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Syria: U.S. should hit all militants
UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight agains...
By Zeina Karam and Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press FULL STORY
Islamic State closes in on Kurdish area of Syria
ANTAKYA, Turkey — Militants of the Islamic State group were closing in Monday on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey — an advance unhindered so far by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, including one that struck a grain silo, killing two civilians, according to activists. Islamic Stat...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Afghan president sworn in, paving way for U.S. pact
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing Amer...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Five more bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36
KISO, Japan — Toxic gases and ash from still-erupting Mount Ontake forced Japanese rescue workers to call off the search for more victims Monday as dozens of relatives awaited news of their family members. Rescuers found five more bodies near the summit of the volcano, bringing the death toll to ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Another card system hack at Supervalu, Albertsons
NEW YORK — Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday. The companies said that in late August or early September, malicious software was installed on networks that process credit and debit card transactions at some of t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brown allows new local development financing tools
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing. The Democratic governor signed SB628 by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose...
By Judy Lin The Associated Press FULL STORY
UC to create more ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms
SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Janet Napolitano is responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and staff by directing the system’s 10 campuses to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that do...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brown vetoes bill to expand franchisee rights
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected legislation that would have made it harder for corporations such as McDonald’s and Subway to cancel franchise agreements. He said Monday in a veto message that he is open to reforming franchise laws but that SB610 took a new and untested approach. The...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
State exhausts initial firefighting budget
SACRAMENTO — California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire seaso...
By Don Thompson The Associated Press FULL STORY
China faces tricky balance in Hong Kong’s protests
BEIJING — Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have handed China’s Communist leadership a thorny political dilemma. Beijing cannot crack down too harshly on the semi-autonomous territory where a freewheeling media ensures global visibility, but it is determined to end the demonstrations quickly ...
By Didi Tang The Associated Press FULL STORY
Crew makes 1,126-pound bowl of Hawaii rice dish
HONOLULU — A group is claiming a world record for a popular Hawaii dish, after putting together a massive bowl of rice, hamburger, eggs and gravy. Chef Hideaki Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei restaurant and volunteers at Sunday’s Fifth Annual Rice Festival assembled a bowl of loco moco that weighed 1,12...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Big smile in Denver bank robbery suspect mug shot
DENVER — The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin. The photo was taken after 45-year-old Michael Whitington’s Sept. 23 arrest. Police say he robbed a bank on Denver’s 16th Street pedestrian mall and then tried to get ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Oregon cops: Suspect drove fast, had strong smell
LEBANON, Ore. — Officers in western Oregon say a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he was just too fragrant. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that the driver gave officers in Linn County the slip in a high-speed chase before dawn...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda
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Hong Kong leader rejects protesters' demands
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White House front door now locks automatically
WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now lock..
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