October 2, 2014

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Japanese volcano death toll continues to climb

An aerial view shows rescue workers searching for missing people in the erupted Mount Ontake, central Japan, Monday. Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the early afternoon. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

  KISO, Japan (AP) — Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano on Monday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36, police said, as toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain forced rescue workers to halt efforts to recover the victims. Eight more bodies were airlifted off Mount Ontake before work on the Read More…

New Afghan president sworn in after disputed vote

Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, left, is sworn in by with Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, during his inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. He replaces Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Moments after Ghani Ahmadzai took the oath, he swore in his election challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, as chief executive, fulfilling a political pledge he had taken Read More…

‘Umbrella Revolution’ protests spread in Hong Kong

Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters wearing masks and wielding umbrellas to protect against pepper spray and tear gas expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing’s decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. Riot police withdrew from the extraordinary scene of chaotic tear gas-fueled clashes that Read More…

Fire at control site stops O’Hare, Midway flights

This screen shot provided by FlightAware shows airline traffic at 10:20 a.m. EDT over the United States Friday after hundreds of flights were canceled at Chicago airports, at center, following a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility.  (AP Photo/Courtesy FlightAware)

Attn passengers flying to/connecting in Chicago — check your flight status. A fire in their ATC tower has led to a ground stop. — Cleveland Hopkins (@GoingPlacesCLE) September 26, 2014 CHICAGO (AP) — All flights in and out of Chicago’s two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Sept. 26

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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. strikes militant oil sites for second day  More American-led airstrikes targeted oil installations and other facilities in territory under the control of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, activists say. 2. Holder announces resignation  The attorney Read More…

Teacher to be re-sentenced in Montana rape case

Former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold stands in a courtroom after sentencing by Judge G. Todd Baugh in Billings, Mont., for the rape of a 14-year-old student.   (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Paul Ruhter,File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A teacher who spent a month in prison for the rape of a 14-year-old student goes back to court Friday to be re-sentenced after the original judge in the case was censured over comments that placed some responsibility on the victim. Defendant Stacey Dean Rambold is seeking the minimum required sentence of two Read More…

US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the  Karnes County Residential Center,  a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others said they faced deportation. But it Read More…

Police, protesters scuffle after Ferguson apology

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson begins to march with protesters before clashes led to arrests in front of the Ferguson Police Department, on Thursday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters clashed briefly in Ferguson just hours after the St. Louis suburb’s police chief issued an apology to the family of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer last month. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson appeared outside the police department in civilian clothes late Thursday Read More…

US may have identified man in beheading videos

This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Saturday purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI director says the U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau’s headquarters Thursday he would not reveal the man’s name or nationality. Comey did not address whether Read More…

Mexico detains 8 soldiers in June killing of 22

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An army officer and seven soldiers have been detained in connection with the killing of 22 people in rural southern Mexico, authorities announced late Thursday. The Mexican Defense Department said in a statement that the eight were involved in the June 30 incident in San Pedro Limon. They were being held at a prison in Mexico City Read More…