September 24, 2014

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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…

Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn’t seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas. The island’s national league began its 54th season Sunday badly weakened by the departure of both stars Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Sept. 19

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Scots reject independence in historic vote  The decision prevented a break up of a 307-year union with England, bringing relief to the British political establishment, after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. 2. Read More…

Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

Bas-relief is displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia _ from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is under Read More…

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for flu vaccine again and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shotalong with that flu jab. And too many young and middle-age adults are skipping Read More…

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — In a desperate bid to slow West Africa’s accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding. At an emergency meeting, meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council unanimously called the crisis “a threat to international peace and Read More…

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Home Depot confirmed that its payment systems have been hacked in a data breach that could affect millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers. The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of TJX Companies’ heist of 90 million records disclosed Read More…

Police: Ambush suspect probably hiding in woods

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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police paused to pay tribute to their fallen comrade, then got back to work hunting for the man suspected as his killer — a self-taught survivalist they are trying to flush out of dense, swampy northeastern Pennsylvania woodland. Police say they are eliminating possible hiding places for the suspect, Read More…

Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s easy to dismiss Apple’s new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google’s Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores. But the new iPhones are Read More…