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  • Brazil police, housing activists in violent clash

    Updated: 6 min ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Police and housing activists in Brazil's biggest city clashed violently on Tuesday after authorities evicted about 200 families who had illegally occupied an empty hotel in downtown Sao Paulo. Protesters hurled rocks and pieces of wood at some of the 250 police troops who showed up to evict an estimated 200 families that had occupied the building's 20 floors for six months. The confrontation spread to nearby streets and in front of Sao Paulo's Municipal Theater, where some protesters torched a bus. Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades in an effort to disperse the crowd. After several hours of calm, isolated clashes ignited again as night fell in central Sao Paulo, with protesters bl

  • Doctor pleads guilty to cancer treatment fraud

    Updated: 7 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of giving patents unnecessary treatment has pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges, including fraud and money laundering. Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court on Tuesday, a month before he was scheduled to go on trial. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says she refused to negotiate in such a "shocking" case. She tells The Associated Press she plans to seek a life sentence when Fata returns to court on Feb. 23. Fata admitted that he ordered treatments for patients knowing they were unnecessary and then submitted bills to insurance companies and Medicare. The 49-year-old owned Michigan Hematology Oncology, which had several offices in subur

  • Severe respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states

    Updated: 8 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus — enterovirus 68. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania together have 130 lab-confirmed cases. All are children. The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable. No deaths have been reported. The strain is not new but only a small number of labs can test for it. Since mid-August, there's been an unusual spike in identified cases. The CDC has tested more than 200 s

  • FedEx to hike ground, express delivery rates

    Updated: 9 min ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January. The company said Tuesday that rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery, although it didn't say how much. The Memphis, Tennessee, company says the express increase will apply to deliveries in, to or from the U.S. FedEx Freight will also boost prices an average of 4.9 percent within North America. Also starting Jan. 5: New pricing that gives more emphasis to dimensions for lightweight ground-shipping packages. Shares of FedEx Corp. shares rose 62 cents to close at $154.66. In after-hours trading, they were up anot

  • Atlanta mayor: Talked to 6 possible Hawks owners

    Updated: 10 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday he has already talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks and expects a sale of the team to move quickly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry. Flanked by Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and other city leaders, Reed said the crisis engulfing the NBA team would be solved "the Atlanta way" and predicted the franchise would come out stronger in the end. The Hawks have come under fire since it was revealed Levenson sent an email two years ago theorizing that many suburban whites would not attend NBA games because of the team's African-American fans.

  • Officials: Officer chases suspect who shot him

    Updated: 11 min ago

    DUVALL, Wash. (AP) — A police officer in Washington state got back in his patrol car after being shot in the leg and pursued the fleeing gunman until other officers arrived to take over the chase and make an arrest following a standoff, authorities said Tuesday. The attack occurred late Monday after Duvall police Sgt. Michael DeBock responded to calls about a man shooting at people with a paintball gun from a church parking lot in the town northeast of Seattle. When DeBock approached, the man backed his vehicle into him and shot him in the thigh, authorities said. Despite the wound, DeBock gave chase. "His actions were extremely brave," Officer Seth Tyler, a spokesman for the King County Investigative Response Team, s

  • More than 30 cattle die after Idaho big rig crash

    Updated: 12 min ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in southwest Idaho say 33 cattle worth about $30,000 died after a tractor-trailer flipped onto its side. The Ada County Sheriff's Office initially said more than 100 cattle died in the Monday afternoon crash east of Boise but revised the number down Tuesday. Emergency crews reached a 57-year-old passenger by cutting through the wreckage. He and the 60-year-old driver were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Authorities say the driver appeared to be going too fast around a curve, but no citations had been issued by Tuesday afternoon.

  • US airstrikes target Islamic militants in Iraq

    Updated: 13 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq. U.S. Central Command says military forces using fighter aircraft launched two airstrikes northwest of Irbil and hit an armed truck and fighters. Three other airstrikes southwest of Baghdad hit anti-aircraft artillery, a truck and two boats on the Euphrates River that were resupplying the militants. The strikes are part of the new broader military mission in Iraq authorized by President Barack Obama that began Monday. Under the new mission, U.S. forces are going after Islamic State militants wherever they are. Previously, the strikes were limited to protect

  • Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Updated: 13 min ago

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government began airlifting the first of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes. The Interior Ministry said military and commercial planes were carrying travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remained closed to commercial flights due to damage suffered when Hurricane Odile tore through the area late Sunday and Monday. Images on Mexican television showed the terminal full of debris, but Ministry official Jose Maria Tapia told Milenio Television earlier that the runway was usable and work was nearly complete to make the control tower operabl

  • Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

    Updated: 13 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm. It's the second time in two weeks that the desert is getting hit with the aftermath of a hurricane. The forecast calls for the remnants of Tropical Storm Odile, which has been downgraded from a Category 3 hurricane, to strike hardest in the Tucson area over the next two days — although the Phoenix area expects to get lashed with rain and gusty wind, too. Residents flocked to fire stations around Phoenix to get sandbags to place them around their homes as protection against floodwaters.

  • Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

    Updated: 15 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to world security, President Barack Obama on Tuesday broadly expanded the U.S. response by ordering thousands of troops to the region along with an aggressive effort to train health care workers and build treatment centers. He called on other countries to quickly supply more helpers, supplies and money. "If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us," Obama declared after briefings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obama acted under pressure from regional leaders and international aid organizations who pleaded

  • Leidner has turf toe but practicing with Gophers

    Updated: 17 min ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner has a turf toe injury on his left foot, leaving his availability uncertain for this week's game against San Jose State. But coach Jerry Kill said the sophomore would practice Tuesday and play Saturday, as long as he's deemed 100 percent healthy. "I would never play anybody that was 82.9. I'm not going to risk a kid or a quarterback or anything like that," Kill said, in response to a question about whether Leidner was at full strength last week in the 30-7 loss at TCU. Leidner hurt his left knee in the Sept. 6 win over Middle Tennessee but played with a brace on the leg at TCU. "They've got to be cleared by the trainer.

  • Hokies' goals still in reach after stunning loss

    Updated: 17 min ago

    Virginia Tech's roller-coaster start to the season has brought the games that matter back into focus for the Hokies. Quarterback Michael Brewer says losing to East Carolina made the win at Ohio State a distant memory. Now the Hokies (2-1) open Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday against Georgia Tech (3-0), and Brewer says their goal is simple: win every game and play for the conference championship in December. The Yellow Jackets feature coach Paul Johnson's triple-option ground game, and while it has given many teams fits, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster's unit has fared well in slowing it down. Virginia Tech has won the last four meetings between the schools.

  • Oklahoma freshman RB Perine ready for bigger role

    Updated: 18 min ago

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine finds himself in a featured role as a true freshman. The 243-pound bruiser is Oklahoma's No. 2 rusher heading into Saturday's Big 12 opener at West Virginia. With starting running back Keith Ford out for at least a week with a hairline fracture in his right fibula, Perine's opportunity to carry a significant load has come early. He got his first start last week against Tennessee, and he should get more carries this week for the fourth-ranked Sooners. Perine has been Oklahoma's leading rusher in two of the first three games.

  • Hidalgo clinics separate from Planned Parenthood

    Updated: 18 min ago

    MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Five women's health clinics in Hidalgo County severed ties with Planned Parenthood Federation of America in an effort to reclaim state dollars for women's health in a region where more than half of female residents live in poverty. As of Monday, the clinics in McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, San Juan and Weslaco will operate through a new independent nonprofit called Access Esperanza Clinics Inc. so they can provide services to more women, men and teens. The split was recently approved by Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County board. The women's clinics have served the area for 50 years through the Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County, and they will continue to provide the same servic

  • New Mexico to get share of Tropical Storm Odile

    Updated: 18 min ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Severe weather from the tropical storm that has caused flooding and other damage across Mexico's Baja California Peninsula could bring up to 9 inches of rain to parts of already flood-damaged areas of New Mexico. The National Weather Service said severe weather from Tropical Storm Odile will move across most of New Mexico this week, with the heaviest rains expected Thursday in the southern part of the state, where officials are concerned about flooding and mudslides in areas left bare by recent wildfires. "What we are concerned about is that this will be a long event," said meteorologist Deirdre Kann.

  • History books spark new Texas classroom battle

    Updated: 18 min ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history textbooks for the state's 5-plus million public school students in November. But it heard hours of complaints about 104 proposed books during a sometimes heated public hearing. Jacqueline Jones, chairwoman of the University of Texas' History Department, said one U.S.

  • Russian driver released from hospital

    Updated: 19 min ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been released from an Indianapolis hospital and is expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered in a crash last month. The Russian was diagnosed with a concussion, chest injuries, fractured ribs and a broken clavicle after a crash in practice at Fontana Aug. 29. He was transported from the track to Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, where he stayed until being transferred to Methodist Hospital on Sept. 9. He also had "minor" surgery on his right shoulder after returning to Indy. In a statement, Aleshin says the recovery is going as planned and he hopes to be back in the cockpit soon.

  • First episode of 'Roosevelts' seen by 9 million

    Updated: 20 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Once again millions of television viewers are transporting themselves to another century under the guidance of Ken Burns. An estimated 9.1 million people watched the first episode of Burns' seven-part series on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on Sunday. PBS aired it twice Sunday to maximize attention; the Nielsen company's estimate was the combined viewership of both episodes. By way of comparison, the most-watched scripted series on the commercial networks last week, CBS' "Under the Dome," reached 6.6 million viewers, Nielsen said. "Releasing a film is like having a conversation with your closest friends and family," Burns said. "I'm always struck by the thoughts and comments and how engaged

  • UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

    Updated: 20 min ago

    DALLAS (AP) — UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season — an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping. The Atlanta-based company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. Last year, UPS underestimated the surge in deliveries during the holiday shipping season, which peaked several days later than the company had expected as shoppers jumped at offers of free shipping right up until a few days before Christmas. With faulty forecasts, the company didn't hire enough seasonal help.