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  • Somalia launches offensive against extremists

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Military officials say the Somali army, backed by African Union forces, has launched a long-awaited operation against al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia. Abdiqadir Mohamed Nor, the governor of Lower Shabelle region, where the offensive began, said...

  • Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's state news service is reporting that a Ukrainian civilian cargo plane has crashed in the mountains near the southern city of Tamanrasset. According to APS, the state news agency, the Antonov An-12 carrying seven crew members was on its way to Equatorial Guinea...

  • Political ethics bills to end legislative session

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved two political reform bills aimed at addressing a string of scandals in the Legislature's ranks this year. SB1442 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, would increase the frequency of detailed spending reports that...

  • Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Crowds celebrated in the streets of Liberia's capital on Saturday after authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people had been barricaded for more than a week to contain the country's Ebola outbreak. The blockade of the West Point neighborhood had...

  • Suicide attack kills 9 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad. Police officials say a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah on Saturday. At least 20...

  • Resident: Lesotho military occupies police station

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The military in Lesotho has occupied police stations and surrounded some government buildings in the capital of the mountainous southern African country and are moving to other districts, a security guard at the U.S. Embassy said Saturday. Gunfire that rang out early in the...

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine...

  • ACORN-linked groups may profit in Bank of America settlement

    Congress banned federal funding for ACORN in 2009 after years of allegations of misuse and corruption, but many of its local chapters reorganized under new names and continued their previous operations.

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. Read more on NewsOK.

  • Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Syrian rebels holding dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers hostage attacked Filipino troops in the Golan Heights on Saturday, Philippine officials said. Philippine peacekeepers at one U.N. encampment were attacked, but those at another were "extricated," Defense...

  • Raw: Miners Rescued After Mine Shaft Collapses

    The first 11 of 24 miners trapped by a collapse in a mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued, and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said. The men had been trapped for more than 24 hours. (August 29) AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Bonanza, Nicaragua - 29 August...

  • Housing group says 20 years to rebuild Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. Shelter Cluster, co-chaired by the U.N. refugee...

  • Lawmakers approve $100 million boost for UC, CSU

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers have approved legislation that would give the University of California and California State University systems a financial boost this year despite Gov. Jerry Brown's opposition. Lawmakers approved AB1476 by Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner of...

  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get...

  • Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited announcement would have...



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