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September 30, 2015 - 6:21am
1 week 6 days ago

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Inspired by the popular movie "Wedding Crashers", a Florida couple is actually asking strangers to crash their wedding next month.

Lee County sheriff's deputy Paul Johnson and Shelly Osterhout say the more the merrier. They're hosting the Oct. 10 wedding at an outdoor shopping plaza. The couple, who met online, are promising an unforgettable surprise. They're planning for up to 1,600 people.

The Fort Myers News-Press (http://...

September 30, 2015 - 5:20am
1 week 6 days ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says a new "multilateral" approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is needed since direct negotiations have failed.

Ahead of his Wednesday address to the United Nations, Abbas says the model should be based on the type of negotiations process that took place in the Balkans, Libya and Iran.

Several rounds of past negotiations have been unable to reach a peace accord. In a harshly...

September 30, 2015 - 5:15am
1 week 6 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — The Bahamas is bracing for a brush with Hurricane Joaquin, which is on a projected track that would take it near the East Coast of the U.S.

Forecasters with the Bahamas Meteorology Office say the Category 1 storm is expected to pass near small islands in the eastern part of the island chain. Senior Meteorological Officer Geoffrey Greene said Wednesday the storm should be close enough to San Salvador, Cat Island and Eleuthera to bring tropical-storm-force...

September 30, 2015 - 4:11am
1 week 6 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a U.S. Army soldier and three former soldiers have been sentenced for their involvement in a bribery scheme in Afghanistan that resulted in the theft of more than $10 million worth of fuel.

The U.S. Department of Justice said each of the four men was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, North Carolina. They each had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery.

Of the four, 38-year-old Jeffery...

September 30, 2015 - 3:42am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday.

Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20 tally earlier in the day.

Approval of such stopgap measures used to be routine, but debate this year was delayed by tea party lawmakers who...

September 30, 2015 - 3:36am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided House Republicans are searching for a way forward amid conservative fears that a new set of leaders might not be much different from the old.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is moving quickly to consolidate support to move into Congress' top job following the surprise resignation of Speaker John Boehner.

McCarthy has been endorsed by Boehner, and faces little opposition. The contest to replace him as majority leader...

September 30, 2015 - 3:32am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is boldly taking on a role most of her fellow Republicans have disdained: public foil to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Readying for what could be a tough re-election bid in an increasingly swing state, Ayotte has challenged the Texas senator as he has pushed for a government shutdown over funds for Planned Parenthood.

In 2013, Ayotte confronted Cruz at a Republican caucus meeting over...

September 30, 2015 - 3:28am
1 week 6 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidates seem to be drawing this lesson from Mitt Romney's failed 2012 campaign — don't promise to balance the budget while cutting taxes.

Romney's vow led Democrats to accuse him of planning to effectively raise middle class taxes while dramatically cutting those for the wealthy. The plans of this campaign's GOP presidential hopefuls would cut taxes for as many people as possible, without any promises of a balanced budget....

September 30, 2015 - 3:21am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military leaders want to keep at least a few thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016.

The commanders point to a fragile security situation highlighted by the Taliban's capture of the northern city of Kunduz this week.

Keeping any substantial number of troops in Afghanistan beyond next year would mark a sharp departure from President Barack Obama's existing plan, which would leave...

September 30, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 6 days ago

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman admits she kept her 93-year-old mother's decomposed body for over a year so she could cash her benefit checks.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira says 60-year-old Mary Kersting pleaded guilty Tuesday to grand larceny and improper disposal of a body.

Police checking on the welfare of Hope Ruller found her decomposed body Dec. 29 in her apartment in Gloversville, 40 miles northwest of Albany...

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