UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT
UNITED NATIONS -- Vladimir Putin played it cool, Barack Obama was earnest but firm and Iran's president walked in smiling. World leaders glided through the opening day of a U.N. gathering that aims to wrestle with the globe's biggest crises -- a historic flood of refugees, the rise of threats like the Islamic State group and the conflict in Syria. By Cara Anna. AP Photos.
With: UNITED NATIONS-SUMMIT-THE LATEST; UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT-IRAN; IRAN PROTEST-UNITED NATIONS; UNITED NATIONS-LIBYA INTERVIEW; UNITED NATIONS-SUMMIT-NEWS GUIDE; UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-HISTORIC MOMENTS; UNITED STATES-VIETNAM.
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply disagree over the chaos in Syria, with Obama urging a political transition to replace the Syrian president but Putin warning it would be a mistake to abandon the current government. After dueling speeches at the United Nations General Assembly, Obama and Putin also met privately for 90 minutes -- their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year. By Julie Pace and Vladimir Isachenkov. AP Photos. AP Video.
WASHINGTON -- A Syrian rebel commander handed over to an al-Qaida affiliate trucks and ammunition provided by the U.S.-led coalition, in exchange for safe passage to a Syrian town, according to details released by the U.S. military. By Lolita C. Baldor.
SYRIA INTELLIGENCE TARGETING
WASHINGTON -- A dedicated manhunt by the CIA, the National Security Agency and the military's Joint Special Operations Command has been methodically finding and killing senior militants in Syria and Iraq, in one of the few clear success stories of the U.S. military campaign in those countries. By Intelligence Writer Ken Dilanian. AP Photos.
UNITED NATIONS -- Call it checkbook diplomacy, Chinese style. On visits to Washington and the United Nations, President Xi Jinping has pledged billions of dollars for peacekeeping, economic development and climate change, winning audience applause and plaudits from the world body. By Christopher Bodeen. AP Photos.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida-- Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that boosts the odds of life on the red planet. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. AP Photo. AP Video.
WASHINGTON -- A chaotic scramble is on to fill the top Republican jobs in the U.S. House of Representatives after John Boehner's surprise resignation as its leader or speaker. Now the same conservatives who pushed him out are maneuvering to yank the next leadership team to the right. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- The Senate is set to pass a spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this week over the opposition of the most conservative Republicans in the chamber. By Andrew Taylor. AP Photo.
PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BILL CLINTON
NEW YORK -- After largely staying in the background as Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off her second campaign for president, former President Bill Clinton is ready to take on a more public role in his wife's second bid for the White House. By Lisa Lerer. AP Photo.
With: PRESIDENTIAL RACE-HILLARY CLINTON.
PRESIDENTIAL RACE-TRUMP TAXES
NEW YORK -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump proposes eliminating income taxes for millions of Americans, and lower rates for the highest-income earners, as part of a plan he says will grow the U.S. economy at a pace not seen in years. By Jill Colvin.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Two candidates won election to Haiti's Senate and eight gained seats in the lower house in the first round of legislative elections last month, elections authorities announce in the hemisphere's poorest country. By David McFadden.
ATLANTA (AP) -- A day before the only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed, the state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday scheduled a new clemency hearing in her case. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 47, is set to die by injection of pentobarbital at 7 p.m. (2300 GMT) Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. By Kate Brumback.
With: OKLAHOMA-EXECUTION; SERIAL KILLER-EXECUTION.
LIMA, Peru -- Clashes between police and local residents protesting construction of the $7.4 billion Las Bambas copper mine project has left two people dead and 18 injured in Peru's southern Andes.
Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease -- good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient's risk. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. AP Photo.
STORRS, Connecticut -- The multitudes of Chinese students attending American universities are approaching college as less of a life experience and more as a transaction, educators worry, leading to measures to help them integrate -- including broadcasting football games in Mandarin and giving them orientation before they even leave Asia. By Michael Melia. AP Photos.
SHELL-ARCTIC OFFSHORE WELL
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Royal Dutch Shell is giving up on its expensive and controversial push to produce oil in Alaska's Arctic waters, a decision that darkens the long-term oil prospects of the U.S. and brings relief to environmental groups that had tried desperately to block the project. By Dan Joling and Jonathan Fahey. AP Photos.
With: ARCTIC OFFSHORE DRILLING-COMPANIES.
TAKATA AIR BAGS
DETROIT -- Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., according to letters they received last week from U.S. safety regulators. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumer spending rose at a healthy rate in August, while income growth slowed after a big jump in July. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The news keeps getting worse for the once-ballyhooed Brazilian economy, compounding the delicate political situation for President Dilma Rousseff, who polls say is now the nation's most unpopular president since the 1985 return to democracy. By Brad Brooks. AP Photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
TV-TREVOR NOAH-DAILY SHOW
NEW YORK -- South African comic Trevor Noah moves in at "The Daily Show," promising he'd try not to make predecessor Jon Stewart seem like a "crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid from Africa." Noah took over as host after Stewart decided that 16 years of lampooning politics and the media -- or half of the 31-year-old Noah's life span -- was enough and stepped down in August. Despite a new desk and set, Noah retained much of Stewart's staff, the show's theme music and format, down to a closing "moment of zen." By Television Writer David Bauder.
NEW YORK -- Robert Zemeckis' big, cinematic tale of Philippe Petit's audacious 1974 World Trade Center high-wire stunt is itself a bold balancing act in a lost art. Mixing big-screen spectacle and an original story about real-life human beings is not the usual recipe in today's reboot-crazed Hollywood. "The Walk," which boasts some of the best 3-D the medium has seen, would be out of place amid the superheroes of summer, just as it stands out among the dour dramas of the fall. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos.
With: FILM REVIEW-THE WALK.
LOS ANGELES -- Paul Walker's daughter sued Porsche for wrongful death Monday, claiming the sports car that her father was in when he was killed suffered from numerous design defects. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. AP Photo.
NEW YORK -- Kaley Cuoco says she cringes when she watches old episodes of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," now in its ninth season. The 29-year-old Cuoco has starred on "The Big Bang Theory" since 2007. In a recent interview, she talked about understanding the devotion of "Big Bang" fans and her dream acting gig. By Alicia Rancilio. AP Photos.
BOOKS-PRIMO LEVI COMPLETE
NEW YORK -- The fall's most ambitious literary release took 17 years to complete, runs more than 3000 pages, draws upon the talents of more than a dozen translators and has a list price of $100. It also features an introduction from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. "The Complete Works of Primo Levi" is a 3-volume set of writings by the late Italian author and Auschwitz survivor whose memoir "If This is a Man" remains a standard work of Holocaust literature. The anthology was conceived in 1998 by W.W. Norton & Company executive editor Robert Weil, who had had surprising success with a two-volume compilation of Russian author Isaac Babel and thought Levi a worthy follow-up. By National Writer Hillel Italie. AP Photo.
TRAVEL TRIP-ROUTE 66 BOOKSTORES
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- Travelers along historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles have no problem finding their fix of fake American Indian jewelry and vintage Elvis posters. But along this path motorists also will discover something once declared dead: the used bookstore. By Russell Contreras.