicide bombing four years ago, saying Taimour Abdulwahab had no accomplices when he blew himself up in downtown Stockholm. The Iraqi-born Swede, who was living in Britain, was apparently trying to fix a problem with the explosives strapped to his body when some of them...

  • Pyongyang races to complete new airport

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang isn't exactly an international travel hub. But attracting more tourists is one of North Korea's top agenda items, so thousands of soldier-builders are working feverishly these days to give the capital a fancy new airport. The new airport, which is now in its final stages, is the latest of North Korea's...

  • Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case. They believe that information is being withheld, along...

  • Website asks high court to throw out lawsuit

    SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website should be thrown out because the website didn't write the ads, so it's not liable. But the victims' lawyer said the website, Backpage, doesn't have immunity under the federal Communications...

  • Family, friends remember women slain in Indiana

    Seven women have been found dead this week in northwestern Indiana, one in a motel and six in abandoned houses in Gary. Darren Vann, 43, was charged Monday in the death of the woman whose body was found Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond, 20 miles southeast of Chicago. Police say Vann has confessed to all seven killings and hinted that there could...

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