• APTOPIX Libya Migrants

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    In this Tuesday, Sept 1. 2015, photo, Libyan Red Crescent workers prepare to collect the body of a drowned migrant, who washed up along with several others in Zuwara, Libya (65 miles west of Tripoli) after two smuggling boats sank off the coast of Libya last Thursday. More than 2,000 migrants have drowned this year, including 200 last week, chiefly when trying to reach Italy's southernmost islands from Libya.

  • The Latest on Gray hearing: Small protest outside courthouse

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a critical spine injury in custody (all times local): ___ 10 a.m. Dozens of protesters have been rallying for more than an hour outside the Baltimore courthouse where a hearing will take place for six police officers charged in the death of a black man. Many protesters marched in the street to the city's Inner Harbor area, where they blocked a main road briefly. Police lined up behind them, and directed them out of the road. Police handcuffed one protester while he was on his stomach in the street.

  • US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans. The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 0.4 percent in July. Orders had increased a much larger 2.2 percent in June. For July, orders for motor vehicles posted a 4 percent advance, the largest gain since July 2014. A key category that tracks business investment plans climbed 2.1 percent in the strongest gain in 13 months. The modest increase in factory orders in July showed that manufacturing is still struggling with a variety of problems, from falling energy prices to a stronger dollar, which hurts ex

  • Kennedy Center to host concert in honor of Pope Francis

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a free concert in honor of Pope Francis' visit to the nation's capital. The Kennedy Center says the free concert will be open to the public and take place on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. with ticket distribution at 6 p.m. The concert will be on the pope's first full day in the city, but he will not attend. The Kennedy Center says the concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra along with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and 10-year-old jazz pianist José André Montaño. Actress Eva Longoria will also participate. A message from Pope Francis will be read by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington. The pope le

  • US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July as business investment shows strength

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July as business investment shows strength.

  • Ribbon to be cut on new campground at Acadia National Park

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    WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Federal officials and conservationists are celebrating the opening of a new campground at Acadia National Park. The more than 1,400-acre Schoodic Woods Campground is opening on Wednesday. U.S. Senator Angus King, Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele and Schoodic Institute President Mark Berry will speak at a ceremony at the campground. An anonymous buyer using the name Schoodic Woods LLC bought the land in 2011 and spent the last two years constructing the campground and 8.5 miles of bike paths and four miles of hiking trails. The buyer donated a conservation easement of more than 1,400 of the acres to the federal government in 2013.

  • Actor Dylan Baker tries to rescue neighbor in high-rise fire

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Dylan Baker tried to rescue an elderly neighbor before escaping a high-rise apartment fire in Manhattan. It happened on the 33rd floor of a building on West 43rd Street just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Baker, who has a recurring TV role in "The Good Wife," told NBC New York (http://bit.ly/1UlFF6V ) he had just returned home when an alarm went off and he saw smoke coming from his neighbor's apartment. He says he pounded on her door and called her name before opening the door and seeing flames everywhere. He says he shut the door and called 911 before hurrying his family out of the building. Firefighters quickly put out the fire. The woman was hospitalized in critical condition.

  • Canyonlands National Park recognized for dark skies

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    MOAB, Utah (AP) — Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah is being recognized for its dark skies and lack of light pollution. Park officials announced this week that Canyonlands was named as an "International Dark Sky Park" by the Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association. It's one of 26 parks recognized by the group for park efforts to preserve views of the night sky. Park officials say in a statement that they began several years ago to install light bulbs and fixtures within Canyonlands that minimize glare and limit light pollution. They say 100 percent of the park's bulbs and fixtures are considered "night sky friendly." The National Park Service is planning a special astronomy event at the park on

  • Rhino crushes tour guide to death in Zimbabwe

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    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A game park director says a rhino crushed a tour guide to death at a private nature reserve in Zimbabwe. Kate Travers, director of the Imire Game Park, said on Wednesday that Tafadzwa Gosho died on Monday night after he was crushed by a rhino he was tending to. Travers said Gosho was "an experienced rhino handler" and that such attacks were rare. The Imire Game Park is 40 kilometers (24.86 miles) from the capital, Harare. On its website, the Imire Game Park is described as "an intensive black rhino breeding station," which has successfully released 11 rhinos into the wild. In August, an experienced guide was mauled to death by a lion, while leading a walking tour through Zimbabwe's Hwange

  • Eurostar passengers stranded after migrant action in Calais

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    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of Eurostar train passengers trying to travel under the English Channel were stranded in France after migrants climbed on tracks overnight in the port city of Calais, officials said. The problems are the latest in a summer wracked by travel disruptions and diplomatic tensions around Calais, where thousands of migrants are camped in hopes of sneaking through the tunnel or on ferries to Britain. Eurostar told passengers that one France-Britain train had to stop at Calais and return to Paris because of a power failure, after reports of migrants trespassing on the tracks. Eurostar also reported technical difficulties on a London-Paris train, and said at least two other trains suffered disruptions overnight

  • Thai police: Suspect acknowledges being near bomb scene

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Wednesday a prime suspect in Bangkok's deadly bombing has admitted to being near the shrine where the attack took place but denied placing the bomb, as other clues increasingly linked the blast to Thailand's forced repatriation of members of a minority ethnic group to China. Thai authorities said the suspect's fingerprints also matched those on a bottle of bomb-making material found in an apartment that was raided this past weekend. Deputy National Police Chief Chakthip Chaijinda was asked by reporters if the man — whose name and nationality have not been released — had confessed to involvement in the Aug.

  • Mideast Iran US

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    An Iranian student writes an anti-US slogan in Persian which reads: "Death to America" at the gate of the former US Embassy where an anti-US plaque was unveiled in a ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. More than a dozen hard-line Iranian students have unveiled an anti-American plaque at the gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The plaque unveiled Wednesday by the Basij paramilitary forces carries a list of condemnations of America uttered by the Islamic republic's late founder, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

  • Resident, 88, dies after pickup rams into Iowa nursing home

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    HULL, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an 88-year-old resident has died after a pickup crashed through a wall into a nursing home in northwest Iowa. The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says Anna Dykstra was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. The pickup driver, 77-year-old Lawrence Sohl, was taken to a Sioux Center hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported. The Sheriff's Office says Sohl was driving behind his wife when he ran into the rear of her minivan before ramming into the nursing home.

  • Germany Gadget Show

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    CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group Richard Yu, center back ground, presents the Huawei Mate S smart phone during a company's event ahead of the the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin , Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Europe’s flagship gadget show, the IFA in Berlin, opens its doors to the public on Friday Sept. 4, 2015 . Almost 1,500 companies and over 250 000 people are expected to visit the event, which runs through Sept. 9.

  • Germany Gadget Show

    Updated: 12 min ago

    CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group Richard Yu, center back ground, presents the Huawei Mate S smart phone during a company's event ahead of the the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin , Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Europe’s flagship gadget show, the IFA in Berlin, opens its doors to the public on Friday Sept. 4, 2015 . Almost 1,500 companies and over 250 000 people are expected to visit the event, which runs through Sept. 9.

  • Amazon adds more Dash buttons after rollout

    Updated: 22 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's futuristic "Dash" buttons appear here to stay. The e-commerce powerhouse is expanding the number of available buttons, which reorder products at one touch. It's also making them virtually free. Last month, Amazon launched the "Dash" buttons — adhesive buttons designed to stick on any household surface near where you may need to reorder products — for about 18 brands, ranging from Bounty paper towels to Tide detergent. Now they're adding 11 branded buttons to the program, including ones for Ice Breakers Mints and Hefty trash bags. And for every $4.99 button customers buy, they'll get a $4.99 credit back into their account. The buttons are available to members of Amazon's $99 annual Pr

  • Latest home video releases

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    Here’s a look at the most interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week. VIDEO ON DEMAND “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”: Not to be confused with Danny Boyle’s upcoming biopic with Michael Fassbinder, this is Alex Gibney’s third documentary to be released this year (after “Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” and “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” both premiered on HBO). He’s partnered with Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films for this behind-the-scenes look at the former CEO of Apple.

  • Post-bomb Bangkok moves on, but with new sense of insecurity

    Updated: 25 min ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — One Bangkok resident says he can't shake the horrid sight of what he saw, or the smell of death. Another says the initial shock is gone and he's returned to his old routine — work, happy hour and taking selfies. Two weeks have now passed since the bombing at a central Bangkok shrine, giving residents of the Thai capital time to digest what authorities call the deadliest attack the country has ever experienced. On the surface, the bustling city of food vendors, traffic jams and raucous nightlife is back to normal. But many feel a gnawing sense of fear and insecurity, especially in tourist areas like the Erawan Shrine, where the Aug. 17 bombing left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured.

  • US markets open solidly higher a day after big plunge

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening broadly higher as the market bounces back from a plunge the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 200 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,255 in the first few minutes of trading Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index increased 20 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,933. The Nasdaq composite climbed 50 points, or 1.1 percent, to 4,686. The Dow sank almost 470 points the day before as traders worried about more signs of weakness in China's economy. European markets also rose broadly. The price of oil gained 66 cents to $46.11 a barrel. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.18 percent.

  • Italy Venice FF Everest Photo Call

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    Actor Josh Brolin poses during the photo call for the movie Everest, opening the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The 72nd edition of the festival runs until Sept. 12.