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Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola. The past week’s jarring Ebola developments have put a spotlight on the ...
By Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and ...
By Robert Burns The Associated Press FULL STORY
Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security
OSIJEK, Croatia — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and ...
By David Rising, Randy Herschaft and Richard Lardner The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests were needed to confirm wheth...
By Brock Vergakis The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ebola: Africa’s image takes a hit
JOHANNESBURG — In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of E...
By Christopher Torchia The Associated Press FULL STORY
Marine accused in Philippine killing tests U.S. ties
OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal ...
By Jim Gomez The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod’s end
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, wh...
By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bay Area man charged in Oregon girl’s disappearance
MARTINEZ — Federal authorities say the San Francisco Bay Area man accused of bringing a 14-year-old girl he met online back to his home, had traveled to Oregon with his daughter to pick her up. The Contra Costa Times reports that 41-year-old Blake Robert Johnston, of Martinez, appeared in court...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lottery sales top $5B for first time
SACRAMENTO — California Lottery officials say they have had a winning year with annual ticket sales surpassing $5 billion for the first time in the state lottery’s 30-year history. Acting Lottery Director Paula LaBrie reported Friday that lottery sales increased by $588 million, a little more t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man crossing U.S. to honor 9/11 victims nearly done
POMONA — A San Diego man who has been crossing the country for seven years collecting signatures honoring victims of the Sept. 11 attacks says he’s finally in the home stretch. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported Sunday that Armand Young has more than 600,000 signatures. Young, recogniza...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brown pursues lasting policy legacy
SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor. After sidelining opponents and steadying the state’s finances, the quirky 76-year-old Democrat is looking to put his stamp on t...
By Juliet Williams The Associated Press FULL STORY
Puppy found during Massachusetts drug bust
LAWRENCE, Mass. — Police searching the pockets of a suspected drug dealer in Lawrence, Massachusetts, got an unusual surprise. An officer pulled out a tiny three-week-old pit bull puppy and handed it over to animal control. The little dog was separated from its mother too soon and got sick and d...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Homes found for 24 Salem bearded dragons
SALEM, Ore. — A Salem woman says an outpouring of support from all over the country will save 24 bearded dragons she has to move or face eviction from her mobile home park. The Statesman Journal reports reptile rescuer Sherrie Baldwin is giving away her pet lizards this week — only requiring th...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Michigan funeral home provides drive-thru option
SAGINAW, Mich. — Only a couple of families have taken advantage of a new service available at a Saginaw funeral home. Drive-thru viewings. Paradise Funeral Chapel recently started offering the option, which allows mourners to pay their last respects on the go. It was designed in part to cater to...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man accused of stealing restaurant’s plumbing
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Police say they’ve flushed out a man accused of stealing the handles and pipes of toilets in parks and restaurant restrooms around a Florida city. St. Petersburg police said Friday that they arrested a 28-year-old homeless man. He is accused of stealing the plumbing from ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Maui birthday invite washes ashore in California
PISMO BEACH — A Central California beach outing has turned into a mystery after a bottle turned up with an invitation to a party in Hawaii - four years ago. David Wilson of Nipomo says he and his family went to Shell Beach on Sunday to fish but it was too rough. Wilson lost his sandal to a wave,...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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National Weather Service warns of large waves, rip currents
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement in effect today for parts of the c..
Suicide, car bombings in Iraq kill at least 43
BAGHDAD — Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the I..
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