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Acid victims’ photo shoot draws attention in India

  NEW DELHI (AP) — A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances. The 41 [...]

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Chesapeake Bay community offers seaside retirement

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, 2:30 p.m. Coal colliers bob in gentle green swells on a gray afternoon, but it’s bright and sunny 11 stories up. The walls and carpets of Ty and Penny Brown’s apartment are pristine white, and a shaggy round orange rug fills the living room with sun. [...]

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Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    DETROIT (AP) — Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city’s billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the trial in U.S. District Court begins a little more than 13 [...]

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Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood’s publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring. The 31-year-old [...]

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BC-US–Burning Man

  RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert. Friday’s official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music [...]

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Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers’ luggage

  HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual thanks to higher customs duties [...]

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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

  MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents’ platform, released at the start of Monday’s negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian [...]

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AP-EU-Poland-World-War-II-Anniversary

    GDANSK, Poland (AP) — The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland’s prime minister said Monday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, chosen by EU leaders to be the next president of the European Council, spoke at the Westerplatte peninsula [...]

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Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet

  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president urged the country’s clerics Monday, Sept. 1, to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. Hassan Rouhani made the appeal during a meeting with clerics in Tehran, where he said that the [...]

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Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

  VERONA, Wis. (AP) — There’s a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or [...]

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In Ferguson fallout, calls grow for police to wear ‘body cameras’ — but with caveats

  NEW YORK (AP) — What if Michael Brown’s last moments had been recorded? The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement’s interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new [...]

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BC-US–Made in America-LA,1st Ld-Writethru

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the first day of downtown Los Angeles’ inaugural outdoor music festival in the books, the city is tuning up for round two. The Budweiser Made in America concert resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday in Grand Park, with Kanye West, John Mayer and Weezer among the many acts set to [...]

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BC-VA–Small Plane Crash-Ocean

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore. Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says the search was halted Sunday morning after a civilian boater recovered a wheel and engine cowling from the single-engine Cirrus. [...]

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AP-Financial-Markets

  It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time. The move extended the stock index’s record-shattering run this year. The latest milestone comes as investors see new signs that [...]

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AP-US-Tesla-Giant-Factory

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors’ plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It’s not just the project’s massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It’s how Tesla is deciding where [...]

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Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

  JERUSALEM (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip’s battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel. Most of the new building would be to make up for the current housing deficit, [...]

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Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

  RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days. But the expected respite quickly turned into one [...]

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Philippine troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

BEIRUT (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday, Aug 31. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major [...]

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Government wants to make cars talk to each other

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually [...]

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Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors hoping to change [...]

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Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

  STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) — As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter. “Why didn’t you say before that you were alive? Why so quiet?” the rebel taunted. Minutes later, the Ukrainian soldier drew his [...]

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Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

  MOSCOW (AP) — The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. “He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was hard for all of them to say [...]

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