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Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

Iraqi soldiers and Sunni fighters hold a position on the top of a building on the frontine during clashes with Islamic States (IS) fighters on September 17, 2014 in the town of Dhuluiya, some 75 kms (45 miles) north of BaghdadWashington (AFP) - Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long."

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:29:45 -0400
Pirates overwhelm Buchholz, Red Sox in 9-1 win

Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco hits a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) There used to be a time any year really between 1993-2012 when reaching 81 wins would be cause for celebration for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:21:54 -0400
TV show helps spur arrest in 1997 Arizona killing

This Sept. 16, 2014 booking photo provided by the Cottonwwood, Ariz., Police Department shows Cecilio Cruz. Cruz, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 1997 death of his ex-girlfriend and her unborn child in Cottonwood. (AP Photo/Cottonwwood Police Department)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Police say a television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:20:33 -0400
Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman discusses voting trends with a class at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Capital Journal, Chris Neal)Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:16:34 -0400
Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast

Police gather outside the Federal College of Education in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on September 17, 2014, following an attack by Boko Haram gunmenKano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed after at least 13 people died during a shoot-out between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in northern Nigeria.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:26 -0400
Australian leader warns of planned attack

A police officer searches a house in Mount Gravatt, Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Dave Hunt)Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:11 -0400
Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell tells an audience in Anchorage, Alaska, the amount of this year's Permanent Fund Dividend that will go to most residents just for living in the state, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The $1,884 payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) It's a highly anticipated day of the year in Alaska, when residents learn how much money they'll receive from the state's oil-wealth savings account a payout people receive just for living in The Last Frontier.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:12:56 -0400
Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Zarif ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:12:48 -0400
APNewsBreak: Border Patrol to test body cameras

SAN DIEGO (AP) The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:46 -0400
Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards

Jason Isbell performs during the Americana Music Honors and Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:06:30 -0400
Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green BayBy Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken (Reuters) - Another National Football League player was arrested on domestic violence allegations hours after two teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended players enmeshed in similar cases on Wednesday. The charges against Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer of aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence in late July come amid intensifying criticism from corporate sponsors and politicians toward America's top sports league. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:58:30 -0400
Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath

A woman and her daughter exit the Mega Supermarket with free food in Los Cabos, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. According to employees, the supermarket donated all the food in the store and established a system by which every person had 5 minutes to get whatever they could for free. Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos also on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:56:29 -0400
Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, a port worker walks past a piles of cargo at a container terminal in Tokyo. Japan has logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.8 million) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as weak demand at home hit imports while exports also fell. The Finance Ministry reported Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 that exports fell 1.3 percent from a year earlier to 5.71 trillion yen ($53.3 billion) while imports dropped 1.5 percent to 6.65 trillion yen ($62.1 billion). (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:53:56 -0400
China's President Xi seeks to reset ties in India

China's President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Ahmedabad, on September 17, 2014China's President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi on Thursday on a rare visit likely to yield a sharp rise in investment as Beijing seeks to reset ties with its western neighbour.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:39:58 -0400
Islamic State ordered 'demonstration killings' in Australia: PM

Sydney (AFP) - A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering "demonstration killings" in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:35:52 -0400
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