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  • Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience. A brief statement from the Occupy Central civil...

  • New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

    KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. Volcanic tremors rose to a level...

  • Elgin police officer fired due to Facebook comment

    ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has been fired, authorities say because of Facebook posts he allegedly made. Jason A. Lentz was a 17-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. In a statement, Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said Lentz was fired Monday after it was determined...

  • Final debate for Abbott, Davis in governor's race

    DALLAS (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis has one last debate with Republican Greg Abbott to try to narrow the gap in the Texas governor's race. Their debate Tuesday night in Dallas will likely attract more viewers than their first meeting earlier this month in the Rio Grande Valley. Davis has five...

  • Jury to sentence Texas woman who shot husband

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sentencing will begin for a North Texas woman guilty in the 2011 shooting death of her husband. Michele Williams faces life in prison after a Fort Worth jury convicted her Monday of shooting 40-year-old Greg Williams at their home in suburban Keller. Prosecutors...

  • Australian police arrest 1 in counterterror raids

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be charged with...

  • Colorado high court considers pot firing case

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, says he still can't find steady work because employers are wary of...

  • Developer asks for more time for LA football plan

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A developer that proposed building an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles asked the mayor and other city officials Monday for more time to lure a professional football team. Anschutz Entertainment Group's two-year agreement for the right to replace the city's convention...

  • Driver injured after hitting a utility pole

    HARTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A driver is in serious condition at a hospital after hitting a utility pole and severing it in half in Hartland. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says the driver failed to negotiate a curve while traveling on Ridge Road. He ran onto a shoulder before striking the...

  • Asian stocks mostly lower after US declines

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street's losses overnight and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to worries about political risk. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index tumbled 1.2 percent to 22,945.80 points after...

  • China celebrates new holiday of Martyr's Day

    BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders solemnly presented flower baskets Tuesday at the People's Heroes Monument in central Beijing to mark Martyr's Day, one of three new holidays created this year in a renewed focus on World War II. Scores of ordinary people also lined...

  • Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work

    MADRID (AP) — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as "Father Tony," the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador's roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death. Others say he got too close to the...

  • Police fatally shoot stabbing suspect in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man wielding a knife was shot and killed by police inside a Brooklyn apartment during a dispute in which another man was fatally stabbed. Police say officers arriving at the scene on Ocean Parkway in Midwood at about 7:20 p.m. Monday encountered a man holding a knife, a second...

  • Kauai Community College gets new equipment boost

    LIHUI, Hawaii (AP) — Filmmakers and artists at Kauai Community College are getting a boost from new equipment that they can use to make documentaries about life on the island. The school's digital media arts department now has $100,000 in state-of-the-art equipment. The money for the digital...

  • S. Korean ship runs aground, everyone rescued

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean cruise ship ran aground off the southwestern coast Tuesday but all of the 109 people aboard the vessel have been rescued, coast guard officers said. The incident came as South Korea is still struggling to deal with the aftermath of April's ferry disaster...



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