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Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

1 hour 23 min ago
For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

Ukraine: Russian forces in major rebel cities

1 hour 23 min ago
Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.

Video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

1 hour 24 min ago
An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

New York: Bank didn't lend to blacks in Buffalo

1 hour 26 min ago
A bank purposely avoided giving mortgages to African-Americans by locating all of its branches outside black neighborhoods and directing advertising and loan products toward largely white communities, New York's attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday as part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known as redlining.

Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher

1 hour 27 min ago
Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously led Politico.

US stock market turns lower in afternoon trading

1 hour 27 min ago
U.S. stocks were mostly lower in afternoon trading Tuesday even after news that the economy was gaining strength. The S&P 500 dipped back below 2,000 points as oil producers weighed the index down.

US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3½ years

1 hour 27 min ago
U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.

It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

1 hour 27 min ago
Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

1 hour 27 min ago
Opening arguments in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon in federal court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to convince a judge that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.

School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

1 hour 27 min ago
Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.

AP Interview: Iran says it disrupts nuclear plots

1 hour 27 min ago
Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's nuclear department told The Associated Press.

Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

1 hour 27 min ago
An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and abducting women.

6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

1 hour 27 min ago
A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.

AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

1 hour 27 min ago
Riding a wave of military gains by pro-Russia rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs.

Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

1 hour 29 min ago
New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.

Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms

1 hour 29 min ago
Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents.

McDonald's increases checks of Chinese suppliers

1 hour 30 min ago
McDonald's says it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation.

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

1 hour 30 min ago
Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

1 hour 31 min ago
When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive.

Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

1 hour 31 min ago
The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone" as authorities race to contain the disease.