• AP PHOTOS: Refugees stream into Turkey from Syria

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Lugging sacks of belongings, hobbling on crutches, carrying children on their hip, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees in Syria have streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, desperately seeking safety after Islamic State militants attacked their villages. The large-scale displacement of so many and the movement of the Kurdish fighters into Syria reflected the ferocity of the fighting in the northern Kobani area, which borders Turkey, prompted hundreds of Kurdish fighters to rush to the area and Kurdish leaders to plead for international help. Civilians began massing on the Turkish border on Thursday. Turkey did not let them in at first, saying it would provide them with aid on the S

  • Yemen sets curfew as fighting roils capital

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. The Supreme Security Commission said the curfew was being imposed in the north and west of the capital and will remain in place indefinitely. It follows days of clashes between Shiite rebels, known as Hawthis, and Sunni militiamen affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood's Islah party that have left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee.

  • Yemen authorities declare curfew in parts of capital after rebels claim TV building

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen authorities declare curfew in parts of capital after rebels claim TV building.

  • Sierra Leone staggers in Ebola isolation effort

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some in Sierra Leone ran away from their homes Saturday and others clashed with health workers trying to bury dead Ebola victims as the country struggled through the second day of an unprecedented lockdown to combat the deadly disease. Despite these setbacks, officials said most of Sierra Leone's 6 million people were complying with orders to stay at home as nearly 30,000 volunteers and health care workers fanned out across the country to distribute soap and information on how to prevent Ebola. The virus, spread by contact with bodily fluids, has killed than 560 people in Sierra Leone and more than 2,600 in West Africa since the outbreak began last December, according to the World Health Organi

  • Hayfield is test ground for crop-soil health

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Researchers are testing the use of cover crops such as grasses and legumes on a one-acre hayfield in Dover, New Hampshire, to help farmers improve soil health. University of New Hampshire scientists have teamed up with the Strafford County Conservation District to try out different combinations of the crops. The aim is to test all of the combinations of hayfield management and seeding - 64 plots total - to determine which approaches work best for soil health and hayfield productivity. Such crops also are used to reduce erosion and control pests. The team says the project is part of a larger effort to develop more sustainable agricultural systems and support climate-smart agriculture — not using t

  • Jailed Venezuelan police chief freed

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela's opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a 30-year sentence at home. Ivan Simonovis had been jailed since 2004 in connection with the death of pro-government protesters who had rushed to the defense of then-President Hugo Chavez during a failed coup attempt two years earlier. In 2009, he was convicted of aggravated murder. The 54-year-old former police chief appeared briefly before journalists who had rushed to his home in the leafy La Florida neighborhood early Saturday as word of his release spread on social media.

  • Investigators at loss to explain Air Algerie crash

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie jet in July that killed all 116 people on board say they have no solid leads on the cause of the accident. Bernard Boudaille of France's accident investigation authority BEA says investigators still don't know what brought down Flight 5017, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 carrying 110 passengers and six crew members, nearly two months after the jet crashed in Mali soon after it took off from Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso. Speaking Saturday at a news conference in Bamako, Mali, Boudaille said investigators "aren't favoring any leads at the moment, we're continuing to investigate all the data we have available." Nearly half of the dead were French.

  • Spain repatriates priest with Ebola from Africa

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is preparing to repatriate a priest who has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus after working in Sierra Leone. In a statement Saturday, the Ministry of Health says Brother Manuel Garcia Viejo, medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar, has tested positive for the deadly virus and has expressed his desire to be transferred back to Spain. Spanish officials were still finalizing the details of his transport. He is the second Spanish missionary to catch Ebola. Father Miguel Pajares, 75, was flown back to Spain from Liberia and treated with the experimental Ebola medicine ZMapp but died on Aug. 12.

  • Egypt court sentences 5 to death on terror charges

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted and sentenced five people to death on charges of forming a terrorist group and attacking a church, killing one policeman, the country's state news agency reported. News agency MENA said the court sentenced two others to life in prison in the same case. Prosecutors had charged the defendants with forming a terrorist group that targets Christians and security forces starting last October. Three of the defendants were tried in absentia, meaning that there will be an automatic retrial if they are arrested or hand themselves in. Egypt has witnessed a surge in militant attacks since the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

  • MU professor says complaints led to tenure denial

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Gaining tenure is never a sure thing. Dylan Kesler figured his chances were pretty good. The 42-year-old wildlife biologist has published nearly 30 scientific papers since his 2007 hiring as a University of Missouri assistant professor. He's received high marks for his teaching and is a favorite of the school's public relations team, which recently featured his work on mallard duck migration. What those university press releases don't say, though, is how Kesler filed a 2013 complaint with government prosecutors alleging the misuse of federal grants by colleagues.

  • 10 activists, officers killed in Libya

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Targeted killings in Libya over two days left 10 rights activists, journalists, and members of the security forces dead in the country's east, local security officials said Saturday. Among the slain Thursday and Friday were two activist bloggers, and four current and former military and police officers. The officials said three other people who were targeted survived assassination attempts in the eastern city of Benghazi. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. The identity of the assailants was not immediately known.

  • Buffer zone agreed upon in Ukrainian peace talks

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sporadic artillery fire hit parts of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters. Despite positive developments coming out of talks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk and a cease-fire that has been in place since Sept. 5, the fighting between the two sides was still deadly. In Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, strong explosions could be heard from a munitions factory that a local official said was hit by an artillery shell. It was unclear which side fired it. Explosions were heard in three areas of the city in the afternoo

  • Alligator causes scare, then a laugh, in Minnesota

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    ROCKVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A 2-foot-long alligator caused a scare — and then a laugh — in Stearns County this week. A man called the sheriff's office Thursday at noon to report an exotic animal. A deputy came out and found the alligator basking on the grass next to a creek and swampy area. The deputy approached cautiously but the alligator didn't move or retreat. The deputy poked it with his baton — and discovered it was just a plastic toy. The sheriff's office jokes in a statement that "it was safely removed.

  • Lack of trust keeps Iran, US away from coalition

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and the United States share a common enemy in the Islamic State militant group, but a deep-seated lack of trust has so far kept the longtime foes from publicly joining hands in a coalition to defeat the extremists. Their inability to work together complicates efforts to beat back the extremists that both Washington and Tehran see as a threat, and has left Iraq's new government — which considers both countries allies — scratching its head as it tries to tackle the most serious threat to its stability since American troops left in 2011. Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, made his frustration clear in a recent interview with The Associated Press, saying U.S.

  • Rescuers save 50,000 as floods hit south Pakistan

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's disaster management agency said Saturday that rescuers with boats and helicopters had evacuated about 50,000 people from the country's south after raging floods inundated more villages there. In a statement, Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency said about two dozen people were killed in the past 24 hours in the eastern Punjab province, raising the death toll from rains and flooding to 346. It said flood waters wreaked havoc in Punjab province and were now passing through remote areas in the southern Sindh province, but so far no deaths had been reported there. Pictures from Pakistani news channels showed submerged villages and people living in tents and in open areas.

  • Egypt's el-Sissi to AP: Brotherhood backers can return to politics if they renounce violence

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's el-Sissi to AP: Brotherhood backers can return to politics if they renounce violence.

  • Egypt el-Sissi to AP: I warned of regional terror threat a year ago, now broad strategy needed

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt el-Sissi to AP: I warned of regional terror threat a year ago, now broad strategy needed.

  • Egypt's el-Sissi tells AP he will give any support needed for fight against IS group militants

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's el-Sissi tells AP he will give any support needed for fight against IS group militants.

  • Potential push for Obama to expand military effort

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined. But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for the mission to succeed, including positioning U.S. ground troops with front-line Iraqi security forces. Doing that could put Obama close to violating his pledge to keep Americans out of combat. For Obama, re-engaging in combat in Iraq would mean going back on promises about the current mission and undercutting a pillar of his presidency — ending long wars and avoid new ones. If commanders request ground troops and he turns them down, Obama could be a

  • Hamilton beats Rosberg to Singapore pole

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The margin was closer than ever, and their rivals a tougher challenge, yet the outcome was the same as usual Saturday as Mercedes locked out the front row for the Singapore Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton edging Nico Rosberg by a mere seven thousandths of a second. Hamilton claimed his sixth pole of the season with a time of 1 minute, 45.681 seconds in the qualifying session, and those few yards of advantage between first and second on the grid could prove crucial in Sunday's night race on a tight and twisty Marina Bay circuit with few passing opportunities. Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points in the overall title race — 238 vs. 216.