September 2, 2014

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Russia’s gains cloud Obama’s assurances to Baltics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel toRussia’s backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West’s inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics. Fighting between Ukrainian Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Sept. 2

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Russia’s gains cloud Obama’s assurances to Baltics The president’s efforts to convince former Soviet republics of his ironclad commitment to their security are complicated by the West’s inability to halt Russian aggression. 2. Islamic state group accused Read More…

Policymakers having buyers remorse over Common Core standards

Rep. Andrew Thompson, Speaker William G. Batchelder and Rep. Matt Huffman listen to testimony on House Bill 597 in the House Finance Hearing Room at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.  The Bill is designed to eliminate Common Core education standards in Ohio. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Kyle Robertson)

COLUMBUS — Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer’s remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it’s Read More…

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

his Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows a collection of giant African land snails in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, also known as giant African landsnails, all of them traced Read More…

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

This undated image provided by Google shows a Project Wing drone vehicle during delivery. (AP Photo/Google)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google’s technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its Read More…

With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

Men play paintball in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst. But this isn’t a Taliban attack in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital — it’s just a friendly game of paintball. The arrival of recreational paintball to Afghanistan may Read More…

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

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BERLIN (AP) — Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine. It might seem like enough to put any leader into trouble. But Chancellor Angela Merkel’spopularity Read More…

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional, Berhad Azman Mokthar speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway but Read More…

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, poses in an exam room in Urbana, Ill., Thursday.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extrahealth checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of Read More…

Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives. Despite its ties to Read More…