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  • Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that...

  • Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. The government decided Sunday to send 16,000 assault rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, hundreds of anti-tank weapons and...

  • Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow...

  • UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq. Diplomats agreed by...

  • Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8

    PARIS (AP) — The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble. Fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said the bodies were found Monday in Rosny-sous-Boisa,...

  • Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

    GDANSK, Poland (AP) — The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, chosen by EU leaders to be the next president of the European Council, spoke at the Westerplatte peninsula...

  • Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. With...

  • Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy. Modi, who brought a delegation of more than a dozen Indian tycoons to Japan,...

  • Markets drift as Wall Street has day off

    LONDON (AP) — Ahead of a raft of economic developments this week, financial markets started the week on a lackluster note Monday as Wall Street was closed for the Labor Day holiday. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.1 percent at 6,825.31 while...

  • Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

    LONDON (AP) — The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. Europe's single currency fell to a low of $1.3119 after a survey Monday showed that the manufacturing sector across the 18-nation eurozone...

  • Scottish zoo: 'Bad news' for pregnant giant panda

    LONDON (AP) — A Scottish zoo has sounded warnings that a female giant panda may have lost her cub. Hopes were high that Tian Tian, or Sweetie, would give birth over the weekend following artificial insemination in April. But the zoo's panda expert Iain Valentine said Monday that Tian Tian is...

  • Cameron Asks for New Powers to Fight Terror

    Police given temporary powers to seize passports at UK borders of Britons suspected of travelling to fight with terror groups. (Sept. 1) Parliamentary Recording Unit - AP CLIENTS ONLY London - September 1, 2014 1. SOUNDBITE (English) David Cameron, British Prime Minister: "Turning to the...

  • NC offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size. Texas and local officials in the...

  • Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police say a bomb alert that shut down Belfast's main motorway on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army cease-fire was the result of an "elaborate hoax." Monday's closure of the M1 motorway caused traffic chaos as commuters were forced down...

  • Insufficient postage leads to bust of fake drugs

    VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police have announced the breakup of an international gang dealing in phony health products and say insufficient postage provided the major lead. British, Hungarian and Austrian police were involved in the sweep that culminated Monday in eight arrests, including the...



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