February 13, 2016

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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…

Hong Kong’s ‘silent majority’ critical of protests

HONG KONG (AP) — When Beijing cracked down on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Bobby Yim was among many in Hong Kong who sympathized with the demonstrators and angrily denounced the Chinese government. But 25 years later, his views on China have changed — and he couldn’t muster any support for the students now clamoring for democratic reforms Read More…

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers

A worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer. Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Oct. 7

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. U.S. health providers expand Ebola precautions  Some hospitals even send actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good their staff members are at spotting the symptoms of the virus. 2. GOP grapples with gay Read More…

New studies point out dangers of ‘talking’ to car

A driver completes the Cognitive Distraction Phase II testing in Salt Lake City. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse. (AP Photo/DanCampbellPhotographer.com via AAA Foundation)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message or make a phone call while keeping their Read More…

Smuggled phones help N. Korea defectors send money

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A cellphone smuggled into North Korea helped Lee Seo Yeon take on two missions: one emotional, one financial. But at first, she feared there might be some mistake. Listening in Seoul, the 40-year-old defector didn’t recognize the voice on the other end. It was supposed to be a sister she hadn’t spoken to since late Read More…

DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

Scientists have long known that one's genes influence how much of coffee one consumes, and a study released Tuesday by the journal Molecular Psychiatry has identified some genes that may play a role.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

NEW YORK (AP) — How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role. Their apparent effect is quite small. But Read More…

Morocco mulls legal pot growing, breaking taboo

Youths walk next to swaths of cannabis in the Village of Bni Hmed in the Ketama Abdelghaya valley, northern Morocco. There are an estimated 80,000 families in the rugged northern Rif mountains of Morocco who make their living from growing marijuana, according to U.N. estimates and their efforts have made Morocco the main hashish supplier for Europe and the world. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

KETTAMA, Morocco (AP) — In the rugged Rif mountains, Abdelkhalek Benabdallah strode among towering marijuana plants, checking the buds for the telltale spots of white that indicate they are ready for harvest. Much of the crop had been picked and left to dry on the roofs of stone-and-wood huts that dot the valley, the heart Morocco’s pot-growing region. Benabdallah Read More…

Hong Kong protests thin as two sides agree to talk

The morning rush hour wave of office workers arrive at the pro-democracy student protesters occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong, Tuesday. Student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong continued to shrink Tuesday morning but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure until the government responds to their demands. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

HONG KONG (AP) — Crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong’s streets with demands for a greater say in choosing the territory’s leader thinned dramatically Tuesday after student leaders and the government agreed to hold talks in the increasingly frustrated city. Just a couple days after tens of thousands of demonstrators thronged the city’s streets, only a few hundred protesters Read More…

Blunders renew questions about Biden’s discipline

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the minimum wage at an event at a Mexican restaurant Monday in Las Vegas. Biden is on the first leg of a six-city swing that includes stops in Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington state. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters often brush off his slips of the tongue as byproducts of the speak-your-mind politics many Americans crave. But this time,Biden’s verbal blunders are causing more than just a few rough headlines and a momentary nuisance for the White House. Twice in two days, Biden had to apologize to key U.S. allies in Read More…