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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Syrian rights groups call on world to save Kobani  The dramatic appeal comes after Islamic State fighters pushed into parts of the town located on the Syria-Turkish border. 2. What U.S. Ebola training focuses on  Physicians practice Read More…

Geithner grilled in court over AIG bailout

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this July 25, 2012 file photo. Geithner, a key player in the U.S. government's 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., is due back in court Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Timothy Geithner, a key player in the U.S. government’s 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., is due back in court Wednesday in a trial of a lawsuit filed by the insurance giant’s former CEO over the handling of the rescue. On Tuesday, Geithner affirmed his belief that the bailout was needed to avert disaster Read More…

Israeli library’s manuscripts tell unique stories

A library official shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad spy operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem. The manuscript is one of the earliest existing complete manuscripts of the Hebrew bible. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

JERUSALEM (AP) — These are treasures that Israel doesn’t allow anyone to check out of its national library. Kafka’s Hebrew vocabulary notebook. The first written evidence of the Yiddish language. And the Crowns of Damascus, Bibles smuggled out of Syria 20 years ago in a Mossad spy operation so classified that their very existence in Israel Read More…

Supreme Court to hear dispute over pay for security checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some warehouse workers who fill orders for Amazon.com customers say they spend up to 25 minutes after every shift waiting to pass through security checks to make sure they aren’t stealing from the online retailer. But they don’t get paid for the extra time. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit Read More…

Myanmar blockades Rohingya, tries to erase name

In this April 2, 2014 photo, Myanmar police officers stand guard as census enumerators collect information at Dar Paing camp for Muslim refugees in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Almost all Rohingya were excluded from a U.N.-funded nationwide census earlier this year, the first in three decades, because they did not want to register as Bengalis. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities sealed off villages for months in Myanmar’s only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to compel Rohingya to identify themselves as migrants from neighboring Bangladesh. Immigration officials, border guards and Read More…

Land of wedding chapels ready for gay weddings

Mercy Leonard, left, embraces Gwen Leonard during a rally to celebrate an appeals court ruling that overturned Nevada's gay marriage ban Tuesday in Las Vegas. The two married in Washington in 2012. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The marriage licenses are already gender neutral. Chapel photographers have been practicing shooting two brides wearing white gowns. And an ordained Elvis will be waiting at the end of the aisle. Las Vegas, the land of wedding chapels, is ready for gay weddings. On Tuesday, Nevada and Idaho joined the growing number of states Read More…

Pressure rising in Kerry nuclear talks with Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a late-November deadline approaching, America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of Read More…

3 win Nobel for giving microscope sharper vision

Images of the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Americans Eric Betzig, left,  and William Moerner, right, and German scientist Stefan Hell, are projected on a screen at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Bertil Ericson)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could before. The three scientists were cited for “the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy,” which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said had bypassed the Read More…

Ebola training focuses on astronaut-like gear

Dr. Mark Abe, left, and Dr. Neethi Pinto learn how to perform a medical procedure on a patient mannequin while wearing protective gear during Ebola preparedness training at the University of Chicago. (AP Photo/Lindsey Tanner)

CHICAGO (AP) — The serious-faced physicians practice pulling on bulky white suits and helmets that make them look more like astronauts than doctors preparing to fight a deadly enemy. These training sessions at U.S. hospitals on Ebola alert and for health workers heading to Africa can make the reality sink in: Learning how to safely put on Read More…

Syrian rights groups call on world to save Kobani

Turkish Kurds standing on the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, watch smoke rise following an airstrike in Kobani, Syria, where the fighting between militants of the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces intensified, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Several Syrian human rights groups called on the world to save the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group as new U.S.-led airstrikes targeted the extremists near the town Wednesday. The dramatic appeal late Tuesday came after Islamic State fighters pushed into Read More…