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  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a...

  • Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday. May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned"...

  • Police seek missing 5-year-old British boy

    PARIS (AP) — Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France. The press office for Jehovah's Witnesses said Friday that Ashya King's parents were followers, but that there was no indication...

  • UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who...

  • Stalemate between Nebraska insurer, hospital chain

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Catholic Health Initiatives is set to expire Sunday after the two sides failed Friday to agree on rates. The failed bargaining means that starting Monday, people who visit doctors or hospitals in Nebraska associated...

  • Costs of NM coal power plant proposal challenged

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by renewable energy...

  • APNewsBreak: Iowa State loans went to regent's LLC

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The agribusiness owned by Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter was awarded $480,000 in no-interest loans from an Iowa State University-run program months after he joined the school's governing board. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the loans from the...

  • Bozeman residents sue over nondiscrimination rules

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Five Bozeman residents are suing the city, the mayor and city commissioners arguing that the city did not have the legal authority to enact an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. In June, Bozeman became the...

  • NYC fire academy takes steps to curb MRSA outbreak

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Fire Department of New York is taking steps to prevent infection after more than a dozen probationary firefighters were diagnosed with the drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says a specialized cleaning company will disinfect showers...

  • Air drops on California wildfire get going early

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Air crews battling a fast-moving fire threatening 250 homes in a Northern California forest were using clear skies to get going earlier than usual on Friday, which should help with the firefight, fire officials said. The weather has kept skies over the fire in the...

  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. Cameron's remarks came just moments after authorities raised...

  • At least 24 trapped in mine landslide in Nicaragua

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers worked Friday to reach at least 24 gold miners trapped by a landslide in northern Nicaragua. They could hear voices and presumed that all those trapped are alive, Marta Lagos, an official of the ruling Sandinista Party, told Channel 4 TV. She said rescuers...

  • State agency issues long-awaited fracking rules

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan Friday to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient. The lengthy report...

  • Immigrants have 'fraud loophole': Lawmakers

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and his Senate counterpart, Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the administration “quietly made several changes” this summer to its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • Obama's 'no strategy' remark sends supporters into tailspinning damage control

    Although President Obama is no stranger to the occasional careless remark, he has in recent months forced his most ardent supporters to defend an unusual number of missteps.



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