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Protesters shout slogans during a prayer rally at the Chinese Consulate to protest recent moves by China in island-building at the disputed group of islands in the South China Sea Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines has filed a complaint challenging China over the territorial disputes before an international tribunal in The Hague. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

China’s WWII parade of military might stirs up Taiwan, others in Asia

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BEIJING — Tanks and other military hardware will roll through China’s capital Thursday on a scale larger than what the world saw during the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. This time, however, the rollout has nothing to do with crushing domestic protesters. It’s part of a grandiose military parade, organized by China’s Communist Party, to mark the 70th anniversary of … 0

Cyber spies: China, Russia aggregating, cross-indexing hacked data to target US espionage agents

Monday, August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has … 0

While EU struggles for answers, influx of migrants raises tensions

Monday, August 31, 2015

BRUSSELS — French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck. An emergency meeting was called for Sept. 14 on the migrant crisis in which more than 300,000 people … 0

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 … 0

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica — Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Thursday, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power and water supplies. The storm, which was forecast to … 0

Polar-bear mystery solved: Cute cub Knut died of autoimmune disease

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BERLIN — Knut, a cute polar bear that became a global celebrity then mysteriously drowned at age 4 in his Berlin Zoo pen, died of a rare autoimmune disease, a scientist revealed Thursday. The finding solves a mystery that has lingered since Knut’s sudden death in 2011. Knut, … 0

On-air shooter threatened to make ‘headlines,’ showed anger

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss’ hand as two police officers walked him to the door. “You’ll need this,” he said. … 0

More than seven decades later, Monaco apologizes for deporting Jews

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monaco committed the “irreparable” injustice of deporting Jews to Nazi camps during World War II, Prince Albert II said Thursday in belated apology for the action 73 years ago that sent scores of residents and refugees to their deaths. Many of the 66 people handed over to Nazi … 0

Calif. cut water use by 31%in July

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday. The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the … 0

Alaskans wonder if their state is exhibit or target for Obama

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama visits Alaska next week, he’ll be greeted by politicians eager to show off their state’s vast wilderness and stirring scenery — and skeptical of White House plans to protect those resources. The state’s political leaders are anxious about whether Obama’s trip will … 0

ACLU sues to block sweeping Nev. education funding program

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada education funding program that’s considered the nation’s broadest school choice initiative has attracted its first legal challenge, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools. The American Civil Liberties Union, its Nevada … 0

As legal marijuana spreads, states struggle with drugged driving

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Crandall half-jokingly said he can tell a driver is under the influence of marijuana during a traffic stop when the motorist becomes overly familiar and is calling him “dude.” The truth in the joke, Crandall said, is that attitude and speech patterns can … 0

US stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to … 0