September 16, 2014

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Akron school bus driver killed during safety drill

Student book bags are removed from the scene of an accident on Tuesday in Akron. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr)

AKRON (AP) — Police say an Ohio school bus driver sacrificed her life to save a 10-year-old girl during an evacuation drill outside a charter school. A police spokesman says the vehicle rolled over the 51-year-old driver Tuesday morning after she saved a 10-year-old girl who was about to jump out of the emergency exit Read More…

Man who set himself on fire connected to homicide

State troopers take measurements at the scene of the incident on Rt. 20 on Monday after a man lit himself on fire. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who stepped into traffic and then set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt has been connected to a woman found dead in a Cleveland home, authorities said. Hugo Ramos, who was in critical condition at a Cleveland hospital, is a homicide suspect in the death of a 25-year-old Read More…

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Reputed members of the Los Solidos street gang are stopped by police in Hartford, Conn. Gang members are shying away from wearing their colors in an effort to avoid being detected by authorities, police said.  (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and ’90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold. Gangs from coast to coast have toned down their use of colors and are even removing or altering tattoos to avoid being easily identified by police Read More…

Brazil’s indigenous seek out city, end up in slums

Vieira a Guarani indian gets a view of the Mare slum, next to a dream catcher hanging from the roof, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some 5,000 indians from across Brazil live in Rio's favelas, where many of them fight to keep their traditions alive amid grinding poverty and rampant violence. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — They huddle in a tight circle, shaking seed-filled maracas and shuffling in time to a rhythm that has pulsed through their tribes for generations. The dancers raise their voices in song, conjuring an ancient spirit that vibrates above the traffic roaring from a nearby expressway and the beat of funk Read More…

Xi’s India visit highlights changing power dynamic

Indian policemen stand next to a welcome hoarding being erected ahead of an anticipated visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping as they review security arrangements in Ahmadabad, India, Monday. Jinping is expected to arrive here Wednesday on his three-day visit to India. The hoarding also features Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Gujarat state Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, right. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to India this week highlights subtle shifts in the regional power dynamic that are bringing warmer ties between the two Asian giants, challenging China’s traditional relationship with Pakistan, and opening a new chapter in Beijing’s ongoing competition for influence with arch-rival Japan. Xi is due in New Delhi on Read More…

Scottish mistrust of Conservatives key in campaign

LONDON (AP) — With Thursday’s referendum looming, proponents of Scottish independence are using one of the main weapons in their armory — Scotland’s widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party. The Conservatives, also known as Tories, have been in power in the United Kingdom more often than not since the end of World War I. For a while, Scotland was Read More…

Kurds in Europe take up arms against Islamic State group

Shaho Pirani poses with an automatic weapon near the village of Koya in Iraqi Kurdistan in June 2014.  (AP Photo/Shaho Pirani)

KOEGE, Denmark (AP) — Shaho Pirani says he’s just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from Iran with his older brother in 1991, says he feels a moral duty to help the Peshmerga, the armed forces Read More…

Ukraine village hopes for chance to rebuild

A woman shows the damage caused to a hospital in the village of Novosvitlivka, eastern Ukraine, Monday. The village was severely damaged during fighting between government troops and the separatist rebels that eventually took control there in late August. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

NOVOSVITLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The kindergarten building in this village in eastern Ukraine was once a source of pride. Renovated and brightly decorated with money provided by German donors, its classrooms were opening the doors of education to 120 pupils at a time. Today, the building is a dusty, rocket-riddled wreck. Scatterings of bullet holes Read More…

Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Read More…

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a foreign motorcade just a couple hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy, unleashing a blast that injured at least 13 people and rattled nearby neighborhoods, police officials said.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the 8:10 a.m. blast, which rattled nearby Read More…