WASHINGTON >> A grim President Barack Obama says the U.S. has "become numb" to mass shootings like Thursday's incident in Oregon, where 20-year-old gunman killed at least 9 people at Umpqua Community College. Speaking in the White House briefing room Thursday, Obama challenged voters wanting to deal with the problem to vote for elected officials who agree with that priority.   Full Story
ROSEBURG, ORE. >> Hunting deer, elk and bear in the surrounding hills and fishing for salmon and steelhead have strong followings in southern Oregon's timber country, made famous by Western writer Zane Gray, who counted the North Umpqua River his favorite place to fish. So does support for the right to own and carry a gun.   Full Story
MIAMI >> Powerful Hurricane Joaquin bore down Thursday on the lightly populated islands of the central and eastern Bahamas and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. Some minor flooding and storm surge were reported, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage as the storm reached the   Full Story
NEW YORK (AP) >> U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship. On the biggest issue that divides them in Syria — the status of embattled leader Bashar Assad — Obama and Putin   Full Story
DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) >> He's behind in the polls and has spent little time in Iowa of late, but Chris Christie is set to get a major bump in the leadoff caucus state with endorsements from nearly all of the local Republican heavyweights who tried to recruit him to run four years ago. Six of the seven big-money donors and activists who flew to New Jersey to urge the Republican governor to   Full Story
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LOS ANGELES (AP) >> Stargazers were being treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon. Those in the United States, Europe, Africa and western Asia can view the coupling, weather permitting, Sunday night or early Monday. It was the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won't again until 2033.   Full Story
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WASHINGTON (AP) >> In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans on Friday that he would step down at the end of October, giving up his coveted leadership post and his seat in Congress in the face of hardline conservative opposition. The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a closed-door session.   Full Story
HEBRON, WEST BANK — A Palestinian witness on Wednesday disputed the Israeli army's account of a fatal shooting in the West Bank the previous day, an incident in which the military said a Palestinian woman was shot as she attempted to stab a soldier at a checkpoint. The woman, 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, was taken to an Israeli hospital in critical condition on Tuesday and her father,   Full Story
BRUSSELS (AP) >> The latest developments as European governments struggle to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local: ___ 1:10 p.m. The European Union's executive arm is opening 40 new infringement cases against 19 member states for failing to implement the 28-nation bloc's common asylum rules.   Full Story
FRANKFORT, KY. (AP) >> She's already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples. On Monday, lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples questioned the validity of the new marriage licenses and asked a federal judge to order Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' office to reissue them.   Full Story
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) >> The anguish in the man's voice on the 911 call was clear. He was telling the dispatcher on the other end of the line that he had just tried to drown his children in a pond and he was so distraught and disoriented that he couldn't describe where he was. "Please send an ambulance.   Full Story
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HBO claimed the hardware at the annual Emmy Awards. Viola Davis, Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan captured the hearts. In the 67th edition of the television awards show Sunday, Davis became the first woman of color to win best actress in a drama series. Hamm was a sentimental favorite for winning best actor in his last chance with "Mad Men," and Morgan was an emotional surprise in appearing onstage   Full Story
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) >> Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the billionaire real estate mogul said he'd be "looking at" a claim that militants operate training camps on American soil.   Full Story
We're one step closer to Harry-Potter-style invisibility cloaks. In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers report the first ever success in cloaking 3-D objects regardless of their shape. Unfortunately, we're not quite ready to grab our Maurader's Map and go gallivanting around Hogwarts incognito.   Full Story
ST. LOUIS >> For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex. Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female yellow-bellied water snake reproduced on her own in 2014 and again this summer.   Full Story