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  • Islamic militants behead captured Kurds in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the nine Kurds were captured during fighting over the...

  • Taxis will charge flat rates from Gulfport airport

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Airport taxi and other ground-transportation companies will begin following new rules at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1vwj2xb ) the airport's board set flat rates the companies can charge to 24 specific destinations,...

  • NY's Central Park Zoo getting 2 grizzly bears

    NEW YORK (AP) — Grizzly bears Betty and Veronica are moving into a new home. The two, who have been at the Bronx Zoo since 1995, are getting new digs at the Central Park Zoo. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs both zoos, says the pair will live in an exhibit that has housed the...

  • Miami OKs millions to clean contaminated parks

    MIAMI (AP) — Officials in Miami are setting aside millions of dollars to clean and reopen parks that were closed due to contamination. Health concerns were raised a year ago when concerns related to a toxic plume at an old incinerator led to an investigation more than 100 city parks. The Miami...

  • NATO gets new chief_one Putin may approve of

    BRUSSELS (AP) — At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West's biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin. Former two-term...

  • Protesters heckle Hong Kong leader on National Day

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong's embattled leader on Wednesday when he attended a flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day. The protesters, upset that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has refused to meet them, have threatened to...

  • Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

    TOKYO (AP) — It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." Zipping cross-country in a super-high speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50...

  • Spanish rescued after 12 days trapped in Peru cave

    LEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) — A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after spending 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region. Rescuers brought 44-year-old Cecilio Lopez out of the mouth of the cave Tuesday to cheers from an...

  • Governor wins challenge over green building codes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal challenge over her administration's repeal of "green" building standards implemented when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor. The state Court of Appeals last week upheld a decision by the state Construction Industries...

  • New Polish premier wants more US military presence

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister says she will work for a greater U.S. military presence in Poland. In her inaugural speech to parliament, Ewa Kopacz also said Wednesday that Poland's relationship with the U.S. has grown more important given the conflict in neighboring Ukraine....

  • Details of presidential security breaches evolve

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. Despite more than three hours of questioning by lawmakers Tuesday, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson neglected to mention another security breach that occurred just...

  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S....

  • Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new...

  • Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he's still doing...

  • Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene...



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