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  • Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. The printer, made by a Northern California company called Made in Space, is among more than 5,000 pounds of space station cargo that's stuffed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule for a pre-dawn liftoff Saturday. Besides real-time replacement parts at the station, NASA envisions astronauts, in the decades ahead, making entire habitats at faraway destinations like Mars. "If we're really going to set up shop on Mars," we have to do this, Jeff Sheehy, NASA's senior technolog

  • France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

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    PARIS (AP) — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush's war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks — this time in pursuit of militants of the Islamic State group. Flying from the United Arab Emirates, two French Rafale jets fired four laser-guided bombs to destroy a weapons and fuel depot outside the northern city of Mosul, part of the territory the militants have overrun in Iraq and neighboring Syria, officials said. An Iraqi military spokesman said dozens of extremist fighters were killed in the strikes.

  • Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic

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    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday. The virus was transmitted to the newborns by their mothers, who had the illness when they gave birth, said Carmen Adames, who is coordinating the Health Ministry's response to the outbreak. None of the infants died, she said. The Dominican Republic has been particularly hard hit by chikungunya since the first locally transmitted case was documented in the Western Hemisphere in late 2013. The first cases in the Dominican Republic appeared in March.

  • 29 interested in growing Minnesota medical pot

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health says it has received 29 letters of intent from people interested in growing medical marijuana under the state's new program. Friday was the deadline for companies to submit a letter of intent. Applications are due Oct. 3. Two manufacturers will be selected in December. Potential investors must pay at $20,000 nonrefundable fee just to apply. The Legislature has directed the state Health Department to pick two facilities to grow medical marijuana and process it into non-smokeable drugs for patients who suffer from serious conditions such as AIDS, cancer or multiple sclerosis. Minnesota won't start giving medical marijuana to patients until at least July 201

  • Iran, 6 powers seek to unblock nuclear talks

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief. The talks once again bring Iran to the negotiating table with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. But this time they are taking place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. That means U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts will likely join in, adding their diplomatic muscle to the meeting.

  • Patriots hope to continue home dominance

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Stevan Ridley's father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back's dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium starting in 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They're two-touchdown favorites to make that 26-4 when they open their home season against the Raiders on Sunday. "It's going to be awesome," Ridley said. "My dad's old favorite team was the Raiders, until, of course, I became a Patriot. So we've got about 14 people coming up this week, and my mom's really excited about it. The family's going to be here, so it's going to be an exciting atmosphere to come back here to

  • Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. Goodell was short on specifics at a news conference Friday, his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. More defiant than contrite as he was hammered with questions, Goodell said he has not considered resigning. "Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said in his opening statement. "That starts with me." The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case

  • Kershaw gets 20th win as Dodgers pound Cubs 14-5

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the majors' first 20-game winner and A.J. Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Kershaw (20-3) pitched five shaky innings in his shortest start in 3 1/2 months, but the NL West-leading Dodgers roughed up Edwin Jackson on their way to a 13-hit attack that included four homers. Matt Kemp hit a three-run shot in Los Angeles' six-run first, and Yasiel Puig added another three-run homer in the sixth. The Dodgers improved baseball's best road record to 48-31 and will clinch a postseason berth if Milwaukee loses in Pittsburgh on Friday night. They began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the divi

  • E! says 'Fashion Police' will continue

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    The E! TV channel says that "Fashion Police" will continue without Joan Rivers. In a statement Friday, the channel said it "thought long and hard" about what Rivers would have wanted for the show. The decision was made that the late comedian would have hoped that "Fashion Police" continue, E! said. Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who is the show's executive producer, agreed and gave her "blessing," the channel said. The 81-year-old Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, a week after going into cardiac arrest during a procedure at an outpatient surgery facility in New York. "Fashion Police" will return next January, starting with Golden Globes coverage, E! said. No further details about the show, including whether Rivers would

  • Connecticut ex-governor convicted of new crimes

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns. Rowland, once a rising star for the Republican Party, served 10 months in prison for taking illegal gifts while in office and now as a repeat offender faces the possibility of a much stiffer sentence. He was convicted in New Haven federal court of all seven counts, including conspiracy, falsifying records in a federal investigation, causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission and causing illegal campaign contributions. "Americans will not tolerate corrupt conduct in

  • Committee to read Rounds, Daugaard answers on EB-5

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakotans will find out next week what the former and current governors said they know as part of an investigation of a federal program that grants visas to people who invest in rural, job-creating South Dakota projects. The Government Operations and Audit Committee, in its agenda sent Friday for Wednesday's meeting in Pierre, plans to look at written answers provided by former Gov. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors to seek U.S. residency with a $500,000 investment in an approved project that creates at least 10 jobs.

  • Saints' White praised after replacing Robinson

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    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints third-year cornerback Corey White is drawing praise from defensive coordinator Rob Ryan heading into Sunday's game against Minnesota. White took over at right cornerback for Patrick Robinson during last Sunday's loss at Cleveland after Robinson had struggled early in the game. Robinson was moved to nickel back for the remainder of the game. Ryan calls White "an ascending guy" who "knows what he's doing." Robinson says the in-game demotion was hard to deal with, but that he expects to learn from it. Ryan has not said whether intended to put Robinson back in his base defense against the Vikings, but stresses that Robinson plays a tough position because it's plain to most observers

  • Mexico agency hears witness of army-gang faceoff

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    ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Civil Rights Commission said Friday it has talked to a witness who claims soldiers killed 20 men and one woman after they surrendered following a June confrontation in rural southern town. The U.S. State Department urged Mexico to investigate the case, saying it is "imperative that there is a credible review of the circumstances." Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said federal prosecutors would investigate the shootings and make the results public if it finds any contradictions in the army's version of events. The army has said soldiers came under fire from a gang of armed men at an abandoned grain warehouse and the troops returned fire in self-defense, killing 22 peo

  • Lawyer to ask feds to probe Utah police shooting

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney for the family of a black man who was killed by Utah police said Friday that he will ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting. Lawyer Randall Edwards said at a news conference that it's likely 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was dressed as a Japanese anime character and role-playing when the shooting occurred. That, he says, could explain why Hunt was carrying a sword. Edwards also accused Saratoga Springs police of using excessive force and treating Darrien Hunt differently because he was black. Authorities, however, say race played no role in the shooting. They say officers were reacting to Hunt lunging at them with the steel sword. Hunt was killed on Sept.

  • Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote

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    LONDON (AP) — Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. The No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's referendum against 44.7 percent who backed independence. The margin was wider than expected — most opinion polls on the eve of the vote were predicting a narrower 4-point victory for proponents of the union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Investors breathed a sigh of relief that a host of thorny economic issues were not triggered by a Yes vote. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares ended up 0.3 percent at 6,837.92 but had been higher earli

  • Police appeal to public in search for Va. student

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student say they searched an apartment of a man they believe was with her the night she went missing but did not have enough information to arrest or detain him. In an emotional appeal Friday, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo asked anyone who might have seen Hannah Graham and the man early Sept. 13 in the Downtown Mall to contact authorities. Longo says police talked to who they believe is that man during their search of an apartment earlier Friday. Asked if he believed the 18-year-old Graham was still alive, Longo said he was "hopeful." Longo says police have received more than 400 tips.

  • Anti-Islamic ads coming to New York transit system

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on 100 New York City buses and two subway entrances next week, but transit officials have rejected an ad from the same group that includes the phrase "Killing Jews." The six approved ads show an image of beheaded American journalist James Foley standing next to his killer. The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign highlights points about Islam ignored by government and media. A court order forces the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run viewpoint ads. The agency requires a disclaimer saying it doesn't endorse the views.

  • Browns' Gordon has suspension reduced to 10 games

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    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon's tangled ordeal, full of legal twists and turns, has finally been straightened out. He can run a route back to the Browns this season. Cleveland's star wide receiver was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games Friday after the league announced changes to its drug policy. The decision ends months of personal torment for the Pro Bowler, who had been banned for repeated drug violations. Gordon will be eligible to play in Cleveland's final six games after the league and NFL Players Association agreed on revisions to the substance abuse program two days after announcing changes on performance enhancing drugs.

  • Keselowski aims for another win at New Hampshire

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    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Denny Hamlin once called his shot at New Hampshire, guaranteeing a win with a tweet, then following through with a mighty swing of an invisible baseball bat moments after taking the checkered flag. Any bold boasts this weekend? He'll keep his bat on his shoulder and take the pitch this time up. Brad Keselowski is taking his cuts these days as NASCAR's heavy hitter, taking his first career two-race winning streak into New Hampshire. Keselowski has stamped himself as the early favorite to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. "Somehow my car disappeared," Hamlin said, "and it's got a 2 on the side of it now.

  • Arizona's Stanton to start at quarterback vs 49ers

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    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Drew Stanton will start at quarterback in place of Carson Palmer for the second straight week when the Cardinals play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Arians said that if Palmer is in good enough condition, he will be the backup quarterback. But Arians said Palmer, out with a nerve problem in his shoulder, still is unable to throw a pass. "He's improved dramatically," Arians said, "but he still can't throw." Stanton's numbers weren't spectacular — 14-for-29 for 167 yards — but he committed no turnovers in Arizona's 25-14 road win over the New York Giants last Sunday. It was the first time he had played in a regular-season game in four years.