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  • Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene...

  • Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients

    FREEMAN RESERVE, Liberia (AP) — The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn't want to go. "Have you been around someone who died? Ever been...

  • Senior congressman wants Secret Service chief out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican lawmaker wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job, and a senior Democrat said Wednesday he is not comfortable with her leading the Secret Service but subsequently said he hasn't decided whether she should resign or be fired. Rep. Jason...

  • Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran, civilian deaths

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the...

  • Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in...

  • Boehner: Jeb Bush has 'real shot' in 2016

    Count House Speaker John Boehner as a fan of Jeb Bush for president. He also hasn't spoken to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in two years.

  • Elizabeth Warren: Tapes show Fed more concerned with banks than public

    In an interview Wednesday, Warren said the recordings reveal "that the relationship between regulators and the financial institutions they oversee is too cozy to provide the kind of tough oversight that's really needed."

  • Revel buyers plan to re-open it as a casino

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Canadian asset management company won a bankruptcy court auction for the failed Revel casino hotel in Atlantic City on Wednesday and plans to re-open it as a casino. Toronto-based Brookfield US Holdings LLC told The Associated Press on Wednesday it plans to operate...

  • Florida cop suspended for tasing a 62-year-old woman

    A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave after footage of an incident surfaced showing him tasing a 62-year-old woman who can be seen walking away from him.

  • Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem. A draft resolution circulated to council members and obtained Wednesday by The...

  • US construction spending down 0.8 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness. Construction spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent after a 1.2 percent increase in July, the...

  • GM says parts are ready to fix recalled small cars

    MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. Barra told reporters at an investor conference Wednesday that GM's parts supplier finished making the parts...

  • Jimmy Carter says he would have defeated Reagan had he been more 'manly'

    Former President Jimmy Carter claimed Wednesday that he would have been reelected and beaten Ronald Reagan in 1980 if had been more "manly" in his dealings with Iran.

  • VIDEO: Happy anniversary, Obamacare

    One year ago, the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act opened to the public.

  • Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal

    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas has refused to reinstate two money laundering convictions of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, in an 8-1 ruling Wednesday, upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed...



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