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The Latest: Joaquin strengthening as it approaches Bahamas

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:53
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on Joaquin, which is expected to pass near the Bahamas and head toward the East Coast of the U.S. (all times local):

Twins win first, then split doubleheader with Indians

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:51

CLEVELAND (AP) — Twins manager Paul Molitor tried to take the positives from Wednesday night's doubleheader split with the Cleveland Indians.

Afghan troops push into city of Kunduz, Taliban in retreat

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:47

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says government forces have retaken control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz, which was seized by the Taliban earlier this week, and have forced the insurgents to retreat.

Russia and US call urgent talks after Syria strikes

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:38

Russia and United States agreed to call urgent military talks to head off the risk of clashes between their forces, after Moscow's dramatic entrance into the Syrian war. The Americans accused Russia of striking moderate rebel factions fighting Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime under cover of their claimed assault on the Islamic State group.

LG unveils smartphone with dual display, improved camera

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:31

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share.

Hurricane Joaquin surges in strength near Bahamas: US forecasters

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:30

Joaquin surged in strength to become a Category Three hurricane as it barreled toward the Bahamas, on a track that could take it to the US east coast, forecasters said. The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour, is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Salvador in the Bahamas, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said. Major hurricanes are Category Three and above, with top sustained winds of 111-130 miles per hour and higher.

Afghan forces retake control of Kunduz from Taliban

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:22

Afghan forces retook control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a stinging blow to the country's NATO-trained military. Afghan forces, hindered by the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by limited US air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting. The streets were littered with Taliban bodies, residents told AFP, adding that fighting was still ongoing in parts of the city.

Europe, US split over form of Syria talks

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:18

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine nations or five? In speeches at this year's U.N. gathering of world leaders, major powers are increasing calls for multilateral negotiations to end the war in Syria. But Europe and the United States are split on who should be at the table.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:17

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow's role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

Asia extends global gains, China PMIs taken in stride

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:13

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose on Thursday, drawing strength from overnight gains in global equities markets following their weakest quarter in four years, while twin surveys showing persistent weakness in China's manufacturing sector were taken in stride. The final Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for September was slightly down from August but was a touch higher than a preliminary reading, a survey released on Thursday showed. China's official PMI released separately inched up to 49.8 in September from the previous month's reading of 49.7, though it still showed contraction for the second straight month.

Feminist restaurant gives migrants a starter in Britain

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 00:09

In a feminist restaurant housed in a theatre, seven immigrant female chefs are bringing a taste of their homelands to Londoners, whilst earning themselves a stake in British society. "We want to give power to the invisible women around the world," said Roberta Siao, the 43-year-old Brazilian who runs the kitchen at Mazi Mas, as she worked away on preparing her passion fruit speciality. The restaurant is housed in the Ovalhouse theatre, directly opposite the Hobbs Gates entrance to The Oval, south London's famous cricket ground.

VW revs up recall plan, hunts for culprits in pollution scam

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:49

German auto giant Volkswagen shifted up a gear in its plans to recall millions of cars fitted with pollution-cheating software as it boosted efforts to find the masterminds behind the scam. Following the departure of chief executive Martin Winterkorn and sales chief Christian Klingler in VW's deepest-ever crisis, more heads looked set to roll after new CEO Matthias Mueller vowed to be "ruthless" in investigating the affair. The steering committee of the carmaker's supervisory board met on Wednesday to discuss the preliminary findings of an internal probe into a scam that has rocked the automobile sector and wiped 29 billion euros ($32.5 billion) off VW's market capitalisation.

Jays lock up first division title since 1993

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:46

The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first division title in 22 years by clobbering the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 behind a career high five-hit performance from shortstop Ryan Goins. The Jays fittingly captured the American League East Division with a blowout victory as they lead the league in that category, having scored 10 or more runs 26 times this season. "It's the ultimate right now," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Volkswagen Philippines says vehicles sold locally comply with emissions standards

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:43
Volkswagen's Philippine unit said on Thursday that none of its vehicles distributed and sold in the Southeast Asian country are affected by a software used in diesel engines, and that they comply with local emissions standards. "Volkswagen Philippines has just received official information from Volkswagen AG that all vehicles distributed and sold by Volkswagen Philippines are not affected by the particular software used in diesel engines," it said in a statement.

Clinton raises $28M in past 3 months, Sanders just behind

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raised about $26 million for his presidential campaign in the past three months, his campaign said Wednesday, nearly matching the $28 million take of Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

China manufacturing index improves slightly, services wobble

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:29
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese manufacturing activity improved slightly in September while growth in service industries slowed due to disruptions from a massive military parade, surveys showed Thursday.

Feds reach nearly $2B legal settlement with fertilizer maker

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:26
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — One of the world's largest fertilizer makers is settling a massive hazardous waste lawsuit for nearly $2 billion to help clean up pollution and upgrade leaky facilities in Florida and Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal coins bring $26 million at NY auction

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:21

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York auction of American coins from 1792 to the 1830s fetched $26 million on Wednesday.

Afghan officials say government retakes Kunduz; Taliban denies

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:17

By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan officials said government troops recaptured much of the strategic northern city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents early on Thursday, three days after losing the provincial capital in an embarrassing defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies. Details of the overnight counter-offensive were still emerging, and it was not immediately clear which areas of the city of 300,000 were back under government control. A Taliban spokesman denied the government had retaken Kunduz, saying insurgent fighters were still resisting government forces in the center and controlled most of the rest of the city.

In Colorado, anticipated GOP Senate candidate bows out

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:13

DENVER (AP) — Republican attempts to recruit a well-known challenger for a Colorado Senate race suffered a setback Wednesday when a prominent prosecutor said he wouldn't run against Democrat Michael Bennet.