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Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.

Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade agp/

French terror case against Iran opposition dropped

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.

Eisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry's design

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A federal commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall is considering Wednesday whether to move forward with architect Frank Gehry's design after years of controversy over the project.

US homebuilder confidence soars in September

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.

Girl, 8, dies after nine-story fall from apartment

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl who fell nine stories from a west Philadelphia apartment building has died.

AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Iraq's new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group.

Czechs to train Iraqi helicopter pilots

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The Czech Defense Ministry says it has signed a deal with Iraq to provide training to 31 helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force.

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Polish medical experts say that the preserved heart of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin shows signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease.

US stocks rise slightly in opening trade

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

U.S. stocks are rising slightly in early trading, ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement this afternoon that might signal when the central bank will raise interest rates.

Britain might learn from split of Czechoslovakia

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

If Scotland says yes to independence in Thursday's referendum, there might be a lesson to learn from the amicable split of Czechoslovakia on Jan. 1, 1993. Known as a "velvet divorce," the breakup was nothing like the secessionist wars that raged in Yugoslavia. It was as peaceful and smooth as the 1989 Velvet Revolution that threw off oppressive communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and is considered a success even by its opponents.

Former Ohio deputy arrested in colleague's slaying

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A former sheriff's deputy fatally shot an ex-colleague more than three decades ago because the victim had fired him for inappropriate conduct, authorities said.

New Jersey firefighters face discipline for banner

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Officials in a southern New Jersey town plan to discipline some volunteer firefighters after a sign drew unwanted attention.

Police: Tenn. father forced teen to drink alcohol

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Police say an East Tennessee father forced his son to drink alcohol until he passed out as a punishment after he caught the 15-year-old drinking.

FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

FedEx plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

Finland: 4 charged with funding Somali militants

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Prosecutors in Finland have charged four people with financing terrorism for allegedly collecting money for an al-Qaida linked militant group in Somalia.

Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Liberia's president called Wednesday on the world to do more to end a spiraling Ebola outbreak, saying "Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone."

Ohio police says no to crimes reported on Facebook

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

An Ohio police department wants residents to stop reporting crimes on its Facebook page.

Qatar emir: No support for extremists

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The emir of Qatar says his oil-rich Gulf nation has provided no support for the Islamic State extremist group.

Gunmen capture Lebanese soldier in border town

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Lebanon's state news agency and a military official say gunmen have crossed the border from Syria and captured a Lebanese soldier from a border town.