• Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum

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    LONDON (AP) — The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with the Scottish leader claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward. Alex Salmond, Scotland's outgoing independence leader, accused politicians in London of reneging on their promises to hand more power to Scots in a rare cross-party pact that he said played a crucial role in swinging the votes in favor of union in Thursday's vote.

  • Hamilton wins in Singapore, takes F1 title lead

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    SINGAPORE (AP) — For Nico Rosberg, early retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix was painful. Seeing his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton win the race and snatch back the championship lead was agonizing. Hamilton won his seventh race of the season Sunday to move to 241 points, ahead of Rosberg on 238 with five races left. The advantage is thin but the Briton carries all the momentum after back-to-back victories and Rosberg's hopes of his first F1 title are diminishing. Hamilton started from pole position and led comfortably for much of the race but was forced into a late pit-stop, briefly giving up the race lead to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, before he passed the German seven laps from the finish to win by 13.5 seconds at

  • UNG to help boost teachers' knowledge of science

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    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — In an increasingly technology-centered society, science education is growing in importance. Even on its own, it remains a critical part of helping students develop thinking and problem-solving skills. With that in mind, the University of North Georgia will help local elementary school teachers with their own science skills. Through a state Department of Education grant, the university will partner with area schools to increase elementary students' science achievement by providing professional development sessions to teachers. The grant, awarded through the federal Mathematics and Science Partnership program, funds $138,483 for the project this year and could fund $132,196 next year, pending per

  • 2 al-Shabab suspects arrested in Frankfurt

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    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested two suspected members of the Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab after they landed at Frankfurt airport Saturday. The federal prosecutors' office said in a statement Sunday that the men were detained in Kenya last month and deported to Germany. Both are alleged to have gone to Somalia in 2012 and taken part in al-Shabab operations. The men were identified as 30-year-old German-Tunisian dual citizen Mounir T. and 22-year-old German citizen Abdiwahid W. Their full surnames weren't released in keeping with German privacy laws. Earlier this month, German authorities arrested three other Germans also suspected of being al-Shabab members.

  • US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

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    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday. "We want them to wake up every day realizing that they are being squeezed from multiple directions," Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters, referring to the Islamic State group, which also is known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS.

  • Paris prison opens doors for Heritage Days

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    PARIS (AP) — Paris' mythic La Sante prison opened its heavily guarded doors to visitors Sunday as part of the country's annual Heritage Days festival. Opened in 1867, the huge brown edifice in Paris' 14th arrondisement has held some of France's most notorious criminals, including the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon and rogue trader Jerome Kerviel. Visitors were allowed behind the prison's tall, razor-wire-topped walls and led in small groups to see first-hand what the interior of Paris' only remaining prison looks like. The prison is largely closed for renovations expected to last five years. Once holding more than 1,000 prisoners, La Sante now houses 100 prisoners

  • Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future. A group of 244 Philippine peacekeepers flew back to Manila on Friday after being recalled, while 84 more were due home Sunday, ending a five-year presence in the increasingly volatile Golan. There have been no signs suggesting the Philippines will resume its mission in the Golan. Filipino forces continue to help a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Aquino said his government was informed in a letter from the U.N.

  • Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

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    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday. Gyanendra Shah was brought to the hospital Saturday night, and was recovering in the intensive care unit and was out of danger, said Dr. Bharat Rawat at the Norvic Hospital in Katmandu. Hundreds of his supporters crowded the hospital Sunday. Security was tightened around the hospital in the center of Katmandu. Gyanendra was the last king to rule Nepal before the Constituent Assembly abolished the centuries-old monarchy and turned the country into a republic. He remains in Nepal as a common citizen with no powers, but is provided security by the government.

  • France charges 5 in Islamic State recruiting ring

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    PARIS (AP) — French authorities have filed preliminary charges against five people, including a sister and brother, suspected of belonging to a ring specialized in recruiting young female fighters for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. A judicial official said Sunday the five were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday in Vaux-en-Velin in central France and were being held in custody. The arrests came weeks after a series of detentions of adolescent girls around France, including a 16-year-old caught at the airport in Nice as she prepared to leave for Turkey and ultimately Syria, and three teens who were planning to travel abroad together and corresponded on social networks.

  • Roadside bomb kills 2 policemen in Egypt's capital

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    CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bomb went off on Sunday on a busy downtown Cairo street near the Nile-side Egyptian Foreign Ministry, killing two senior policemen, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. In a separate incident, a military helicopter on a training mission crashed in an oasis province some 100 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Cairo, killing six people, according to state television and chief military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir. The crash in Fayoum was caused by a technical malfunction and Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhi ordered an investigation into the incident, they said. The 10:45 a.m. blast in Cairo targeted a police checkpoint near the back gate of the 34-story ministry building. Several pe

  • German families to sue Ukraine over MH17 crash

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    BERLIN (AP) — German relatives of three people killed in the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 plan to sue Ukraine for negligence, a lawyer for the families said Sunday. Weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that lawyer Elmar M. Giemulla intends to file a suit at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, demanding €1 million ($1.29 million) compensation for each victim. MH17 was shot down July 17 over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, with 298 people killed. A recent report by authorities in the Netherlands, where most of the victims came from, stopped short of blaming any one side.

  • Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week

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    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Egypt will host a brief round of indirect talks this week between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, as well as negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory, a Palestinian official said Sunday. Both sessions will be held Tuesday in Cairo, said Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev declined to comment. Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas fought a 50-day war that ended in late August. Under the deal that ended the fighting, Israel and Hamas were to return to Cairo within a month to hold indirect negotiations on a broader deal for Gaza.

  • US applauds Afghan power-sharing agreement

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration applauded the power-sharing deal signed Sunday by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates. The agreement resolved a drawn-out dispute that threatened to plunge Afghanistan into political turmoil while complicating the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. A White House statement said the pact will help bring closure to Afghanistan's political crisis and restore "confidence in the way forward," and that the U.S. was ready to work with the new Afghan government to ensure success. The deal is a victory for Secretary of State John Kerry, who got the candidates to agree in principle to share power during a July visit to Afghanistan.

  • At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports

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    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet — North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan? Welcome to the Asian Games, where, as the organizers put it, "Diversity Shines." Host South Korea has managed to bring together all 45 member states of the Olympic Council of Asia for a spectacle of sports that over the next two weeks will put the spotlight on more than 10,000 athletes vying for 439 gold medal

  • Chinese destroyer docks in Iran, first such visit

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran's state television reported on Sunday. Adm. Hossein Azad, naval base chief in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, said the four-day visit that began Saturday saw the two navies sharing expertise in the field of marine rescue. "On the last day of their visit while leaving Iran, the Chinese warships will stage a joint drill in line with mutual collaboration, and exchange of marine and technical information particularly in the field of aid and rescue," said Azad.

  • Wife of UK hostage issues plea to militants

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    LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages "before it is too late." The Islamic State group, which has released online videos showing the beheading of two American journalists and another British aid worker, has threatened to kill former taxi driver Alan Henning next. Henning, 47, was kidnapped in December in Syria, shortly after crossing into the country from Turkey in an aid convoy. His wife, Barbara, implored the militants to "see it in their hearts" to release him in a statement released by Britain's Foreign Office late Saturday. "Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left h

  • Gang robs security guard outside Berlin Apple shop

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Police are hunting for a gang that robbed a security guard as he was picking up cash from Germany's biggest Apple's store. Berlin police spokesman Rene Rodemann says three masked men threatened the guard with a firearm Saturday and forced him to hand over a cash container before escaping in a dark sedan. The getaway car was later found burning about a mile away. Rodemann says witnesses claimed to have seen the suspects switch to a white vehicle. Rodemann declined to say how much money was stolen, but cash is still a popular method of payment in Germany, even for big ticket items. The robbery took place the day after Apple's new iPhone 6 went on sale around the world. Apple didn't immediately

  • Pop culture, genocide on Ledyard High curriculum

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    LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) — For students taking the newest electives at Ledyard High School, the academic year opened with death and candy. More students signed up for the school's new 20th Century American Pop Culture and Genocide classes than the school was able to accommodate, said Principal Amanda Fagan. The half-credit electives are designed to continue social studies education into students' senior year, even though seniors are no longer required to take a class in that subject area. An enthusiastic team of teachers - three for each subject - got creative when designing the new curriculum.

  • Spanish judge indicts 9 persons for cyber fraud

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    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system. Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's National Court said the suspects include seven Romanians and two Spaniards, who allegedly fraudulently extracted money from ATM's in February 2013. The judge said there was evidence the suspects belonged to an international criminal organization that also laundered money and took part in credit card fraud. Velasco said the cash extractions were perpetrated on a global scale and are linked to eight hackers in the United States who penetrated the security system of a company that handled an Omani bank's card pay

  • UN: 70,000 Syrians escape fighting to Turkey

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    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says some 70,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours to escape fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State group. A spokeswoman for the agency says most of those coming across the border near Syria's northern town of Kobani are Kurdish women, children and elderly. Selin Unal told the Associated Press on Sunday that "people are still coming" and urged the international community to step up its aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey, already numbering some 1.5 million.