October 1, 2014

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Suspect captured in case of missing UVa student

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore has been captured in Texas and is awaiting extradition — but there is still no sign of the student, authorities said. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff’s authorities, Charlottesville Police Read More…

US man’s N. Korean prison life: Digging, isolation

Matthew Miller, an American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor, walks away after making a phone call in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/APTN)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health isn’t deteriorating. Under close guard and with only enough time to respond to one question, Read More…

Rouhani returns to UN as nuclear talks stall

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani answers questions following his keynote address at New America on Wednesday in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Stalled nuclear talks and the delicate diplomacy surrounding the fight against Islamic extremists have lowered expectations for a rapid warming of relations between Iran and the United States as the Iranian leader returns to speak at the United Nations on Thursday. President Hassan Rouhani’s election last year signaled a thaw in more than three Read More…

Turkey remains coy in coalition against militants

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S. is still waiting for details of any new, specific aid and is warily watching to make sure Ankara keeps its commitments. Read More…

US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in their de facto capital, fearing further raids, activists said. The latest strikes came on the third day of a U.S.-led air campaign aimed at rolling Read More…

Qatar women withdraw over Asian Games hijab ban

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Qatari women’s basketball team withdrew from the Asian Games in a protest against international rules that ban players from wearing Muslim headscarves in competition. The dispute over the Qatari players’ refusal to remove their hijabs — regarded by some as a rule that discriminates against Muslim women — has Read More…

10 Things to Know for Wednesday, Sept. 24

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. World leaders meet at UN facing multiple crises The issues certain to top the agenda are Islamic extremists intent on erasing borders, Ebola and the plight of millions of civilians caught in ongoing conflicts. 2. Obama to Read More…

Poor supports Brazil’s president in re-election

A general view of the Paisopolis slum is seen with the Morumbi neighborhood at the background in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tens of millions of poor people have also been lifted into the lower middle class over the past decade in Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Life may still be tough for millions of poor Brazilians — but it’s also never been better. And that’s the key for President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election bid. Although Rousseff and top rival Marina Silva are locked in a virtual tie among those in the middle class, the biggest group of voters, Read More…

Drought worsens China’s long-term water crisis

In this Monday, July 28, 2014 photo, boats sit on a dried river bed in Xunxian county in central China's Henan province.  (AP Photo)

HEXINGTEN, China (AP) — The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin’s ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought in 60 years. The ruddy-faced woman said that even before the rains stopped, the groundwater in her region had been sinking, from 20 Read More…

Deer are pests for airports, threats to pilots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deerpopulations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts. Whether driven by hunger or just crazy for love, deer will do seemingly anything to get onto airport grounds and runways, including leaping over Read More…