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Afghanistan and U.S. sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said. The ...
By Bassem Mroue The Associated Press FULL STORY
Government funds lawyers for immigrant children
SANTA ANA — The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration. Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Department of Heal...
By Amy Taxin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction
SACRAMENTO — California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. The bill was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage...
By Don Thompson The Associated Press FULL STORY
California will get pet-insurance disclosure rules
SACRAMENTO — The overhaul of health insurance marketplaces in California is now spreading to Fido and Snowball. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said he has signed a bill to add disclosure rules for the mostly unregulated pet insurance industry. AB2056 requires insurers to clearly explain their polic...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California expands prohibition on ‘revenge porn’
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills expanding a state ban on so-called revenge porn. The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he signed SB1255 by Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres and AB2643 by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski of Fremont. Under current state l...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Governor splits on bills aiming to reduce truancy
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a split decision on a package of bills designed to help reduce California’s dropout rate. The governor announced Tuesday that he signed two bills sought by Attorney General Kamala Harris while vetoing two others. He signed AB2141 requiring prosecutors t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Treatment to be mandatory for young sex offenders
SACRAMENTO — Adolescents and teenagers convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim will face mandatory sexual-offender treatment in California. Gov. Jerry Brown’s office on Tuesday announced he had signed SB838. Democratic Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose introduced the legislation after ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Law extends time for childhood sex abuse charges
SACRAMENTO — Sex-abuse victims will have more time to pursue criminal charges against offenders under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Also Tuesday, the governor vetoed a related bill that would have extended the amount of time victims have to file civil lawsuits and seek financial compensation...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Government: First case of Ebola in U.S.
DALLAS — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. The unidentified patient was critically ill and has bee...
By David Warren and Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press FULL STORY
The U.S. Ebola case: Five things to know
Health officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — a man isolated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. WHEN AND HOW IT HAPPENED Health officials say they don’t know how the man was infected but he flew from the West Af...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hong Kong leader refuses to meet with protesters
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by their midnight deadline Tuesday, despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing’s authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. ...
By Joanna Chiu The Associated Press FULL STORY
No images of Hong Kong protests in China’s media
BEIJING — China’s government has cut off news about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events. By contr...
By Didi Tang The Associated Press FULL STORY
Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers
TOKYO — Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air. Some survivors of the eruption of Mount Ontake made a split-second decision to hide behind big rocks or escaped into lodges tha...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Israel, Palestinians part ways in dueling speeches
JERUSALEM — In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent on pressing forward with separate diplomatic initiatives that all but ignore each other. Israeli Prime Minister Benj...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Truck deals help boost U.S. auto sales in September
DETROIT — Big discounts on pickup trucks helped keep U.S. auto sales strong in September. The p..
Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG — Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's t..
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