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CAMPAIGN 2016-KEYSTONE PIPELINE

WASHINGTON -- The company pleading for permission to build the Keystone XL pipeline looked beyond President Barack Obama in apparent hopes a future Republican president would greenlight the project. But the administration signaled it was in no mood to hand off the decision to the winner of the 2016 election. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos. AP Video.

CANADA-US PIPELINE

TORONTO -- The head of the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline denies that political motivation drove its decision to ask the U.S. government to delay consideration of the project. By Rob Gillies. AP Photo. AP Video.

STATE ELECTIONS

Kentucky voters elect just the second Republican in four decades to hold the governor's office, in a race that hinged largely on President Barack Obama's signature health care reform legislation. The result was a potentially troubling sign for Democrats ahead of next year's presidential election and represented a big win for Republicans as they continue to consolidate political power across the South. By Christina A. Cassidy. AP Photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BUSH

CONCORD, New Hampshire -- Jeb Bush seeks to revive a sagging campaign for president in New Hampshire, committing anew to a state with deep ties to his family. He'll start from a position of weakness that some family loyalists say is of his own making. By Kathleen Ronayne. AP Photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-TRUMP-PANAMA

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is demanding as much as $75 million from hundreds of condo owners in Panama City's Trump Ocean Club, alleging that its directors wrongfully fired his company as administrator managing the luxury building that is the tallest in Central America. By Jeff Horwitz. AP Photos

With: PRESIDENTIAL RACE-TRUMP ADS.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON-GUNS

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton vows to make stricter gun control an issue on the minds of voters when they cast ballots on Election Day a year from now, challenging the powerful National Rifle Association's drive to preserve gun rights. By Ken Thomas. AP Photos.

CANADA-TRUDEAU

TORONTO -- Justin Trudeau will be sworn in Wednesday as prime minister -- the position long held by his late father -- as Canada begins a new era of Liberal leadership after Conservative Stephen Harper's near-decade in power. ?By Rob Gillies. AP Photo.

CONGRESS STUMBLES

WASHINGTON -- Despite a broad budget deal, the White House and congressional Republicans must resolve dozens of policy issues and spending fights if they are to avoid a holiday season government shutdown. By Andrew Taylor. AP Photo.

ARGENTINA-GENDER IDENTITY LAW

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Two years ago, 6-year-old Luana, born a boy, was given a national ID card saying she was a girl, the youngest person to come under an Argentine law allowing individuals to identify their own sex. The AP looks at her life since the status change. By Peter Prengaman. AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-ELECTIONS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The health minister denies posting a tweet warning that cancer centers will remain open only if the ruling party keeps control of the presidency, unleashing a torrent of claims by the opposition about a dirty campaign. By Peter Prengaman. AP Photos.

With: HAITI-ELECTIONS.

GUATEMALA-PRESIDENT-ELECT INTERVIEW

GUATEMALA CITY -- Jimmy Morales, the TV comic elected Guatemala's next president amid widespread anger over corruption that took down the previous leader, vows to bolster the investigative bodies that blew the lid on the country's graft scandals. By Sonia Perez D. AP Photos.

SPA DEATH-CRYOTHERAPY REGULATIONS

LAS VEGAS -- From Japan to Europe and now in the U.S., a growing number of people are seeking cryotherapy -- a treatment that subjects their bodies to temperatures far below those found anywhere on Earth. By Sally Ho. AP Photo.

AMERICAN RELIGION

NEW YORK -- A survey released Tuesday brought some good news for faith leaders alarmed by the spike in the number of Americans who say they have no ties to a particular religion. U.S. adults who continue to identify with a faith group, about 77 percent of all Americans, have largely stayed as religiously engaged as they were seven years ago, according to the Pew Research Center, evidence of a solid core of committed faithful who remain a bulwark against secularization. By Religion Editor Rachel Zoll.

CUBA-US TRADE

HAVANA -- A celebration of commerce is underway in one of the last communist countries, with hundreds of international corporations including some big U.S. firms trying to do business with a Cuban government basking in expectations of growth from detente with the U.S. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.

BLACK MILLENNIALS

WASHINGTON -- Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. By Jesse J. Holland.

VENEZUELA-FRENCH FIRES SHORTAGE

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Fast food lovers in shortage-plagued Venezuela are enjoying greasy French fries at McDonald's franchises once again after the side dish went missing last winter. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photo.

REFORM JUDAISM-TRANSGENDER RESOLUTION

The body representing synagogues in the Reform Jewish movement --Judaism's largest U.S. branch -- is poised to pass the most far-reaching resolution on transgender rights of any major religious organization. The resolution calls for Reform Jewish congregations and camps to have gender-neutral bathrooms, encourages gender-neutral language and suggests training on gender issues for religious school staff. By Mike Schneider.

CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-THE AMERICANS

WASHINGTON -- Americans are not too concerned by global warming. Most Americans know the climate is changing, but they say they are just not that worried about it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And that is keeping the American public from demanding and getting the changes that are necessary to prevent global warming from reaching a crisis, according to climate and social scientists. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.

BRAZIL-PADRE CICERO-PHOTO GALLERY

JUAZEIRO DE NORTE, Brazil -- For almost a week, including the Day of the Dead, this city is filled with thousands of pilgrims who come to honor "Padre Cicero," a figure venerated here as a saint but not recognized as one by the Roman Catholic Church. By Yesica Fisch and Leo Correa. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

AUTO SALES

DETROIT -- The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales. Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001. By Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin. AP Photos.

VOLKSWAGEN-LAWSUITS

WASHINGTON -- For years, Volkswagen lured customers with "clean diesel" ads that sent cars zooming off the lot and the company's revenues spiraling. Now, in the wake of VW's admission that its software cheated emissions tests, those ads could bring major sticker shock for the German automaker. An expanding investigation by state attorneys general into VW's emissions claims will likely focus on every ad, banner or social media sales pitch describing its diesel cars as good for the environment. Those ads are at odds with the company acknowledging that it put stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide to cheat on emissions tests. State laws ban deceptive or misleading business practices and violations can bring fines of $5,000 or more for each instance. By Ronnie Greene and Ryan J. Foley. AP Photo.

With: VOLKSWAGEN-UNION.

TAKATA AIR BAGS

DETROIT -- U.S. auto safety regulators fine Japan's Takata Corp. $70 million for concealing evidence for years that its air bags are prone to explode with grisly consequences -- a defect linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher.

EARNS-TESLA MOTORS

DETROIT -- Tesla Motors' net loss more than tripled in the third quarter as expenses and research costs rose, but investors cheered news that the company expects to meet or exceed its production targets this year. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. AP Photo.

VIDEO GAME DEAL

NEW YORK -- The company behind the hugely successful "Call of Duty" has struck a $5.9 billion deal to buy the makers of the highly addictive "Candy Crush" and take advantage of the way video games are moving out of living rooms and onto smartphones and tablets. By Bree Fowler and Tom Murphy. AP Photo.

FACEBOOK-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook is studying the ancient Chinese game of Go for insights as it works on building an artificial brain -- one that it hopes to turn into a virtual personal assistant that can also sort through a mountain of photos, videos and comments posted by its next billion or so users. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey.

With: GOOGLE-AUTOMATED REPLY.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-SPECTRE-PRODUCERS

LOS ANGELES -- Before James Bond could even get himself into his first pickle, a shadowy international threat loomed. About a week into shooting "Spectre," James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson got some bad news. Not only had a draft of the highly secretive script been leaked in the infamous Sony hack, but it came along with a slew of private communications about the film, highlighting its third act problems, multiple rewrites, ballooning budget and one very significant spoiler. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. AP Photos.

THEATER-ON YOUR FEET

NEW YORK -- She wasn't a dancer and he had a strong Puerto Rican accent, but together Ana Villafane and Josh Segarra are being transformed into Cuban-American power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Villafane is making her Broadway debut as Gloria Estafan in "Get On Your Feet," which opens Thursday, and calls it a big responsibility. By Sigal Ratner-Arias.

TV-ANSARI-MASTER OF NONE

NEW YORK -- By one measure, Aziz Ansari has taken just a baby step with "Master of None." The new Netflix comedy series, whose 10 episodes premiere Friday, arrives as the latest in a TV genre of stand-ups (think Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan) depicting versions of themselves both on and off the stage. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP Photos.

FEATURES:

TRAVEL-TRIP-NEIGHBORHOODS-MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

MIAMI -- It was once was a pineapple farm. Then a rough, industrial neighborhood overlooking a furniture district. Today, the Miami Design District is emerging as an upscale shopping and art mecca. The neighborhood is located just a few miles from downtown and South Beach. Its attractions include contemporary art installations, a parking garage that's an architectural head-turner, and storefront luxury shops from Hermes to Tom Ford, with a concentration of jewelry and timepiece brands. By Suzette Laboy. AP Photos.


Updated : 2021-09-24 21:34 GMT+08:00