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Bombings kill dozens and demolish buildings in Syria
BEIRUT — Syria’s military threatened a ground offensive in Aleppo and pounded the city’s rebel-held neighborhoods with airstrikes on Friday, killing dozens, demolishing buildings and damaging a main water station in an escalation that could doom faltering attempts to revive a ceas...
By Saarah El Deeb and Bassem Mroue The Associated Press FULL STORY
As U.S.-Russia deal unravels, war revs up
NEW YORK — In a New York hotel room earlier this week, Russia thought it was close to a deal with the U.S. to revive a cease-fire deal for Syria. A three-day period of calm would go into effect, accompanied by Syrian and Russian planes leaving the skies over northern Syria, according to a ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Putin reshuffles his inner circle
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin reshuffled his inner-circle again Friday by giving the parliament speaker’s job to his chief domestic strategist, a man who oversaw a vote that further strengthened the dominance of the main Kremlin party. It’s the latest twist of a lasting Kremlin sh...
By Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press FULL STORY
Over 160 bodies retrieved after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt
ROSETTA, Egypt — The bodies of 162 people had been pulled from the waters off the Egyptian coast by Friday, two days after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe. Dozens more are feared dead, said Mohammed Sultan, the governor of Be...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Video shows deadly encounter between police and black man
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Video of a deadly encounter between Charlotte police and a black man shows his wife repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot her husband as they shout at him to drop a gun. The footage, recorded by Keith Lamont Scott’s wife and released F...
By Meg Kinnard and Jonathan Drew The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama vetoes 9/11 bill; possible override by Congress looming
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, arguing it undermined national security and setting up the possibility Congress may override his veto for the first time in his presidency. Obama...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Imam in bombing suspect’s hometown speaks against violence
ELIZABETH, N.J. — An imam spoke against violence and in support of law enforcement during the first Friday prayer service since a local man was charged in last weekend’s New Jersey and New York City bombings. Imam Syed Fakhruddin Alvi urged the more than 100 men gathered at the Muslim Communit...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
911 transcript: Florida gunman said U.S. must stop Syria strikes
ORLANDO, Fla. — The gunman responsible for the worst mass shooting in U.S. history told a police negotiator during a standoff at a Florida nightclub that the United States needed to stop its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, according to a transcript of the phone conversation released Friday. Omar Ma...
By Mike Schneider The Associated Press FULL STORY
Cruz to vote for Trump, whom he once called ‘utterly amoral’
WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz announced Friday he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face that may help unite a deeply divided Republican Party months after the fiery Texas conservative called Trump a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral.” Cruz said he was simply following through on...
By Steve Peoples and Will Weissert The Associated Press FULL STORY
Clinton struggles to make Obama’s coalition her own
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton long planned to activate the vaunted Obama coalition to help carry her to the White House. But a rough month on the trail has exposed a big challenge — the Obama coalition belongs to Barack Obama. Clinton’s struggle to win over Obama’s supporters — most notabl...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Poll: Many Americans fear Trump presidency
NEW YORK — More than half the country fears a Trump presidency. And only about a third of Americans believe he is at least somewhat qualified to serve in the White House. In the final sprint to Election Day, a new Associated Press-GfK poll underscores those daunting roadblocks for Donald Trump as...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
GOP lawmaker: FBI gave immunity to top Clinton aide
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, says a Republican congressman. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Calendar says autumn, weather says summer
LOS ANGELES — Just days into autumn, a summerlike heat wave descended Friday on California accompanied by strong winds and low humidity that brought increased fire danger to the parched state. Powerful Santa Ana winds whipped up late Thursday, bringing down trees and knocking out power to reside...
By Christopher Weber and Delara Shakib The Associated Press FULL STORY
California governor backs protecting whales from crab traps
SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he signed legislation meant to bring down the record numbers of whales getting caught in fishing gear meant for Dungeness crabs, causing unknown numbers of the entangled mammals to drown or starve. The Democratic governor approved ...
California governor signs ban on surprise medical bills
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is approving legislation that seeks to stop surprise medical bills from doctors not covered by a patient’s health plan. Brown said Friday he’s signed AB72 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda. Unions and patient advocacy groups say patients shouldn’t face massi...

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