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  • Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint
    Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

    By Clare Baldwin and John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. ...

  • Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'
    Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday.

  • Family of British hostage call on IS to honour Sharia verdict
    Family of British hostage call on IS to honour Sharia verdict

    London (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver held by Islamic State jihadists renewed her appeal on Tuesday for her husband's release, saying that his captors were ignoring the "verdict of their own justice system".

  • Hundreds of Thousands Face Health Law Subsidy Deadline
    Hundreds of Thousands Face Health Law Subsidy Deadline

    WASHINGTON—Hundreds of thousands of Americans face a Tuesday deadline to verify their income and are at risk of losing or having to pay back their federal health-insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The need for people to pay back the government could become a headache during next year's tax season, when Americans are expected to pay back any subsidies they weren't eligible for. The Obama administration has told more than 300,000 individuals who obtained coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov site that they may lose some or all of the subsidies if they don't provide additional income information that jibes with Internal Revenue Service data. Hundreds of thousands of people who obtained health coverage through state exchanges also have documentation issues and could potentially be getting subsidies they aren't eligible for.

  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap
    School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways: Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare ...

  • Reporter Finds Missing 10-Year-Old Boy While Covering Story
    Reporter Finds Missing 10-Year-Old Boy While Covering Story

    Reporters sometimes face a dilemma: Witnessing events in their communities, they are tasked to report what they see, for their viewers and readers, without crossing any lines of involvement. But sometimes, on a human level, that is just not possible.

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job
    Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

  • Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

    By Donny Kwok and Irene Jay Liu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of the student-led protest, whose aim has been to occupy sections of the city, including around the Central financial district, in anger at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. ...

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