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POLLARD-SPY RELEASE

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Naval intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel and passing along a trove of classified documents, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years, his lawyers say. By Eric Tucker. AP Photo.

IRAN DEAL-CONGRESS

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry warns skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.

LION KILLED

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota -- An avid American hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe says that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt." By Brian Bakst and Amy Forliti. AP Photos. AP Video.

ESCAPED PRISONERS

PLATTSBURGH, New York -- A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleads guilty to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who later broke out in a brazen, elaborate escape that captured the world's attention for three weeks.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA

WASHINGTON -- Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch site now appears complete amid expectations in rival South Korea that a launch could take place in October, a U.S. research institute says. By Matthew Pennington.

SPACE TOURISM-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board concludes that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot's premature unlocking of a braking system that triggered the in-flight breakup of the vehicle. By Kevin Freking. AP Photo.

COLORADO SHOOTING

CENTENNIAL, Colorado -- The father of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls. Robert Holmes said the call they did receive was from their son's psychiatrist, about a month before the shooting. She told them James Holmes was dropping out of his prestigious neuroscience graduate school program. Robert Holmes was testifying in an effort to persuade jurors to spare his son from the death penalty. By Sadie Gurman. AP Photos.

MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING-MENTAL HEALTH

CARROLLTON, Georgia -- John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale. By Ray Henry. AP Photos.

CHILE-DICTATORSHIP-BURNING ATTACK

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Carmen Quintana's scarred face is a symbol of the atrocities by Chile's 1973-90 dictatorship. She finally feels justice is being done now that seven ex-soldiers are charged with setting fire to her and another youth who died. By Peter Prengaman and Luis Andres Henao. AP Photos.

COLOMBIA-TELENOVELA CONTROVERSY

BOGOTA, Colombia -- It promises to be a prime-time sensation, but Wednesday's premier of a telenovela dramatizing the life of Colombia's only Catholic saint is angering devotees with what they say is an unseemly depiction of the missionary nun known universally as Madre Laura. By Jacobo Garcia. AP Photos.

BACKPACK BOMB PLOT

MIAMI -- A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil is charged with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson.

VENEZUELA-GUYANA

UNITED NATIONS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to ask for support in finding a solution to a territorial dispute with neighboring Guyana. By Claudia Torrens. AP Photos

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN-CLINTON

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says that there is no agreement with Hillary Rodham Clinton over her possible appearance before the panel, despite the State Department's pledge to produce 5,000 new pages of documents. By Matthew Daly. AP Photos.

MEXICO-CHAPEL BULLDOZED

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say they have filed a criminal complaint after villagers in the central state of Tlaxcala bulldozed a chapel from the 1700s. By Mark Stevenson.

HIGH ROLLERS-ABUSE

UNCASVILLE, Connecticut -- One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables. In the increasing competition for the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out all the stops. By Michael Melia. AP Photo.

MEXICO-COACH OUSTED

MEXICO CITY -- In the end it wasn't Mexico's middling on-field performance that cost Miguel Herrera his job as head coach of "El Tri." It was his feisty nature, admired by some and criticized by others. By Carlos Rodriguez. AP Photos.

DEFLATED FOOTBALLS

NEW YORK -- The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate."Then the players' union said it would take it all to court. Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. AP Photos.

BAHAMAS-LAST WILD HORSE

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The last of the wild horses on Great Abaco island in the Bahamas has died, prompting caretakers to collect tissue for possible cloning and hopefully bring back a viable population. By David McFadden.

OLY--RIO-1 YEAR AWAY

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rio de Janeiro conjures images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that's what people remember after the games -- not images of polluted water, inefficient transportation and incomplete venues. By Stephen Wade. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

MICROSOFT-MICROSOFT WINDOWS-Q&A

SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey. AP Photo.

With: DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10.

CONSUMER PRICES TICK UP

WASHINGTON -- Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.

With: HOME PRICES.

FORD-RESULTS

DEARBORN, Michigan -- Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.

PUERTO RICO-ECONOMY

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says creating a path as soon as possible to allow Puerto Rico's government to file for bankruptcy would help the U.S. territory recover from its economic crisis. By Danica Coto.

IN TECH-NEW PHONES

Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung. AP Photo.

TWITTER-REVENUE GROWTH

NEW YORK -- Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. AP Photo.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

BILL COSBY

PHILADELPHIA -- A lawyer for Bill Cosby's first accuser on Tuesday questioned his self-described ability to "read" people's sexual cues given that her client is gay. By Maryclaire Dale.

BOOK OF MORMON-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters. By Brady McCombs. AP Photos.

BOOKS-DR SEUSS

HANOVER, New Hampshire -- Move over mockingbirds and watchmen. There's a new Yent in a tent in town. Dr. Seuss' new book, "What Pet Should I Get?", features the same siblings seen in his 1960 classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish." The book went on sale Tuesday, two weeks after the release of Harper Lee's long-awaited second novel, "Go Set a Watchman."

FEATURES:

TRAVEL-TRIP-NEIGHBORHOODS-HARLEM

NEW YORK -- Decades of African-American history have made Harlem one of America's most famous neighborhoods. It's also an essential destination for visitors to New York, offering art, architecture, restaurants, shopping and more. By Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz.


Updated : 2021-09-28 11:46 GMT+08:00