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S. Korea detains US man in waters near border

1 hour 33 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.


Ignored and fed up, UK regions call for Scottish-style devolution

1 hour 33 min ago

By Paul Sandle and Sarah Young CAERNARFON/YORK (Reuters) - Scotland's chance to vote for independence has lit hopes in other regions of Britain that a reworking of political ties might boost their chances of self-rule too. London-based parliamentarians have been wrong-footed by a late surge of support among Scottish voters planning to say 'Yes' on Sept. 18, and their consequent hurried promise to award Edinburgh more economic decision-making if it stays part of the union is being eyed by Manchester, Yorkshire and Wales. ...


Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

1 hour 44 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband.


APNewsBreak: 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction

1 hour 46 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.


South Korea detains American trying to swim to the North

1 hour 49 min ago

South Korean soldiers detained a US citizen trying to swim across the river border into North Korea -- reportedly to meet leader Kim Jong-Un -- the South's defence ministry said on Wednesday.


Insight - Ignored and fed up, UK regions call for Scottish-style devolution

1 hour 50 min ago

By Paul Sandle and Sarah Young CAERNARFON/YORK (Reuters) - Scotland's chance to vote for independence has lit hopes in other regions of Britain that a reworking of political ties might boost their chances of self-rule too. London-based parliamentarians have been wrong-footed by a late surge of support among Scottish voters planning to say 'Yes' on Sept. 18, and their consequent hurried promise to award Edinburgh more economic decision-making if it stays part of the union is being eyed by Manchester, Yorkshire and Wales. ...


US man indicted for material support to IS group

1 hour 53 min ago

Washington (AFP) - A Yemini-born US man was indicted for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State by recruiting members for the jihadist group.


Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

1 hour 55 min ago

PARIS (AP) — About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.


Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule

1 hour 58 min ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000.


Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons

2 hours 6 min ago

MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And it could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.


Bangladesh top court commutes death sentence of a senior Islamist

2 hours 18 min ago
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh top court commutes death sentence of a senior Islamist.

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

2 hours 22 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."


Fed could hint on rate-hike plans as it prepares for policy turn

2 hours 23 min ago

By Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday could offer fresh clues on when it plans to begin lifting interest rates and how quickly it will move, as it prepares for a momentous policy turn after years of aggressive monetary stimulus. Although a tightening of monetary policy is not expected until mid-2015, the central bank could use a policy statement on Wednesday to lay important groundwork. In particular, speculation is rife the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee may change its guidance on how long it is likely to keep rates near zero. ...


Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

2 hours 25 min ago

WEED, Calif. (AP) — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.


Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

2 hours 38 min ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.


Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says

2 hours 38 min ago

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.


Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program

2 hours 42 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.


Good Bye Marx! Hungary cleans up for Orban's revolution

2 hours 50 min ago

Budapest (AFP) - Budapest's Corvinus University is no hotbed of communist troublemakers and far from nostalgic for the old regime, but students are pining for a cherished bronze of Karl Marx removed last week.


'Forced labor' rife in Malaysian electronics factories: report

2 hours 56 min ago
By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Nearly a third of some 350,000 workers in Malaysia's electronics industry - a crucial link in the international consumer supply chain - suffer from conditions of modern-day slavery such as debt bondage, according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. ...

Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

3 hours 1 min ago
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.