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Oregon gunman was an Army dropout who studied mass shooters
ROSEBURG, Ore. — The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire on fellow students in his community college English class, killing nine people, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself. A day after the rampage in this Oregon timber town, authorities said Christo...
By Jeff Barnard and Martha Mendoza The Associated Press FULL STORY
Veteran who tried to stop gunman was shot five times
ROSEBURG, Ore. — When the gunshots started at Umpqua Community College, some people mistook them for falling books. But Army veteran Chris Mintz quickly recognized the threat. “He was in the military and knew what it was,” said Mintz’s aunt, Wanda Mintz. Her 30-year-old nephew, a student a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Oregon shooting victims: Teens just starting out, teacher
PORTLAND, Ore. — The nine people killed after a gunman opened fire on an Oregon community college campus Thursday took different paths to the small rural college, ranging from teens starting college for the first time to adults who were seeking a second career. One was an assistant professor of E...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Some evacuees return to homes looted in California wildfire
MIDDLETOWN — More than a dozen homeowners who evacuated during a devastating California wildfire returned to find their homes had been burglarized, authorities said. At least six people were arrested on suspicion of looting or planning to loot homes after the wildfire that started Sept. 12, destr...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Chaffetz to seek speaker spot against McCarthy
WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah plans to run for House speaker in a surprise longshot challenge to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, three Republican aides said Friday, injecting new turmoil into an unsettled House Republican conference. Chaffetz chairs the Oversight and G...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bush donors embrace new mantra: He’s built to last
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush’s challenge in the first half of the year was daunting yet simple. To be considered a fundraising success, the Republican presidential candidate had to hit the magic number of $100 million, an ambitious goal set by some in his campaign. And he did. As another fundraising p...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama challenges Clinton and other 2016 candidates on Syria
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday accused White House hopefuls of concocting “half-baked” ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democra...
By Julie Pace The Associated Press FULL STORY
Syria: Airstrikes ‘useless’ unless coordinated
UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s foreign minister said Friday that airstrikes against the Islamic State group “are useless” unless they are coordinated with the Syrian government, as the international community scrambled to respond to Russia’s airstrikes in his country. Addressing the summit of w...
By Zeina Karam The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama: Putin wrong on Syria but no ‘proxy war’
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday vehemently rejected Russia’s military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissed the idea that Moscow was strengthening its hand in the region. He vowed not to let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia “proxy war.” At a White House news confer...
By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns The Associated Press FULL STORY
Joaquin batters Bahamas; fate of cargo ship uncertain
ELEUTHERA, Bahamas — Hurricane Joaquin destroyed houses, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain across the Bahamas on Friday, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it was trying to reach a disabled cargo ship with 33 people aboard that lost contact during the storm. The...
By Ben Fox The Associated Press FULL STORY
Afghan Taliban leader claims ‘victory’ in city
KABUL, Afghanistan — The new leader of the Afghan Taliban boasted in a phone call with the Associated Press on Friday that the group’s three-day occupation of the northern city of Kunduz was a “symbolic victory” demonstrating the insurgents’ strength, even as his fighters were fleeing unde...
By Mirwais Khan and Lynne O’Donnell The Associated Press FULL STORY
Christie wears fleece for storm briefing but not THAT fleece
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wore a fleece jacket for a media briefing on this weekend’s storms, but it wasn’t THAT fleece. Christie said Friday that he still has the blue fleece emblazoned with his name that he famously wore during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man gets long prison term, then gets married at courthouse
GREENSBURG, Pa. — A man sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in one Pennsylvania courtroom has followed that up by walking into another courtroom to marry his girlfriend. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 47-year-old Greg Howard was sentenced Thursday in Westmoreland County Court for rob...

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