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Obama nominates career diplomat as U.S. ambassador to Cuba

Obama nominates career diplomat as U.S. ambassador to Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. Obama's appointment of DeLaurentis, who has been the top American official at the U.S. embassy in Havana since relations with the communist-ruled island were restored last year, sets up what is expected to be a fierce confirmation battle in Congress during a presidential election year. (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Exclusive: FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials - sources

Exclusive: FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials - sources

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters. The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton. U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump.

'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie knew of lane closures

'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie knew of lane closures

By Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of a politically motivated scheme to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as it was unfolding, a key prosecution witness testified on Tuesday at the criminal trial of two former Christie associates. David Wildstein, a former executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who masterminded the plot, told jurors in Newark federal court that he and Bill Baroni, another Port Authority executive, discussed the lane closure with Christie before a memorial service marking the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center. Baroni and Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, are charged with fraud and other crimes for allegedly orchestrating the September 2013 closure of access lanes at the bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to punish the town's Democratic mayor for refusing to endorse Christie's re-election bid.

Disputed Gabon poll may harm 'global citizen' Bongo

Disputed Gabon poll may harm 'global citizen' Bongo

By Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Last week while Gabon was awaiting a court ruling on a disputed election result, a U.S. think-tank held a black tie dinner in Manhattan at which President Ali Bongo had been meant to receive a "Global Citizen Award". Facing a dispute at home over the poll with rival Jean Ping, Bongo declined the invite by the Atlantic Council to be lauded along with other award winners for "exceptional and distinctive contributions to strengthening the transatlantic relationship". Since he was unable to attend, Bongo will not now receive the award, the Atlantic Council said.

Federal judge limits some Election Day voter registration in Illinois

Federal judge limits some Election Day voter registration in Illinois

By Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge in Illinois on Tuesday blocked same-day registration at polling places in the state's most populous counties, saying a law enacted last year disproportionately favored urban voters over their rural counterparts. The ruling resulted from a federal court lawsuit brought in August by a group aligned with a conservative think tank challenging a state law allowing Election Day voter registration at polling places in counties with populations of 100,000 or more. "The application of this legislation favors the urban citizen and dilutes the vote of the rural citizen," Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the Northern District of Illinois wrote in his opinion on Tuesday, six weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

Trump tweets he raised $13 million in 24 hours in online donations

Trump tweets he raised $13 million in 24 hours in online donations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he raised $13 million in 24 hours from online donations. Trump, who has struggled to convince traditional Republican donors to back his campaign, has turned to online donations from supporters to fund his campaign for the Nov. 8 election. In August, Trump raised $90 million, trailing Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, who raised $143 million in the same month. (Reporting by Ginger Gibson; editing by Grant McCool)

Factbox: Clinton's policies on economy, Islamic State, other issues

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy, preserve the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and provide a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. Here are the proposals the former secretary of state has made as part of her argument that she is best qualified to occupy the Oval Office: ECONOMIC POLICY Clinton has said the rich, not the middle class, would see their taxes go up. Clinton has also called for an additional 4 percent tax on those making more than $5 million annually.

Factbox: Trump's policies on immigration, economy, other issues

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the border with Mexico, boost spending on the military and slap trade tariffs on China. Here are those positions and others the real estate developer, who has never held elective office, has put forward to convince the American people that he should be the next U.S. chief executive: ECONOMIC POLICY Trump has proposed collapsing the current seven income tax brackets to three with rates of 12 percent, 25 percent and 33 percent. Trump has proposed increasing spending on the U.S. military and infrastructure but says he would reduce spending on other categories by 1 percent each year.

Trump-Clinton debate seen by record 80.9 million TV viewers - CNN

Some 80.9 million Americans watched the first, raucous, U.S. presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump on television, smashing a decades old record for such events, CNN said on Tuesday. The figure includes the approximately 45 million who watched the 90-minute debate on the four main TV networks, as well as millions more who watched cable channels, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other smaller outlets, CNN said. If confirmed, the audience, due to be finalised later on Tuesday, beat the 80.6 million record set by the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan TV presidential debate in 1980 but fell short of the 100 million viewers some analysts had predicted for the face-off.

Gabon president Bongo sworn in after disputed poll

Gabon president Bongo sworn in after disputed poll

By Edward McAllister LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon President Ali Bongo was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday and called for unity following a razor-thin election victory whose integrity was questioned by international observers. Bongo's victory by less than 6,000 votes has drawn unwelcome scrutiny of the president, whose family has ruled the oil-producing state in Central Africa for 49 years. France called for a recount and the European Union said it found anomalies in Bongo's stronghold province of Haut-Ogooue, where he won 95 percent of the vote on a 99.9 percent turnout.

A modest bump for Clinton in online wagering hours after debate

A modest bump for Clinton in online wagering hours after debate

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's probability of winning the White House got a modest bump in online betting markets on Tuesday, a day after her debate with Republican Donald Trump. The price for a contract favoring Clinton on the popular PredictIt betting market was up 2 cents from Monday's post-debate closing and implied a 68 percent probability that she would win the Nov. 8 election. Although during the debate Clinton was as high as 70 percent, her Monday night closing of 66 matched the highest closing number since her health took a stumble on Sept. 11.

U.S. established working group to stop Middle East migrant smugglers

U.S. established working group to stop Middle East migrant smugglers

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate panel on Tuesday the United States was cracking down on Middle Eastern migrants illegally crossing the southern U.S. border. Johnson, FBI Director James Comey and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen all were pressed on a range of security issues by the Homeland Security Committee, including migration, cyber hackers manipulating voting systems and recent bombings in New York City and New Jersey.

Asian viewers give nod to Clinton after first presidential debate

Asian viewers give nod to Clinton after first presidential debate

By Michael Martina and Nobuhiro Kubo BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton put Donald Trump on the defensive and showed a better grasp of foreign policy issues, according to a sampling of people across Asia who watched the fiery first U.S. presidential debate. In China, the debate was streamed live on China's Twitter-like Weibo service and attracted thousands of comments despite the lack of a translation into Chinese.  Some called Trump "a loose cannon", while others thought that as a businessman he was best qualified to lead the world's largest economy. William Hua, a Chinese lawyer who watched the debate at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Beijing, said he thought Clinton came out on top.

Factbox: Market participants react to U.S. presidential debate

(Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump traded barbs and accusations on Monday in the first debate ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Following is a compilation of reaction to the debate from investors, economists and financial market analysts: FACTBOX: Swing states that may determine the election: http://reut.rs/1UhE642 MORE COVERAGE: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=us-2016 JAMES ATHEY, INVESTMENT MANAGER AT ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT: "What we're seeing in markets this morning is a small, collective sigh of relief because most commentators, and the few polls that have been released, suggest Clinton won the debate. Equities have undone much of yesterday's weakness and key Trump indicators such as the Mexican peso and Canadian dollar have rallied.

Trump's debate sniffs take off on social media

Trump's debate sniffs take off on social media

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican White House candidate Donald Trump stole the social media spotlight during Monday night's U.S. presidential debate on at least one count - what Twitter users branded his #Trumpsniffle. The wealthy businessman sniffed repeatedly as he faced off against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in their first debate, giving rise to the hashtag and a surge of interest on social media what might be causing his nose to run. Parody accounts, Donald's Sinuses (@TrumpsSinuses) and Trump sniff (@TrumpSniff), gained a large following.

Iran's Ahmadinejad says will not make presidential comeback bid

Iran's Ahmadinejad says will not make presidential comeback bid

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not run for president in next year's Iranian election, he said on Tuesday, bowing to the wishes of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who warned his candidacy would increase divisions in Iran. "In carrying out the intentions of the leader of the revolution, I have no plans to take part in the elections next year," Ahmadinejad said in a letter to Khamenei, published on his website dolatebahar.com. Ahmadinejad, a hardliner who increased Iran's international isolation by refusing to negotiate about its nuclear program, had not announced a re-election bid, but several speeches in recent months had prompted speculation of a political comeback.

Clinton assails Trump in blistering U.S. presidential debate

Clinton assails Trump in blistering U.S. presidential debate

By Steve Holland and John Whitesides HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance on Monday, putting him on the defensive during a 2016 U.S. presidential debate rife with blistering insults and short on policy. Trump, a real estate tycoon making his first run for public office, said Clinton's long years of service represented "bad experience" with few results and said she lacked the stamina to serve as commander in chief. Clinton was under pressure to perform well after a recent bout with pneumonia and a drop in opinion polls, but her long days of preparation appeared to pay off in her highly anticipated first 90-minute showdown with Trump.

In first face-off with Clinton, Trump struggles to be 'change' candidate

In first face-off with Clinton, Trump struggles to be 'change' candidate

By James Oliphant HEMPSTEAD, New York (Reuters) - Running as an anti-establishment candidate, Donald Trump took the presidential debate stage on Monday night to hammer home his call for sweeping political change and try to win over millions of undecided voters. Instead of presenting himself as a change agent, he spent most of the evening trading personal insults with his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump started strongly on Monday, sticking to the bread and butter theme of his campaign - the erosion of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Clinton gains in online betting markets after U.S. presidential debate

Clinton gains in online betting markets after U.S. presidential debate

A Clinton contract on the popular PredictIt betting market gained 6 cents from the previous day's level to 69 cents, while a contract favoring Donald Trump's prospects for victory tumbled 7 cents to 31 cents. Contracts are priced from 0 cents to 100 cents, with the contract price equating to a probability of whether that candidate will win the Nov. 8 election. The price swings for both candidates were the largest since early August, and placed Clinton's lead in that market at the widest in about two weeks.

Venezuela opposition calls October 12 protest to press Maduro recall

Venezuela opposition calls October 12 protest to press Maduro recall

By Daniel Kai and Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition called on Monday for mass rallies nationwide on Oct. 12 to push for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro this year as they seek to oust his Socialist Party in an early presidential election. The campaign for a recall vote has run into resistance from the country's elections board, which is imposing further restrictions and argues it will take until 2017 to put the proper conditions for such a referendum in place. The Democratic Unity coalition urged daily protests against "anti-constitutional" conditions set by the electoral board.

Clinton, Trump go head to head in high stakes presidential debate

Clinton, Trump go head to head in high stakes presidential debate

By John Whitesides and Steve Holland HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off for the first time on Monday in a high stakes presidential debate that could shift the course of the neck-and-neck 2016 campaign for the White House. The highly anticipated clash between the Democratic former secretary of state and Republican real estate tycoon has generated wide interest nationally and internationally six weeks before the Nov. 8 election. Opinion polls show the two candidates in a very tight race, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters.

'Bridgegate' witness says Christie campaign manager knew of plot

'Bridgegate' witness says Christie campaign manager knew of plot

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," wrote Bridget Anne Kelly, a top aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Weeks later, thousands of cars were stuck in a mammoth traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, after Wildstein had executed the plan, he testified on Monday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

Mexicans prefer Clinton to Donald Trump, poll shows

Mexicans prefer Clinton to Donald Trump, poll shows

The poll, conducted by Consulta Mitofsky and released last week, showed that 2.9 percent of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of Trump, compared to 30.4 percent for Clinton. The poll comes almost a month after a meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City sparked outrage across the country and led to the resignation of Luis Videgaray as finance minister.

Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation: Clinton leads in Florida

Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation: Clinton leads in Florida

By Maurice Tamman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump in the traditional battleground state of Florida, strengthening her position in the race for the White House, the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project showed ahead of the pair's first presidential debate on Monday night. If the election were held on Monday, Clinton would lead Trump in the Electoral College by 259 to 191, with an 88 percent chance of reaching the 270 needed to win, according to the project's results. The project, based on a weekly online tracking poll of more than 15,000 Americans, estimates state-by-state results that will drive the voting in the Electoral College, the body that ultimately selects the president.

Spain's Socialist chief calls for leadership race to review government options

Spain's Socialist chief calls for leadership race to review government options

The head of Spain's Socialists, Pedro Sanchez, said on Monday he would call for a leadership race on Oct. 23 to review the party's position on whether to allow a minority government of the ruling Conservatives or force a third national election. Sanchez, whose party came second in inconclusive national elections on Dec. 20 and June 26, has steadfastly refused to support a minority government led by conservative rivals the People's Party (PP). "The time has come to discuss this question... It's important that the socialist party speaks with a single voice," Sanchez told a news conference after the Socialists had their worst showing ever in regional ballots in the Basque Country and Galicia at the week-end.

Canada works to counter protectionist mood of U.S. campaign

Canada works to counter protectionist mood of U.S. campaign

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian diplomats are fanning out across the United States to talk up the benefits of trade with state and local leaders and counter what senior officials see as a worrying mood of protectionism swirling through the U.S. election campaign. Amid voter anger about the supposed harm done by international trade deals, both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have talked about altering the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement.

Debates to help half of U.S. voters decide between Clinton, Trump: poll

Debates to help half of U.S. voters decide between Clinton, Trump: poll

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of America's likely voters will rely on the presidential debates to help them make their choice between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday. Some 50 percent of likely voters think the debates will help inform their decision of whom to support, including 10 percent who say they are not currently leaning either way, according to the opinion poll.

Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the campaign said, marking a potential dramatic shift in U.S. policy. During the meeting that lasted more than an hour at Trump Tower in New York, Trump told Netanyahu that under his administration, the United States would "recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel." While Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States.

Clinton to press Trump to spell out policy plans in presidential debate

Clinton to press Trump to spell out policy plans in presidential debate

By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton will press Republican Donald Trump to provide more specifics on his policies in their presidential debate on Monday, two top Clinton campaign aides said ahead of a face-off that could set U.S. television audience records. On the eve of the debate at Hofstra University in suburban New York, aides to Clinton have sought to cast Trump, a New York businessman and former reality TV host, as lacking the temperament and experience to serve as president. Trump's aides for their part have sought to reinforce voter doubts about Clinton's trustworthiness.

For some Democrats, it's voting for Clinton - and keeping it quiet

For some Democrats, it's voting for Clinton - and keeping it quiet

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - One would expect voters from the heavily Democratic Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill to pick presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 general election. It's a stark contrast to the 2012 and 2008 campaigns, when President Barack Obama whipped up a frenzy of support from Democrats and his signature "Hope" and "Forward" signs were ubiquitous. The scarcity of lawn and window signs is an indication of the Democratic nominee's struggle to generate enthusiasm among left-leaning voters, a challenge that's borne out in polling data, and could potentially haunt her if voters fail to turn out on election day.

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Charlotte shooting victim's wife said he threatened family: court papers

Charlotte shooting victim's wife said he threatened family: court papers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Less than a year before Keith Scott was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, his wife said in court papers that he had called himself a "killer" and threatened to kill his family with his gun. Rakeyia Scott sought a domestic violence protective order against her husband on Oct. 5, 2015, in Gaston County, North Carolina, according to a copy of the document posted online by Time Warner Cable News on Tuesday. In those documents, she said that Keith Scott worked as a security officer at a local mall and carried a 9 mm handgun.

Houston police identify shooting suspect who wounded nine

A Houston lawyer suspected of wounding nine people in a shooting spree on Monday has been formally identified by the medical examiner as 46-year-old Nathan DeSai, police said. DeSai, 46, was shot dead by police, who said he opened fire on motorists near a shopping center in the affluent West University Place neighborhood on Monday morning. Memorial Hermann Hospital said two of the victims were still hospitalized and were in good condition.

Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal

Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal

(Reuters) - An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities in a scandal linked to the online release of nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and others. Edward Majerczyk, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago to one felony change of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, charging documents showed. While no victims were named in court documents, Lawrence and actress Kirsten Dunst and model Kate Upton have addressed the leak and online dissemination of their nude photos in interviews.

Overhaul of NY Penn Station, post office advances

Overhaul of NY Penn Station, post office advances

New York State officials on Tuesday chose developers for a $1.6 billion project to renovate a century-old historic post office, part of a broader plan to modernize Pennsylvania Station, the outdated labyrinthine train hub in the heart of New York City. The preferred bidder, a team comprised of Skanska AB, Related Companies and Vornado Realty LP, has agreed to a fixed price and schedule, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a luncheon for the business group Association for a Better New York.

Families of black victims killed by Ohio police want independent probes

Families of black victims killed by Ohio police want independent probes

The families of two black males fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police pushed on Tuesday for independent investigations by federal officials of their deaths. The police shootings of 13-year-old Tyre King on Sept. 14 and Henry Green, 23, on June 6 in Columbus, along with similar recent incidents in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, have added to the broad debate on race relations and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Enough is enough," a sobbing Adrienne Hood, Green's mother, said during a news conference in Columbus attended by family members and friends of both victims.

Debate renews attention on Trump's tax returns

Debate renews attention on Trump's tax returns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump says "you don't learn that much from tax returns," a dubious assertion that has renewed attention on his refusal to release documents that could shed light on his tax rate, charitable giving and foreign business ties.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Sept. 16, to Thursday Sept. 22, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Sept. 16, to Thursday, Sept. 22, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Before mall shooting, courts ordered mental health treatment

Before mall shooting, courts ordered mental health treatment

SEATTLE (AP) — Assaults on his parents and inappropriate sexual behavior at school led judges to order mental health treatment for the young man charged with killing five people at a Washington state department store, but weekly counseling sessions failed to help him.

Residents find common ground between police, shooting victim

Residents find common ground between police, shooting victim

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two competing rallies over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white Oklahoma police officer could have left residents with the difficult choice of which to attend. But some residents said Tuesday it was possible to support both the police and the victim.

Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock

Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock

Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday.

House explosion kills fire battalion chief, a rising star

NEW YORK (AP) — A battalion chief who had been considered a rising star in the Fire Department of New York was killed Tuesday when a row house exploded as he was supervising an evacuation following a report of a gas leak, and authorities are looking into whether the building was being used to grow marijuana.

Bomb suspect's sister: He was going to hit me with dumbbell

Bomb suspect's sister: He was going to hit me with dumbbell

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The sister of a man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York and injuring more than 30 people this month told police in August 2014 that he was getting ready to hit her with a dumbbell and stabbed another brother in the leg when he jumped in to help her, police reports show.

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10 Colleges That Receive the Most Applications

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Of the 1,254 ranked schools that submitted these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the eight that received the highest number of applications for fall 2015 were public universities located in the Golden State. Boston University was once again among the 10 schools that received the most applications, and New York University is the only school that's new to the list, replacing the University of Southern California, which received 51,924 applications.

College Students, Graduates Weigh in on Their College Choices

As a college freshman, I joined a lab and have continued working year-round thanks to the support of Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Caltech's SanPietro Travel Prize allowed me to spend three weeks traveling through Greece to experience a foreign country -- just because! My love of literature, combined with the encouragement of wonderful English professors, has led me to pursue an English minor along with my bachelor's in chemistry.

It only takes a single piece of paper for this artist to create beauty

It only takes a single piece of paper for this artist to create beauty

Whether it's Greek sculpture or Renaissance paintings, paper cutting might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word "art." The work of Pippa Dyrlaga, an artist from Yorkshire, UK, might just change that. While completing her master's degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, Dyrlaga "stumbled across" paper cutting, and it has now been her passion for seven years. SEE ALSO: 'Jeff's Table' showcases the majesty and artistry of toasting frozen waffles "It was the first time I felt that a medium was truly right for me," she confessed on her website. Inspired by animals, nature and her surroundings, Dyrlaga allows emotion to guide her as she carefully crafts each new work of art, permitting them all to be one-of-a-kind. Amazingly, each piece is cut by hand, and can take anywhere between one and 100 hours to create. "I get asked a lot why I spend all that time cutting them out instead of using a computer, but to me that's the difference between a product and a piece of art, it is a one off," the artist told Mashable . Beyond her paper cutting art, Dyrlaga is an illustrator who displays her work on bearfollowscat.com . You can see more of her paper cutting on Instagram, where she documents her work in progress, or her regularly updated Facebook page. Image: pippa dyrlaga Image: Bear Follows Cat - Pippa Dyrlaga Papercutting Artist/facebook Image: pippa dyrlaga Image: pippa dyrlaga Image: pippa dyrlaga Image: pippa dyrlaga

Chicago teachers' union votes to authorize strike

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said on Monday that its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, setting the stage for a potential work stoppage as soon as mid-October. The CTU, which represents nearly 27,000 teachers and educational support workers in the country's third largest public school system, said in a statement that 95.6 percent of votes cast were in favor of a strike, with just over 90 percent of teachers voting. "This should come as no surprise to (the Chicago Board of Education), the mayor or parents because educators have been angry about the school-based cuts that have hurt special education students, reduced librarians, counselors, social workers and teachers' aides, and eliminated thousands of teaching positions," the union said in a statement.

3 Things Undecided Majors Should Look for in Colleges

Here are three factors that undecided students should consider when vetting colleges. A strong general education curriculum that allows students to explore: A strong, structured core curriculum allows students to explore many different academic areas and opportunities they have intellectually, says Wes Waggoner, associate vice president for enrollment management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a former high school counselor. A lot of academic programs to choose from: But students should see if schools are flexible with students changing or adding majors and minors if they decide they want to study something else, says Waggoner.

How to talk to your kids about college costs

How to talk to your kids about college costs

College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it. Experts say it pays off for parents talk with children early and often about how to cover higher education costs. ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump off on how colleges use endowments

AP FACT CHECK: Trump off on how colleges use endowments

BOSTON (AP) — Donald Trump says colleges and universities should be using their endowments to make college more affordable but that too many are using "the money to pay their administrators or put donors' names on buildings or just store the money, keep it and invest it." But that's not exactly how endowments work.

Chicago mayor unveils crime-fighting plans amid wave of violence

Chicago mayor unveils crime-fighting plans amid wave of violence

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled an expanded student mentorship program on Thursday with the aim of keeping at-risk youth off the streets and away from gangs in a city that is struggling against a wave of violence. The police department is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice as a result of numerous high-profile incidents including the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer in 2014. The mentorship program, building on Emanuel's past efforts, will target some 7,200 middle school and high school students from 20 of the city's most violent neighborhoods.

Trump says he would push universities to reduce tuition

Trump says he would push universities to reduce tuition

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Thursday he would work with U.S. lawmakers if elected to tie federal funding and tax breaks for colleges and universities to a "good faith" commitment by them to lower tuition costs for students. "If universities want access to all of these federal tax breaks and tax dollars paid for by you," Trump told a rally in a Philadelphia suburb, "they have to make good faith efforts to reduce the cost of college." Trump did not offer specifics on how he would tie federal funding to changes in college tuition.

Amid scrutiny, for-profit colleges see enrollment slide

Amid scrutiny, for-profit colleges see enrollment slide

Some of the nation's largest for-profit colleges are suffering steep declines in enrollment amid growing competition, new regulation and government pressure that led to the collapse this month of one of the industry's biggest players, ITT Technical Institute.

The Road to Higher Education With an 'Invisible Disability'

Rae Jacobson said she flunked out of two colleges and worked several “crummy” jobs before enrolling at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, one of two U.S. schools that exclusively serve students with dyslexia and other learning differences (LDs).

S. Africa vows to end violent student protests

S. Africa vows to end violent student protests

The South African government vowed Thursday to end violent student protests against higher tuition fees, after days of clashes on campuses and disrupted classes across the country. "The destruction of property and the disruption of the academic programme does not address legitimate concerns of students," Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said in statement. Police fought running battles with protesters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, with students blockading roads, hurling rocks and damaging property at Wits University in the city centre.

Oxford ranked world's top university, just as Brexit looms

Oxford ranked world's top university, just as Brexit looms

By Peter Hobson LONDON (Reuters) - The University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world and feeder for the British elite, has topped a global education ranking for the first time, but its vice-chancellor warned that Brexit could damage its long-term prospects. Oxford knocked the leader for the last five years, California Institute of Technology, into second place in the Times Higher Education's global league table, which also saw Chinese universities climb rapidly. Oxford, which educated four of the last six British prime ministers, ousted its U.S. rival after its research funding rose 10 percent and overall funding rose to 1.4 billion pounds, while the impact of its research increased, said Phil Baty, editor of the rankings.

Colleges Innovate to Help Students Succeed

Stepping onto Georgia State University's Atlanta campus as a freshman, Tyler Mulvenna knew the odds of graduating were stacked against him. Mulvenna and two dozen of his peers interested in business spent the first semester taking four courses together plus a class focused on solving problems, tapping campus resources and living in Atlanta.

Oxford Tops List of World’s Best Universities

Oxford Tops List of World’s Best Universities

The U.S. has many of the best universities in the world, but according to a new global list, it doesn’t have the best. The University of Oxford, the oldest in the English-speaking world, took the top spot in the latest World University Rankings, released annually by Times Higher Education. The English university dating to 1096 dethroned the California Institute of Technology, a small, private school in Pasadena that had ranked No. 1 for five consecutive years, according to Times Higher Education, a London magazine that tracks higher education.

Don't Blame the Teachers

Don't Blame the Teachers

Why has the topic of teacher quality suddenly reached such a crescendo? Education reform has been on the national agenda since 1983, the year of A Nation at Risk, but only in the last few years has the teacher-quality issue risen to the top. I think it may be reform fatigue, possibly desperation. The teacher is becoming a convenient scapegoat for America’s education reformers, who, after decades of ideas that have not panned out, cling to the belief that the flaw is not in the reform ideas themselves but in their implementation.

Maine High School Hires Rosetta Stone to Teach Students Foreign Languages

Maine High School Hires Rosetta Stone to Teach Students Foreign Languages

When a high school in rural Maine could not find a foreign language instructor, school administrators decided to use the funds to purchase a language-learning computer program instead, the principal told ABC News today. "We didn’t want to transfer the kids to another school just for foreign language," Jessica Ward, principal of Madison Area Memorial High School, told ABC News today. Ward said she also contacted local universities and the state's department of education, who informed her that they were experiencing a shortage of foreign language teachers.

Is the US government doing enough for ITT Tech students?

The Department of Education announced a partnership Monday to connect through an online platform former students of the now-defunct ITT Technical Institutes with financial aid and academic counselors, as the government faces criticism it has not done enough to help nearly 40,000 students of the for-profit school that abruptly closed two weeks ago. The federal agency has partnered with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and Beyond 12, which helps first-generation, low-income college students, to match students with counselors for free through NextStepsEdu.org, according to The Washington Post. The counselors will field questions from students by email, phone, and text messages about academic, financial aid and federal loan discharge options available.

Niger spending huge sums on 'ghost' teachers: anti-graft agency

Niger spending huge sums on 'ghost' teachers: anti-graft agency

Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, is shelling out more than 4.5 million euros every month for "non-existent" teachers, the state anti-corruption agency said Tuesday. The revelation came a day after teachers and students launched a crippling week-long strike in protest over the non-payment of salaries and scholarships. Salissou Oubandona, the number two in the HALCIA graft-fighting agency, said the money was allocated for 2,565 fictitious teachers in five of the west African nation's eight provinces.

Venezuela state declares food emergency at schools

Venezuela state declares food emergency at schools

The opposition governor of Venezuela's second-largest state, Henrique Capriles, declared an emergency Monday over a lack of food for public schools, blaming the socialist government's "misguided" policies. "We are declaring a food emergency in our state," said Capriles, the governor of Miranda state, who is leading a campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office in a recall referendum. Capriles and his center-right opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), blame the leftist president for an economic crisis that is causing severe shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela.

Turkey dismisses almost 28,000 teachers over terrorism links: deputy PM

Turkey dismisses almost 28,000 teachers over terrorism links: deputy PM

Turkish authorities have dismissed nearly 28,000 teachers and suspended almost 9,500 others over alleged links to terrorism, a deputy prime minister said on Monday, pursuing a security crackdown followed a failed coup in July. Turkey has sacked or suspended some 100,000 civil servants including judges, prosecutors, police officers and teachers since a group of rogue soldiers tried to topple the government. At least 40,000 people have been detained for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the plot.

Paying Off Twice Your Student Loan

Earlier this summer, a Canadian reader, Kristen, voiced the “Unpopular Opinion” that she’s “tired of hearing about people’s student loan debt,” given her dogged efforts to pay for her own college tuition without loans and thus forgo “the ‘university life’ that I saw on TV: brick buildings, living on campus, and fun parties every weekend.” But a reader who grew up in poverty, Mary, responded to Kristen that “without those loans that I ‘chose’ to take out [while working as a single mother of three], I would likely still be working for minimum wage and living in poverty.”

South Africa to cap student fee hikes at 8 percent after protests

South Africa has recommended that 2017 university tuition fee increases be capped at 8 percent, the higher education minister said on Monday, after waves of student protests demanding cuts or free education. The cap is higher than South Africa's current inflation rate of 6 percent and unlikely to quell the protests. Thirty-two students were arrested earlier this month after arsonists torched a law library at South Africa's University of KwaZulu-Natal following days of protests by students over grievances including the cost of tuition.

Why Are College Students Getting Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

More than a dozen students at Florida State University (FSU) are sick with hand, foot and mouth disease, an illness that's usually seen in young children. The viral illness can cause fever, painful mouth sores, and a skin rash on the hands and feet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But it's not surprising to see cases of the disease on a college campus, as it can sometimes affect adults, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security.

US teacher shortage: how to keep teachers from quitting

With rising class sizes and high rates of teacher turnover, students may be finding it harder now to build such relationships. Researchers at the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), a Palo Alto, Calif.-based think tank, concluded that most policymakers are tackling the wrong end of the problem: Don't just encourage people to join the profession, they say, find ways to keep them teaching once they get there. Halving the rate of attrition – which would prevent 130,000 teaching jobs from opening up each year – could almost eliminate teacher shortages.

College operator ITT Educational Services plans bankruptcy: sources

ITT's move comes after it said last week it would shut its 137 technical college campuses in 39 states, where roughly 35,000 students are enrolled and 8,000 employees work, as a result of the U.S. Department of Education decision. ITT has hired restructuring consultants Alvarez & Marsal LLC and bankruptcy law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP to prepare for the filing, the sources said this week. ITT Educational Services and spokespeople at Alvarez & Marsal and Faegre Baker Daniels did not immediately return a request for comment.

5 Money Lessons Teens Should Learn Before They Go to College

Only 20 states require high school students to take economics and even fewer -- 17 states -- require a personal finance class, according to the Council for Economic Education. "I think it comes down to three important elements, and the basic understanding of money, debt and compound interest," says Michael Martin, a financial advisor with Marius Wealth Management in New York City. "As parents nowadays, we give our kids way too much without them earning it," says Chad Slagle, president of Slagle Financial in Edwardsville, Illinois, and a father of four.

religion

America's First Post-Christian Debate

Civil religion died on Monday night. For more than 90 minutes, two presidential candidates traded charges on stage. The bitterness and solipsism of their debate offered an unnerving glimpse of American politics in a post-Christian age, devoid of the framework that has long bound the nation together.

China jails members of banned 'cult' amid religion crackdown: Xinhua

China has jailed members of what the government calls a cult for causing deaths, organizing the group and illegally collecting money, state media said on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on what Beijing views as dangerous religious movements. China's officially atheist Communist Party brooks no challenge to its rule and is obsessed with social stability. It has particularly taken aim at cults, which have multiplied across the country in recent years.

More jurors reporting in Charleston church shooting trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — More potential jurors are reporting to the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, for initial screening in the trial of Dylann Roof, who faces 33 federal counts in the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine black church members.

Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

CHICAGO (AP) — A 51-year-old Colorado man who says he was sexually abused when he was around 7 years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Roman Catholic priest — one known for his work with at-risk kids — on Monday sued the Chicago-based religious order to which the priest belongs, seeking the release of all records related to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.

Hundreds of jurors report to court in church massacre trial

Hundreds of jurors report to court in church massacre trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof, the man charged with massacring nine black parishioners at a Charleston church, mostly avoided eye contact Monday with the potential jurors who could give him a death sentence if they convict him of federal charges.

Writer’s killing upsets Jordan's delicate balance between religion, free speech

Sunday’s assassination of a Jordanian writer facing charges of blasphemy has placed a spotlight on Jordan’s careful balance between respect for religion and speech freedoms. Nahed Hattar, a controversial columnist and writer, was gunned down by a Jordanian national on Sunday as he entered an Amman court to face trial over publishing a cartoon on Facebook deemed insulting to Islam. It sparked public outrage, and led Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki to direct authorities to jail the writer for two weeks. Mr. Hattar made a conditional apology – saying “I apologize and don’t apologize,” stressing that he did not intend to insult Islam, but rather IS.

Jury selection begins in U.S. case against church shooter

Jury selection begins in U.S. case against church shooter

Several hundred people reported to the U.S. courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday for the start of jury selection in the death penalty case against a white man who shot dead nine black parishioners in a church in June 2015. Prosecutors have said the man, Dylann Roof, 22, is an avowed white supremacist who carried out a racially motivated attack. Defense lawyers have said he would plead guilty if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Polish charity auctions off pope cars to help Syrian refugees

Polish charity auctions off pope cars to help Syrian refugees

Cars used by Pope Francis in Poland during the Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival went under the hammer Monday to raise funds for Syrian refugees. The Polish chapter of the Catholic charity Caritas is auctioning off the three vehicles used by the pontiff in July, with online bidding to continue until October 9. "In accordance with the wishes of Pope Francis, the profits will go towards the purchase of a mobile clinic for treating Syrian refugees in Lebanon," Agnieszka Homan of Caritas Poland told AFP.

Lengthy jury selection in Charleston church shootings begins

Lengthy jury selection in Charleston church shootings begins

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The laborious process of jury selection is getting underway in the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the deaths of nine black parishioners gunned down during a Bible study at a Charleston church.

Pope urges 'sincere dialogue' as he meets Nice attack victims

Pope urges 'sincere dialogue' as he meets Nice attack victims

Pope Francis on Saturday called for a "sincere dialogue" between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France's Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd. "The Muslim presence here today was indispensable," he said.

Pope receives relatives of Nice attack victims at Vatican

Pope receives relatives of Nice attack victims at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met one by one with relatives of the victims of this summer's truck attack in Nice, France, at the Vatican Saturday, encouraging them to resist what he called the great temptation to "respond to hatred with hatred and to violence with violence."

Pope offers comfort to friends and relatives of Nice attack victims

Pope offers comfort to friends and relatives of Nice attack victims

By Steve Scherer VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday sought to comfort relatives and close friends of the more than 80 victims of the attack in Nice in July, who were run down by a man driving a truck as they celebrated France's national day. The pope began his solemn address by apologizing for not speaking French because he said his was not "bon". "It makes me happy to see that inter-religious relations are very vibrant among you, and this cannot but soothe the wounds left by this dramatic event," Francis said.

Pope to meet families of Nice attack victims

Pope to meet families of Nice attack victims

Pope Francis will on Saturday hold a multi-faith meeting of grieving relatives and survivors of an attack in France in July when a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd in Nice. Last month the Argentine pontiff met with French President Francois Hollande to offer his support and condolences to a country which has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks since early 2015. While speaking out against violent acts carried out in the name of any god, Francis this week reminded the West that there were parts of the world being flattened by fighting.

Pope Francis calls out journalists: Does the media needlessly foster fear?

The Vatican’s Pope Francis has strived to be a voice of peace and unity on a continent struggling to deal with a refugee crisis. On Thursday he spoke out once again, this time against mass media, which he says has the power to shape the public’s response to that challenge. During an address to Italy’s national journalism guild, Pope Francis told leaders of the industry that the press has the power to act like “terrorists” when it relies on gossip and rumors, particularly while covering humanitarian crises such as Europe’s influx of migrants.

Burkina Faso a 'model of religious tolerance': Crisis Group

Burkina Faso a 'model of religious tolerance': Crisis Group

Burkina Faso, despite suffering Islamist attacks, stands out as a "model of religious tolerance", the International Crisis Group said in a report published Thursday. The report, entitled "Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance", stressed the prevailing tolerance created by a "deep-rooted" religious pluralism. "Burkina has never suffered civil war or religious conflict.

Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of 'terrorism'

Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of 'terrorism'

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of "terrorism" and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday. Francis, who made his comments in an address to leaders of Italy's national journalists' guild, said reporters had to go the extra mile to seek the truth, particularly in an age of round-the-clock news coverage. "This is even more true for journalists because their voice can reach everyone and this is a very powerful weapon." In Italy, a number of newspapers are highly politicized and are regularly used to discredit those with differing political views, sometimes reporting unsubstantiated rumors about their private lives.

In Tibet, religious freedom with Chinese characteristics

In Tibet, religious freedom with Chinese characteristics

The sun has yet to rise over Lhasa, but dozens of colourfully dressed pilgrims are already gathered and reciting prayers at the entrance to Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Many of those gathered -- Tibetans and Han Chinese visitors -- say religion is flourishing under Beijing's rule, with adherents enjoying the freedoms they need to follow their faith. "We are not free," said a 33-year-old monk from the neighbouring province of Sichuan.

Battle over abortion law heats up in Catholic Poland

Battle over abortion law heats up in Catholic Poland

Poland's abortion battle will resume Thursday when the devoutly Catholic country's parliament debates rival initiatives to either liberalise or further tighten a law that is already one of the strictest in Europe. While the governing rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party, which controls parliament, generally favours banning abortion, its leaders are well aware that most Poles support existing legislation. The citizen's initiative tabled in parliament by the Stop Abortion committee of various pro-life groups would also make mothers liable to prison terms, though judges could waive punishment in their case.

World's oldest Catholic bishop dies at age 104 in New Jersey

The world's oldest Roman Catholic bishop, who championed civil rights and promoted equality for women in the church, has died in New Jersey at age 104, church officials said on Wednesday. Peter Leo Gerety, who had served as head Archdiocese of Newark for 12 years, passed away on Tuesday evening at the St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Passaic County. "His local church of Newark mourns a remarkable churchman whose love for the people of God was always strong and ever- growing," Newark Archbishop John Myers said in a statement.

politics

Clinton assails Trump in blistering U.S. presidential debate

Clinton assails Trump in blistering U.S. presidential debate

By Steve Holland and John Whitesides HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance on Monday, putting him on the defensive during a 2016 U.S. presidential debate rife with blistering insults and short on policy. Trump, a real estate tycoon making his first run for public office, said Clinton's long years of service represented "bad experience" with few results and said she lacked the stamina to serve as commander in chief. Clinton was under pressure to perform well after a recent bout with pneumonia and a drop in opinion polls, but her long days of preparation appeared to pay off in her highly anticipated first 90-minute showdown with Trump.

In first face-off with Clinton, Trump struggles to be 'change' candidate

In first face-off with Clinton, Trump struggles to be 'change' candidate

By James Oliphant HEMPSTEAD, New York (Reuters) - Running as an anti-establishment candidate, Donald Trump took the presidential debate stage on Monday night to hammer home his call for sweeping political change and try to win over millions of undecided voters. Instead of presenting himself as a change agent, he spent most of the evening trading personal insults with his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump started strongly on Monday, sticking to the bread and butter theme of his campaign - the erosion of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote

Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45 of the 60 votes needed to limit debate and be considered for passage by the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate. Forty Democrats and two independents opposed the CR because it lacked a $220 million aid package to address the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Senior national security official to leave Justice Department

Senior national security official to leave Justice Department

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. Justice Department official who oversaw efforts to prosecute Islamic State sympathizers and pursue cyber criminals is leaving the Obama administration next month, he told Reuters on Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, chief of the national security division at the Justice Department, is departing on Oct. 15, less than a month before the U.S. presidential election. Carlin, who has served in government for more than 15 years, oversaw a range of prominent cases in three and a half years since assuming an acting rank of the Justice Department's top national security lawyer in March 2013, including the prosecution of one of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers.

Spate of police officers fatally shot is ‘very chilling’

Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer, a Marine veteran and father of two, is the 16th law enforcement officer to be killed by a gunman this year — a 129 percent increase over the first three months of 2015. “The numbers are very chilling,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Number of Wounded Rises in Aleppo as Airstrikes Continue

Number of Wounded Rises in Aleppo as Airstrikes Continue

Airstrikes continued to hit eastern Aleppo today, although the attacks were not as intense as in previous days, according to activists and locals. There are gases in the air from the attack,” Abu Rajab, a nurse in eastern Aleppo’s al-Sakhur neighborhood, told ABC News on a video call, while wearing a face mask. “Today and yesterday, the airstrikes were lighter than in the previous days,” Khatib told ABC News.

Why Hillary Clinton Deleted 33,000 Emails on Her Private Email Server

Why Hillary Clinton Deleted 33,000 Emails on Her Private Email Server

The bottom line: Clinton believed the deleted emails were not work-related. In late 2014, the State Department asked Clinton and other former secretaries of state to hand over any work-related emails they may have. By then, Clinton had already "deleted some [emails] over time as an ordinary user would," FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers at a July congressional hearing.

What Gary Johnson Will Be Up to When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Take the Debate Stage

What Gary Johnson Will Be Up to When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Take the Debate Stage

When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the debate stage at Hofstra University on Long Island in New York tonight for the highly anticipated first presidential debate of the general election, Gary Johnson will be watching on television some 30 miles away in Twitter's Chelsea office in Manhattan — armed only with a Twitter handle. The campaign for the Libertarian Party nominee is hoping to interject his voice into the debate from the sidelines through an aggressive Twitter and media strategy. Both Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, will be live-tweeting throughout the evening.

As Clinton cheers, Donald Trump digs in after debate

As Clinton cheers, Donald Trump digs in after debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A defensive Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton plenty of fresh material for the next phase of her presidential campaign on Tuesday, choosing to publicly reopen and relitigate some her most damaging attacks.

Debate renews attention on Trump's tax returns

Debate renews attention on Trump's tax returns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump says "you don't learn that much from tax returns," a dubious assertion that has renewed attention on his refusal to release documents that could shed light on his tax rate, charitable giving and foreign business ties.

No plans to change US nuke strike rules: Pentagon chief

No plans to change US nuke strike rules: Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday the Pentagon has no plans to pursue a "no-first-use" nuclear weapons policy. "It has been the policy of the United States for a long time to extend its nuclear umbrella to friends and allies, and thereby to contribute to the deterrence of conflict and the deterrence of war," Carter said.

After debate, Trump says he raised $13 mn

After debate, Trump says he raised $13 mn

A day after his debate clash with Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump said he had raised $13 million for his White House campaign. Clinton was calm and well-prepared and, according to many analysts, victorious in the first presidential debate against Trump on Monday night, ahead of the November 8 election. In August, Hillary Clinton raised $143 million dollars for her campaign to become the first woman US president and for the Democratic Party.

New York bomb suspect apparently acted alone: FBI

New York bomb suspect apparently acted alone: FBI

The suspect in the bombing this month in New York's Chelsea neighborhood appears to have acted on his own, with no connection to an extremist movement, the FBI said Tuesday. "We see so far no indication of a larger cell or the threat of related attacks," FBI director James Comey testified at a Senate committee hearing. The suspect in the September 17 bombing that left 31 people wounded, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was arrested in New Jersey two days after the attack.

Clinton energized after showdown with Trump

Clinton energized after showdown with Trump

An exuberant Hillary Clinton came out swinging Tuesday against Donald Trump after their pointed first presidential debate, lashing him as "dangerously incoherent," while her rival threatened to hit back harder in the campaign's final stretch. Clinton's bearing suggested she was climbing out from perhaps the worst period of her 15-month campaign, when she blundered by belittling Trump supporters earlier this month and was then laid up with pneumonia. "I felt so positive about it," Clinton told reporters aboard her campaign plane the day after going toe to toe with Trump and frequently forcing her prickly opponent onto the back foot.

Greek lawmakers pass fresh reforms sought by creditors

Greek lawmakers pass fresh reforms sought by creditors

The Greek parliament on Tuesday adopted fresh austerity measures sought by its international creditors, including expediting privatisation of utility companies. The reforms were passed by 152 of the 293 parliamentary deputies present, deputy speaker Yorgos Varemenos announced after the debate. The new reforms were adopted by emergency procedure as have the majority of the austerity laws passed in recent years by cash-strapped Greece.

Desperate people of Aleppo fear massacre: rescue chief

Desperate people of Aleppo fear massacre: rescue chief

Life in Aleppo will become impossible within weeks under relentless Russian and Syrian regime air strikes, the head of the renowned White Helmets volunteer rescue force said Tuesday. "The civilians there would seize any opportunity to escape, to go wherever they could go," Saleh told AFP in Washington, where he is on a frustrating quest for international support. In the eight days since Bashar al-Assad's regime declared an end to a US and Russian-brokered ceasefire on September 9, Aleppo has been hit by 1,700 air strikes, according to Saleh.

Israel's Peres 'fighting for life' after stroke

Israel's Peres 'fighting for life' after stroke

Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres was "fighting for his life" on Tuesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke, a source close to the veteran statesman said. Peres has been in hospital near Tel Aviv since September 13, when he was admitted feeling unwell and suffered the stroke with internal bleeding. Israel has been on edge over the health of its last remaining founding father, who has been under sedation and respiratory support in intensive care.

Oil slumps as Iran-Saudi discord dims freeze prospects

Oil slumps as Iran-Saudi discord dims freeze prospects

Iran on Tuesday ruled out an imminent agreement with other major oil producers to freeze output as regional rivalry with Saudi Arabia hindered efforts to reverse a price slump. The new signs of discord sent oil prices sliding again on world markets in the face of a global supply glut that has left a gaping hole in the finances of oil-exporting nations. OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has so far refused to curb its output at a time when Iran is ramping up production following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions.

Trump debate sniffles go viral

Trump debate sniffles go viral

Donald Trump's case of the sniffles during Monday night's presidential debate with Hillary Clinton has gone viral on social media, spawning jokes and ironic asides about a candidate who has made his opponent's health an issue. Hashtags like #Sniffles, #TrumpSniffles and #Trumpsniffing proliferated after the Republican sniffled repeatedly in the opening minutes of the widely watched matchup. Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean likewise tweeted: "Notice Trump sniffing all the time.

Libyan leader says rival strongman to have voice in govt

Libyan leader says rival strongman to have voice in govt

Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj says military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who controls the north African country's main oil ports, should be represented in a new, more inclusive government. "No one wants an escalation or a confrontation between Libyans," he added, less than two weeks after Haftar's forces seized control of the strife-ridden country's "oil crescent".

IS bombings kill at least 17 in Baghdad

IS bombings kill at least 17 in Baghdad

Bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group hit shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 people, security and medial officials said. The group said IS suicide bombers with explosive vests carried out the attacks in the Baghdad Jadida neighbourhood in the east of the city and the Bayaa area in the south. Officials said at least eight people were killed and 29 wounded in Baghdad Jadida, although some said the area was hit by a roadside bomb as well as a suicide bomber.

Seychelles president quits after party loses four-decade grip on power

Seychelles president quits after party loses four-decade grip on power

Seychelles President James Michel announced Tuesday he would quit after his party lost legislative elections, ending its four-decade grip on power. A new leader who will take Seychelles to the next frontier of its development," Michel announced. Faure will take the oath of office on October 16 and see out the remainder of Michel's term.

Brazil economy 'poised' for return to growth: US treasury chief

Brazil economy 'poised' for return to growth: US treasury chief

Brasília (AFP) - The US treasury chief praised Brazil's new government on Tuesday and said the Latin American giant is "poised" to exit a painful recession and return to economic growth. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said after meeting with Brazilian President Michel Temer and Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles that "ambitious" reforms are taking the economy in the right direction. "Brazil’s economy appears poised to return to growth, following the deepest recession in over 100 years," Lew said in comments after talks in Brasilia.

UN Libya envoy warns against descent into chaos

UN Libya envoy warns against descent into chaos

Libya is facing "political impasse" and "hazardous military developments", the UN envoy to the North African country Martin Kobler warned on Tuesday, highlighting the impact of violence on civilians. The country has been ravaged by unrest since the fall and death in 2011 of dictator Moamer Kadhafi and has also seen the jihadist Islamic State group establish a foothold. A Government of National Accord supported by the United Nations and Western powers was established in the capital Tripoli in March, but has been unable to assert its authority in the face of a rival administration in the east of the country.

Bank of England begins corporate debt purchases

Bank of England begins corporate debt purchases

The Bank of England on Tuesday began buying £10 billion of corporate debt under a wide-ranging stimulus programme aimed at propping up the economy after Britain voted to exit the EU. The BoE last month announced it would buy company bonds worth the equivalent of $13 billion or 11.6 billion euros over an 18-month period. It came as the BoE slashed its key interest rate by a quarter-point to a record-low 0.25 percent and expanded its main quantitative easing (QE) bond-buying scheme by £60 billion to £435 billion.

Clinton leads 1-0 after debate -- but no game-changer

Clinton leads 1-0 after debate -- but no game-changer

Hillary Clinton was calm, cool, well-prepared and -- pundits say -- victorious in the first presidential debate against Donald Trump, but her strong showing may have little impact on polls showing them in a dead heat. Both campaigns cried victory Tuesday after the sometimes nasty showdown in which the White House hopefuls sparred on the economy, crime, foreign policy and more personal issues -- like Clinton's email controversy and Trump's refusal to release his taxes. "We had a great, great time last night," a beaming Clinton told reporters on a plane taking her to North Carolina for a renewed bout of campaigning.

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon's president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country. Government spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze said Bongo wanted to install "a unity government by this week or the start of next week". "I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being... and respect and defend the constitution and the rule of law," Bongo said during the event.

UN disappointed over latest election delay in Somalia

UN disappointed over latest election delay in Somalia

Election officials in Mogadishu on Monday announced they were pushing back elections from October to November due to security issues and administrative problems. The UN special representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, said UN officials worried about the postponement -- the latest in a series of election delays in the troubled Horn of African country. "The renewed delay raises a number of fears.

Pillar of Obama climate plan has its day in court

Pillar of Obama climate plan has its day in court

The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's drive to fight global warming underwent close scrutiny Tuesday in a high-stakes day in court. The so-called Clean Power Plan, approved last year, sets state-by-state emissions targets for existing power plants and aims to reduce America's output of CO2 by nearly a third by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. The court's action raised doubts about America's contribution to a historic accord to fight global warming, reached in December in Paris, and infuriated environmentalists around the world.

Tunisia top cleric's call to end strikes stirs outrage

Tunisia top cleric's call to end strikes stirs outrage

An appeal from Tunisia's highest religious authority for workers to end strikes and protests and save the country's ailing economy stirred outrage on Tuesday. Grand Mufti Othman Battikh on Monday called on Tunisians to "dedicate all their efforts to working and studying" and to "abandon untimely protests and sit-ins hindering work and production". Authorities have struggled to redress Tunisia's economy and solve youth unemployment -- particularly among new graduates -- since the 2011 revolt that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

crime-trials

Maine Gov. LePage overestimated black crime, a typical American error

This week's release of 148 pages from a three-ring binder in which Maine Gov. Paul LePage loosely tracked drug-related arrests in his state confirmed that Mr. LePage had severely overestimated the number of non-white drug dealers. Despite harsh rebukes for the remark, Governor LePage stood by his claim that black and Hispanic defendants constitute "90-plus percent" of those from outside Maine accused of trafficking heroin and similar drugs in the state. Less than half of the book's 93 mug shots appear to depict black or Hispanic faces, as The Portland Press Herald reported.

FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics Award $24.2 Million to Law Enforcement Agencies to Support National Crime-Reporting Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A total of $24.2 million in grants has been awarded to U.S. law enforcement agencies through the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) initiative to support infrastructure for national and consistent crime reporting, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The NCS-X program is funded by the FBI and administered by BJS.A total of $18.7 million will support the transition of 16 of the largest local law enforcement agencies to their states' incident-based crime reporting systems. ...

4 men acquitted of abetting terrorism in Denmark case

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four men acquainted with a gunman who killed two people in Copenhagen were acquitted of abetting terrorism Tuesday. Two of them, however, were convicted of illegal arms possession.

Pakistani court upholds death penalty for mentally ill man

Pakistani court upholds death penalty for mentally ill man

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty against a mentally ill man convicted of murder, overturning a previous appeal and a court decision staying his execution, an international rights group said.

Pakistan's top court upholds death penalty for mentally-ill man

Pakistan's top court upholds death penalty for mentally-ill man

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal brought by lawyers for a mentally ill prisoner facing execution, and a rights group said he could now be hanged next week. Imdad Ali, who is aged around 50, was sentenced to death for the murder of a religious cleric in 2002. Ali received a last-minute stay of execution from the Supreme Court last week.

More jurors reporting in Charleston church shooting trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — More potential jurors are reporting to the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, for initial screening in the trial of Dylann Roof, who faces 33 federal counts in the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine black church members.

Baseball - Darvish's brother found guilty in Japan over gambling

Baseball - Darvish's brother found guilty in Japan over gambling

- A brother of Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was found guilty on Tuesday for his role in an illegal gambling ring that placed bets on US and Japanese pro baseball games, local media reported. The Osaka District Court gave Sho Darvish, 27, a suspended prison sentence since his gambling activities were limited and had no links to gangsters, the Sankei Shimbun and Kyodo News said. The defendant was involved in collecting bets worth 110 million yen ($1.1 million) from customers through the messaging app Line last year, the court ruled. Immediate confirmation of the reports was not available.

Arkansas lawmaker arrested after filming traffic stop

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislator who co-sponsored a law aimed in part at preventing authorities from prohibiting the filming of an arrest was arrested Monday after police said he refused to leave the area of a traffic stop he was recording.

Man, 77, sentenced to life for 1962 cold-case murder of wife

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A 77-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for murder Monday, more than a half century after he told authorities his wife died in a boating accident, and a prosecutor says he believes the suspect killed two others.

Hundreds of jurors report to court in church massacre trial

Hundreds of jurors report to court in church massacre trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof, the man charged with massacring nine black parishioners at a Charleston church, mostly avoided eye contact Monday with the potential jurors who could give him a death sentence if they convict him of federal charges.

Violent Crime Up as City Homicides Spur 11% Hike in Total Murders for 2015

Violent Crime Up as City Homicides Spur 11% Hike in Total Murders for 2015

Cities across the country suffered an uptick in violent crime last year, including a nearly 11 percent jump in murders from the year before, according to new statistics compiled by the FBI. There were 1,197,704 violent crimes committed around the nation last year -- a 3.9 percent increase from 2014, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. It's important to note that big jumps in violent crime in only a handful of U.S. cities can drive the national average up.

PSG's Aurier sentenced over police assault

PSG's Aurier sentenced over police assault

Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier was sentenced to two months in jail by a court in Paris on Monday for assaulting a police officer. The Ivory Coast international was later included in PSG coach Unai Emery's squad for Wednesday's Champions League tie at Ludogorets in Bulgaria. The incident occurred on May 30 outside a Paris nightclub when Aurier was arrested and placed in police custody.