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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing Islamic State group  The Turkish deputy prime minister says the country is prepared for “the worst case scenario” should more refugees stream in. 2. Busy week ahead for Mideast diplomacy  The Read More…

NASA’s Maven spacecraft enters Mars orbit

In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, NASA's Maven lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet’s atmosphere following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet late Sunday night. “I think my heart’s about ready to start again,” Maven’s chief Read More…

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

A group of people share a room as they eat a meal after a day’s hard work in Mumbai, India. In 1981, nearly 1.7 billion Asians were living on less than $1.25 a day. Today, the figure is about 700 million.  But vast numbers cannot aspire to rise much further. About 80 percent of the 3.6 billion people in developing Asian countries still live on less than $5 a day, many relying on day labor, rag picking or other meager livelihoods. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark. Five years ago, Arif and her husband left impoverished Madura Island, joining the stream of migrants from Read More…

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama. He turned them down. It was one of the first times Obama could have used the power of his office Read More…

Police find rifle carried by ambush suspect

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks in a wooded area near Route 447 in Price Township on Sunday near Canadensis, Pa., during a massive search for suspected killer Eric Frein.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have had no confirmed sightings of the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks 10 days ago, but they say they have found an assault rifle he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail in the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods. Investigators said Sunday Read More…

Accused White House intruder to appear in court

Omar Gonzalez

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday in federal court. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous Read More…

Syria vote isn’t last word from Congress on war

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. Read More…

Russia wants to keep Ukraine off UN radar

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That’s likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, Read More…

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — It’s a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president’s U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel. The talks about Gaza’s future seem to be a long shot, and failure could set the stage Read More…

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS

Local people clash with security forces in Suruc, Turkey, Friday before Turkey opened its border to allow in up to 4,000 people who massed on the Turkey-Syria border, fleeing the Islamic militants’ advance on Kobani. (AP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Monday. Numan Kurtulmus warned that the number could rise further but insisted that Turkey was ready to react to “the worst Read More…