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2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.... 9/19/2014 3:41 AM

Hunt for missing Malaysia plane to resume
SYDNEY (AP) -- Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month, and will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said Friday.... 9/19/2014 3:38 AM

Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis.... 9/19/2014 3:34 AM

Huge turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment - and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath - after voters turned out in huge numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland's 307-year union with England.... 9/19/2014 3:30 AM

Nepal to allow Indian firm to build power plant
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials say Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant.... 9/19/2014 3:06 AM

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Federal police on Thursday vowed to restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.... 9/19/2014 2:42 AM

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.... 9/19/2014 12:53 AM

Maduro says foreign media behind fears of epidemic
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro accused CNN and other international media on Thursday of conspiring against his government by publishing what he called false reports of a mysterious illness.... 9/19/2014 12:12 AM

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.... 9/18/2014 11:19 PM

UN warns of food shortages for Syrians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to pay for its food programs for almost 6 million Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war and that aid will be cut.... 9/18/2014 11:07 PM

Witness: 21 killed by Mexico army had surrendered
ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) -- A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told The Associated Press.... 9/18/2014 10:59 PM

Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them.... 9/18/2014 10:51 PM

US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months
PARIS (AP) -- Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 10:50 PM

Argentina approves law for controlling prices
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates.... 9/18/2014 10:45 PM

Cardinals debate marriage before crucial meeting
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.... 9/18/2014 10:33 PM

Boyfriend jeans a hit on the Milan runway
MILAN (AP) -- Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season.... 9/18/2014 10:31 PM

AP PHOTOS: Hurricane Odile's devastation in Mexico
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- A highway bridge dangles into a raging river. The collapsed roof of an auto dealership lies on a half dozen cars. Inside a looted Wal-Mart superstore, there's nothing but puddles, trash and empty shelves.... 9/18/2014 10:29 PM

Yemen's Shiite rebels attack state TV building
Sanaa, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's state television said on Thursday that its headquarters in a northwestern suburb of the capital Sanaa has come under attack by Shiite rebels.... 9/18/2014 10:17 PM

British hostage appears in new video
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.... 9/18/2014 10:04 PM

Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.... 9/18/2014 9:59 PM