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  • Carter: US, Russia nearing accord on air safety over Syria

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. is nearing an agreement in its discussions with Russia about flight safety in the skies over Syria, and talks may conclude soon. Carter says Pentagon officials and Russian leaders will have their third videoconference on the issue...

  • Bergdahl lawyer accuses McCain of interfering in case

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, has accused Republican Sen. John McCain of exerting "congressional influence" in his client's case. Bergdahl was charged in March with desertion and...

  • Ex-staffer disputes Gowdy claim on Benghazi investigation

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a former Republican staffer fired from the House Benghazi committee on Tuesday challenged comments by the panel's GOP chairman, calling them "unequivocally false" in an escalating internal dispute just days before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham...

  • Fiorina raises $7 million after strong debate performances

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign aide says Carly Fiorina has raised almost $7 million for her Republican presidential bid in the past three months. The former technology executive substantially boosted her fundraising after two strong debate performances. Her total take between July and September...

  • US says Iraqis now in position to retake Ramadi

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says conditions are now right for the Iraqi army to make a decisive assault on Ramadi and reclaim the provincial capital from Islamic State fighters. The statement was made Tuesday by Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman in Baghdad for the U.S.-led coalition...

  • Sotomayor officiates at same-sex wedding in Washington

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Sonia Sotomayor has presided over the same-sex wedding of the owners of a Washington consulting firm that focuses on Hispanic and gay rights issues. Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino are the founders of the consulting firm D&P Creative Strategies. Supreme Court...

  • Brother of US journalist condemns 'cruel' detention in Iran

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The brother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist detained in Iran and convicted in secret, described his brother's imprisonment as "cruel and inhumane" Tuesday and called on the U.S. government to take "any appropriate actions" to win his freedom. Ali Rezaian told...

  • ACLU sues psychologists over CIA interrogation tactics

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued two former Air Force psychologists who designed a CIA program that used harsh interrogation techniques to elicit intelligence from suspected terrorists, saying the pair endorsed and taught torture tactics under the guise of...

  • Justices hear arguments over life sentences for teenagers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers were looking to the Supreme Court Tuesday for signals about whether they will have a chance to seek their freedom. But the 75-minute high court argument in the case of a Louisiana man who has been imprisoned...

  • FAA: Airline passengers shouldn't pack extra batteries

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is strongly urging airlines to tell passengers not to pack spare lithium batteries in checked luggage because they can ignite and fuel fires in baggage compartments. The safety alert issued Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration recommends that airlines...

  • White House: Iran missile test a likely UN violation

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there are "strong indications" that Iran violated U.N. Security Council resolutions when it test fired a new ballistic missile. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that such violations are nothing new. Earnest says the Iranians have...

  • US draws a line on protecting CIA-backed rebels in Syria

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian military intervention to prop up the Syrian government has brought new scrutiny of the CIA's secret support for Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. But how far is the U.S.willing to go in empowering its proxies to take on Vladimir Putin's allies? White House...

  • Paul Ryan weighs pros, cons of becoming next House speaker

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather," weighing an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense. Yet with the...

  • Justices review the way Florida decides death penalty cases

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida's unique system for imposing the death penalty found a skeptical audience at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as some justices questioned whether the state gives judges too much power to decide capital sentences. The court considered an appeal from death row inmate Timothy...

  • Union: Chronic shortage of air traffic controllers a crisis

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to meet its hiring goals for...

  • Clinton, Sanders rivalry in spotlight as Democrats debate

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she always expected tough competition in the Democratic presidential primary. It's likely she didn't expect it would come from Bernie Sanders, the rumpled independent senator from Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist calling for...

  • Attorney says Oklahoma abortion law is unconstitutional

    AP | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an abortion rights group says a new law scheduled to take effect Nov. 1 contains multiple subjects in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution and should be voided by the state's highest court. Ilene Jaroslaw with the New York-based Center for Reproductive...

  • AP Exclusive: Clinton email server setup risked intrusions

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according to data and documents reviewed...

  • Planned Parenthood to forgo payment in fetal tissue programs

    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs. Anti-abortion activists who...

  • What you need to know about tonight's Democratic presidential debate

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Are you planning on watching the Democratic debate Tuesday night? If so, here's what you need to know.

  • High court won't hear Utah appeal over road access

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Utah officials seeking rights of way over several roads that run through federal lands. The justices on Tuesday let stand a lower court ruling that said Utah and Kane County could only claim rights to six of 12 routes over which they...



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