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  • Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel. The talks about Gaza's future seem to be a long shot,...

  • Asian shares slip on jitters over China growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 0.8 percent to 16,189.73 as the yen...

  • Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong students are gearing up to boycott classes over Beijing's decision to restrict electoral reforms in the former British colony. The weeklong strike marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city, and comes as a big group of...

  • US firm in China meat scandal lays off 340 staff

    BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. meat supplier said Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has been under investigation since a Shanghai TV station...

  • SpaceX to break ground on Texas rocket launch site

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry will attend as SpaceX breaks ground on the state's southernmost tip for the company's first commercial site for orbital launches. The Monday ceremony will mark the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville....

  • Court challenge to tough voter ID law nears end

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge will hear closing arguments on tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear closing arguments Monday in Corpus Christi in a...

  • Florida man convicted of forced prostitution

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man is facing a potential life prison sentence after he was convicted of using violence to force a woman into prostitution. Sentencing is set for Nov. 25 for 35-year-old Shaun Eric McKinley, who was recently convicted of kidnapping and sex...

  • 1 convicted, 2 sentenced in Florida tax frauds

    MIAMI (AP) — One man has been convicted and two others sentenced to prison in the latest round of South Florida identity theft and income tax fraud cases. Authorities say Miami and surrounding cities have long led the nation in this type of fraud. A federal jury on Friday convicted 35-year-old...

  • Districts in Orlando, Atlanta up for school prize

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — School districts in Atlanta and Orlando are vying for the largest education award given to U.S. school districts. Officials are announcing Monday whether the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education goes to Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia or Orange County Public...

  • USTA holding 3 championship events this month

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The USTA Florida Section is hosting three 2014 USTA/ITA Regional Tennis Championships this month. The Division II tennis men's and women's teams championships are set for Florida Southern College in Lakeland Sept. 26-28, the junior college women will be at Sanlando Park...

  • Climate justice now! Occupy the climate!

    The genius of the People's Climate March, at least as far as its organizers and participants were concerned, is that the concept of climate is broad and flexible enough to cover everything.

  • Melted glacier sends miles of mud down Mt. Shasta

    MT. SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — The largest mudslide on Northern California's Mt. Shasta in two decades may be related to California's prolonged drought, experts said Sunday. The mudslide began Saturday after a glacier holding pockets of water either shifted or melted, releasing water down the...

  • Dynamiting barely dents Peru's narco air bridge

    PICHARI, Peru (AP) — The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight. As authorities wound up a...

  • Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn't seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas. The island's national league began its...

  • Australia to prohibit secret service torture

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had planned to indemnify Australian Security Intelligence Organization officers against all criminal...



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