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Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:20pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday....
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Forensic link at center of missing student case

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:31pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia police aren't saying much at all about their evidence against a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, but they seem to be working systematically to link his DNA to an expanding circle of attacks on women, a criminal defense expert suggested Tuesday....
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Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:18pm
DALLAS (AP) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa....
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Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:16pm
The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States flew from Liberia, federal health officials said. The unidentified man, who traveled to Dallas to visit family, is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital:...
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Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:39pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following the Pentagon's withdrawal....
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Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:54pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine....
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Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:48pm
SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq captured a border crossing with Syria on Tuesday, expelling Islamic State militants in heavy fighting that ground down to vicious house-to-house combat and close quarters sniping....
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Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:19pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A parolee accused of abducting and killing a top-selling Arkansas real estate agent had contacted her to set up an appointment to view a vacant house, authorities said Tuesday, hours after discovering the woman's body in a shallow grave at a concrete company....
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Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length....
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What's PayPal's first solo move?

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:35pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division....
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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:14pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways....
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Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:09pm
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic champion Michael Phelps is apologizing for his latest brush with the law, saying he is "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" with an arrest early Tuesday on a DUI charge....
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In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:17pm
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer....
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US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:57pm
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said....
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NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:01pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception....
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School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 1:18pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:...
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Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:49am
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts - forcing residents to fend for themselves....
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3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:45am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren't just for fun....
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Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:14am
SILOPI, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door....
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Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:41am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives....
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