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Today's News

  • Gunmen attack Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan; 26 dead

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on minority Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling through southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 26 people in an apparent sectarian attack, officials and survivors said.

    The pilgrims were traveling by bus through Mastung district in Baluchistan province on their way to the Iranian border when the attack occurred, said Khushhal Khan, the driver of the vehicle, which was carrying at least 40 people.

    A pickup truck blocked the vehicle's path, and a group of at least eight men carrying rockets and guns forced the passengers off, Khan told a local television station. The passengers tried to run, but the gunmen opened fire, killing 26 people and wounding six others, said Khan.

  • 1 million urged to evacuate as typhoon nears Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — More than a million people in central Japan were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a powerful typhoon approached, triggering floods that left two people missing.

    Public broadcaster NHK said about 1.3 million people have been ordered or advised to leave their homes, including 80,000 people in Nagoya.

    Heavy rains as the storm approached caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural (state) government said.

    Television footage showed Nagoya residents wading through water up to their knees. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.

  • Are rich taxed less than secretaries?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.

    "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," Obama said Monday. "That's pretty straightforward. It's hard to argue against that."

    The data tell a different story. On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.

  • Bandelier monument to open Frijoles Canyon

    BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Bandelier National Monument have some good news following a summer in which a wildfire charred a large portion of the park and resulted in flooding in Frijoles Canyon.

    Officials say people will be able to visit the canyon starting next Monday, Sept. 26.

    Visitors can take a shuttle bus to the main archaeological site on the canyon floor.

    Frijoles Canyon has been closed for three months since the Las Conchas fire raced through the Jemez Mountains. The largest wildfire in the state's recorded history, the blaze burned more than 244 square miles and 63 homes.

    Monument Superintendent Jason Lott says his staff is excited to welcome visitors again.

  • Second listeria death in Colorado linked to cantaloupe

    DENVER (AP) — Health officials say a second person has died in Colorado in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes.

    Mark Salley of the Colorado Department of Public Health said Tuesday the state now is reporting 14 confirmed cases of listeria connected to the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Colorado had previously reported 12 cases, including one death.

    On Monday, the CDC said that 35 people in 10 states had been sickened in the outbreak so far.

    The illnesses have been traced to fruit from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo. Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes last week

  • Dolores Hope, wife of Bob Hope, dies at 102

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolores Hope, who was married to entertainer Bob Hope for 69 years and sang at his shows, has died at age 102.

    Hope family spokesman Harlan Boll says Hope died Monday at home in Los Angeles. A specific cause of death was not available.

    The death was first reported by Entertainment Tonight.

    Bob Hope died in 2003 at age 100.

    Dolores Reade was a nightclub singer before she married Bob Hope in 1934. She mostly stayed home with their children before Hope began his Christmas trips to entertain U.S. troops during World War II.

    She sang for U.S. troops and on his television specials.

  • 10th person dies from injuries in Reno air crash--video extra

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 10th person died overnight from injuries suffered Friday in the nation's deadliest air racing disaster, a crash that killed nine and sent about 70 people to Reno-area hospitals.

    Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jamii Uboldi said Monday morning the patient who died was male, but she couldn't immediately release his name, age and hometown.

    Amid the horrific aftermath of the crash, a sort of calm pervaded.

    Witnesses were spattered with blood and pieces of flesh, yet video of the scene shows paramedics, police and spectators attending to the wounded with a control that seems contradictory to the devastation.

  • US stocks open lower as Greek debt woes persist

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Monday amid fresh concerns that a bailout package for Greece wouldn't take shape in time for the country to avoid defaulting on its debts. The plunge comes in the wake of Wall Street's best week in months.

    European finance ministers said Friday they would delay authorizing a new installment of emergency funds for Greece until October. Investors fear that the country will fail to convince its lenders that it can pay its debts.

    The Greek cabinet will meet to devise new austerity measures, but the country risks not qualifying for an $11 billion installment of the bailout package it received last year, as well as a second bailout worth $149 billion.

  • Emmycast with Jane Lynch presiding was a winner

    Even if your favorite nominee got snubbed, Sunday's Emmycast could have been the most satisfying in memory.

    It was funny, bright and skillfully hosted by "Glee" star Jane Lynch.

    It moved at a brisk clip, free of the usual stumbles and lulls, and, even better, it flowed almost seamlessly, a next-to-impossible feat for any awards show.

  • Labor Dept. expands enforcement of wage violations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department is signing agreements to share information with nine states and the Internal Revenue Service as it gets more aggressive in its program to crack down on businesses that cheat workers out of their hard-earned wages.

    The information will help Labor officials target businesses that improperly label workers as independent contractors or as non-employees to deprive workers of minimum wage and overtime pay. Misclassifying workers also lets companies avoid paying workers compensation, unemployment insurance and federal taxes.

    Patricia Smith, the Labor Department's top lawyer, said sharing information between state and federal agencies could subject businesses to multiple fines.