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US Senate race draws focus in Alaska primary

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller speaks to a man during "Candidate Sunday" at Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.


Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Free Syrian Army fighter aiming his weapon during a battle with Islamic State militants in Aleppo, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have been marching in the northern province of Aleppo capturing areas under the control of the mainstream Free Syrian Army. Islamic State fighters have overrun nearly a dozen towns and villages in Aleppo province last week crushing what little resistance they have encountered. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)BEIRUT (AP) — As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of airstrikes against the group's headquarters in the past two days.


Arsenal out to profit from luck of draw against Besiktas

Arsenal players celebrate after teammate Aaron Ramsey scores during their Premier League match against Crystal Palace at The Emirates Stadium on August 16, 2014After a positive start to the new season domestically, Arsenal head to Istanbul in optimistic mood ahead of Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg against Besiktas. The Gunners followed up a convincing victory against Manchester City in the Community Shield with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in their opening Premier League game, in which Aaron Ramsey netted a late winner. Now they are looking to secure a place in the lucrative group stage of Europe's elite club competition for a 17th consecutive campaign, although manager Arsene Wenger could do without the fitness concerns that are hanging over several players, including Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere.


Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church

Pope Francis meets the media during an airborne press conference on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off for now on a decision. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely.


13,000 evacuation calls in California wildfire

A helicopter makes a water drop at the site of a wildfire Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of roughly 200 people from a campground and recreational areas. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as a wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California.


Snoozing China air traffic controllers force jet to delay landing

A Chinese aircraft was forced to delay its landing after two air traffic controllers nodded off, reports sayA Chinese aircraft was forced to delay its landing after two air traffic controllers nodded off, reports said Tuesday, sparking a wave of online anger about airline safety. The Boeing 737 was preparing to land at Wuhan airport in central China but had no response from the air traffic control tower for 12 minutes, reports said. Contact was eventually made and China Eastern Airlines flight MU2528 from Sanya landed safely, the Sina.com news portal said. "Because air traffic control was asleep on duty, (the plane) called many times," civil aviation authorities said in a statement quoted by Chinese business magazine Caijing.


Manziel's gesture taints Browns' loss to Redskins

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) reacts after Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) was sacked during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Johnny Manziel raised his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter. It was one of the few times a Cleveland Browns quarterback actually found his intended target.


With Sterling saga over, Ballmer gets ovation from Clipper Nation

 Los Angeles Clippers-Fan FestivalBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With his trademark top-of-the-lungs, high-fiving, rambunctious enthusiasm, former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans on Monday, promising a new era for the NBA team after former owner Donald Sterling was banned for life over racist remarks. Ballmer, 58, who paid an NBA-record $2 billion for the Clippers, greeted the several thousand gathered at the team's Staples Center home with the primal screams that punctuated meetings at the Seattle technology company. Ballmer, who said he will be a courtside fixture at games, took over the Clippers last week, ending Sterling's 33 years of ownership that were marked by decades of losing and second-tier status to local rival, the Lakers. The NBA banned Sterling for life in April, days after his privately taped remarks imploring a girlfriend not to publicly associate with black people were published.


Tear gas fired at crowd in US protest

Missouri National Guard near a Shopping Center in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014Police fired tear gas Monday to break up a crowd of demonstrators in this Missouri town where a black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer nine days ago. They then let lose with a volley of tear gas just after 11 pm (0400 GMT), sending the crowd -- smaller than the one that clashed with police on Sunday -- scurrying. The standoff occurred near the residential street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a local police officer in this St Louis suburb.


Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students at the nation's second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform of the way school police respond to bad behavior, Los Angeles Unified School District officials will announce Tuesday.

In new book, Ryan takes on stubborn GOP orthodoxy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Rep. Paul Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs.

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Australia tycoon blasts Chinese government 'mongrels'

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer speaks during an interview with AFP in Sydney on August 27, 2013Outspoken Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has labelled the Chinese government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade that was criticised by Canberra Tuesday as "hugely damaging". The billionaire politician, who was elected to parliament last year as head of the Palmer United Party and is known for his efforts to rebuild a replica of the Titanic, also called the Chinese "bastards" who "want to take over this country". The flamboyant mining baron is locked in a long-running dispute over royalties and port operations with Hong Kong-based Citic Pacific relating to its Sino Iron magnetite project, a partnership with China's state-owned Metallurgical Group Corporation. The mogul denies the allegations and told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's live Q&A current affairs panel discussion late Monday that he was "owed about Aus$500 million (US$465 million) by the Communist Chinese government".


Atletico struggle to keep up in arms race with Real, Barca

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez (L), Toni Kroos (C) and Alvaro Arbeloa take part in a training session in Madrid on August 18, 2014Just three months after remarkably breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid's grip on the La Liga title, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has denied any repeat of their miracle championship triumph is possible. "We have to try to compete with Sevilla, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao for the Champions League places," he claimed on Monday ahead of his side's Spanish Super Cup first-leg against Real on Tuesday.


Getty photographer detained, released in Ferguson

Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson is placed in a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covers the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouriconfirmed the arrest of one of its photographers covering the unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager. In a caption with a photograph showing the arrest of Scott Olson, the agency said he was being "placed in a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covers the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown." did not say why Olson was detained. " condemns Scott's arrest and is committed to ensuring that he and our other photographer colleagues are able to report this important story," said Pancho Bernasconi, Getty's vice president of news.


Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two teenage boys were arrested Monday after making specific plans to kill three staffers then gun down as many students as possible at their Southern California high school, police said.

LaRoche homer lifts Nats over DBacks 5-4 in 11

Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche hit a game-winning solo home run with two outs in the 11th inning to help the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Monday night for their seventh straight win.


Dollar General enters race for Family Dollar with $8.95 billion bid

A price sign at a Dollar General store in Arvada, ColoradoDollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.95 billion, trumping a bid by Dollar Tree Inc and aiming to strengthen its dominance of a growing segment of retailers serving penny-pinching customers. "Both Dollar General and Dollar Tree have some capacity to go a little bit higher with the offer price," said Joseph Feldman, analyst at Telsey Advisory Group. Dollar stores have been a popular choice for low- and middle-income U.S. "We have a tremendous amount of strength in the rural communities and we have things to learn in the metro," Dollar General Chief Executive Rick Dreiling said on a conference call.


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