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A look at American jihadis: Why do they fight?

FILE - This March 23, 2008, file photo, provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. McCain, 33, of suburban Minneapolis, was killed this year in Syria fighting with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at four Americans who became jihadis, and what motivated them to fight:


More than 1K people search for missing UVa student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Nearly 1,000 volunteers, some driven by worry for the safety of their own families, fanned out from the University of Virginia campus Saturday to search for a sophomore who disappeared a week ago.

Man arrested for trespassing at White House day after security breach

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man was arrested on Saturday for trespassing at the White House, one day after an intruder from Texas scaled a fence and made it inside the doors of the executive mansion while President Barack Obama was away, the Secret Service said. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the latest case involved a man who approached the White House gates on foot, was sent away, then returned in his vehicle to the White House gates. "He refused to leave and was arrested for trespassing," Donovan said. No further details were available. ...

Suspect charged with slashing throats of mother, son in Camden

Suspect charged with slashing throats of mother, son in Camden Police have charged a suspect with slashing the throats of a mother and her teen son in Camden.


Suspect charged in Camden throat slashings

Suspect charged with slashing throats of mother, son in Camden Police have charged a suspect with slashing the throats of a mother and her teen son in Camden.


Ex-Utah teacher to trial on student sex charges

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, Davis High School English teacher Brianne Altice stands before the judge during her first court hearing in Farmington, Utah. Altice accused of having sexual relationships with two of her former students has been ordered to stand trial on additional charges of rape and forcible sodomy. One of the teenage boys offered graphic details during his testimony at a preliminary hearing on Friday, Sept. 19, about how he went from being Altice's English student to allegedly having sex with her in his Farmington home. (AP Photo/Standard-Examiner, Benjamin Zack, File) FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A 35-year-old former Utah high school teacher accused of having sexual relationships with two of her former students has been ordered to stand trial on additional charges of rape and forcible sodomy.


Authorities: 5 inmates escape from California jail

MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Central California are on the hunt for five inmates who have escaped a correctional facility.

Tour ship runs aground by NYC's Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — A 120-foot-tall schooner ran aground and got stuck in shallow waters near the Statue of Liberty on Saturday afternoon, officials said. No injuries were reported and the 121 tourists on board were ferried in small boats to a lower Manhattan marina.

Corgi owners rally around slain Bellingham dog

BELLLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Corgi owners around the nation are rallying around a slain Bellingham dog, calling for the harshest penalty for the man charged with killing Molly, a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

FILE - In this June 30, 2010, file photo, Bishop Blase Cupich, 61, of Rapid City, S.D., poses for a photo at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes after his announcement in Spokane, Wash. Cupich will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle) As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.


Family of man shot by police invite chief to rally

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a Northern California man who was shot and killed by a police officer is scheduled to hold a rally and memorial, and the police chief has been invited to attend.

Armed officers comb ambush suspect's woods

Armed officers comb ambush suspect's woods Authorities wearing bulletproof vests and carrying heavy rifles fanned out Saturday in the neighborhood around the home of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.


Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

A Pennsylvania State Trooper prepares to enter a wooded area at the Dunmore Cemetery during the funeral service of Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryon Dickson on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Dunmore, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what's going on just outside their front doors.


Ruby Dee memorialized in NYC with song and dance

Singer Alicia Keys performs during a memorial service for actress Ruby Dee at The Riverside Church, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was remembered in poetry, dance and song at a Harlem church, where Alicia Keys sang her song "Superwoman," Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House.


Police: Calif. murder sparked by dispute over cats, dog

Police: Calif. murder sparked by dispute over cats, dog Police say a murder in California on Thursday night was sparked by a dispute over cats and a dog. And when it was over, investigators say the female suspect ran away with two young kids.


City cites drought, sinks LA water slide proposal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city officials have pulled the plug on plans to temporarily transform a downtown street into a giant water slide because of drought.

2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas

Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seems to bode well for the new record.


700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday.


Oculus unveils new prototype VR headset

FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Peter Mason tries the Oculus virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, is holding its first-ever developers conference and is expected to discuss the much-anticipated release of its VR headset for consumers. The two-day Oculus Connect conference begins Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition.


Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

A piece of burnt metal is seen at the King Fire in Fresh Pond northeast of Sacramento By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said. Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes. "The structures that did burn, many of them were completely consumed as the trees around them burned top to bottom. ...


Diplomats: Iran receptive to new nuke proposal

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. With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With Iran refusing U.S. demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran's enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats told The Associated Press Saturday.


Kentucky firefighter dies after ice bucket challenge accident

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE KY. (Reuters) - A Kentucky firefighter who was severely injured a month ago while helping college students take part in an "ice-bucket" fundraiser died on Saturday from his injuries, authorities said. Captain Tony Grider, 41, of Campbellsville was hurt along with three other firefighters when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line as their department doused a university band with water. Kyle Smith, the chief of Campbellsville Fire and Rescue, said Grider died at noon at University of Louisville hospital. ...

Scots voted 'No' over economic worries

Scotland's "No" campaign focused on the economic dangers of independence, in particular warning of uncertainty over the currency after the British government said the separatists would not be able to keep the pound London (AFP) - Scots were driven to reject independence in a historic referendum more out of fears over the economic risks of going alone than a strong attachment to the United Kingdom, a survey analysis shows.


Man trapped in vehicle after crashing in Gloucester Twp., N.J.

Man trapped in vehicle after crashing in Gloucester Twp., N.J. Police say a man had to be rescued from his vehicle after crashing in Gloucester Township, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


Teams assess damage as California wildfire burns

Wayne Allen Huntsman sits in El Dorado Superior Court for charges related to the King fire in Placerville, Calif., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Huntsman pleaded not guilty to an arson charge. He was being held on $10 million bail after authorities said he started the blaze. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Assessment teams hope to get an idea Saturday of just how many structures have been damaged or destroyed by a massive wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in Northern California.


Police investigate double shooting in West Oak Lane

Police investigate double shooting in West Oak Lane Police say two men were shot and wounded during an attempted robbery in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane section late Friday night.


Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis

In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal courthouse following their daughter's plea hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Denver. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty under a deal that requires her to give authorities information about others with the same intentions. With foreign fighters from dozens of nations pouring into the Middle East to join the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations, U.S. officials are putting new energy into trying to understand what radicalizes people far removed from the fight and into prodding countries around the world to do a better job of keeping them from joining up. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.


2016 may loom, but Jeb Bush is focused on business

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talking about education reform during a forum in Nashville, Tenn. While other Republicans mulling a run for president in 2016 are laying the foundations of their potential campaigns, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is focusing on his growing personal business empire. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — While other Republicans considering the 2016 presidential race are openly laying the foundations of potential campaigns, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is busy tending to a growing personal business empire.


Georgia's ex-president exiled in trendy NYC area

NEW YORK (AP) — Georgia's former president is spending his self-imposed exile in one of New York City's hippest neighborhoods.

Last stretch of New York's High Line to open

Pedestrians stroll between gleaming luxury apartment buildings along the High Line in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The last stretch of the elevated walkway opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NEW YORK (AP) — The last stretch of New York's High Line opens Sunday, completing one of the nation's most distinctive urban transformations: abandoned elevated rails that have been turned into a linear oasis of flowers, grasses and trees.


Young man struck crossing street in Gloucester Twp., N.J.

Young man struck crossing street in Gloucester Twp., N.J. Police say a young man was struck crossing a street in Gloucester Township, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

File photo of Bishop Blase Cupich answering questions from the press in Bellevue Washington VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. Cupich, 65, who is seen as a moderate and is currently the bishop of Spokane, Washington, succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who is retiring. Chicago, with more than 2.2 million parishioners, is the third-largest U.S. ...


City to shut off water to homeless shelter because of unpaid bill

The city of Atlanta says it will shut off water to a downtown homeless shelter unless the shelter pays its $600,000 water bill right away. Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher says the shelter spent hours Friday trying to make a large payment. The Mayor’s Office released a letter to the Task Force for the Homeless late Friday calling the Task Force a habitual violator of payment ...

How to Win at Local SEO With Reviews, Citations, and Local Events

With the recent Google Pigeon update, local businesses are scrambling like mad in reaction to the changes. If you’re not showing up at all in the results, shouldn’t you be concerned? While we shouldn’t panic just yet (I think they’re still working out the kinks), you still need to get serious about local search marketing. If you are not familiar with local SEO, you might want to start with my e ...

New Zealand's National Party marches back to power

New Zealand's National Party leader John Key leaves the polling area at a local school with sausages in hand after casting his vote with his wife Bronagh and his son Max on election day during New Zealand's general election in Aucklan By Gyles Beckford WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling National party stormed to a third term in government in the country's general election on Saturday with the center-right party securing an outright election night majority on a platform to continue tight economic policies. Prime Minister John Key's party won 48.1 percent of the vote, translating into 61 of 121 parliamentary seats and improving its performance from the 2011 vote. "I think people saw the country was on the right direction and they rewarded us," Key told reporters as he headed to a victory rally. ...


Canada finance minister says G20 near growth target, wants more from Europe

CAIRNS Australia (Reuters) - Canada's finance minister said on Saturday commitments made by G20 countries came "very close" to the target of adding an extra 2 percentage points to global economic growth and he urged European governments to increase stimulus where they could. More than 900 individual proposals have been submitted and analyzed by officials in the lead-up to the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers, Joe Olive told Reuters. ...

South Africa's rand under pressure as market grapples with Marcus departure

South African Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus shows off a new South African banknote before conducting the first transaction in Pretoria JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's rand visited a fresh 7-month low on Friday, in a market still coming to terms with the news that well-regarded central bank Governor Gill Marcus will leave her post in November. Traders said uncertainty over who will succeed Marcus would keep investors nervous about future monetary policy in Africa's most advanced economy. The rand's moves also reflected a stronger dollar as investors anticipate that the U.S. Federal Reserve might tighten policy faster than expected. ...


Mexico set to achieve 2.7 percent growth for 2014: Deputy Finance Minister

CAIRNS Australia (Reuters) - The Mexican economy is on track to achieve the government's growth forecast of 2.7 percent for 2014, deputy finance minister Fernando Aportela said on Saturday. Aportela said the latest data for new jobs, industrial output and automotive production supported the government's forecast, which some analysts have described as optimistic. "When you look at the indicators of the Mexican economy, they show a recovery that is consistent with the 2. ...

Japan tells G20 its economy continues to recover: Aso

CAIRNS Australia (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Saturday he told his Group of 20 counterparts that the world's third-largest economy continues to recover moderately despite the temporary pain from a sales tax hike in April. He also said Japan stressed the importance of setting up appropriate financial regulation and macro-prudential frameworks to guard against any sudden change to the current low volatility market environment. Asked whether the dollar's rise to 109 yen reflected economic fundamentals, Aso said: "We can't comment on such questions. ...

City offers $22 million settlement to De Anza Cove residents

The city of San Diego announced Friday that it is offering around $22 million to settle a 35-year legal dispute with residents of the De Anza Cove Mobile Home Park at Mission Bay.

City offers $22M to settle De Anza Cove eviction dispute

The city of San Diego announced Friday that it is offering around $22 million to settle a 35-year legal dispute with residents of the De Anza Cove Mobile Home Park at Mission Bay.

City failed to notice theft for years

No one at city hall noticed for years as the fund for Dayton to settle legal claims against the city paid out far more than reflected in actual claims, allegedly at the hands of one employee with authority to sign off on checks.

City acknowledges potential jail death liability

City of Denver defense attorneys have stipulated that the city is liable for the actions of five deputies accused of causing the 2010 death of jail inmate Marvin Booker.

City offers to settle 35 year old De Anza Cove legal dispute

SAN DIEGO — The city of San Diego announced Friday that it is offering around $22 million to settle a 35-year legal dispute with residents of the De Anza Cove Mobile Home Park at Mission Bay. In 2003, residents sued the city when they were given eviction notices after a master lease expired for the […]

City selects routes for 2 new bike lanes

The city has chosen the spots for two new bike routes planned for Edmonton’s busiest cycling areas, even going as far as to narrow the road temporarily to give commuters and idea of what the plan will look like. One of the routes runs through Old Strathcona, from Mill Creek Ravine to 109th Street. “These are already ... pretty popular routed with cyclists,” said Tyler Golly, General Supervisor ...

Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU association deal

Russia has demanded changes to a landmark political and economic pact between the EU and Ukraine in order to meet Moscow's concerns, according to a letter seen by AFP Brussels (AFP) - Russia has demanded changes to a landmark political and economic pact between the EU and Ukraine in order to meet Moscow's concerns, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday.


Global shares end flat, closing out strong week

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock markets around the world closed flat on Friday as early gains failed to hold through the session, though the upward trend in equities continued and Alibaba soared in its historic U.S. trading debut. Alibaba Group , one of the biggest IPOs ever, ended up 38 percent at $93.89 on massive volume. However, because the Chinese online retailer's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is not an S&P 500 component, its gains were not reflected in major indexes. ...


Moody's keeps France on negative outlook

Moody's kept its Aa1 overall rating for France's debt, but warned of significant risks in the government's efforts at restructuring to deal with its heavy fiscal challenges Washington (AFP) - Moody's maintained its negative rating on France on Friday but -- despite earlier reports -- did not deal the struggling economy a downgrade.


Wisconsin governor candidate cuts ties with consultant over jobs plan

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke severed ties with a political consultant after he used similar language in her jobs plan as he did in economic plans he drafted for other clients, Burke's campaign said on Friday. Burke's spokesman, Joe Zepecki, said the campaign ended its relationship on Thursday with Eric Schnurer of Public Works, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm, after he used about 10 passages from the past plans he drafted for former clients in Burke's "Invest for Success," a 40-page jobs plan. ...

Cuba to privatize 9,000 restaurants

People dine at at restaurant in Havana, on November 16, 2010 Havana (AFP) - The Cuban government announced plans Friday to sell nearly 9,000 state-owned restaurants to private operators, the latest step in the communist island's economic reforms.


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