• Delta reports gains in traffic, key revenue figure

    Updated: 25 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines Inc. said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 2 percent in September as corporate flying and demand for travel within the U.S. offset "pressure" on international revenue. The figure — revenue for every seat flown one mile — rises when airlines fill more seats, charge higher average fares, or both. Airlines have kept prices up by limiting the addition of flights. Traffic rose 5.4 percent, as passengers flew 16.95 billion miles last month. Both U.S. and international flying increased. Delta added 4.9 percent passenger-carrying capacity, compared with August 2013. With traffic rising faster than capacity, the average flight was a bit more full — 83.7 percent, up from 83.3 percent.

  • Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president. Pierson's undoing was not telling the president about a Sept. 16 incident in Atlanta in which President Barack Obama rode an elevator with an armed security contractor during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two White House officials said. The armed contractor's proximity to Obama violated the agency's security protocols. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as well as Obama appeared unaware of the full extent of the Atlanta incident and the Sept. 19 security breach in which a man armed with a knife jumped the White Hou

  • Reputed drug cartel member to change plea in US

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States is due in a New Hampshire court Thursday for a change of plea hearing. Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman had pleaded not guilty to charges that he planned to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the U.S., including in New Hampshire. Prosecutors say his cousin is Joaquin Guzman, who led the violent Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico until his arrest in February. During meetings with undercover agents, Gutierrez-Guzman said he was a direct representative of his cousin, who is known as "El Chapo." Two of the meetings were in Portsmouth and New Castle.

  • Senate hopeful grilled at Alaska fisheries debate

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    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan got grilled on his positions on fishing issues during a debate Wednesday night with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the largest fishing ports in the U.S. Sullivan, who took flak for initially planning to skip the debate to campaign in rural Alaska, sought to show his command of fisheries issues, the focus of the only-in-Alaska debate that is a tradition among politicians in the Last Frontier. Sullivan mentioned his family's fish camp and the need to cut burdensome regulations. He also mentioned Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who recently endorsed him and campaigned with him in Kodiak. Fishing is a multibillion-dollar industry in the state and a major

  • Missing-student suspect doesn't appear in court

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges as expected. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was scheduled for a 9 a.m. hearing in Albemarle County General District Court, but a judge read his name and then quickly moved to the next case without any explanation of where Matthew was or why he didn't appear by video feed. The 32-year-old Matthew also is charged with abduction with intent to defile 18-year-old Hannah Graham. His bond hearing on that felony count has been set for Dec. 4 in Charlottesville. Authorities say he was charged with reckless driving after speeding away from a police s

  • Justices to review Arizona districting commission

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider a challenge by Arizona Republicans to the state's congressional districting map. Arizona voters created an independent redistricting commission in 2000 in an effort to take politics out of the process. But the GOP-led state legislature complained in a lawsuit that the Constitution exclusively gives power to draw maps for congressional districts to elected state lawmakers. A divided panel of federal judges dismissed the lawsuit, but justices said they will review the lower court ruling. In a brief order, the justices said they would consider whether the commission is allowed either under the Constitution or federal law.

  • Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants

    Updated: 36 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. As lawmakers debate in Ankara, the militants pressed their offensive against a beleaguered Kurdish town along the Syria-Turkey border. The assault, which has forced about 160,000 people to flee across the frontier in recent days, left Kurdish militiamen scrambling Thursday to repel Islamic State extremists pushing into the outskirts of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab. Turkey, a NATO member with a large and modern military, has yet to define what role it intends to pl

  • Netflix signs Adam Sandler to four-film deal

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. Netflix announced early Thursday that it has landed one of Hollywood's biggest comedic stars in its growing push into original movies. The films will premiere exclusively on Netflix. In a statement, Sandler joked that he agreed to the deal for one reason: Because "Netflix rhymes with wet chicks." With films that have collectively grossed more than $2.4 billion domestically, Sandler has long been a major box office draw. His last film, though, the romantic comedy "Blended," sputtered with a total of just $46.3 million.

  • Many sick in US Ebola patient's Liberia hometown

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    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital. Soon Duncan, Marthalene Williams' parents and several others tried to hoist her into a taxi cab bound for a hospital downtown. Within weeks, everyone who helped Williams that day was either sick or dead. The virus is spread through direct contact with saliva, sweat and blood, and all had touched the sick woman's body.

  • A look at new cases the Supreme Court to consider

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    A brief look at the new cases that the Supreme Court said Thursday it would consider during its 2014-2015 term, which begins Monday: —Whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code, which the clothing chain has since changed. The Obama administration is appealing a lower court decision that said the New Albany, Ohio-based company did not discriminate because the job applicant did not specifically say she needed a religious accommodation. At issue is how employers must deal with laws that require them to make allowances for a worker's religious practices, as long as doing so does not cause the business too much hardship.

  • US factory orders posted record drop in August

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders. A key category that tracks business investment plans posted a small increase, offering an encouraging sign that factory production will sustain momentum in the second half of this year. Orders declined 10.1 percent in August after a record increase of 10.5 percent in July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Both months were affected by swings in demand for commercial aircraft, which soared in July only to plummet in August. Core capital goods, a category seen as a proxy for business investment, managed to rise a slight 0.4 percent in Augu

  • Sears to raise cash through Canadian ops sale

    Updated: 51 min ago

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears, sorely in need of cash, is selling most of its stake in its Canadian unit to raise as much as $380 million. The rights offering to shareholders for the majority of its 51 percent stake in Sears Canada Inc. will give the retailer some breathing room as it heads into the crucial holiday season. The announcement Thursday is the last in a string of initiatives the company is undertaking to shore up finances. Sears said that it will evaluate its capital structure over the next six to 12 months and may take further action to create more financial flexibility.

  • AP NewsBreak: Mine safety violations down

    Updated: 51 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of chronic safety violators among mine operators has fallen sharply in recent years, according to government figures being released Thursday. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the number has dropped in response to reforms the agency has taken to rein in bad actors. The National Mining Association counters that the industry's own safety program deserves the credit. The government puts repeat safety offenders on its Pattern of Violations, or POV, list, which is reserved for mines that pose the greatest risk to the safety and health of miners.

  • Plot to bomb holiday event leads to 30-year term

    Updated: 57 min ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One thousand, four hundred and six days after he screamed "God is great" while police officers dragged him into a waiting van, a young Somali American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb. His intended target was a downtown Portland square one night after Thanksgiving 2010, where thousands of revelers watched the mayor light a towering Christmas tree. The bomb was a fake, part of an elaborate FBI sting with Mohamed Mohamud as its target. Mohamud was 19 then, a fact a federal judge in Portland took into account when sentencing him Wednesday to three decades in prison. His attorneys asked for a prison on the West Coast, and pledged to appeal his sentence.

  • Testimony over Hernandez evidence enters 3rd day

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    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Testimony at a hearing for Aaron Hernandez enters its third days as lawyers seek to have some evidence in his murder case thrown out, including from a cellphone and home surveillance system. The defense says the former New England Patriot was unlawfully questioned when state police investigating the killing of Odin Lloyd executed a search warrant at Hernandez's home. They maintain he was not free to leave. He has said he felt "helpless" and worried about his family. Hernandez had earlier referred questions to his attorney. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 death of Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister.

  • Texas Ebola monitoring now beyond initial contacts

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — About 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday. The people being monitored are the 12 to 18 people who first came into contact with the infected man — which federal health officials have said include three members of the ambulance crew that took him to the hospital, plus a handful of schoolchildren — as well as others those initial people had contact with, spokeswoman Erikka Neroes said. "The number of people who are now part of the contact investigation has grown to more than 80," she said.

  • Court takes up hear religious bias case over hijab

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code, which the clothing chain has since changed. The justices agreed to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court decision that ruled the New Albany, Ohio-based company did not discriminate because the job applicant did not specifically say she needed a religious accommodation. At issue is how employers must deal with laws that require them to make allowances for a worker's religious practices, as long as doing so does not cause the business too much hardship.

  • 'Real Housewives' couple face sentencing for fraud

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality. Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice arrived at the federal courthouse in Newark on Thursday morning and are scheduled to be sentenced on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. The couple had pleaded guilty in March, admitting that they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months, though the judge could deviate up or down from those ranges.

  • Supreme Court takes up housing bias case

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in recent years, the Supreme Court will consider taking away a powerful legal tactic the Obama administration and others have used to combat housing discrimination. The justices agreed Thursday to take up a Texas case that challenges the theory that certain housing or lending practices can illegally harm minority groups, even when there is no proof of intent to discriminate. The court tried to tackle the issue twice before, but those cases were settled out of court in 2012 and 2013, just weeks before oral argument. Those settlements, including one brokered by the Justice Department, cheered civil rights groups that hoped to avoid a setback from court conservatives.

  • US factory orders fall record 10.1 percent in August, as demand for aircraft plunges

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders fall record 10.1 percent in August, as demand for aircraft plunges.