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HK protest talks show gap between students, govt

Fruitless Hong Kong protest talks highlight vast gulf between young students, senior officials
Kelvin Chan And Jack Chang, The Associated Press

HONG KONG - On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the lineup of seasoned government officials in formal suits.

Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee recalled as one of nation's great journalists
The Associated Press

Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday, was remembered as one of the nation's great journalists and a courageous and charismatic friend and colleague:

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Pakistani Nobel laureate honoured in Philadelphia

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai honoured with Liberty Medal for her work to educate girls
Kathy Matheson, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls' education brought her passion for learning to Philadelphia, where she received the Liberty Medal on Tuesday.

In accepting the honour, Malala Yousafzai implored world leaders to spend money on supporting learning, not wars, and to solve their differences with words.

"Education is the best weapon against poverty, ignorance and terrorism," she said.

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee, celebrated editor who guided The Washington Post during Watergate scandal, dies
Nancy Benac, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported.

North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained

American given surprise release from North Korea; US still pressing amnesty for 2 others
Lara Jakes, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held.

FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis

FBI: US girls stopped in Germany may have wanted to join Islamic State group in Syria
Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press

DENVER - Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday.

The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department.

FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

FBI: Denver girls stopped in Germany may have wanted to join Islamic State group in Syria
Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press

DENVER - Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday.

The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department

Police: Indiana man confesses to all 7 killings

Police say man has confessed to killing all 7 women whose bodies found in Indiana
Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

GARY, Ind. - Police say an Indiana man has now definitively confessed to killing seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana.

Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley also told a news conference that authorities have enough evidence to charge Darren Vann, 43, with murder in at least three more of the cases involving bodies discovered in abandoned buildings around the city over the weekend. McKinley said those charges were expected to be filed within a few days.

NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

NATO jets intercept Russian fighters twice in 2 days over Baltic Sea
Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A senior National Defence official says the Harper government has been given a series of options to maintain Canada's support for jittery allies in eastern Europe, but the contribution to NATO's air policing mission over the Balitic will come to an end by the new year as scheduled.

Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement

Rural areas of US hit hard by subprime mortgage crisis seek piece of settlement pie
Hope Yen, The Associated Press

Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help.

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