September 16, 2014

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Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

Children watch a movie on their laptop as tourists rest inside a shelter at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico,  Sunday. Hurricane Odile is expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. The area is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large Read More…

US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

Valor Christian High School sophomore and volunteer Paige Kula loads a pallet with medical supplies bound for Sierra Leone to combat Ebola, inside the warehouse of Project C.U.R.E., in Centennial, Colo.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an infected traveler arrive. With growing criticism that Read More…

A Scottish ‘Yes’ also means exit from EU, NATO

BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they’ll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe’s postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. In breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, Scotland would Read More…

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal — destroying a marauding organization of extremists — is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has received backing for the principle of reversing the Read More…

‘No time to lose’ in global push against militants

France's President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum, ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and diplomats from around the world, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Monday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — With reconnaissance planes already in action, France’s president said there was “no time to lose” in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group as he opened an international conference to attack the problem — minus the two countries who share most of Iraq’s borders. With memories of the Read More…

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

President Barack Obama speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system. Getting those who signed up Read More…

Relative’s crime enough for public housing eviction

Jonathan Miller holds his daughter, RIley Miller, while standing with his mother, Geraldine Miller, outside a relative's apartment in New York. Geraldine Miller faces eviction from her public housing apartment because Jonathan was found there after she signed an agreement banning him from the premises for his robbery conviction at 17. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go to a Read More…

Ruling party defeated in Sweden

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party. With more than 99 percent of districts counted, the Social Democrat-led Red-Green bloc had 43.7 percent of the votes Sunday, while the Read More…

Indians swept out of Detroit on another late home run off Bryan Shaw

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw throws during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians can probably start thinking about October vacation plans. Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Tigers beat the Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep that left Cleveland five games back for the second AL wild card with 14 games left. “Now we’re going Read More…

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving named MVP as U.S. claims World Cup gold

United States' Kyrie Irving pushes the ball up to the basket against during the final World Basketball match between the United States and Serbia at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

MADRID — With golden confetti raining on their heads and “Party in the U.S.A” ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything. Doesn’t matter. They had stopped listening long ago. All the questions about their talent, the doubts about their ability, were put down as easily Read More…