• Police trooper killed in ambush to be laid to rest September 18, 2014
    Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, are gathering in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the funeral of a state trooper as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was gunned down late Friday outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. Another trooper was wounded in the ambush that touch
  • Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire September 18, 2014
    POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon Border took reckoning of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week. In the fire east of Sacramento, 2,500 firefighters were
  • Hamels dominates Padres again in Phillies 5-2 win September 18, 2014
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cole Hamels dominated San Diego again as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday night, ending a three-game losing skid. Hamels (9-7) struck out nine in seven innings and allowed a run as he scattered seven hits and a walk. It marked Hamel’s 21st straight start in which he was charged with three runs or less. Over that spa
  • Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting September 18, 2014
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank’s benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 0.7 percent to 24,199.87 and South Korea’s Kospi d
  • India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment September 18, 2014
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks aimed at boosting trade and Chinese investment even as their troops face-off along their disputed border in the Himalayas. Xi was given a ceremonial welcome Thursday at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Later, Xi visited a memorial to Mohandas

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