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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 …

Chinese scholar gets life for ‘separatism’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BEIJING — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said. A court found …

Israel kills 2 suspected in teens’ deaths

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JERUSALEM (ap) — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events …

Bin Laden’s son-in-law gets life prison term in NY

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Defiant to the end, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for acting as the voice of al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, telling a judge that there would be …

UVa. medical worker charged in case of missing student

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The man authorities believe was the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared has been charged with abduction, police said Tuesday night. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a …

Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions …

Feds say 800 rounds found in intruder’s car

Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal …

US launches first airstrikes in Syria

Monday, September 22, 2014

SURUC, Turkey — The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge …

Officials seek campus worker in student’s disappearance

Monday, September 22, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student focused Monday on the man they believe was the last person seen with her, searching his apartment for a second time and trying to …

Fire crews brace for weather shift

Monday, September 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week …

Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans

Monday, September 22, 2014

AP-NY-New-York-Casinos,494 Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans AP Photo NYMG102, NYMG103, NYMG101, NYMG104 Eds: Updated with Senator’s district, background on proposal. By DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press COLONIE, N.Y. — Supporters and critics of proposals for an …