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CONGRESS-TRADE

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and his Republican allies on trade are thinking of restarting their legislative push in the Senate, a testament to a crucial miscalculation they made months ago. By Charles Babington. AP Photo.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-TRUMP

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump, the flamboyant U.S. real estate magnate and television personality who says his net worth is about $9 billion, announces a longshot bid for the presidency on the ticket of the Republican Party. AP Photos.

With: PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BUSH.

KERRY-IRAN

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that a full accounting of Iran's possible past atomic weapons research is not necessarily critical to reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. His comments came amid concerns the Obama administration is backing down on demands that Iran resolve concerns about previous work as part of an agreement that would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. AP Photo.

With: CONGRESS-UN-SANCTION.

BERKELEY BALCONY COLLAPSE

BERKELEY, California -- A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turns tragic when the fifth-floor balcony they were crowded on collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling 13 people about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured. By Kristin J. Bender and Martha Mendoza. AP Photos. AP Video.

CUBA-US

HAVANA -- Six months after presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama declared they were moving toward normalization after a half-century of hostility, the embassies in their countries have not been reopened, showing just how slowly change comes to Cuba. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.

PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST

PHOENIX -- Calling him "off-the-charts dangerous," authorities outline the evidence against a Phoenix man who they say helped orchestrate a shootout on an anti-Islam event in Texas and had aspirations to join the Islamic State group and attack the Super Bowl. By Ryan Van Velzer and Jacques Billeaud. Ap Photos.

UNITED STATES-CLIMATE

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden makes his first public appearance since burying his oldest son earlier this month, thanking major foundations and institutional investors for pledging to spend more than $4 billion on new technologies to reduce climate change pollution. By Darlene Superville. AP Photos.

BENGHAZI-CLINTON-EMAILS

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of a House panel investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says that a longtime confidant of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton did not write any of the numerous memos he forwarded to Clinton while she served as secretary of state. By Matthew Daly and Stephen Ohlemacher. AP Photos.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-HAITIAN IMMIGRANTS

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Authorities are prepared to resume deporting non-citizens without legal residency in the Dominican Republic after largely putting the practice on hold for a year, the head of the country's immigration agency says. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. AP Photos.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER-RACIAL QUESTIONS

NEW YORK -- The woman who resigned from an African-American civil rights group after her race was questioned says that she started identifying as black as a very young child and denies deceiving anyone. By Kiley Armstrong. AP Photos.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER-IDENTITY

WASHINGTON -- Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black -- a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America, as the rigid racial structures that have defined most of this country's history seem, for some, to be softening. By Jesse J. Holland. AP Photo.

NORTH CAROLINA SHARK ATTACK

OAK ISLAND, North Carolina -- Paramedics Peter Joyce and Jack Baker had been back at the station for only a few minutes after treating their first-ever shark attack victim when the radio crackled: A second person had just been attacked. By Emery P. Dalesio and Emily Masters. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: SHARK PROTECTIONS.

ESCAPED PRISONERS

DANNEMORA, New York -- Search teams hindered by cool, rainy weather comb through woods in far northern New York for an 11th day trying to track down two escaped murderers as one official raises doubts that they relied solely on a now-jailed prison worker to help them get away after their breakout. By Rodrique Ngowi. AP Photos. AP Video.

VENEZUELA-US

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Nicolas Maduro says a recent meeting between Venezuelan and U.S. officials has opened an important channel that could lead toward restoration of full diplomatic relations. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos.

COLORADO SHOOTING

CENTENNIAL, Colorado -- The psychiatrist who treated James Holmes before he attacked a Colorado movie theater says that she would have called police and had him detained if she had known his plans. By Sadie Gurman. AP Photos.

BORDER SECURITY-TEXAS

MCALLEN, Texas -- When former Gov. Rick Perry ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, Texas bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande. That was a small price tag compared with what Texas is about to spend. The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, this month approved $800 million for border security over the next two years -- more than double any similar period during Perry's 14 years in office. By Seth Robbins and Paul J. Weber.

SOUTHERN BAPTISTS-MARRIAGE

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- The president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination vows never to officiate at a same-sex union, and the Southern Baptist Convention calls on the U.S. Supreme Court not to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

FDA-TRANS-FATS

WASHINGTON -- Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will largely be rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration orders food companies to phase out artificial trans fats, calling them a threat to public health. By Mary Clare Jalonick.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

FEDERAL RESERVE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is expected to signal that it's getting closer to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade while leaving the timing of that increase uncertain. AP Photos.

Q&A-eBAY'S CYBERSECURITY CHIEF

NEW YORK -- Faced with a constant barrage of cyberattacks, it's key to stay on top of the latest threats to learn about potential vulnerabilities and effective defenses, says Rick Orloff, the head of security at e-commerce company eBay Inc. By Mae Anderson. AP Photos.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY-INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP

OMAHA, Nebraska -- Warren Buffett's company is investing $500 million in Insurance Australia Group and taking on 20 percent of that company's new business. By Business Writer Josh Funk.

TWITTER-CEO

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter's lame-duck CEO Dick Costolo says he is leaving the company stocked with new features that will boost revenue and help make the short-messaging service useful to more people. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.

OBIT-KIRK KERKORIAN

LAS VEGAS -- Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, has died. He was 98. By Sally Ho and Steve Rothwell. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-ADAM LAMBERT

NEW YORK -- When it comes to spanning the generational divide among music fans, Adam Lambert may have figured it all out: write catchy, hook-laden pop and dance tracks for the kids and sell pricey concert tickets for one of the all-time classic rock bands to their parents. By Wayne Parry. AP Photos. AP Video.

BOOKS-JUDD APATOW

At 16, Judd Apatow managed to interview the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Allen for his Long Island high-school radio show. Thirty years later, he's gone back to those he interviewed and other famous comedians for an informative and intimate book of interviews, "Sick in the Head." By Film Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos.

PEOPLE-MINDY KALING

LOS ANGELES -- Mindy Kaling agreed to voice a character in Pixar's latest film based on nothing more than an illustration. But she didn't even need that. "They literally could have shown me nothing," said Kaling, who plays a green, fluttery-lashed girl named Disgust in the new film "Inside Out." She heard the word "Pixar," and she was in. By Entertainment Writer Mindy Kaling.

BRIEFCAST UNDER FIRE

NEW YORK -- Consider: a reality show that spotlights the struggling middle class by handing families a cash windfall plus the option to help another deserving family to some, or even all, of that $100,000 gift.Is this a chance for viewers to meet remarkable families who can use a little help and yet are drawn to help others? Or, as some are beefing, is this cruel, manipulative and "poverty porn"? By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP Photo.

GAMES-E3-NINTENDO

LOS ANGELES -- Link is set to return to the Nintendo 3DS before he arrives on the Wii U. Nintendo announced plans during the Electronic Entertainment Expo for a multiplayer-focused installment of "The Legend of Zelda" on the Nintendo 3DS set to debut this fall. However, the Japanese gaming giant didn't provide any more details about a previously teased open-world "Zelda" edition coming to the Wii U console next year. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photo.

With: GAMES-E3 BUZZ.


Updated : 2021-09-22 17:14 GMT+08:00