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  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not mean there is no Ebola in the West Point Slum. But...

  • Ecuador heralds digital currency plans

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar. The electronic money, which Central Bank officials...

  • Stock market closes at record high

    The Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading. Chip maker Avago Technologies jumped nearly 8 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' estimates. The latest reports on the U.S. economy were mixed. Consumer sentiment improved in August,...

  • Groundwater regulations headed to Gov. Jerry Brown

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is on the verge of regulating groundwater for the first time under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly on Friday approved AB1739 on a 44-27 vote. It is one of three bills overhauling the state's "pump-as-you-please" policy by...

  • Black sea bass fishery to see new rules in Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery officials on Friday proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state's waters. The regulations would govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species, said Maine Department of Marine Resources...

  • 2 exceptions to Nebraska smoking ban struck down

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday struck down exceptions to the state's public smoking ban for cigar bars and tobacco shops, but it spared the exception for some hotel guestrooms that allow smoking. The decision came in the case of Big John's Billiards, an Omaha pool hall,...

  • Costs of NM coal power plant proposal challenged

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by renewable energy...

  • Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a contractor Idaho selected to oversee its Medicaid behavioral health program for possibly violating patient-privacy laws. In a collaborative report from the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1pqUk0O ), health...

  • Strategy irony: Obama declares 'National Preparedness Month,' 'PrepareAthon'

    President Obama declared September "National Preparedness Month," a time when he wants the nation to set their own strategy for dealing with a killer crisis -- like climate change.

  • California mentally ill inmates get special units

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court...

  • California will shift mentally ill inmates into separate isolation units, offer more treatment

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will shift mentally ill inmates into separate isolation units, offer more treatment.

  • Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel's challenge of runoff results

    Judge Hollis McGehee sided with Sen. Thad Cochran's legal team. They had asked McGehee to dismiss the case because McDaniel did not file it within the period designated under Mississippi law.

  • Pentagon pressed on why there's no strategy to defeat ISIS

    President Obama's gaffe Thursday that "we don't have a strategy" for a broader fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is putting pressure on the Pentagon as reporters ask: Why not? "The question presumes that we're not doing anything, that there's no sense of urgency in the...

  • Build better teachers

    Perhaps the most promising thinking is that the most important factor in student performance isn't class size, spending or curriculum, but the quality of the teacher.



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