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  • US: Ebola cases could hit 1.4 million by mid-Jan.

    LONDON (AP) — New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically — the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone — unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up....

  • Countries, companies pledge to end deforestation

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join. The United States, Canada and the entire European Union signed on to a declaration to...

  • UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth. Tuesday's one-day summit at the annual...

  • Pentagon says Khorasan group was nearing attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Gen. William Mayville, the Pentagon's...

  • Federal prison population drops by nearly 5,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department. In a speech scheduled Tuesday in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder planned to say...

  • South Africa makes nuclear deal with Russia

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has signed a deal with Russia to get up to eight nuclear reactors built with Russian technology. The deal was signed on Monday on the sidelines of a conference of the U.N. atomic agency in Vienna, South Africa's energy ministry said in a statement. It was signed...

  • Soft data, Syria strikes hit US, European markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower following disappointing economic news and U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 24 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,147 as of noon Eastern time Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell a...

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending September 22, 2014: Top Songs 1 Shake It Off, Taylor Swift 2 All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor 3 Bang Bang, Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj 4 Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora), Iggy Azalea 5 Habits (Stay High), Tove Lo 6 Anaconda, Nicki...

  • Emergency manager in talks on Detroit role

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr is in talks with Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council on his future in the city as his 18-month contract nears its end. Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says Tuesday negotiations on the transition are ongoing. Orr was hired by the...

  • Southwest jet safely returns to Austin after odor

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Passengers on a Southwest Airlines jet have used slides to evacuate after the pilot reported an odor in the cabin, declared an emergency and safely returned to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Airport spokesman Jason Zielinski (zuh-LIN'-skee) says nobody was hurt in...

  • DC Council to consider banning Indian nicknames

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council will consider banning racially based nicknames for public schools in the nation's capital. Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced a bill on Tuesday that would force seven schools in the District of Columbia to change nicknames referring to...

  • Iran leader: Strikes in Syria illegal, no gov't OK

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government. Meeting with a group of senior editors on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly...

  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it...

  • World trade body cuts forecasts

    BERLIN (AP) — The World Trade Organization has sharply reduced its forecast for global trade growth this year, pointing to uneven economic growth in countries including China and the U.S. The WTO said Tuesday that its economists are now predicting 3.1 percent growth in world trade this year,...

  • Pentagon: Strikes on Islamic militants to continue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are the beginning of a "credible and sustainable, persistent" campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group. Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells...



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