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  • Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BELL, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself.

  • Feds release $71.5M withheld during migrant crisis

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Groups that help refugees around the country are expressing relief after the federal government released $71.5 million in refugee service funds that were withheld in June to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this year. The Department of Health and Human Services notified the states Thursday that the money would be released because the flow of migrants had slowed. State agencies that handle refugees, asylum-seekers and others eligible for federal refugee services learned in June that the government would hold back more than $90 million, an amount later reduced. Meanwhile, groups scrambled to scale back programs such as job counseling, English classes and tutoring.

  • Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria's Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. But unlike U.S.-backed Iraqi Kurds, they seem largely on their own in a devastated country where the enemy's enemy is not necessarily a friend. The main Kurdish force in Syria, known as the People's Protection Units or YPK, is viewed with suspicion by mainstream Syrian rebels and their Western supporters because of perceived links to President Bashar Assad's government.

  • Autistic boy's parents sue Ohio health department

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Parents of an autistic child on Thursday sued the Ohio Department of Health and others in federal court, alleging discrimination against Ohio's autistic children by failing to provide what the lawsuit describes as federally mandated treatment. Gary and Nikki Ruhl, of Mansfield, in northern Ohio, sued in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on behalf of their 3-year-old son. The lawsuit charges the health department and the coordinator of Ohio's system that provides early intervention services aiding the development of children up to age 3 refused to provide necessary treatment. The complaint is similar to one recently settled in federal court in Cincinnati over an autistic boy in southwestern Ohio.

  • Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early Thursday. The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peters

  • British hostage appears in new video

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group. The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. The British government declined to comment on the video.

  • Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots Wednesday night after a chase in which the 42-year-old man slammed his vehicle into a police car then fled on foot into a construction area, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. The officers told Belmar the suspect tried to fire, but his .22-caliber rifle jammed and no casings were found outside the gun. Belmar declined to name the man pending notification of relatives but said he had a lengthy criminal record and had spent eight years in pr

  • Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group photo taken at a restaurant, to try to match the faces with names. "Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian," Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday in a statement. No arrests have been made, but some of the young men and women seen in the video have submitted to voluntary interviews

  • Stabbing injures student, Texas school evacuated

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a student has been hospitalized after being stabbed during a fight at his Texas high school that prompted officials to evacuate the building. Police Cpl. Vicky Steffanic says the fight broke out between two 15-year-old boys Thursday morning in a bathroom at Bastrop High School, with one stabbing the other. The school, about 25 miles southeast of Austin, was then placed on lockdown. Steffanic says the victim was hospitalized but his injuries aren't considered life-threatening. The other teen was apprehended off campus. He's charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. School district spokesman Donald Williams released a statement saying students were taken to a nearby perf

  • APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, told The Associated Press that freeing the detainees could provide a diplomatic opening between the nations, also snared by Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons. But he said Washington would not give into attempts to "extort" political gain from the detentions. North Korea this week sentenced 24-year-old Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, to six years hard labor, deepening U.S. concern over the cases.

  • Police: Man caused $14K damage by doing doughnuts

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man caused more than $14,000 damage to several other vehicles when he took a dare to do a "doughnut" with his pickup truck in a bar parking lot. Police say 35-year-old Brett Whitmire's truck kicked up damaging stones as it spun in a tight circle in the parking lot of the Beer Garden in Washington Township on Aug. 18. Butler County prosecutors tell the Butler Eagle (http://bit.ly/1wHRwzu ) they're willing to drop a felony criminal mischief charge if Whitmire, of Butler, pays for the damage. Whitmire was arraigned by video Tuesday as he's in a state prison on a parole violation. His attorney called the incident a "mistake.

  • Nigeria: Death toll in building collapse up to 80

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist's church complex in Nigeria has risen to 80, an official said Thursday. Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency announced the toll as search operations continued at T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. South Africa has said 67 South African citizens died in the Sept. 12 collapse of a guesthouse at the church complex. Officials have not clarified whether the South African fatalities were among the larger group of 80 dead cited by the Nigerian government.

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor Department said Thursday. The total number of people collecting benefits during the first week of September was 2.43 million, the fewest since May 2007. Applications for unemployment benefits remain at pre-recession levels. The number of people seeking benefits has been trending downward for the past four months. Over the past year, the four-week average for applications has fallen 7.1 percent. In 2009, during the Great Recession, t

  • Authorities: 5th grader with gun had list of names

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a fifth-grade boy found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula had created a list of classmates' names. The Traverse City Record-Eagle and MLive.com report that the title of the list, found on the back of a homework assignment belonging to the boy, suggested he wanted to harm those on the list. The boy, however, told authorities he didn't intend to harm anyone. The Grand Traverse County sheriff's department says another student at Kingsley Middle School told a teacher the boy had the gun Monday afternoon. No one was injured. Authorities say the boy said that he took the .25-caliber pistol from his grandfather's house on Friday. The student

  • Breivik's father feels guilt over son's dark path

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The father of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik says he fears his son is becoming even more extreme and dangerous in prison. In his first news conference since the July 22, 2011, attacks that killed 77 people, Jens Breivik said Thursday he had requested to visit his son at the Oslo area prison where he is serving a 21-year sentence that could be extended indefinitely. But the convicted terrorist and right-wing fanatic rebuffed him in a letter, saying his father had to adopt a "fascist" ideology for them to have any contact. "The letter scared me," the elder Breivik told reporters in Oslo in connection with the launch of his book "My fault?" "I think he's just becoming more and more extreme.

  • A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears. ___ WHAT IS SCOTLAND? Scotland, with little more than 5 million people, is one of the oldest countries in the world, having been united as a single nation by King Kenneth MacAlpin in the year 843. It remained an independent state for more than 800 years until the formation of Great Britain in 1707.

  • Kate cancels Malta trip due to morning sickness

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Prince William will replace his wife Kate on this weekend's official visit to Malta because the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is still suffering from acute morning sickness. Palace officials said Thursday the decision to cancel what would have been Kate's first official solo voyage overseas was made in consultation with her doctors. The palace said William will instead represent his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Malta's independence. The duchess is in the first 12 weeks of her second pregnancy. She has suffered acute morning sickness during the early phases of both pregnancies and has curtailed her royal engagements in the past two weeks.

  • Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state. A full 97 percent of those eligible have registered to vote — including, for the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds — in a referendum that polls suggest is too close to call. A phone poll of 1,373 people by Ipsos MORI, released Wednesday, put opposition to independence at 51 percent and support at 49 percent. That means neither side can feel confident, given the margin of error of about plus or minus three percentage points.