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Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo shows Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., as she protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles. The election of 2014 is an election of contradictions. A surly electorate holds President Barack Obama in low regard and gives Congress even worse marks, yet for all their anger, a historic few are motivated enough to vote and those that do are poised to "keep the bums in." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana, before getting into the car with four friends, and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a spike in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided over whether toking before taking the wheel in fact leads to more accidents. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question.


Shootings reported by NYC West Indian parade route

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2013, file photo, dressed in costume, Kelva Joseph makes her way along Eastern Parkway in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the West Indian Day Parade. The annual parade is set for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Brooklyn. It echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Several shootings have been reported near the route of New York City's West Indian Day Parade just hours before its start.


Council Rock HS students ID'd as 3 killed in Poconos crash

Council Rock HS students ID'd as 3 killed in Poconos crash Grief counselors will be on hand from 1-4 p.m. at Bucks County high school today after three teens were killed over the weekend in a crash near the Poconos.


European investors hold nerve as Russia-Ukraine warnings ratchet up

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of London By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - European markets cautiously navigated warnings that the conflict in Ukraine was sliding out of control, focusing instead on whether the European Central Bank will strengthen its stimulus plans when it meets this week. Ukraine reported its forces were under fire again from Russian tanks on Monday as fresh signs emerged that the troubles are damaging the euro zone's already-fragile economy. Signs that growth impetus waned in the key industrial engine of Germany, and in Spain and the Netherlands too, is also less than reassuring." Despite the uncertain backdrop, shares on Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index largely held their ground in morning trading after markets in Asia had also shrugged off some mildly disappointing data from China. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned at the weekend that a "full-scale war" was imminent if Russian troops continued to support pro-Moscow rebels as European leaders threatened new sanctions.


Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami in this file photo By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. As Republican governor between 2007 and 2011, Crist "sent shivers through the entire utility system," said Colleen Castille, who headed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Jeb Bush. Crist was a darling of clean energy advocates, hosting a climate change summit in 2007 alongside another green Republican, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


U.S. inflation bonds back in vogue

Home for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Oakton, on the day the National Association of Realtors issues its Pending Home Sales for February report, in Virginia Fund managers said the rising cost of housing - which accounts for as much as a third or more of various measures of inflation and is outpacing other consumer cost increases - has revived price pressure in the economy. "TIPS have had a good tail wind this year.


Ban on buying Russian bonds eyed as EU envoys meet-sources

By Jan Strupczewski and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said. EU leaders decided at a summit on Saturday that the direct engagement of Russian troops in the war in eastern and southern Ukraine - still denied by Moscow - called for a stepping up of sanctions imposed so far unless Russia pulled its soldiers back. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who led the drive for a tougher EU response, said on Monday that Moscow's behavior in Ukraine must not go unanswered, even if sanctions hurt the German economy, heavily dependent on imported Russian gas. "Accepting Russia's behavior is not an option.

Detained Americans in North Korea seek help in interviews with CNN

U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang Kenneth Bae, who was arrested 18 months ago and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for attempting to bring down the state, told CNN he was working eight hours a day, six days a week, and was the only inmate at a prison camp staffed by more than 20 officials, including a doctor. Tourists Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle, who were arrested this year, told CNN they were being treated well as they awaited imminent trial. Jeffrey Fowle, a middle-aged man from Miamisburg, Ohio, said he was being treated well: "I hope and pray that it continues, while I'm here, two more days or two more decades." He was arrested in May after he left a bible under a bin in the toilet of a sailor's club in the northeastern city of Chongjin.


Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, people stand on a high deck at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market. The hotel closes Monday, Sept. 1, followed by the casino Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.


Woman shot and wounded in leg in Olney

Woman shot and wounded in leg in Olney Police say a woman was shot and wounded in the leg in the Olney section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

The head of the Alternative fuer Deutschland , AfD, party, Bernd Lucke, celebrates after the first exit polls for the Saxony State election , in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. Exit polls say the party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency will be elected to a state assembly for the first time. The polls indicate that the party, Alternative for Germany, won 10 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections for the Saxony state parliament. (AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Naupold) BERLIN (AP) — The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments around the country.


Police investigate fatal shooting in Southwest Philadelphia

Police investigate fatal shooting in Southwest Philadelphia Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Southwest Philadelphia late Sunday night.


Driver flips over on Lincoln Drive in East Falls

Driver flips over on Lincoln Drive in East Falls Police say a driver was injured when his car overturned on Lincoln Drive in the East Falls section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Flames damage dry cleaners in Roxborough

Flames damage dry cleaners in Roxborough Crews on the scene of a fire at a dry cleaning business in Philadelphia's Roxborough section Monday morning.


Twenty years on, Schaeuble pleads again for core Europe

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends a news conference at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble renewed a call for a core group of European Union countries to move ahead faster with economic and political integration, 20 years after his ground-breaking proposal fell on deaf ears in key partner France. In an article published in the Financial Times on Monday, Schaeuble proposed creating an EU commissioner with the power to reject national budgets that breach the bloc's fiscal rules, and establishing an inner-core parliament for the euro zone. "In order to make progress in all of these areas, we should keep using the approach that proved its mettle back in 1994: to establish cores of co-operation within the EU that enable smaller, willing groups of member states to forge ahead," Schaeuble wrote in the article, co-authored by fellow German Christian Democrat Karl Lamers. They acknowledged that many EU countries remain reticent about closer political union that would involve transferring more sovereignty to Europe.


Merkel says Russian behavior in Ukraine cannot go unanswered

Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged on Monday that enacting further sanctions against Russia could hit the German economy, but said doing nothing in response to Moscow's aggression in Ukraine was "not an option". "I have said that (sanctions) can have an impact, also for German companies," Merkel told a news conference in Berlin.

China manufacturing growth slows in August, surveys show

A labourer works on the assembly line at a clothing factory in Bozhou, east China's Anhui province, on May 22, 2014 Growth in Chinese manufacturing activity slowed in August, two closely watched surveys showed Monday, losing momentum as a declining property sector and waning stimulus effects weigh on the world's second-largest economy. The official purchasing managers index (PMI) came in at 51.1 last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement. The indices track manufacturing activity in China's factories and workshops and are closely watched indicators of the health of the economy. Analysts said the result indicated China's economic recovery was being stunted by problems in the property sector -- where new home prices posted their fourth consecutive month-on-month decline -- as well as the weakening impact of stimulus measures taken to boost growth.


Merkel: investments a priority if German growth continues

Investments will take priority if Germany has money available but the government first has to see how the economy develops, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday after Europe's largest economy posted a budget surplus in the first half of 2014. "It is absolutely right for the topic of investment to be so prominent." Germany's 16.1 billion euro budget surplus in the first six months of the year highlights the strength of its finances at a time when Berlin faces pressure to help to boost flagging growth in Europe.

Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain. Now, four years later, as the architect of the law that stripped unions of that power faces re-election, Obama is coming back to Milwaukee for an event also featuring Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.


Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain. Now, four years later, as the architect of the law that stripped unions of that power faces re-election, Obama is coming back to Milwaukee for an event also featuring Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.


EU's next foreign policy chief says Putin hurting his own

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - The European Union's newly nominated foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine policy had resulted in economic sanctions that were hurting his own people. Speaking in her first newspaper interview since being tapped for the job on Saturday, Mogherini told Italy's Corriere della Sera on Monday that sanctions remained "a tool" in brokering what had to be a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine fighting. "At the moment, the Kremlin is acting against the interests of its people." On Sunday, EU leaders threatened Russia with more trade sanctions if it failed to start reversing its actions in Ukraine, asking officials to draw up a new list of measures that could hit a range of sectors within the week.[ID:nL5N0R10FR] The EU, along with the United States, first imposed sanctions on Moscow in March for annexing Crimea, and imposed trade restrictions on Russia's financial and oil industries after a Malaysian airliner was shot down in July over separatist territory in the Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people, most of them Dutch.

South Africa's Eskom says power constraints for 5 years is "worst case"

A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside Johannesburg South African utility Eskom said on Monday that a report in the country's leading business newspaper that power supply would be "highly constrained" for the next five years was a "worst-case scenario." "It would not be correct to say categorically that it would take five years. Etzinger was responding to a report in the Business Day newspaper that said the poor state of the country's power stations would keep supply margins razor-thin for at least another five years. It cited a presentation it said was prepared by Eskom management. Eskom, which supplies virtually all of the power for Africa's most advanced economy, is scrambling to keep the lights on by building new stations while trying to maintain and repair older ones.


Asia stocks gain on stimulus hopes, Europe lower

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. Global stock markets were muted Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) BEIJING (AP) — European shares drifted lower Monday as tensions over Ukraine simmered while Asian stock markets mostly rose on expectations of stimulus in China after manufacturing growth slowed in August.


US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

FILE - This March 26, 1947, file photo shows Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover calling the communist party of the United States a "Fifth Column" whose "goal is the overthrow of our government" during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington. Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Hoover teamed up on a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub,” with the newly created Air Force Office of Special Investigations, headed by Hoover protege and former FBI official Joseph F. Carroll. (AP Photo/File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.


Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., leaving a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairs of both the House and Senate intelligence committees prodded President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, to take decisive action against the growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. "His foreign policy is in absolute free-fall," Rogers said of President Barack Obama. In a separate interview Sunday California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein who heads the Senate intelligence panel said Obama efforts to combat Islamic state group are perhaps "too cautious." "This is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous," she said. "And they'll kill with abandon." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.


India factory output 'rises in August'

Indian workers manage machines at a Sona Koyo Steering Systems factory in Dharuhera,on August 12, 2014 Indian factory output slowed slightly in August after jumping to a 17-month high the previous month, but growth remained strong, a key HSBC survey showed Monday. The positive data came three days after new figures showed India's economy grew by a forecast-beating 5.7 percent in the first financial quarter, its best pace since early 2012. The British banking giant said its Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which measures factory production, eased to 52.4 points from 53.0 the previous month. In the survey, keenly watched as a harbinger of industrial expansion and economic health, a reading of more than 50 points suggests expansion while anything below indicates contraction.


Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.


Euro zone factory growth slows in August amid Ukraine tension: PMI

Employees work on the assembly line of the Falcon 7X aircraft in the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux By Jonathan Cable LONDON, (Reuters) - Euro zone manufacturing growth slowed slightly more than initially thought last month as new orders dwindled and factories suffered amid rising tensions in Ukraine, a business survey showed on Monday. Factories barely increased prices last month, and manufacturing activity in France fell at the fastest pace in 15 months, in disappointing news for the European Central Bank before Thursday's monetary policy-setting meeting. Markit's final August manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 50.7, the lowest in over a year and below both July's 51.8 and an earlier flash estimate of 50.8. "Although some growth is better than no growth at all, the braking effect of rising economic and geopolitical uncertainties on manufacturers is becoming more visible," said Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit.


Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

Police and firefighters work on the scene where three people were killed and two others injured after an airplane crashed in a field northwest of the main runway at Erie Municipal Airport while coming in for a landing in Erie, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick) ERIE, Colo. (AP) — All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.


Egypt revises up July annual inflation to 11.04 pct

A woman buys traditional sweets, "Kahk", to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, at a bakery in Cairo Egypt revised up its annual consumer price inflation rate to 11.04 percent for July from an earlier figure of 10.61 percent, the statistics agency said on Monday, after the government cut subsidies on fuel. Egypt's annual core consumer price inflation rate, which strips out subsidised goods and volatile items such fruit and vegetables, was also adjusted higher to 9.57 percent from 9.35 percent, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said. CAPMAS did not give a reason for the revision. Egypt's economy has been in turmoil since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, deterring tourists and foreign investors and straining the country's finances.


Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper

Satoshi Kurosaki, an industry executive who is leading the toilet pear campaign, shows the emergency stock toilet paper at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry during an event marking Monday’s national disaster prevention day in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. On national disaster prevention day, Japan’s government is urging people to stock up on toilet paper, because more than 40 percent of the nation's supply comes from a high-risk earthquake zone. (AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi) TOKYO (AP) — A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper.


49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. McDonald, 29, was arrested early Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 by San Jose Police on felony domestic violence charges. San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says McDonald was taken into custody after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department) SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.


Weak data to test BOJ's rosy economic view, policy on hold

Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda attends the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole While the BOJ is likely to stick to its assessment that the economy is recovering moderately, pessimists on the board may propose offering a bleaker view on components such as factory output, say sources familiar with the bank's thinking. "It's pretty clear from data out so far that the economy is undershooting the BOJ's forecast," said Yoshiki Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute. "The rebound in July-September may prove to be much weaker than expected." The BOJ cut its assessment on exports earlier this month to say they were "weakening" but left intact its view that factory output, while also weakening, continues to "rise as a trend". Household spending fell more than expected in July and analysts expect bad weather and lasting effects from the tax hike to weigh on consumption in coming months, casting doubt on the BOJ's view that domestic demand remains firm.


Weak investment, trade drive second quarter contraction in German economy

Newly manufactured Ford Fiesta cars are seen on the deck of the car transport ship "Tossa" as it travels along the Rhine, from a Ford plant in the German city of Cologne Weak investment spending and slow trade led Germany to contract for the first time in over a year in the second quarter, data showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is running out of steam just as the impact of the crisis in Ukraine starts to bite. Germany's Federal Statistics Office confirmed on Monday an earlier estimate showing a 0.2 percent contraction in seasonally-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) on the quarter. "The second-quarter contraction was a reaction to the strong first quarter so I think we'll return to moderate positive growth in the third ... but there's no shortage of uncertainty factors at the moment," said Thilo Heidrich, an economist at Postbank, referring to the standoff between Moscow and the West over Ukraine and the crisis in Iraq. Gross capital investment in Germany fell by 2.3 percent and construction investment dropped by 4.2 percent, in part due to a mild winter which boosted building activity in the first quarter.


Indonesia trade picture brightens after Ramadan slump

A crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Tanjung Priok, north Jakarta, on November 27, 2012 Indonesia posted a slim trade surplus in July, bouncing back from a deficit the previous month caused by increased imports before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the Eid holiday, data showed on Monday. Suryamin, the head of the official statistics agency, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said imports surged in June before the start of Ramadan but actually slowed during the holy month in July. Narrowing the deficit is one of the main economic challenges facing Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo, who will take office in October.


South Africa's rand trades slightly weaker within range

South African bank notes featuring an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela are displayed at an office in Johannesburg South Africa's rand steadied near the weaker end of a recent range against the dollar on Monday, opening the week on the backfoot as investors worried about Ukraine/Russia tensions and weakness in the local economy. The rand was also dogged by worse-than-expected trade data on Friday, which highlighted the South African economy's external vulnerabilities. Mid-week sees the release of the business confidence index and a survey of business conditions from purchasing managers in Africa's most advanced economy.


Lavrov says Russia will defend economy against sanctions

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday any new sanctions from the European Union or the United States would force Russia to protect its economy, citizens and businesses. In the case of new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, he said, "we will first of all start from our own interests - protect our economy, protect our social sphere, protect our businesses and at the same time draw conclusions from the actions of our partners". Lavrov played down Russia's exclusion from the Group of Eight over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, saying the forum had lost much of its significance since the formation of the wider G20.

A timeline of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel

FILE - This July 23, 2014, file photo, shows the Showboat Casino Hotel, left, and the Revel Casino Hotel along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market. The hotel closes Monday, Sept. 1, followed by the casino Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) A look at key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel:


US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

Australia unveils fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighboring Ukraine, where the Kremlin is accused of backing pro-Russian insurgent groups battling the government in Kiev. The sanctions, which restrict arms exports and the access of Russian state-owned banks to Australian capital markets, build on financial sanctions and travel bans enacted by Australia in March. Russia started it and Russia must take responsibility for this loss of life," Abbott told parliament. "So, Madam Speaker, I can inform the house that Australia will lift its sanctions against Russia to the level of the European Union." The United States and EU have gradually tightened economic sanctions against Russia, first imposed after Moscow annexed Crimea following the ousting of Kiev's pro-Russian president by protesters in February.

China manufacturing slowdown ripples through region

Workers install the chassis along a production line at a truck factory of Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd (JAC Motors) in Hefei By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector slackened in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, stoking speculation that further policy easing would be needed to prevent the economy from stumbling once more. The surveys of purchasing managers (PMI) from across Asia told a tale of underwhelming new orders and faltering exports, overshadowing brighter spots such as India and Taiwan.


'City of Light' could recapture an intellectual leadership role

 The holy city of Madinah has found a special place in World Economic Forum's report of the global agenda council on competitiveness. It answers key questions, such as: Can an ancient religious city as sacred and unique as Madinah re-brand itself as a knowledge economic city in the 21st century? Can an urban real estate project drive this vision for Madinah? The report points out that millions ...

Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power. The tweet was later deleted, followed by another from Perry's account that disavowed the post.

Retreat in China's PMIs heightens calls for policy easing

A worker installs rubber onto the windows of the doors along a production line at a truck factory of Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd in Hefei By Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector cooled in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, two surveys showed on Monday, spurring new calls for more policy easing to prevent the economy from stumbling once more. A purchasing managers' index (PMI) published by the National Bureau of Statistics fell from a 27-month high to 51.1 in August, slightly less than forecast as factories shed jobs for at least the 24th consecutive month. The declines in both PMIs prompted some analysts to re-state their support for more policy action to lift the fading growth momentum in the world's second-biggest economy. He said the central bank could cut interest rates or reduce the amount of reserves that banks must hold as deposits to re-stoke the economy.


China's final HSBC PMI falls to three-month low in August

Growth in China's large factory sector slipped to a three-month low in August as foreign and domestic demand cooled, a private survey showed on Monday, raising concerns that the economy is faltering after a bounce. China's official manufacturing PMI for August, reported on Monday, was 51.1, compared with 51.2 in a Reuters poll and July's 51.7. China and Hong Kong stock markets rose slightly after the HSBC and official PMIs came out. In the HSBC survey, demand appeared to have softened across the board in August.

Today in History

Today is Monday, September 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.

Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. Global stock markets were muted Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures and a meeting of Europe's central bank for signs of stimulus steps.


Man shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia

Man shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia Police say a man was found shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia.


Northern California wildfires show slower growth

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says cloudy skies and lower temperatures have slowed the spread of two forest wildfires that are threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.
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