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  • 'Imminent' threat from new terror group emerges as first target in Syria strikes

    The first targets of U.S. air and missile strikes in Syria late Monday were bases of an Islamist extremist group that had received little mention amid the focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria but that U.S. officials now say posed an imminent threat to the homeland.

  • Ebola threat to EU is 'low' but readiness needed

    MILAN (AP) — EU health ministers say the chance that the deadly Ebola virus might spread to Europe is "low" but that they must improve coordination and prevention measures just in case. The ministers ended a two-day meeting in Milan on Tuesday amid concerns in Italy that the virus might spread...

  • Obama offers climate change help to other nations

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change. Obama arrived midday Tuesday at the United Nations, where he was to use his...

  • Patagonia pays $4K for violations in Utah park

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has agreed to pay a $4,000 settlement to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah after rock climbing policies were violated in the making of a catalog photograph. The park says rangers discovered illegal climbing routes in the red rock park...

  • Seattle to fine residents for not composting

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined. The City Council voted Monday to impose the fines for not composting. When the ordinance goes into effect next year, homeowners found with food scraps in their trash will be fined $1 for each violation...

  • San Diego philanthropist launches newspaper bid

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego philanthropist has launched a bid to buy his city's dominant newspaper and turn it into one of the nation's largest nonprofit news organizations. Malin Burnham says Douglas Manchester, the current owner of U-T San Diego, has encouraged him to seek nonprofit status...

  • US clampdown on tax maneuver leaves its mark

    NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of big companies pursuing overseas mergers to lower their tax bills came under pressure Tuesday after the U.S. unveiled rules to discourage them. The Treasury Department announced new regulations on Monday aimed at making these so-called inversion deals less lucrative....

  • Ex-Danville guard pleads to stealing inmates' mail

    DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former correctional officer faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing inmates' mail. U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy's office says 33-year-old Ezra Lamont Price of Danville pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of mail. Price formerly was a...

  • Texas backs off plan to sell alcohol at guns shows

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have withdrawn a plan to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions such as a ban on sales of live ammunition. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission had received hundreds of negative responses to the idea and...

  • NYC mayor defends right to protest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending protesters' rights to demonstrate on New York City's streets. More than 100 people were arrested Monday in a climate change protest claiming that Wall St companies were destroying the earth. Many of them deliberately blocked roadways, snarling...

  • Auto insurer to market Blue Cross health coverage

    CHICAGO (AP) — Consumers shopping for health insurance in five states will be able to buy one well-known brand from a leading provider of car insurance. Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans and State Farm announced Tuesday they're joining forces for the second year of expanded coverage under...

  • Next Afghan leader seeks influence in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before becoming president-elect of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States, using his ties to the West to seek influence in Washington. Since May, Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign has hired three...

  • UK Labour leader lays out vision for the future

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband laid out his vision Tuesday for the country's top job ahead of national elections in 2015, offering a 10-year-blueprint for the future. In the last Labour Party Conference before the May election, the party's leader promised thousands more...

  • UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he said pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security." In opening remarks at a climate summit press conference Tuesday, Ban urged world leaders gathered in New York...

  • Maryland company to settle discrimination lawsuit

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Montgomery County business says it's settling a lawsuit alleging it has discriminated against black and female job applicants for years. An attorney who represents Rockville-based ACM Services said Tuesday that the company has reached a deal with the Equal Employment...



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