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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Soft data, Syria strikes hit US, European markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and European stocks retreated Tuesday following some disappointing economic reports and news that U.S.-led forces have started airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 49 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,124 as...

  • Peabody Energy updates outlook; shares rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Peabody Energy rose nearly 4 percent Tuesday after the coal company gave a mixed updated outlook for the third quarter. Peabody now expects earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to be between $190 million to $210 million, up from its previous...

  • Chief: Welding torch sparked Los Angeles port fire

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spark from a welder's torch caused a fire at a Port of Los Angeles wharf that was smoldering and sending up a huge plume of smoke Tuesday after forcing about 850 people to evacuate the night before, the city's fire chief said. At least one elementary school was closed for...

  • Air France pilots protest as premier spurns strike

    PARIS (AP) — Scores of striking Air France pilots took their protest to the streets on Tuesday, demonstrating in full uniform outside of France's National Assembly to demand government intervention to end an eight-day standoff. Parent company Air France-KLM says about half of all Air France...

  • Casino panel hears input on Catskills casinos

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Catskill region residents who see casinos as an economic lifeline and local opponents sounded off Tuesday before the panel that will decide where new upstate New York casinos will be located. The Gaming Facility Location Board held a 12-hour public comment session in...

  • Astorino reports $32,000 for outside work

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tax returns show that New York's Republican candidate for governor earned nearly $32,000 last year for outside work. Rob Astorino, who's also the Westchester County executive, released his federal and state tax returns for 2013 on Tuesday. In addition to the $157,010 he took in...

  • US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State military strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and a simultaneous U.S. strike targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting direct assaults on American and other Western interests, the U.S. military said Tuesday. President Barack Obama...

  • Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer. The deaths of...

  • Gillespie remains bullish about Virginia

    Few people give Ed Gillespie much of a chance in Virginia's Senate race -- except Gillespie himself.

  • Liberia president: Ebola scare closing hospitals, killing even uninfected

    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that the soaring death rate among non-Ebola patients threatens to reverse the strides made in the nation against killers like AIDS and malaria.



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