• The Latest: Heavy police presence near where officer shot

    Updated: 10 min ago

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in northern Illinois (all times local): 11:45 p.m. A county sheriff's spokesman says authorities are responding to a report of two "suspicious subjects" in a northern Illinois town near where a police officer was fatally shot. Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Covelli says police officers with dogs are conducting systematic searches with air support Wednesday night in Volo. Covelli says there's no evidence the scene is connected to the shooting of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in nearby Fox Lake. But he says: "Given the circumstances, we're taking it very seriously.

  • Asian stocks rise amid China holiday, get Wall Street perk

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    Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a sharp sell-off and as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was up 1.4 percent to 18,350.85 and South Korea's Kospi gained 0.1 percent to 1,916.93. Stock markets in Southeast Asia also rose while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 shed 1.1 percent to 5,046.50. New Zealand's benchmark also fell. Taiwan's benchmark added 0.6 percent to 8,086.10. Markets were closed in China, which has suffered a dramatic slide since June, and Hong Kong. THE QUOTE: "With US stocks rebounding and mild gains from European markets, we could see some wind keeping Asian equities airborne today," said IG market strategist Bernard Aw in a c

  • Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the wild, castrated merino ram dubbed Chris, said Thursday she hoped to register the fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization was not immediately available for comment. The fleece originally weighed in at 42 kilograms (93 pounds), but that included the weight of the wool bag.

  • In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

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    KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming. Obama's visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, was designed to snap the country to attention by illustrating the ways warmer temperatures have already threatened entire communities and ways of life in Alaska. He said, despite progress in reducing greenhouse gases, the planet is already warming and the U.S. isn't doing enough to stop it.

  • Judge refuses to drop charges against police in Gray death

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in custody. The judge also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case. The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray — who succumbed to injuries sustained after his arrest on April 12 — sparked protests, rioting and unrest that shook Baltimore for days. A demonstration Wednesday outside the Baltimore courtroom where a pretrial hearing on the charges took place attracted dozens, and resulted in just one arrest.

  • Redskins GM's wife apologizes for tweet about reporter

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    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The wife of Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has apologized for "disparaging" and "unfounded" comments on her Twitter account about an ESPN reporter. The Redskins issued a statement on behalf of Jessica McCloughan on Wednesday night in which she acknowledged making the remarks, which said the reporter exchanged sexual favors for information. Jessica McCloughan's statement begins: "I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account. The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN." That apology never mentioned Dianna Russini by name.

  • US officials mark 70th anniversary of WWII's official end

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    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — U.S. officials and veterans gathered on a decommissioned battleship in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II's end. "It was not about retribution. Like today's ceremony, it was an acknowledgement that the shared losses of World War II vastly exceeded the immediate gains at the time," said Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told a crowd of several hundred gathered on the deck of the former USS Missouri. The Missouri's decks are where Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Army Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed documents to formally surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. The USS Missouri was anchored in Tokyo Bay at the time. Allied leaders inc

  • Obama's fish tale: salmon spawning on his shoes

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    DILLINGHAM, Alaska (AP) — This oh-my moment was nowhere on the official schedule for President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska: salmon spawning on his shoes. "You see that?" Obama declared Wednesday as he gripped a fish with two hands. "Something's got on my shoes. ... Generally you don't want fish spawning on your feet. He said the local fisherwoman who accompanied him said the fish was "happy to see me." Visiting an isolated fishing village on a grey, overcast day, the president was full of admiration for the whole operation: He pronounced salmon jerky "really good," tried unsuccessfully to scare up a knife so he could attempt to filet a fish and carefully inspected smokehouse drying racks.

  • UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas

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    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region. An estimated 13.7 million school age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan are not in school, out of a total of 34 million, UNICEF said. The dropout rate could increase to 50 percent in coming months as conflicts intensify, Peter Salama, the agency's regional chief, told The Associated Press. "We are on the verge of losing a generation of children in this region," he said. "We must act now or we will certainly regret the con

  • 2 soldiers injured after Black Hawk helicopter hard landing

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    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Fort Carson says a Black Hawk helicopter landed hard in a suburban Denver forest in Douglas County, injuring two soldiers onboard. The military says it's investigating how the accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Forest Service land. Officials say four soldiers were in the helicopter during a routine training mission. Fort Carson spokeswoman Danny Johnson described the incident as a hard landing. The military said in a news conference that the injuries are not life-threatening. KMGH-TV reports (http://goo.gl/htDRdT ) that the Elizabeth Fire Department responded shortly after the accident but initially had trouble finding the helicopter in the forest.

  • Vigil held for Illinois police officer nearing retirement

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    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was on the brink of retiring after a 30-year career in law enforcement. At 52, the tattooed police officer with a shaved head could still be tough and intimidating if the job called for it. But he also had a sweet side that endeared him to the suburban Chicago village he had served for decades, a place where he was a constant presence at community events and a role model. Now the people of Fox Lake are mourning the officer known affectionately as "G.I. Joe" after he detoured on his way to work to pursue three suspicious men into a swamp. He ended up with a fatal gunshot wound and died Tuesday. Hundreds of people gathered at a Fox Lake park late Wednesday for a vigil in memory

  • Residents of eroding village welcome Obama's attention

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful Wednesday for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road to drier ground. Even with a protective ocean rock wall, the impoverished Inupiat Eskimo community of Kivalina has no more than a decade left before erosion begins to force people from their homes, said Millie Hawley, president of Kivalina's tribal council. Villagers say a couple homes near the village lagoon are already threatened by erosion, which has come within 3 feet of the foundation of one dwelling.

  • Police cruiser hit by gunfire, crashes, catches fire

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    MILLIS, Mass. (AP) — Police are looking for a gunman who fired at a police cruiser in a town southwest of Boston, and schools are being closed as a precaution. The police car crashed and caught fire Wednesday in Millis. The officer wasn't seriously hurt. Two threatening phone calls were made to a middle school earlier in the day. Police Sgt. William Dwyer says the events aren't believed to be related but investigators want to be sure. Schools are closed Thursday. Dwyer says a white man 25 to 40 years old fired at the officer from a maroon pickup truck driving in the opposite direction. He says the officer crashed when he spun around to try to follow the truck. Police had asked people to remain inside while they

  • Ex-corporal: Tulsa sheriff failed to act on deputy criticism

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    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's corporal said Wednesday that the leader of the department should have taken action after an internal memo raised questions about the training and workplace behavior of a volunteer deputy who later fatally shot an unarmed man. Bill Adams, who left the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in 2010 after clashing with supervisors, testified for about half an hour before a grand jury investigating the agency. Adams also said he turned over documents to jurors, but declined to comment on the nature of the information. Adams said before testifying that a leaked 2009 memo that questioned the competence of reserve deputy Robert Bates was "very accurate," and said Sheriff Stanley Glanz could have do

  • Oldest survivor of San Francisco earthquake of 1906 dies

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ruth Newman was just a child living on an outlying ranch when the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 struck, but her memory of that day never faded, her daughter said. "She would tell us she remembered my grandmother being upset because they had just milked the cow earlier and she had separated the cream and all and put it in containers that got thrown to the floor," said Newman's daughter Beverley Dodds, 85, of Fair Oaks, California. Newman was the oldest remaining survivor of the earthquake before her death earlier this summer. She was 113. Newman was 4 years old when the quake struck, shaking her home on a Healdsburg, California, ranch about 70 miles north of San Francisco the early morning

  • School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some were students who had tried drugs or alcohol, but didn't have substance abuse problems. Others were young addicts in need of help. Neither group necessarily fared well under counseling programs run by a Long Beach company for Los Angeles County schools, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Dabblers were dubbed abusers, and hard-core users didn't always get the care they needed. The students unwittingly helped the company take in $46 million in a decadelong health care fraud scheme that led to indictments unsealed Wednesday against eight women employees who managed the program, supervised counselors or worked with students.

  • Illinois city, creator of Twitter parody account settle suit

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The central Illinois city of Peoria tentatively agreed Wednesday to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man whose home was raided by police over a Twitter account he created depicting the mayor as a lewd fan of drugs and alcohol. The deal includes no admission that Peoria did anything wrong, but it calls for the city to send its police department a directive emphasizing that parody does not fall under an Illinois statute regulating false personation of a public official, which was used to obtain warrants to arrest Daniel. An attorney for the city said the deal made financial sense. The City Council still must approve the settlement.

  • House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Don Tripp, a Republican, said in a statement that he believes it's the "appropriate and responsible next step" for the House "to begin the process of determining whether the charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment." Duran, who is New Mexico's top elections official, is facing a 64-count complaint stemming from allegations that she funneled campaign donations into personal bank accounts and withdrew large sums of money from those accounts while frequenting casinos around the

  • Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers. Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman, represented by a Denver law firm called Towards Justice, are seeking to have their lawsuit treated as a class-action case seeking damages for current and former shepherds across the West. The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District court in Denver, targets the Salt Lake City-based Western Range Association and Casper, Wyoming-based Mountain Plains Agricultural Service. The companies place foreign workers with sheep operations. The lawsuit also names eight sheep-ranching operations around the West as defendants.

  • Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old's parents

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    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent. Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a clear understanding of the three-hour procedure and its risks, Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. said. He dismissed her parents' demand that he appoint a legal guardian and subject her to an independent medical exam. "I'm so happy," Kitzler whispered when the judge ruled. Kitzler's lawyers and Philadelphia-area surgeon were trying to schedule the operation for this week. The surgeon, Dr. Christine McGinn, said she would cover the