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U.S. consumer confidence slides in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dropped in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its confidence index fell to 86.0, the lowest point since a May reading of 82.2. It was the first...
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Famed violinist plays do-over at DC train station

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell will try playing in a train station again, though this time he hopes it’s more conducive to making music. Seven years ago, Bell performed incognito for tips in a Washington subway station, but almost no one stopped to...

Viola Davis learns underbelly of law on new show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing an attorney on TV has shown Viola Davis there’s a slim — and slippery — divide between guilt and innocence. The 49-year-old actress stars as a defense attorney and law professor on the new ABC show “How to Get...

Ed Sullivan statue stolen from TV academy plaza

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating the theft of a solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The statue was taken on Sunday from atop a pedestal in the academy’s Hall of Fame Plaza...
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Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-awaited security pact

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. At a ceremony held at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, newly appointed...
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Australian police arrest 1 in counterterror raids

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be...
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Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work

MADRID (AP) — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as “Father Tony,” the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador’s roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in...
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Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 620-mile fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle’s door. “IS took over last night,” the power plant’s foreman shouted,...
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Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her...

Gov’t to reveal drug company payments to doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors. As conceived, the so-called Open Payments program was intended to allow...