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A firefighter covers his face while battling a wildfire near Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The grass fire along a Northern California highway spread to parched trees, and flying embers landed on nearby homes, setting at least eight homes on fire, authorities said. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Growing California wildfire threatens remote mountain homes

A growing and destructive wildfire was moving toward remote California homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Wednesday as it scorched its way through bone-dry brush and trees. It was among three blazes burning in Northern California during a time of year when the drought-stricken state sees its largest and ...

Apple partners with Deloitte in pitch to business

Apple is extending its push into selling business technology by forging a partnership with the Deloitte consulting firm to advise companies on using iPhones, iPads and Apple software in the workplace. While Apple primarily sells to the consumer market, it's confronting a global slowdown in consumer demand for smartphones and ...

APNewsBreak: Planned Parenthood targets youth voters in Ohio

The political arm of Planned Parenthood is targeting Ohio as part of its largest education and get-out-the-vote effort ever, a campaign aimed at turning out young undecided voters it thinks can swing the election for Democrats. Planned Parenthood Votes said its Ohio campaign's public launch Wednesday is part of an ...

Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) speaks on the preliminary results of the investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH17 during a press conference in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The disaster claimed 298 lives. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The Latest: UN secretary-general praises downed plane probe

The Latest on the probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 (all times local): 8:20 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thinks the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, together with the technical investigation that identified the cause of the crash, ...

Bill Baroni arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Baroni, a former executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Bridget Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Christie's former deputy chief of staff, are on trial, charged with conspiracy, fraud and civil rights deprivation in an alleged political revenge plot. (Danielle Parhizkaran/The Record via AP)

Testimony: GOP staff wanted Democrats off bridge authority

The former bridge authority official testifying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Chris Christie's staff asked him to produce a list of authority employees so the Democrats could be purged. David Wildstein testified Wednesday the request came two weeks after he started work at ...

FILE - This July 23, 2014 file photo shows the Milky Way galaxy on a moonless night from a cattle pasture in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Our solar system lies at the edge of a structure called the Local Arm or the Orion Spur, and according to a paper released Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, researchers calculated that it stretches more than 20,000 light-years long, maybe about four times what scientists had thought before. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Study may give new respect to our Milky Way neighborhood

Our corner of the Milky Way galaxy may be a bigger deal than scientists thought. The galaxy is shaped like a disk, with four major arms of stars, dust and gas spiraling out from the center. Our solar system lies at the edge of what's called the Local Arm, which ...

Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes

Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries are pressing forward with an effort to adopt a nuclear ban treaty through the United Nations. The countries on Wednesday sent a draft text to world diplomats urging the U.N. General Assembly to convene a ...

Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security. Kerry said failure to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership would not only hurt American business but embolden rivals and enemies like China ...

Seeking maximum lift from debate, Clinton courts millennials

Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to parlay her widely praised debate performance into stronger support from women, young Americans and other critical voter groups, while Donald Trump kept focus on the die-hard backers who have thronged his rallies this year. Two days after her first debate against Trump, Clinton was trying ...

VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. Mueller said the company admits it "made a big mistake" and says that "we have worked ...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, first-term Republican Rep. Will Hurd, right, of Texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office in San Antonio. Hurd faces former Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego in Texas' 23rd District, which spans 58,000-plus square miles, making it larger than 29 states. Neither Hurd nor Gallego live in the district. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Massive Texas district isn't big enough for either candidate

A West Texas congressional district sprawls 58,000-plus square miles and two time zones, from San Antonio to just outside El Paso. Yet neither the Republican who represents it nor the Democrat trying to reclaim the seat actually lives there. The home of first-term Republican Rep. Will Hurd, 39, is in ...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2002 file photo, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, N.M., where agents for the Federal Air Marshal Service undergo training. Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. There were 10,854 air rage incidents reported by airlines worldwide last year, up from 9,316 incidents in 2014, according to the International Air Transport Association. That equates to one incident for every 1,205 flights, an increase from one incident per 1,282 flights the previous year.  (AP Photo/J.R. Hernandez, File)

Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise

Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday. There were 10,854 air rage incidents reported by airlines worldwide last year, up from 9,316 incidents in 2014, according to the International Air Transport Association. ...

FILE - In this Sept 22, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president is preparing to send more troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul

The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment ...

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found. Criminal-history and driver databases give officers critical information about people they ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Polish National Alliance, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Chicago. Trump’s ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue. On the other hand, his words actually mirror the nub of a policy argument inside the Obama administration. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Trump's stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguous

Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue. On the other hand, his words — by design or coincidence — mirror the nub of a policy argument the administration is wrestling with in the final months of Barack Obama's ...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks to the media during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala. Moore appeared before a judicial discipline panel Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, to answer accusations that he tried to block gay couples from marrying in the Deep South state. The outspoken Republican jurist could be removed from office for the second time in 13 years if the Court of the Judiciary finds he violated the state's canons of judicial ethics.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Alabama justice 'urged defiance, not compliance' on marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, a lawyer for a disciplinary commission argued on Wednesday. R. Ashby Pate, a lawyer for the Judicial Inquiry Commission, said marriage equality was settled law in all 50 states when Moore ...

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, following a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint

Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, clearing the way Wednesday for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December. The hybrid spending measure — the last major item on Capitol Hill's pre-election agenda — would fund the battle ...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, trader Leon Montana works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock markets opened slightly higher Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, as energy companies are rising with the price of oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks wobble as phone companies fall, oil prices jump

U.S. stock indexes are little changed Wednesday as dividend-paying stocks skid and health care companies take losses. Energy companies are rising as the price of oil changes course yet again and moves higher. Beer makers AB InBev and Molson Coors are rising after SABMiller's shareholders approved the $103 billion deal ...

White House blasts Senate for override vote

The White House says the U.S. Senate vote to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation is an "embarrassing" shirking of its duties. White House spokesman Josh Earnest claims members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were unfamiliar with the bill's impact on military personnel and voted to uphold ...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, the sister, nieces and nephews of slain Rev. Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz grieve as they watch his casket lower into the floor inside Our Lady of Asuncion Church in Paso Blanco, Veracruz state, Mexico. Mourners packed the church for the funeral Mass in memory of the Roman Catholic priest who was murdered along with another cleric in the troubled Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Evolution and genetics seems to have baked a certain level of murder into humans as a species, but civilization has tamed some of that “inherited” savage beast in us, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Study: As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies

Evolution and genetics seem to have baked a certain amount of murder into humans as a species, but civilization has tamed some of the savage beast in us, according to a new study. Scientists calculated the rate at which more than 1,000 mammal species kill their own kind, and noticed ...

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