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Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.... 9/17/2014 10:44 PM

AP Interview: Brazil's Silva wants better US ties
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Marina Silva, a front-running presidential candidate who grew up in the Amazon jungle and could become Brazil's first black president, said Wednesday that if elected she'll improve ties with the U.S. and strongly push for human rights in nations like Cuba.... 9/17/2014 10:41 PM

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader.... 9/17/2014 10:36 PM

Colombia's ex-President Uribe grilled by lawmakers
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Former President Alvaro Uribe was grilled by lawmakers Wednesday over allegations of ties to drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitaries, accusations that have dogged him over decades in Colombia's politics.... 9/17/2014 10:33 PM

Argentina peso sags to 15 a dollar on black market
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The value of Argentina's peso has hit its lowest level ever on the black market.... 9/17/2014 10:20 PM

Doctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer
TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is suffering from a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 10:11 PM

AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.... 9/17/2014 9:50 PM

Gucci opens fashion week with hippy chic looks
MILAN (AP) -- Milan rang in its fashion week with something old, and something new, and some still on the cusp.... 9/17/2014 9:22 PM

Arrests made in Australian counterterrorism raids
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian police made a series of arrests on Thursday in a counterterrorism operation that comes just days after the country lifted its terrorism threat to the second-highest level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group.... 9/17/2014 9:19 PM

Israeli rising star quits politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move.... 9/17/2014 8:52 PM

Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Ukraine's President says his country has "crossed the Rubicon" to a new westward-looking future that leaves behind the darkness of its Russian past.... 9/17/2014 8:13 PM

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence.... 9/17/2014 7:33 PM

Paralympics head won't promote Pistorius' return
LONDON (AP) -- As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, it's uncertain if the fallen sports icon will ever race again. What's clearer is that the Paralympic leadership will not be encouraging any comeback by the double amputee sprinter.... 9/17/2014 7:17 PM

Emma Watson 'touched' by reception in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- British actor Emma Watson says she is "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency.... 9/17/2014 7:11 PM

Venezuela threatens citizenship of actress Alonso
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's leftist government says it is moving to revoke the citizenship of actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a bitter critic of the government.... 9/17/2014 7:09 PM

Liberia president praises US for Ebola help pledge
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- People critically ill with Ebola languishing in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centers filling up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed a U.S. pledge to send troops and treatment centers, but said much more needs to be done.... 9/17/2014 7:06 PM

Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky sea trips
ABASSAN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The university student was desperate to flee Gaza after suffering through years of border closures and three wars.... 9/17/2014 7:05 PM

Attacks kill at least 11 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide car bombing on a security post outside Baghdad and explosion on a crowded commercial street in the Iraqi capital killed at least 11 people Wednesday, officials said.... 9/17/2014 6:56 PM

UN: Syrian militants kept weapons of Fijian troops
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says Syrian militants did not return the weapons, uniforms and cars taken from 45 Fijian peacekeepers who were released last week after two weeks of captivity on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.... 9/17/2014 6:45 PM

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.... 9/17/2014 6:05 PM