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  • Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country's...

  • Image of Asia: A synchronized dive for gold

    In this photo by Kin Cheung, Chinese divers Chen Ruolin, left, and Liu Huixia compete in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final at the Asian Games. They won gold, adding to China's lead in the medal tally at the continental games. With 322 of 439 gold medals decided, China stood...

  • US stocks edge higher in early trading

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors set aside worries about the protests in Hong Kong. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,079 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose a fraction of a...

  • NASA to conduct helicopter crash test at Langley

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA engineers are preparing to crash a former military helicopter. The Marine helicopter has been retrofitted with a variety of composite subfloors to see how the material affects the likelihood of injuries for occupants. Interest in using carbon composites in airframe...

  • Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember

    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A boy and his cat, a principal and her dog — and lasers. They all came together in Draven Rodriquez' senior portrait, which ended up with the teen holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, and Schenectady High School principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne....

  • Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — A trio of scrawny lions has been brought into Israel from Gaza en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war. A pair of males and a pregnant female were sedated Tuesday at Al-Bisan zoo in...

  • EU keeps Russia sanctions in place for now

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors have decided to keep Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia in place for the time being. EU foreign affairs spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said ambassadors from the 28 EU countries agreed Tuesday that although there has been encouraging progress in...

  • South Sudan factions agree on federal government

    BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country. The...

  • Johnson & Johnson buying Alios for $1.75B

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion. Alios is a privately held company that focuses on developing therapies for viral diseases. The deal includes Alios' portfolio of potential therapeutics for viral...

  • Navy: Aircraft carrier helps rescue 2 fishermen

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy says a Virginia-based aircraft carrier helped rescue two fishermen off the coast of Florida. The Navy says the fishermen took to their life raft after unsuccessfully fighting an electrical fire aboard their vessel. The fishermen were the only two aboard the fishing...

  • 5 California Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ANTI-LITTER LEGISLATION Bill that would impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags awaits decision by Gov. Jerry Brown. 2. EBAY-PAYPAL Mobile payment service PayPal is...

  • Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart. The leaders planned an Oval Office meeting Tuesday as...

  • Germany vows better checks on refugee guards

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's most populous state is tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees, a senior official said Tuesday. Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state raided an asylum center in the town of...

  • Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door. "IS took over last night," the power plant's foreman shouted, referring to the Islamic State...

  • Spain's Catalonia halts independence vote campaign

    MADRID (AP) — The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote. Regional government spokesman Frances Homs said Tuesday the Catalan government would present...



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