• Friday, October 9, 2015

    US officials: CIA-backed rebels in Syria pressured Assad before Russian bombs began falling

    Updated: 4:00 am

  • California governor OKs medical marijuana regulations

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trio of bills aimed at bringing order and oversight to California’s medical marijuana industry nearly 20 years after the state led the nation in legalizing pot for medical use won Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, his office said Friday.

  • Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. leaves a House Republican special leadership election meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, to replace House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is stepping down, and retiring from Congress, at the end of the month, after nearly five years in the role. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the front-runner in the race to become the next speaker, but he faces two Republican opponents who are trying to draw some of his support. Four-term Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and three-term Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida both say they can bring a needed fresh perspective to GOP leadership, unlike McCarthy, who has served as majority leader under Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Overhaul of Florida’s districts hurts would-be House speaker

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A judge called Friday for a sweeping overhaul of Florida’s electoral map, including the congressional district held by a Republican seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker.

  • President Barack Obama, center, with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, right, and Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich, left, pauses as he makes a statement to members of the media following their meeting with families of the victims of the Oct. 1, shooting at Umpqua Community College, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama focusing on condolences, not gun laws, in Oregon visit

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — President Barack Obama, faced with protests over his meeting Friday with victims of an Oregon shooting, held to his view that something must be done about deadly gun crimes. But given the freshness of the week-old tragedy, he said, “Today, it’s about the families.”

    Updated: 8:17 pm

  • Correction: Libya story

    SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — In a story Oct. 8 about the Libyan national unity government, The Associated Press reported erroneously that proposed Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj is a member of the Tripoli-based parliament. He is in fact a Tripoli representative in the internationally recognized Tobruk House of Representatives.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    In shift of Syria focus, Pentagon abandoning goal of building new anti-IS rebel force

  • This July 22, 2008 file photo shows the campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. As college campuses nationwide wrestle with how to address sexual assault, an even more complicated question is unfolding: how to prosecute and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas study programs. The complexities were highlighted at Middlebury in September 2015 when a federal judge ordered the school to readmit a student it had expelled for a sexual encounter that occurred overseas.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

    In college rape debate, overseas-study crimes gain attention

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs.

  • Albuquerque Indian School transfer bill heads to president

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation that would place property adjacent to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in trust for 19 New Mexico pueblos has cleared its final congressional hurdle.

  • Volkswagen America CEO Michael Horn adjusts his glasses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on Volkswagen's emissions cheating allegations. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    VW’s US CEO to face tough questions in congressional hearing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen’s top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world’s largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.

  • Fan: Super Bowl ticket process violates NJ consumer law

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey man asked a federal appeals court Thursday to revive his consumer protection lawsuit that aims to flag the NFL over the number of tickets sold to the public for the 2014 Super Bowl.