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Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help

From left to right, Mathew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae, who are all Americans being detained in North Korea, speak to The Associated Press on Monday in Pyongyang, North Korea. Wong Maye-E / AP

— North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for th More

Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet

Iranians surf the Internet at a cafe in 2013 in Tehran, Iran. Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

— Iran's president urged the country's clerics Monday to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. More

New York homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

— An intruder stabbed a couple who unwittingly interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife, police said Monday. More

Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

— President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. More

Efforts expand to make construction viable career choice for more women

Anne White, right, and Felicia Zerilli, second from left, take a coffee break in New York. They are two of 220 women in the 7,000 member Laborers Local 79 union. Julie Jacobson / AP

— Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter. More

U.S. military targets extremists in Somalia

In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 and provided by the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, civilians who had left the town of Bulomarer when it was held by al-Shabab militants, return following the town's capture by African Union (AU) and Somali government soldiers, in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. Tobin Jones / AP

Washington — U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said. More

NYC West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

Dressed for the occasion, Shaleca Whyte waits to take part in the West Indian Day Parade on Monday in Brooklyn. Tina Fineberg / AP

— Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got under More

Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

— A security alert over a suspected bomb has shut down the main motorway through Belfast, triggering traffic chaos on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army's cease-fire. More

U.S. airstrikes and aid for Iraqi city under siege

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, evacuate the town of Amirli on Saturday on board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group since mid-July, some 105 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. Uncredited / AP

An international airdrop of food and water supported by U.S. airstrikes sought to bring relief to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. More

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang answers questions from reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights, during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday. Aaron Favila / AP

— The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels. More

Renowned rock art in Utah is younger than believed

This undated file photo provided by Utah State University shows the Holy Ghost group of the Great Gallery, a striking Barrier Canyon-style rock painting in Horseshoe Canyon of southern Utah's Canyonlands National Park. Joel Pederson / AP

Salt Lake City — Life-sized figures sketched into red rock cliffs in Canyonlands National Park were drawn 1,000 years more recently than what had long been believed, a team of Utah State University scientists discovered about the world-renowned rock art. More

Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund — even if she's convicted. More

22 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

A rescued miner, center, is accompanied by a rescue worker as he leaves on his own feet the entrance to the El Comal gold and silver mine in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Esteban Felix / AP

Bonanza, Nicaragua — Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men even as efforts to reach those still missing continued Sa More

Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks after Brown's death

Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal talks with protesters who blocked South Florissant Road in front of the Ferguson, Mo., police station. Chappelle-Nadal has been a constant presence in Ferguson since an officer fatally shot an 18-year-old. Robert Cohen / AP

Ferguson, Mo. — Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day. More

Victim says tainted tea like 'fire'

Jan Harding, center, is surrounded by relatives as she talks about her ordeal Friday in Salt Lake City. Rick Bowmer / AP

Salt Lake City — A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants. More

2 from Michigan linked to extremist groups in Syria

As many as 12,000 foreigners have gone to Syria to fight the government of Bashar Assad. More

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant African snails

A keeper holds a rare partula snail (top), which is extinct in the wild and one of the world's smallest snails, above an African land snail. CARL COURT / AFP/Getty Images

Washington — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. More

Obama downplays threat of world turmoil in remarks to donors

President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that despite unrest in Ukraine and Iraq, the U.S. faces less of a threat than it did during the Cold War. More

Student evades monitors, spreads Ebola to Senegal

Red Cross workers walk through a section of West Point on Wednesday, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus, with residents not allowed to leave as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia. Abbas Dulleh / AP

Dakar, Senegal — A university student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth West African nation showing how quarantines, border closures and flight bans have failed to con More

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

— A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. More

California man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

(AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs. More

Victim's family feels sorry for 9-year-old who shot him with Uzi

In this Aug. 25, 2014 image made from video, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head. Mohave County Sheriff Department

San Diego — The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents. More

White House: No change to U.S. terror warnings

Washington — The White House does not expect the U.S. to raise its terrorism threat warning level. More

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with Palestinian businessmen from East Jerusalem to set up a national fund to support the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Nasser Shiyoukhi / AP

Ramallah, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for needlessly extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs. More

British PM vows tough action to fight extremist threat posed by ISIL

London — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. More

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

Immigration officials remove Central American migrants from a northbound freight train during a raid by federal police in San Ramon, Mexico, just after midnight on the morning of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Rebecca Blackwell / AP

Chahuites, Mexico — Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and ey More

Lawyer: Case against Maserati cop car driver silly

A Maserati resembling a police cruiser in Quincy, Mass. The lawyer for a Braintree man facing charges of impersonating a police officer for driving around the Maserati painted to resemble a police cruiser calls the case against his client 'silly.' Eric Clark

The lawyer for a Massachusetts man facing charges of impersonating a police officer for driving around a Maserati painted to resemble a police cruiser calls the case against his client 'silly.' More

Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

Reykjavik, Iceland — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system. More

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

A local resident passes by camouflaged pro-Russian tank in the town of Novoazovsk, in eastern Ukraine on Friday. Sergei Grits / AP

Novoazovsk, Ukraine — Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major po More

Israel identifies body as missing American student

As people go in and out of the Lakewood Municipal Building Thursday in Lakewood, N.J., they pass a photograph of Aharon Sofer, the young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Mel Evans / AP

Jerusalem — Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near Jerusalem. More

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