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Oldest survivor of San Francisco earthquake of 1906 dies

In this Sept. 23, 2001, photo provided by Phil Dobbs, Ruth Newman, right, celebrates her 100th birthday with her older brother Barney Barnard and younger sister Genevieve Gully in Pebble Beach, Calif. Newman, who was thought to be one of two remaining survivors of the massive 1906 San Francisco earthquake, died in July 2015, at the age of 113. (Courtesy of Philip Dodds via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ruth Newman was just child living on an outlying ranch when the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 struck, but her memory of that day never faded, her daughter said.

09/02/2015 - 04:51 PM


Global stock markets experience renewed volatility

At the end of trade in Europe, London, Paris and Frankfurt similarly finished higher after see-sawing earlier in the dayGlobal stock markets faced renewed volatility Wednesday, as further evidence of slowing growth in China caused investors to question the prospects for continued global economic expansion. At the end of trade in Europe, London, Paris and Frankfurt similarly finished higher after see-sawing earlier in the day.

09/02/2015 - 04:48 PM


Court hearing for 6 officers charged in death of black man

Police handcuff a protester in Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, near the city's Inner Harbor. Dozens of protesters marched in the street after rallying at a nearby courthouse, where motion hearings for officers charged in Freddie Gray's death were scheduled. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers facing criminal charges in connection with the death of a black man seriously injured in their custody. He also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case.

09/02/2015 - 04:48 PM


US Rep. Michael McCaul writing book on homeland security

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, emerges from a closed-door Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCaul's book, "Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland _and How to Thwart Them," will be published Jan. 12 by Crown Forum, the publisher said Wednesday, Sept. 2. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, has a book deal.

09/02/2015 - 04:43 PM


Attorney: Officer's takedown unfortunate, but not criminal

Former Madison, Ala. police officer Eric Sloan Parker walks into a federal courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Huntsville, Ala. Parker is on trial on a federal charge of using excessive force against an Indian man, 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, who was thrown down and partially paralyzed during a confrontation in a suburban neighborhood. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a police officer accused of excessive force when he took down an Indian man say the encounter was an unfortunate escalation of tactics, but not criminal.

09/02/2015 - 04:39 PM


AP Exclusive: Records show university's response to Holmes

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes appears in court, with his attorney Daniel King, to be formally sentenced, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Carlos Samour Jr. Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others in the July 20, 2012 ambush. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)DENVER (AP) — More than a month before James Holmes' rampage on a Colorado movie theater, the head of his neuroscience graduate program called a campus police officer with alarming information: Holmes had told his psychiatrist that he wanted to kill people to make up for his failure in science.

09/02/2015 - 04:37 PM


Clooney, Bush and Biden among Stephen Colbert's first guests
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly nine months after exiting Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert returns Tuesday as host of CBS' "The Late Show," airing nightly at 11:35 p.m. EDT.
09/02/2015 - 04:36 PM


Hunt for 3 suspects in Illinois officer's death widens

CORRECTS SPELLING FROM GLINIEWITZ TO GLINIEWICZ- This undated photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was shot and killed Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt Tuesday in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of Gliniewicz. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP)FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials broadened the hunt Wednesday for three suspects in the fatal shooting of a popular veteran police officer in a small northern Illinois community after a methodical house-to-house search turned up nothing.

09/02/2015 - 04:31 PM


Unmasked, Stephen Colbert debuts Tuesday hosting 'Late Show'

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, Stephen Colbert participates in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" segment of the CBS Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Vice President Joe Biden will be among Colbert's first guests on "The Late Show." CBS announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, that Biden will join previously announced guests Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and country singer Toby Keith on Sept. 10. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is about to turn a corner in his career: onto Broadway at 54th Street.

09/02/2015 - 04:29 PM


First Dane in space begins long trip to repositioned ISS

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying three astronauts, including the first Danish citizen ever to fly into space, launches towards the International Space StationThe first Dane in space accompanied by 26 custom-made figurines from Danish toymaker Lego blasted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday as part of a three-man team on an unusually long two-day mission to the International Space Station. The trip by the Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled to last two days instead of the usual fast-track six hours since the ISS has raised its orbit to avoid space debris. The trio launched on schedule at 0437 GMT from the same launchpad in Kazakhstan used by Yuri Gagarin on his historic entry into the cosmos in 1961.

09/02/2015 - 04:27 PM


Q&A: What are the signs of a 'bear market' for stocks
The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major U.S. stock indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market?
09/02/2015 - 04:26 PM


Baltimore judge allows charges against officers in Freddie Gray case
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams on Wednesday rejected defense motions to drop charges against six police officers in the case of a black man who died in April from injuries in police custody. Williams also rejected a motion from the defense calling for Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, and her office to recuse themselves from the Freddie Gray case. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Writing by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey)
09/02/2015 - 04:26 PM


Trial of Congolese rebel opens with gruesome images

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague during the first day of his trial on September 2, 2015Harrowing pictures of bodies littering a banana plantation Wednesday marked the start of the trial of warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of running a campaign of terror in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Nicknamed "The Terminator," Ntaganda denied 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity as he stood in the dock at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda is accused of orchestrating hundreds of deaths in savage ethnic attacks in the northeastern DR Congo in 2002-2003, as well as recruiting and the rape of child soldiers within his own rebel army.

09/02/2015 - 04:24 PM


Plaintiffs drop race case against Springboks

Edward Mokhoanatse, president of political party the Agency for a New Agenda (ANA), arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on September 2, 2015 for the Springboks caseSouth African plaintiffs on Wednesday dropped a legal attempt to stop the Springboks from playing in the Rugby World Cup in a dispute over a lack of black players in the squad. More than 20 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa's fraught race relations have been highlighted by anger over just nine black players being named in the 31-man squad for the tournament in England. The case, which was never thought likely to succeed, cited Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and the country's rugby union SARU as respondents.

09/02/2015 - 04:24 PM


APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker
NEW YORK (AP) — A California company that makes an eggless mayonnaise alternative has the U.S. egg industry scrambling.
09/02/2015 - 04:22 PM


Ex-president's backers in power struggle before Ivory Coast polls

Pascal Affi N'Guessan speaks after submitting documents to register his candidacy for the presidential election in AbidjanBy Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Two years ago, Pascal Affi N'Guessan was in jail after backing the losing side in Ivory Coast's civil war. While N'Guessan appears likely to lose in October, the fact that the former prime minister is even contesting the election for the main opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) ought to mark a step towards national reconciliation. Under the incumbent President Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast is emerging as one of Africa's star economies, but it also needs a credible election and political calm to maintain the revival.

09/02/2015 - 04:21 PM


US markets recover a day after big plunge

Specialist Jay Woods, right, works with trader John Bishop on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. U.S. and global stock markets were recovering in early morning trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Still, investors remain on edge after a plunge in stocks Tuesday that was triggered by reports showing slowing growth in China. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stock markets were recovering in midday trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.

09/02/2015 - 04:21 PM


House Judiciary panel sets first Planned Parenthood hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue.
09/02/2015 - 04:20 PM


News Corp confirms return of Rebekah Brooks in top role

FILE - In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive, talks to members of the media in central London. News Corp, Rupert Murdoch’s print empire, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 said that Brooks will be CEO of News Corp UK, returning to a role she left in 2011 amid the hacking scandal at the company’s now defunct News of the World paper. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks is returning to the top spot in London more than a year after she was acquitted of charges in a hacking scandal that shocked the U.K.

09/02/2015 - 04:18 PM


Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes

FILE - In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, speaks during a news conference in Baltimore. Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory. Mikulski became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

09/02/2015 - 04:14 PM


NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
09/02/2015 - 04:14 PM


Apple wants to guide your news consumption with News app
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple wants to be a central part of how you consume news.
09/02/2015 - 04:11 PM


Tech stock lead Wall St. higher as China fears ebb

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were higher in late morning trading on Wednesday, rebounding from steep losses a day earlier, after China intervened to support its financial markets and help stem a global equities selloff.

09/02/2015 - 04:10 PM


US bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in 1st quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.
09/02/2015 - 04:09 PM


Wrongly convicted brothers each get $750K payout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina brothers were awarded $750,000 each in compensation Wednesday for the three decades they were wrongfully imprisoned in the killing of an 11-year-old girl.
09/02/2015 - 04:05 PM


Anti-government protests resume in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Anti-government protesters have resumed in some neighborhoods in Burundi's capital after residents accused the police of harassment.
09/02/2015 - 04:05 PM


Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner poses for a photo on the set in New York. Harris sued toymaker Hasbro Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in federal court in New Jersey for more than $5 million over a toy that shares her name. Harris' suit claims Hasbro wrongfully appropriated her name and persona with its plastic "Harris Faulkner" hamster. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance.

09/02/2015 - 04:05 PM


Sony says 'Concussion' wasn't softened to placate NFL

This image released by Sony Pictures shows the poster art for the film, "Concussion," to be released in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. Even though the holiday is nearly four months off, we already know what Roger Goodell will find under his tree on Christmas Day. It's a movie scheduled for release that morning based on a true story and bluntly titled "Concussion." It could do for the NFL what "The Insider" did for Big Tobacco and "Erin Brockovich" did for big energy companies. (Sony Pictures via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures is insisting that the Will Smith film "Concussion" was not "softened" to placate the NFL.

09/02/2015 - 04:04 PM


Special Report: Renowned U.S. drug-rehab program spun out of control

Phoenix Houses' Belle Terre site is pictured in handout photographBy Kristina Cooke and Robin Respaut NEW YORK (Reuters) - Martin Szczupak had already been in and out of rehab when, for a misdemeanor possession charge, a judge sent the 21-year-old heroin addict to a century-old estate in the wooded hills of upstate New York for another chance to clean up. Belle Terre, the former home of a 19th-century copper baron, housed the 168-bed Phoenix House Delaware County Center, a private, nonprofit residential drug treatment facility. When Szczupak arrived in June 2012, all was not well behind Belle Terre’s stately walls.

09/02/2015 - 03:46 PM


Zoo still closed, about 3,000 powerless after Phoenix storm

Dromedary camels are tied up, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 201 at the Phoenix Zoo, away from a large pine tree that fell into their exhibit late Monday evening. Monsoon storms hit the Phoenix area Monday night and knocked out power to thousands, delayed air travel, and stranded motorists in flash floods. The Phoenix Zoo had to close for the day to remove storm-damaged and fallen trees throughout the park. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — A few thousand people still don't have electricity and the Phoenix Zoo is closed for a second day after a monsoon storm knocked down power poles and trees.

09/02/2015 - 03:44 PM


Murdoch favourite Brooks returns to run British newspapers

File photograph shows News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch leaving his flat with Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, in central LondonBy Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks will return to her old job running Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers, one year after she was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in one of the biggest media and political scandals to hit the country. Brooks, who worked her way up from the lowest rung on a newsroom ladder to become a Murdoch protege and one of the most influential people in Britain, will resume oversight of the Sun and Times of London papers on Monday in a remarkable comeback. A close friend to the last three British prime ministers, Brooks quit in 2011 after the News of the World tabloid she had once edited admitted hacking into thousands of phones to generate stories, including the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.

09/02/2015 - 03:41 PM


Peak cinema: 'Everest' kicks off Venice Film Festival

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal poses during the photo call for the movie Everest, opening the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The 72nd edition of the festival runs until Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VENICE, Italy (AP) — Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke lead the cast but the mountain is the star of "Everest," a high-altitude thriller that opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday.

09/02/2015 - 03:25 PM


New Honda Pilot looks smaller but adds interior room, power

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, the 2016 Honda Pilot is unveiled during the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Revamped from roof to tires, the Pilot for 2016 lost its boxy exterior styling and has a much more upscale interior, more features and more power_ now 280 horsepower from a re-engineered and noticeably refined V-6. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)Don't let the Pilot's new, sleek look fool you. Honda's largest sport utility vehicle is bigger than ever on the inside, particularly in its third-row seats.

09/02/2015 - 03:25 PM


White House wins enough Senate support for Iran deal

US President Barack Obama has clinched enough Congressional support to ensure his Iran deal goes throughUS President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the international deal to roll back Iran's nuclear program goes into effect, when a 34th senator announced her support for the accord. Most US lawmakers are opposed to the deal, which would ease punishing economic sanctions on Tehran while preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. Many Republicans warn that Iran will seek to cheat its way to an atomic bomb.

09/02/2015 - 03:23 PM


France hero in ABC's new 'Dancing' cast

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, Alek Skarlatos arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Skarlatos, who was one of three Americans who took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium, will participate in the dancing competition series "Dancing With the Stars," premiering on Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)NEW YORK (AP) — ABC moved quickly to land one of the three men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train last month for the 21st season cast of "Dancing With the Stars."

09/02/2015 - 03:22 PM


North America's tallest mountain gets new name _ and height

In this June 24, 2015, photo provided by Compass Data/USGS, Blaine Horner of CompassData probes the snow pack at the highest point in North America along with setting up Global Position System equipment for precise summit elevation data on top of Denali in Denali National Park, Ak. The U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, that the new official height for Denali has been measured at 20,310 feet, just 10 feet less than the previous elevation of 20,320 feet which was established using 1950’s era technology. (Blaine Horner/Compass Data/USGS via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation.

09/02/2015 - 03:21 PM


Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria kill 26, including children
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty- six people were killed in Nigeria' s northeastern Borno state by attackers on horseback believed to be rebels of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, witnesses said.
09/02/2015 - 03:15 PM


Wills of millions of Americans now available online

This undated public document from Massachusetts probate records provided by, shows a portion of Daniel Webster's will. A three-year digitization project by the genealogical research firm will make available online, starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, wills and probate records of about 100 million Americans from the Colonial era to the beginning of the 21st century. (Massachusetts Probate Records/ via AP)BOSTON (AP) — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter.

09/02/2015 - 03:10 PM


US factory orders slightly higher in July

Boeing employees work on a Boeing 777 passenger plane on one of the assembly lines, February 14, 2011 at the company's factory in Everett, WashingtonNew orders for US manufactured goods edged higher in July after a solid increase in June, led by gains for boats and ships, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Factory orders rose 0.4 percent in July, slower than June's 2.2 percent rise.

09/02/2015 - 03:04 PM


In Philadelphia, Kerry seeks support for Iran nuke deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is bringing the Obama administration's campaign for public and congressional support for the Iran nuclear deal to Philadelphia.
09/02/2015 - 03:01 PM



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