By JULIE PACE and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
October 1, 2014 2:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press
October 1, 2014 1:35 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge could rule Wednesday on a bankruptcy exit plan for Stockton, an inland port city in California that in 2012 became the largest city in the U.S. to file for Chapter 9 protection before Detroit filed last year.
By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press
October 1, 2014 1:18 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game was among 21 people honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News
October 1, 2014 1:17 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is poised to say whether it will consider legalizing gay marriage amid growing pressure to settle the matter in a new term that could cover some of the nation's most divisive social issues.
By DAVID RISING, Associated Press
October 1, 2014 11:22 a.m.
BERLIN — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned.
By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent
October 1, 2014 10:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.
By EILEEN SULLIVAN and ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
October 1, 2014 10:51 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A senior Republican lawmaker called for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to resign, and a senior Democrat said he is not comfortable with her leading the agency, as support for Pierson eroded Wednesday in the wake of her poorly received testimony about the White House break-in.
By SUE MANNING, Associated Press
October 1, 2014 10:36 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.
The Ebola outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria appear to be under control, with no new cases reported in more than 21 days, according to reports issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.