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Health workers bring woman suspected of having contracted Ebola virus to an ambulance in front of a crowd in MonroviaBy James Harding Giahyue and Jeff Mason MONROVIA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola by building treatment clinics and training health workers to halt the spread of the deadly virus. President Barack Obama is expected to outline the action later on Tuesday, his second announcement of a major military operation in two weeks after his declaration that Washington would bomb Islamic State fighters in the Middle East. The U.S. ...


A jet aerial tanker drops its load of fire retardant on a fire near Pollack Pines, Calif., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The fire, which started Sunday has consumed more than 3,000 acres and forced the evacuation of dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews aided by calmer winds and aircraft knocked down a wildfire Tuesday that damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church and forced more than 1,000 people to flee a small town near the Oregon border.


BrusselsBRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable, an official said Tuesday.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the National Public Radio show "Science Friday" and host Ira Flatow have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's reach to younger listeners.
DENVER (AP) — The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings are suing four online retailers they say sold ammunition, tear gas and equipment used in the attack.

In this Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 photo, a metal with enamels jar is seen at an exhibition entitled 'Ming 50 years that changed China' in British Museum in central London. Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. The exhibition, running from Sept. 18, 2014 to Jan 5, 2015, will feature a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LONDON (AP) — Intricate, inventive and ahead of their time — and that's just the vases. London's British Museum will open a major new exhibition on Thursday exploring the rich art and global influences of China's Ming era in the 15th century.


By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. "I ... urge the international community, and those with the means, to act decisively and after sober reflection," Ban told reporters Tuesday. "It is critical to keep at the forefront the protection of civilians." Ban didn't say what steps he hoped U.N. member states would take, but praised recent U.S. ...

Building materials gather dust at the foot of the Djoser Pyramid in Saqqara, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The restoration of the 4,600-year old pyramid has prompted controversy between the Ministry of Antiquities, activists and archaeologists including the new brick work at the base of the pyramid. (AP Photo/Samuel McNeil)SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4,600-year old pyramid to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A troubled transgender girl whose imprisonment in Connecticut without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates escaped from custody Tuesday, state officials said.
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:54:50 -0400

Liverpool's players stretch during a training session in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 15, 2014, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League first-leg match against Ludogorets RazgradParis (AFP) - Liverpool's return to Champions League action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season dominate the start of the new battle for the elite European title on Tuesday.


  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:51:09 -0400
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident.

A zoomed image of a computer screen showing the Amazon logo is seen in ViennaBy Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - New international tax rules proposed on Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies such as Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc to shave billions of dollars off their tax bills. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced a series of measures that, if implemented by members, could stop companies from employing many commonly-used practices to shift profits into tax havens. ...


ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who was banned from most of the state for firing at a house is being allowed to live with his mother, but he can't leave the county.
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:46:36 -0400

This photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Cpl. Byron Dickson. Dickson was killed by a gunman as he left the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass, who was injured in the attack, to get additional information on the ambush. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.


ATLANTA (AP) — UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season — an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:42:04 -0400

FILE - This April 25, 2014 file photo shows singer Rihanna watching Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors in New York. CBS said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts _ after the singer issued a profane tweet about it. A portion of Jay-Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna was cut out of last Thursday's game because the network was covering the controversy over Rice's assault of his then-fiancee. CBS had planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted her objections. CBS issued a statement saying that it was "moving in a different direction" with different theme music. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio school bus driver sacrificed her life to save a 10-year-old girl during an evacuation drill outside a charter school.

The United States has already spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraqi security forcesWashington (AFP) - The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said Tuesday.


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, walks with members of his staff and legal team into the Kansas Judicial Center to file documents in a legal dispute before the state Supreme Court over the Democratic nominee's attempt to get off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. With Kobach are, to his left, special projects coordinator Jameson Beckner and attorney Bradley Scholzman and, to his right, attorney Thomas Knutzen. (AP Photo/John Hanna)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday of a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal dispute that could affect the national fight for control of the Senate.


  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:37:39 -0400

Health workers in protective gear move the body of a person that they suspect dyed form the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.


  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:32:54 -0400

Atlanta Braves Justin Upton (8) doubles to bring in Andrelton Simmons (19) in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name — SunTrust Park.


By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military's current plan would be outlined to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by the U.S. military's Central Command and envisioned striking the group's safe havens to knock out infrastructure, logistics and command capabilities. General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. ...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 file photo, Iraqi lawmakers attend a session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. The two powerful security portfolios have long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the nominees marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.


  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:28:26 -0400

Palestinians laborers work at a construction site in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians. The new figures drew criticism from the Palestinians, who seek the West Bank as part of a future state. The Palestinians and most of the international community consider Israeli construction there to be illegal or illegitimate. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Law enforcement official: Pennsylvania State Police have identified suspect in barracks ambush.
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:24:20 -0400
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:23:44 -0400

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media during a press conference after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus on Tuesday, Sept.16, 2014. Turkey’s new prime minister strongly rejected Western media reports that many of his fellow countrymen are swelling the ranks of the Islamic State group. Davutoglu says there’s many more Europeans signing up with the extremist group than there are Turks. Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot Declaration of Independence is recognized only by Turkey which maintains 35,000 troops there. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish opposition legislator said Tuesday that at least 53 Turkish families — some with children — had crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State group in the past week alone and accused Turkey's government of doing little to stem the flow.


  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:20:56 -0400
KIEV (Reuters) - Dozens of angry protesters near the Ukrainian parliament seized a prominent opposition deputy on Tuesday and dumped him in a trash container, accusing him of failing to back laws to end the turbulence in the country. The incident involved Vitaly Zhuravsky, a former member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich's party. It was unclear why Zhuravsky drew the ire of the protesters, but the incident occurred before a parliamentary session at which lawmakers ratified an agreement with the European Union and backed laws to provide separatist-held regions with a special status. ...

US soldiers keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on September 16, 2014A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy in Kabul on Tuesday, triggering a massive blast that killed two Americans and one Polish soldier as well as wounding at least 13 civilians.


BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq. The United States and other Western governments have dismissed the idea of cooperating with Syria in the fight against Islamic State, which has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria. Western governments see Assad as part of the problem and say he must leave power. ...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama last week outlined his military plan to destroy the extremists, authorizing U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, stepping up attacks in Iraq and deploying additional American troops, with more than 1,000 now advising and assisting Iraqi security forces to counter the terrorism threat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama's expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails.


File- This Nov. 20, 2013, shows defendant Jojo John appearing during his arraignment hearing at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, N.Y. John pleaded guilty in June to vehicular manslaughter and admitted that he was drunk at the time. He's expected to be sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Ricky Flores, Pool,File)NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New Yorker was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man.


FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo, actress and singer Angela Lansbury is photographed on stage at the Gielgud Theatre in central London, as she returns to the West End this spring for the first time in nearly 40 years, with the play, "Blithe Spirit," by Noel Coward. Producers said Tuesday, Sept. 16, that the TV legend and five-time Tony Award winner will reprise her role as Madame Arcati and lead a cast of “Blithe Spirit” on a tour that will take it from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The tour plays Los Angeles Dec. 9-Jan. 18, plays San Francisco from Jan. 20-Feb. 1, Toronto from Feb. 10-March 15 and Washington, D.C., from March 17-29 at the National Theatre. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Angela Lansbury is returning to a winning stage role and taking it on the road.


employment rateWASHINGTON (AP) — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.


By Simon Jessop and Nishant Kumar LONDON (Reuters) - Invented by a Scotsman more than a century ago, a fifth of the billions of pounds invested in the UK investment trust sector still resides north of the border. For how much longer is uncertain. Trends among investment trusts, listed vehicles which can themselves own shares in other companies, thus allowing a diversified holding while limiting transaction costs, typify increased corporate caution heading into Thursday's Scottish independence vote. ...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend and leaving their bodies in a field is expected to appear in a Florida court.
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:15:15 -0400

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers his speech at the National Assembly in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. France's prime minister faces a confidence vote in a parliament increasingly frustrated with unpopular President Francois Hollande's handling of the economy, including dissidents within his Socialist Party. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has won a vote of confidence in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided the left.


DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar has issued a new law to regulate charities in the Gulf state amid growing concern in the West over funding received by Islamic State militants. Local media said the Qatari ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, approved the law on Monday aimed at charity organizations involved in politics, as well as those that sent money abroad or received foreign financing. The Peninsula, an English language newspaper in Doha, said charities that defied the regulators could be shut down. ...

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