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An aerial view shows rescue workers searching for missing people near mountain lodge with heavily damaged roof top in the erupted Mount Ontake, central Japan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the early afternoon. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

Toll at Japanese volcano up to 36

Monday, September 29, 2014

KISO, Japan — Toxic gases and ash from still-erupting Mount Ontake forced Japanese rescue workers to call off the search for more victims Monday as dozens of relatives awaited news of their family members. Rescuers found five more bodies near the summit of the volcano, bringing the death toll to 36. They have managed to airlift only 12 bodies off …

White House intruder got far past front door

Monday, September 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president’s life. Rep. Jason …

Militants’ advance continues

Monday, September 29, 2014

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Militants of the Islamic State group were closing in Monday on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey — an advance unhindered so far by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, including one that struck a grain silo, killing two civilians, according to activists. Islamic State fighters pounded the city …

Coalition grows as US air attack continues on Iraq, Syria

Friday, September 26, 2014

BEIRUT — American warplanes and drones hit Islamic State group tanks, Humvees, checkpoints and bunkers in airstrikes Friday targeting the extremists in Syria and Iraq, as the U.S.-led coalition expanded to include Britain, Denmark and Belgium. The European …

Arson at Ill. air-traffic center disrupts 2,000 flights

Friday, September 26, 2014

CHICAGO — A contract employee who recently was told he was being transferred to Hawaii set a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center where he worked, bringing two of the nation’s busiest airports to a …

Woman beheaded at Okla. workplace

Friday, September 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday. Moore Police …

Palestinian leader seeks UN help in bid to end Israeli occupation

Friday, September 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — Facing pressure at home to come up with a new strategy for achieving Palestinian statehood, Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would ask the U.N. Security Council to dictate the ground rules for any talks with …

Police: Ambush suspect spent years planning attack

Friday, September 26, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Eric Frein’s Internet searches included how to avoid police during manhunts, use law enforcement technology and survive in the wilderness. That evidence, retrieved from a computer, suggests Frein spent years planning an attack and retreat into the Pocono Mountains, a state police commander said …

Holder to step down as AG

Thursday, September 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — Eric Holder, America’s first black attorney general and an unflinching champion of civil rights in enforcing the nation’s laws, announced his resignation Thursday after leading the Justice Department since the first days of President Barack Obama’s …

Strikes hit Islamic State-held oil sites in Syria

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BEIRUT — U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing at least 19 people as more families of militants left their key stronghold, fearing further raids, activists said. …

Rouhani: Nations must unite vs. extremism

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s president told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that moderate leaders in the Middle East must spearhead the fight against extremists, warning that their goal of destroying civilization is generating anti-Muslim hatred and creating fertile …

Three NY firefighters who worked at ground zero die on same day

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic World Trade Center dust released on Sept. 11, fire officials said Thursday. Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert …

Police chief: ‘No idea’ where missing UVa. student is

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The owner of a bar where a missing University of Virginia student was last seen with a man charged in her abduction says she could barely walk that night without the man’s support. Tempo Restaurant …