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  • Birthing centers provide alternative for expecting moms

    For expectant moms who don't want to deliver their babies in a hospital, birthing center are another option. Shaina French, is a certified nurse midwife with Anne Arundel Medical Group Bay Area Midwifery, a freestanding birth center located on the main hospital campus of Anne Arundel Medical Center,...

  • Does Trump have a chance to be a two-term president? Bigly.

    Does Trump have a chance to be a two-term president? Bigly.

    Donald Trump could become a two-term president. His path to re-election is not very hard to see. Start with the fact that political math is not especially complex. In all but the most unusual presidential elections, there is little doubt about how 80 percent of the electorate will vote. Around...

  • Lee Daniels pushes through fear with shows 'Empire,' 'Star'

    Lee Daniels pushes through fear with shows 'Empire,' 'Star'

    Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels says he's consumed by fear each time he films a new scene. Even after Daniels found meteoric success through films such as "Monster's Ball," ''Precious" and "The Butler," along with his popular TV series "Empire," he still worries that his work won't live up...

  • Authorities: Man accused of shooting ex's mom found dead

    Authorities: Man accused of shooting ex's mom found dead

    LIMERICK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend's mother, telling his former girlfriend that he wanted her to "feel my pain," has been found dead. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says 30-year-old Gregory Feldman, formerly of Lower Macungie...

  • Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah named artistic director of London's Young Vic

    Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah named artistic director of London's Young Vic

    When Kwame Kwei-Armah announced in June that he would not be staying on as Baltimore Center Stage artistic director after the 2017-2018 season, his seventh with the company, he said he had no firm plan on what the next chapter of his career would be. He has one now. Kwei-Armah will become artistic...

  • NCAA basketball coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption

    NCAA basketball coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption

    Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of...

  • Collins' opposition all but kills GOP health care drive

    The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push. The Maine moderate said in a statement that the legislation would make "devastating"...

  • Agreement reached to end strike by video-game voice actors

    Video-game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers. The actors union SAG-AFTRA and a representative for the publishers said Monday they reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the strike. It calls for actors who work multiple sessions...

  • Box office top 20: 'Kingsman' crowned No. 1

    "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" came in a little shy of expectations but still managed to move New Line's horror hit "It" off the top spot at the North American box office. Fox's spy comedy sequel to 2015's "Kingsman" debuted with $39 million, according to final figures Monday. The film cost $104...

  • Mexican women show resolve in earthquake's aftermath

    When a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico, toppling buildings and leaving hundreds of people trapped, Mexicans quickly mobilized a mammoth rescue operation involving police, firefighters, soldiers and other professionals bolstered by an army of everyday civilians. The volunteer workers...

  • Ivanka Trump's business ties shrouded in secrecy in China

    It is no secret that the bulk of Ivanka Trump's merchandise comes from China. But just which Chinese companies manufacture and export her handbags, shoes and clothes is more secret than ever, an Associated Press investigation has found. In the months since she took her White House role, public...

  • Fears of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus of 75,000

    Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell, the country's disaster agency said Tuesday. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high danger zone that...

  • Lebanon civil servants on strike amid wage hike crisis

    Lebanon's civil servants are on strike to pressure the government to pay them recently approved wage hikes amid a new crisis over how to finance them. The Cabinet is meeting on Tuesday to discuss new ways to finance the wages bill, estimated at $800 million. The law improving the wages, which had...

  • 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. WHY GOP HEALTH CARE BILL IS LIKELY TO FAIL Even Republican leaders are conceding that the latest push to repeal "Obamacare" is all but dead after Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the...

  • Woman pleads not guilty to neglect after crash kills kids

    The mother of two young southern Indiana children killed when her SUV collided with a freight train has pleaded not guilty to charges including neglect. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says a blood sample drawn at the scene of the June 28 crash in Henryville shows Ericka Fouch had amphetamine,...

  • Idina Menzel marries one-time 'Rent' co-star Aaron Lohr

    "Frozen" star Idina Menzel has married actor Aaron Lohr. Menzel posted wedding pictures to her Facebook page on Monday, writing: "Wanted to let you know... married the love of my life Aaron Lohr this weekend at our home. Dad & son walked me down the aisle. It was magical." The 46-year-old Menzel...

  • Going deaf has sharpened my art, David Hockney says

    Renowned British painter David Hockney says his hearing loss has helped sharpen his sense of space and perspective. Speaking Tuesday at a retrospective of his work at Paris' Pompidou Center, Hockney said: "If you lose one sense, you gain other senses, and I feel I could see space clearer. I put...

  • JPMorgan Chase to hire 3,000 at new global center in Poland

    JPMorgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, says it is opening a new global corporate center in Warsaw, Poland, that will hire more than 3,000 people in the next three years. The move was announced Tuesday in Warsaw by Steve Cohen, JPMorgan Chase's managing director, and Mateusz Morawiecki,...

  • Fox sets Jan. 27 airdate for live 'Rent' broadcast

    Fox is setting a January airdate for its live production of "Rent," the award-winning Broadway musical. Based on the Puccini opera "La Boheme," ''Rent" follows the lives of struggling artists in New York City's East Village. It's by the late writer and composer Jonathan Larson. The production is...

  • Visitors abandon vacations as Maria churns near Carolinas

    Hundreds of visitors have abandoned their vacation plans and left North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Maria as it moves northward in the Atlantic, churning up surf and bringing the possibility of flooding. The hurricane that battered the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico last week has weakened...

  • Parents of Ohio student speak out against North Korea

    The parents of a young Ohioan who was detained for more than a year and died soon after being released by North Korea are describing his condition when he arrived home as they blast "terrorists" they say tortured him. Fred and Cindy Warmbier (WARM'-beer) talked Tuesday in a "Fox & Friends" interview...

  • Tillman's widow: Don't politicize Pat in effort to divide

    Marie Tillman, the widow of former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, says that her husband's service "should never be politicized in a way that divides us." Marie Tillman released a statement to CNN (http://cnn.it/2y4M955 ) on Monday after President Donald Trump retweeted an account referencing...

  • Philadelphia to honor black activist with City Hall statue

    A century before the fight to end Jim Crow segregation laws, Octavius Valentine Catto was leading a civil rights movement in Philadelphia. The 19th-century educator and activist fought for a better education for black students, led efforts to desegregate the city's street cars and pushed for equal...

  • GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

    The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek. The grand plan to rewrite the nation's tax code...

  • China postpones food import controls after global outcry

    China has delayed enforcing sweeping new controls on food imports following complaints by the United States, Europe and other trading partners that they would disrupt billions of dollars in trade. Rules requiring each food shipment to have an inspection certificate from a foreign government were...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Football ratings are down; reason unclear

    Most television shows would love to have the "bad ratings!" that President Donald Trump tweeted the NFL is suffering from. But he's generally right that the TV audience size for professional football is off this year. The president tweeted over the weekend: "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN....

  • Benghazi trial could undercut Sessions' push for tribunals

    The trial of the suspected mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks will be one of the biggest terrorism cases yet for a Justice Department under a leader who has said it shouldn't be handling such cases at all. Since his time as an Alabama senator, Jeff Sessions has argued that terrorism...

  • US says it's not pushing for regime change in North Korea

    The Trump administration said Monday it's not seeking to overthrow North Korea's government after the president tweeted that Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" and called Pyongyang's assertion absurd that Donald Trump's comment amounted to a declaration of war. Still, the fiery rhetoric...

  • Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

    Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country's top diplomat saying it has every right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating...

  • Twitter explains why Trump NKorea tweet wasn't removed

    Twitter is citing "newsworthiness" and the public interest as reasons why it didn't remove President Donald Trump's declaration in a tweet that North Korean leaders may not "be around much longer." Trump tweeted Saturday : "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts...

  • Multiple challenges remain to Fukushima nuclear cleanup

    Japan's government approved a revised road map Tuesday to clean up the radioactive mess left at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after it was damaged beyond repair by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Decommissioning the damaged reactors is an uncertain process that is expected to take 30 to...

  • SEC chairman faces questions from Congress after data breach

    The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is likely to face an especially tough hearing in front of Congress on Tuesday, after the agency acknowledged that it also was a victim to a hack. News about the breach of an SEC network that delivers company news and data to investors follows...

  • Russia threatens to block Facebook next year

    Russia's communications watchdog has threatened to block the access to Facebook next year if the company does not store its data locally. Alexander Zharov, chief of the Federal Communications Agency, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that they will work to "make Facebook comply with the law"...

  • Kenya police tear gas protests over electoral commission

    Kenya police have fired tear gas at opposition supporters demonstrating outside the electoral commission's offices in Nairobi. Opposition supporter Cyrus Okemwa said Tuesday police lobbed tear gas after shoving opposition supporters demanding the resignations of top officials of the electoral commission...

  • US home prices jumped in July even as sales level off

    U.S. home prices climbed steadily in July even as sales have slowed, evidence that a limited supply of available houses is distorting the real estate market. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index, released Tuesday, rose 5.9 percent in July from a year earlier, slightly...

  • Trump tweets about Puerto Rico problems, as feds rush aid

    The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island's struggles before Hurricane Maria struck — including "billions of dollars" in debt to "Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with." The Trump administration...

  • Trump begins the morning by slamming the NFL

    President Donald Trump is up and tweeting, and his target is the NFL. Trump says "ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected." He also says that booing at the Dallas game Monday night when the team dropped...

  • North Korean diplomat says tweet by Trump 'declared war'

    North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that a weekend tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace. It was the latest escalation in a week of undiplomatic exchanges between...

  • Ex-rebel Serb commander sentenced to 15 years in Croatia

    A Croatian court sentenced on Tuesday a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s, including the killing and torture of prisoners. Judges at the municipal court in the coastal town of Split said that Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known...

  • Palestinian kills 3 Israelis in settlement near Jerusalem

    A Palestinian gunman on Tuesday killed three Israeli security men and critically wounded a fourth outside a West Bank settlement before being shot dead, in one of the deadliest attacks of a two-year spate of violence. Israeli officials said the attacker was a 37-year-old father of four, with a...

  • UK's May meets EU leader in hopes to restart Brexit talks

    Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council president Donald Tusk met Tuesday as Britain seeks to kick start deadlocked negotiations on leaving the European Union. Tusk met May at her office at 10 Downing Street as negotiators for the two sides held a fourth round of Brexit talks in Brussels....

  • Bangladesh plans separate shelters for Rohingya children

    Bangladesh is planning to build separate shelters for 6,000 Rohingya Muslim children who entered the country without parents to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar, a government official said Tuesday. Children make up about 60 percent of the estimated 436,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured...

  • Body of Pennsylvania fisherman recovered from Lake Ontario

    Authorities say they've recovered the body of a Pennsylvania man who died when his boat sank on Lake Ontario last weekend. The Oswego County Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Mark Deiter, of Walnutport in eastern Pennsylvania, was fishing with two other people when their 23-foot motor vessel began...

  • SUV crashes through bus stop; at least 1 person killed

    Authorities say at least one person was killed when an SUV crashed through a bus stop in New Jersey. They say the driver then fled the scene and remains at large. The driver apparently was alone in the SUV. The accident occurred around 7:10 a.m. Tuesday on River Road in North Bergen. The bus stop...

  • Equifax dumps CEO in wake of damaging data breach

    Credit reporting agency Equifax is ousting CEO Richard Smith in an effort to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans. The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw...

  • Off-duty D.C. police officer killed in Maryland crash

    An off-duty D.C. police officer has been killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer truck. Howard County police said 31-year-old Barry Martin Eastman of Ellicott City died Monday morning after his car veered across a double-yellow line in the Clarksville area and collided with a truck headed...

  • Trump associate says no evidence of Russia collusion

    Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone says there is "not one shred of evidence" that he was involved with Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone is defending himself in a lengthy and combative statement released ahead of a closed-door appearance before the House intelligence committee...

  • Ukraine's president signs controversial education law

    Ukraine's president has signed a controversial law on education, causing fury in Hungary which is threatening to block Ukraine's efforts to integrate with the European Union. The law that President Petro Poroshenko signed late Monday restructures Ukraine's education system and specifies that Ukrainian...

  • Water and some food scarce as Puerto Rico emerges from storm

    Supermarkets are gradually re-opening in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico but the situation is far from normal and many customers are going home disappointed. Most food stores and restaurants remain closed. That is largely because power is out for most of the island and few have generators or enough...

  • Former US Attorney Neronha files to run for Attorney General

    Former U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha (neh-ROH'-nah) has filed to run for Rhode Island attorney general as a Democrat. Neronha filed papers with the Board of Elections on Monday saying he would seek the office. He has scheduled a news conference for Oct. 3 to make a formal announcement. Neronha was...

  • Long-term care costs are surging

    Long-term care costs are surging and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. According to a new survey by Genworth Financial out Tuesday, rising labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of care up an average of 4.5 percent...

  • IMF says Egypt on track with reform program, inflation fight

    The International Monetary Fund has welcomed Egypt's economic reforms, saying it has made a good start at reining in public spending, boosting investor confidence, and addressing the surging inflation generated by the new policies. In its first review since Egypt secured a $12 billion, three-year...

  • House investigators demand details on private emails

    A top House Republican has demanded details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump's closest advisers. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina conservative who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the top Democrat on that panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings,...

  • Trump looms large in Alabama Senate race

    Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama's U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday in a race that will reverberate through the Republican Party and has pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Trailing in the polls, Strange has looked to the White...

  • Convicted Ohio Craigslist killer of 3 questions evidence

    The evidence against an Ohio man accused of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers wasn't strong enough to convict him, according to attorneys fighting the defendant's death sentence. No physical evidence links death row inmate Richard Beasley to the killings, his attorneys...

  • Feds rush aid to Puerto Rico, while Trump tweets about debt

    The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island's struggles before Hurricane Maria struck — including "billions of dollars" in debt to "Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with." The Trump administration...

  • NBA players want change, and now must decide how to proceed

    NBA teams are going to do something. What, no one is exactly sure yet. The first practice of the year awaits most NBA teams Tuesday — and as if the task of getting ready for a regular season that starts in three weeks wasn't daunting enough, coaches and players all over the league are trying to...

  • Cowboys kneel before national anthem against Arizona

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem. The Cowboys and their owner did kneel, though not during the anthem. Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting...

  • Full federal court to hear 'Making a Murderer' appeal

    A federal appeals court will consider arguments Tuesday over whether detectives tricked a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series into confessing and whether he should go free in a case that puts police practices in the spotlight. Oral arguments in Brendan Dassey's case are...

  • As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill's fate bleak

    Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead, with even party leaders conceding that their prospects are dismal. "It's going to be a heavy lift," South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 GOP...

  • Mexico tallying the economic cost of big earthquake

    Mexican government officials are tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, as the number of buildings considered in danger rose to 500. The death toll in the quake rose to 331, with 192 of those deaths occurring in Mexico City....

  • As health bill teeters, Medicaid recipients watch nervously

    With the latest Republican health care overhaul teetering near collapse, one group in particular is watching with heightened anxiety. The debate in Congress is personal for many of those who gained coverage through Medicaid in the 31 states that expanded the program under former President Barack...

  • Robert Plant releases new track, announces 2018 tour

    Robert Plant is going on tour in North America next year to support his upcoming album, "Carry Fire." The former Led Zeppelin frontman announced Tuesday that his 2018 tour will begin Feb. 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He'll also visit New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles, among other...

  • Full federal court to hear 'Making a Murderer' appeal

    A federal appeals court will consider arguments Tuesday over whether detectives tricked a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series into confessing and whether he should go free in a case that puts police practices in the spotlight. Oral arguments in Brendan Dassey's case are...

  • Fatal collision involving tractor trailer closes Route 32 in Clarksville

    Howard County police identified the man who was killed in Monday morning’s car crash on Route 32 as Barry Martin Eastman, 31, of Ellicott City. Route 32 was closed in both directions between Route 108 and Linden Church Road for nearly six hours Sept. 25, as police investigated the fatal crash between...

  • Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down after massive data breach

    Equifax announced Tuesday that its chief executive would retire effective immediately following a massive data breach. Richard Smith, who also served as chairman of the Equifax board, is the latest casualty at the credit-reporting company as a result of the breach, which exposed the Social Security...

  • Body of Walnutport man recovered from Lake Ontario

    SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a Pennsylvania man who died when his boat sank on Lake Ontario last weekend. The Oswego County Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Mark Deiter, of Walnutport, was fishing with two other people when their 23-foot motor vessel began...

  • Some in NFL set to move past Trump-prodded anthem displays

    A day later, there were signs that some around the NFL already were ready to move on from their anthem-related gestures prodded by President Donald Trump 's profane broadside against such actions. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, said Monday —...

  • Iraqi Kurds await results of landmark independence vote

    As Iraqi Kurds awaited the results of their landmark referendum on independence from Baghdad on Tuesday, thousands of Iranian Kurds held rallies in their support, reflecting the strong current of nationalism that runs through Kurdish communities across the region. The vote, which took place on...

  • 2 more plead guilty in state health benefits scam

    Two pharmaceutical sales representatives in New Jersey have pleaded guilty for their involvement in a $50 million state health benefit program scheme. Prosecutors say Judd Holt, of Evesham, and George Gavras, of Moorestown, pleaded guilty on Monday of heath care fraud in federal court in Camden....

  • Darden sees profit boost, but key measure falls short

    Disappointing comparable-stores sales at the company that runs Olive Garden and other restaurants overshadowed strong profit and revenue during the first quarter. Those sales, which are watched closely by industry analysts, rose 1.7 percent at Darden Restaurants Inc., short of the 2.1 percent growth...

  • Federal agent charged in scheme to help cocaine trafficker

    Authorities say a Department of Homeland Security agent took bribes to help a Colombian cocaine trafficker avoid charges. A Department of Justice news release says Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Christopher Ciccione was indicted by a federal grand jury in Florida on Monday on charges...

  • Egyptian opposition figure defiant after court conviction

    A senior Egyptian opposition figure convicted of offending public morals says his verdict is payback after he won a lawsuit against the government over two Red Sea islands that Egypt had surrendered to Saudi Arabia. Khaled Ali was widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in...

  • Macron seeks a more integrated Europe, Brexit or no

    French President Emmanuel Macron is laying out his vision Tuesday for a more unified Europe, with a joint budget for countries sharing the euro currency and a stronger global voice despite Brexit looming. Macron is seeking to make a lasting mark on Europe's future with his speech to students at...

  • NY launches $2.5M competition for canal improvement ideas

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching an effort to improve the New York State Canal System by holding a competition that will award up to $2.5 million to entrants who come up with the best ideas. The Democrat made the announcement Monday as the World Canals Conference got underway in Syracuse. Cuomo says...

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs and Twins can clinch, Harper getting close

    A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ PARTY TIME The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) pitches for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with...

  • Are you watching, Germany? Dutch still trying to form a govt

    If Angela Merkel wants to see how tough it can be to form a multiparty government, the German chancellor need only look across the border at the Netherlands, where four-party coalition talks are still grinding on more than six months after the election. Day after day, the leaders of the four Dutch...

  • Diwali festivals grow in US, from Disney to Times Square

    The holiday of Diwali is starting to light up mainstream America. Diwali, a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in India and other countries, has long been observed in immigrant communities around the U.S. But now public celebrations of the holiday are starting to pop...

  • Charlottesville police spent $70k on white nationalist rally

    The Charlottesville Police Department has released figures that show it spent nearly $70,000 on a white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured. The money was spent on overtime for police officers, bottled water, food and batteries. The costs also included a consultation...

  • Cambodia court denies bail for opposition leader

    Cambodia's appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request for the release on bail of opposition leader Kem Sokha, who has been charged with treason in a case that is seen as a partisan political effort by the government ahead of next year's general election. Lawyers for Kem Sokha, head of the Cambodia...

  • Liz Dawn, former Coronation Street actress, dies aged 77

    Liz Dawn, the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera "Coronation Street," has died. She was 77. Dawn's family says the actress died "peacefully in her sleep" Monday night. "Coronation Street" has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England...

  • China urges North Korea, US to stop escalating war of words

    China's foreign ministry has urged North Korea and the United States to stop their escalating war of words, warning that there will be "no winner" in the event of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular briefing Tuesday that Beijing "consistently...

  • Exxon says it will reduce methane leaks from gas drilling

    Exxon Mobil vows to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from its natural gas drilling operations. But company officials have declined to put a figure on how much they can or will reduce emissions, making the energy giant's public commitment difficult, if not impossible, to gauge....

  • Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig benched after late arrival

    Yasiel Puig is running into problems with the Los Angeles Dodgers yet again. The star outfielder arrived late to the ballpark Monday and was benched by manager Dave Roberts. Puig was not in the lineup Sunday, either, after a baserunning blunder the previous day. Roberts stopped short of saying...

  • Prescott, Cowboys pull away to beat Cardinals 28-17

    Dak Prescott kneeled with his teammates and team owner before the game, flipped head over heels for a touchdown in the first half and capped his night with a 37-yard TD pass that proved to be the game winner. The Dallas Cowboys erased last week's ugly memory on Monday night, with their young quarterback...

  • Man on trial for weapons theft confesses during trial

    A man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump has admitted at trial that he committed the crimes. Joseph Jakubowski took the stand Monday in Madison, saying he robbed Armageddon Supplies near...

  • Police: Drunken woman drives to pick up arrested drunken man

    Police say an Ohio woman drunkenly drove to a sheriff's office after receiving a call to pick up her boyfriend, who had already been arrested for drunken driving. WEWS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2yF1eHI ) a sergeant at the Stark County Sheriff's Office talked to the woman by phone last week and...

  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings donates $5M to alma mater Bowdoin

    Netflix chief executive officer and Bowdoin College graduate Reed Hastings says he's donating $5 million to the school to help traditionally underrepresented students graduate. The "Thrive" program offers academic assistance for low-income students and first-generation students at the Brunswick-area...

  • Mattis: US wants to resolve N. Korea standoff diplomatically

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the United States wants to resolve the standoff with North Korea diplomatically and is focused on denuclearizing Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. "We maintain the capability to deter North Korea's most dangerous threats, but we also will back...

  • NBC's Megyn Kelly says she's 'done with politics' on debut

    Megyn Kelly made her debut as an NBC morning TV host on Monday with the declaration that she's "kind of done with politics for now." The former Fox News Channel anchor was in the thick of it during the 2016 presidential campaign, most notably when then-candidate Donald Trump turned on her following...

  • 1-year-old in stroller fatally hit by truck; mom badly hurt

    Cleveland police say a truck veered off a road and plowed into a woman and the stroller she was pushing, killing her 1-year-old son and leaving the mother hospitalized in critical condition. The medical examiner's office says the boy, Troyonn Berger, died at the scene Monday. It wasn't immediately...

  • 'Critter shelf' project aims to help wildlife cross NY roads

    The New York state Department of Transportation and The Nature Conservancy are testing a new "critter shelf" installed in a highway culvert to help wildlife cross safely. The structure was installed this summer inside a 138-foot-long, 14-foot-tall culvert south of Boonville, in central New York....

  • Qatar Airways orders 6 Boeing aircraft despite Gulf standoff

    Qatar Airways, one of the Middle East's biggest carriers, has announced it ordered six new Boeing aircraft in a deal valued at nearly $2.2 billion. Qatar's national carrier says the purchases represent the airline's continued growth. Analysts, however, estimate that a political standoff between...

  • North Adams recovering after fox attack

    A Massachusetts man is recovering after a fox attacked him while he was walking his dog and started "gnawing" on his ankle. Henry Bourdon, of North Adams, tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/2wQkHaZ ) that he didn't even see the fox until it jumped out of the bushes at him at about 6:30 p.m....

  • 3 dead, over 100 rescued from rough weekend waters at shore

    Summer-like weather and unguarded beaches made for a dangerous weekend at the Jersey shore, where three people died after being pulled from the rough surf. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2wTInGJ ) over 100 people had to be rescued over the weekend as Hurricane Maria churned off the coast and caused...

  • Syrian children in Lebanon find music school away from home

    Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. It wasn't long, however, before Syria's grinding civil war nearly shattered Youssef's hope of polishing his natural gift. He and his family...

  • Prominent German nationalist to leave anti-migrant AfD party

    One of the most prominent figures in the nationalist Alternative for Germany party said Tuesday she plans to leave it — a move that displayed tensions as other lawmakers from the anti-migrant party gathered for their first meeting after a strong showing at the polls. Alternative for Germany, or...

  • Cops: Gas found on slain woman's body; suspect bought gas

    Police say socks and a hair tie found on the body of a Google employee slain while out for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home tested positive for gasoline, and the man charged with killing her bought $5 worth of gas on the day of her death. The police affidavit in the death of 27-year-old...

  • NYC Court Calendar

    Associated Press NYC Court Calendar for Tuesday, Sep. 26. The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover. Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The New York bureau is reachable at 212-621-1670. Send...

  • Florida teen charged with stealing deputy uncle's patrol car

    A Florida deputy's nephew is facing felony charges after authorities say he stole his uncle's uniform, equipment and patrol car. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that 18-year-old Isael Ibrain Lima was arrested Monday and charged with impersonating an officer, motor vehicle grand theft auto and several...

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