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  • Exhibition explores Day of the Dead

    Exhibition explores Day of the Dead

    "Memento Mori: Skulls & Bones" at the Huntington Beach Art Center highlights the "beauty of life," according to an artist.

  • OPEC deal shows cartel's resolve _ and desperation

    OPEC's unexpected understanding to trim production shows the cartel still has the resolve — and even desperation — to try to guide energy markets higher. But don't expect triple-digit oil prices anytime soon. Ministers from the oil cartel reached a preliminary deal Wednesday in Algeria to cut production...

  • Automakers show off electrics at Paris show

    Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look ahead to a world of tighter environmental standards on emissions. Volkswagen on Thursday displayed the I.D, a battery-powered compact it says will sell for about what a fully equipped Golf diesel does when...

  • California suspends some Wells Fargo business amid scandal

    California's treasurer said Wednesday that he's suspending some of the state's most profitable lines of business with Wells Fargo amid allegations bank employees opened millions of accounts without customers' permission. The announcement by the nation's largest issuer of municipal debt reflects...

  • Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states

    More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely benefactor, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide. Clinton may also benefit from an increase in ballot requests in Georgia,...

  • Wells Fargo CEO to face lawmakers with better defense

    Wells Fargo's CEO, newly stripped of tens of millions in compensation in a scandal over sales practices, will face lawmakers with more defenses than he had in the last round, when some senators called for his resignation. Chief Executive John Stumpf comes into Thursday's hearing before the House...

  • California officer guns down man in 'shooting stance'

    The fatal police shooting of a black man who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday. It took police...

  • Clinton visits Iowa as early voting gets underway

    Hillary Clinton is kicking off early voting in Iowa on Thursday with a major effort to boost support in the battleground state. The Democratic presidential candidate will deliver a speech in Des Moines focusing on the childcare challenges faced by middle class families, according to a campaign...

  • Correction: Algeria-Oil Prices story

    In a story Sept. 29 about OPEC's deal to curb oil production, The Associated Press misspelled the Algerian energy minister's name. It is Noureddine Boutarfa, not Bouarfaa. A corrected version of the story is below: OPEC reaches preliminary accord to curb oil production OPEC nations reached a preliminary...

  • Young girl runs over 2-year-old sister while starting car

    A 2-year-old New Hampshire girl is recovering at a Boston hospital after her 7-year-old sister accidentally ran over her while starting the family car. Police say the girl's mother told officers she gave her daughter permission to start the car around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 2003 Ford Focus was...

  • EU takes Germany to court over road toll system

    The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its road toll system for private vehicles, claiming that the scheme is discriminatory. The EU's executive arm says German law allows owners of cars registered in the country to have the toll deducted from their annual vehicle tax bill, making...

  • Heavy rains delaying schools in some North Carolina counties

    Heavy rains are delaying the start of school in some counties in North Carolina. Storms dropped several inches of rain around Raleigh and to the south overnight Wednesday, knocking out power to some customers. Flash flood warnings were in effect until midmorning Thursday in Cumberland, Harnett,...

  • Ex-Indiana running back pleads not guilty to molestation

    Former Indiana running back Kiante Enis has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony child molestation for allegedly having an improper relationship with a girl under age 13. Enis made his first court appearance Wednesday. The 19-year-old from Randolph County was dismissed from the IU football...

  • Family, friends of Marlins' Fernandez to attend funeral Mass

    A day after fans said goodbye, family members and friends of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez were set to attend a private funeral Mass on Thursday. Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boat crash off South Beach early Sunday morning. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, manager Don Mattingly,...

  • Man rescued at sea says suspicions compound grief over mom

    A man who was rescued from a life raft after seven days on the Atlantic Ocean said suspicions about his account of the sinking of his boat are compounding his grief over the apparent drowning of his mother. Nathan Carman, 22, was picked up by a passing freighter Sunday about 100 miles off the coast...

  • Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

    The White House saw it coming, but still it stung. When President Barack Obama was hit with the first veto override of his presidency on Wednesday, it landed as a clear reminder of his dwindling political influence, years of confounding relationships with Congress and shaky prospects for the few...

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Russia looms as key issue for United States

    THE ISSUE: Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt. After a brief...

  • Long wait, short encounter before deadly police shooting

    It took more than an hour for police to arrive at the shopping center in a San Diego suburb where a distressed black man had been wandering into traffic. It took about a minute for him to be shot and killed. Alfred Olango pulled a large electronic cigarette, known as a vape pen, from his pocket...

  • Pope urges greater efforts for peace in the Middle East

    Pope Francis is urging the world not to look the other way from war and suffering in the Middle East and appealed to leaders "for greater and renewed efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East." The pope made the remarks Thursday during an audience with Catholic charity workers helping...

  • Thailand suspends seahorse trade amid conservation concerns

    Thailand, the world's biggest exporter of seahorses, is suspending trade in the animal because of concern about threats to its wild population. The decision was announced at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES. Dr. Amanda Vincent,...

  • Italy's Berlusconi turns 80 amid reflections and greetings

    Silvio Berlusconi is marking his 80th birthday quietly with his family, amid a flurry of greetings and reflections on his political career in Italy spanning more than two decades. Italian television and dailies used the occasion Thursday to contemplate the legacy of the three-time former premier...

  • France fines 35 modeling agencies in decade of price fixing

    France's anti-competition regulatory body has fined 35 modeling agencies over a decade-long practice of fixing prices, saying the tables established each year were illegal. Thursday's decision came in the midst of Fashion Week, a particularly intense time for both modeling agencies and the men...

  • PepsiCo tops Street 3Q forecasts

    PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $1.99 billion. On a per-share basis, the Purchase, New York-based company said it had net income of $1.37. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and restructuring costs, were $1.40 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street...

  • Wells Fargo CEO to face lawmakers with better defense

    Wells Fargo's CEO, newly stripped of tens of millions in compensation in a scandal over sales practices, will face lawmakers with more defenses than he had in the last round, when some senators called for his resignation. Chief Executive John Stumpf comes into Thursday's hearing before the House...

  • Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

    Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror. Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on...

  • Officials: Firefighter halted teen who killed father, shot 3

    A volunteer firefighter stopped a teenager who shot two students and a teacher outside a South Carolina elementary school after killing his father at their home, authorities said. Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the shooter was apprehended Wednesday afternoon outside rural Townville Elementary...

  • Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel

    Hundreds of Israelis, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, have paid their respects to Israel's ninth President Shimon Peres as his body lay in state at the country's parliament on Thursday. Peres died Wednesday from complications following a stroke. He was...

  • Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

    Acutely partisan and all but dysfunctional, Congress has completed its most elementary task after an intense weekslong struggle, finalizing a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline. The legislation extends existing spending levels a mere 10 weeks, past Election Day,...

  • DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

    Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country's future and that of their grandchildren? More than likely, you guessed wrong. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE — This...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAELIS PAY RESPECTS TO SHIMON PERES Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu puts down a wreath beside the casket of the Jewish state's ninth president as preparations for his funeral are underway....

  • Abu Dhabi police say 47 injured as school buses crash

    Police in Abu Dhabi say 47 people have been injured, two of them seriously, in a crash that involved school buses. The crash happened Thursday morning on a bridge in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and involved two school buses and another bus. Police said the injured had been transported...

  • NYC children's museum features election-themed documents

    The Children's Museum of Manhattan is teaching kids with hands-on political history. Its new exhibition features documents with authentic autographs from U.S. presidents. They're covered in plexiglass and some are hung low enough for the children to touch. Highlights include two original pages...

  • Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers

    Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins, Donald Trump wondered whether to blame overseas governments or overweight hackers working from home. "She's saying...

  • Renault-Nissan CEO at Paris auto show: Diesel isn't dead yet

    Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn't ready to give up on diesel — though he admits that tougher emissions rules emerging from the Volkswagen scandal are a boon to his company's bet on electric cars. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press at the Paris auto show, Ghosn said, "Without...

  • Energy shares fuel world stock rally on OPEC deal; oil falls

    Energy companies led a global stock market rally Thursday as investors welcomed news that OPEC nations planned to cut oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to reduce a global glut. KEEPING SCORE: European benchmarks posted solid gains in early trading. France's CAC advanced...

  • Alabama chief justice waits for judgment day on keeping job

    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — famously removed from office 13 years ago for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments display — appeared before a judicial disciplinary panel Wednesday to answer accusations that he urged defiance of the federal courts again: This time on gay marriage. The state's...

  • House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

    The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute. Wednesday's vote was 284-141 and came nearly...

  • A look at Hungary's referendum on EU refugee quotas

    Hungarians will vote Sunday in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states. Here's a look at what's at stake: WHAT ORBAN WANTS Orban...

  • Fire rages at massive warehouse near Atlanta; no one hurt

    Firefighters near Atlanta were battling a fierce fire at a warehouse in metro Atlanta. Authorities say the blaze broke out before dawn Thursday in the Lithonia area of DeKalb County, just northeast of Atlanta. Video from WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2dBXYlX) showed flames stretching from one end of the...

  • Fox Valley man settles discrimination case against DMV

    A Fox Valley man and state transportation officials have settled a lawsuit over his attempt to get a driver's license. Mark Speckman was born without hands and says he was discriminated against as he tried to obtain a license in Wisconsin after moving from California where he had a clean driving...

  • Tractor trailer crash, fuel spill closes 695

    A tractor trailer has overturned, spilling fuel onto the Baltimore beltway and closing all traffic lanes, Maryland highway officials said Thursday morning. The crash occurred sometime before 7 a.m in the area of the Key Bridge on the outter loop of Interstate 695, according to the Maryland Transportation...

  • Beijing's latest answer to pollution: the Smog Free Tower

    In a city where smog routinely blankets the streets, a Dutch artist has offered an eccentric solution: a 7-meter (23-foot) metal structure that takes in smog and expels cleaner air. Daan Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower opened Thursday on a small, grassy lot in Beijing's famed 798 arts district. Comprised...

  • George Takei gives personal collection to Los Angeles museum

    Actor and activist George Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The museum announced the gift Wednesday and said the collection will be featured in an exhibition next year. "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds...

  • 'NCIS' showrunner Gary Glasberg dies in Los Angeles at 50

    The executive producer of TV's "NCIS" and creator of "NCIS: New Orleans" has died. CBS says in a statement that Gary Glasberg died in his sleep Wednesday. He was 50. Glasberg joined "NCIS" as a producer and writer in 2009 and became its showrunner in 2011. He launched the New Orleans version of...

  • Man accosts Kim Kardashian in Paris for second time

    Serial celebrity accoster Vitalii Sediuk has struck again, this time at Paris Fashion Week, targeting Kim Kardashian's derriere as she was entering an exclusive restaurant. Kardashian's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic caught the Wednesday incident on video and posted it to his Instagram account....

  • Alec Baldwin's very big deal: playing Donald Trump on 'SNL'

    "Saturday Night Live" has made a YUGE decision: It has chosen Alec Baldwin to impersonate GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. NBC announced this deal Wednesday with a promo on social media, just days before "SNL" begins its 42nd season and little more than a month before voters choose between...

  • Pakistan: Indian fire kills 2 Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir

    Pakistan on Thursday said two of its soldiers were killed in an "unprovoked" attack when India fired across the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, while India said it had carried out a "surgical strike" against terrorists, in an exchange that marks an escalation in tensions between the uneasy...

  • Situation under control after 2 lions escape German zoo cage

    A German zoo says it has recaptured one lion and sedated another after they escaped from their cage overnight. The Leipzig zoo said Thursday nobody was injured in the incident after the juvenile lions somehow escaped from their enclosure. Zoo officials say one lion was successfully corralled back...

  • Afghan unity deal expires, but gridlocked government remains

    Afghanistan's unity government is expected to remain in place despite the formal expiration on Thursday of the U.S.-brokered deal between two electoral rivals whose internal feuding has undermined efforts to battle the Taliban and stabilize the country. The deal was negotiated by U.S. Secretary...

  • De Kooning painting going on the auction block in the fall

    A large painting from one of Willem de Kooning's most productive periods is going on the auction block in the fall. Christie's is offering "Untitled XXV" in New York on Nov. 15, where it believes it could realize around $40 million. The auction house sold the same painting in 2006 for $27.1 million....

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