September 17, 2014

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Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter. Former 007 Sean Connery has long been a vocal Scottish nationalist — from his home in the Bahamas. Earlier this year he backed independence and the “core democratic value that the people Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Sept. 11

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What Obama is risking with wider airstrikes  AP’s Julie Pace says the president is thrusting U.S. forces into an expensive operation fraught with danger and unpredictable consequences. 2. Syrian opposition welcomes announcement  Western-backed rebels, who have been Read More…

Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

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TORONTO (AP) — Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor,” is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said. Dr. Rueben Devlin from Humber Regional Hospital said Wednesday night that Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination Read More…

Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign

Yes Signs are displayed in Eyemouth, Scotland.  As the battle to decide the future of Scotland and the UK enters its final week, both sides have launched some of the largest ad campaigns in Scottish political history. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral — but for all the wrong reasons. In a kitchen, a woman complains that while her husband can’t stop talking about the independence referendum, she doesn’t have time to think about voting because she’s too busy Read More…

Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation’s most stringent waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest. The new requirement will take effect 30 days after Wednesday’s vote by the Republican-led Legislature, overruling Read More…

FEMA wants at least $5.8M in Sandy aid repaid

Gary Silberman stands for a picture as he guides reporters on a tour of his parent's home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. After receiving nearly $17,000 in assistance from FEMA, the agency is demanding a return on the funds. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects Read More…

Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer’s Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run schools housing displaced Palestinians. Human Rights Watch said it investigated the strikes at the schools in three separate locations in the war-battered Gaza Strip, Read More…

Pistorius trial: Judge begins reading verdict

Oscar Pistorius cries in the dock in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, as Judge Thokozile Masipa reads notes as she delivers her verdict in Pistorius' murder trial. The verdict is expected to take hours and possibly two days to present. (AP Photo/Kim Ludbrook, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The South African judge in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial said Thursday that prosecutors have not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the double-amputee Olympic athlete is guilty of premeditated murder. She also indicated he could not be found guilty of a lesser murder charge. “Culpable homicide is a competent verdict,” the Read More…

NFL to look into its handling of Ray Rice case

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL called in a former FBI director to examine how it pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case as pressure increased for the league to be more transparent about its original investigation. The move late Wednesday came hours after The Associated Press reported that a law Read More…

Sept. 11 anniversary commemoration held in open plaza

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NEW YORK (AP) — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Barack Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S. Family and friends of those who Read More…