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Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote

Opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rally in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 30, 2016Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's Senate was to vote Wednesday on stripping Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest country. Senators loyal to Brazil's first female president debated into the night Tuesday in a final attempt to halt the apparently unstoppable momentum toward her dismissal. Despite the impassioned speeches, which followed 14 hours of testimony by 68-year-old Rousseff herself on Monday, her fate was apparently sealed.


Study sounds alarm for slow-breeding forest elephants

African forest elephantEven without poachers, Central Africa's forest elephants would need almost a century to get their numbers back up to 2002 levels, said a study Wednesday that pried into the elusive creatures' slow-breeding ways. Roaming the tropical forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo, the tusker sub-species is thought to have numbered about one to two million at its peak, study co-author George Wittemyer of Colorado State University told AFP. Forest elephants are smaller than savannah elephants -- the other, much better studied, African sub-species.


The Latest: Tobin, Burns, Dunn win Commission primary

FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, looks on during a Phoenix Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. A challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. McCain leads the lists of contests drawing attention in Tuesday's Arizona primary election. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's primary election (all times local):


Magical musical to kick off star-studded Venice fest

New film "La La Land" reunites Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who appeared together in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" in 2011A bewitching musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will open the Venice film festival Wednesday, kicking off a US-heavy line-up of flicks vying for the coveted Golden Lion. Damien Chazelle's "La La Land", described as a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, reunites the stars, who appeared together in the 2011 romcom "Crazy, Stupid, Love" -- but with oodles of singing this time. This world premier of the tale about a struggling jazz pianist and his actress girlfriend is the first of 20 films in competition at the 73rd edition of the world's oldest film festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.


Japan typhoon kills nine in elderly home

A flood-damaged railroad is seen in the town of Shintoku, Japan's Hokkaido prefecture, in the aftermath of Typhoon Lionrock, on August 31, 2016Surging flood water brought by a powerful typhoon left nine people dead in an elderly care home in Japan, officials said on Wednesday. The bodies were discovered in a riverside care complex half buried in mud and rubble after Typhoon Lionrock ripped through the region, dumping torrential rain over a wide area. Footage from public broadcaster NHK showed a helicopter hovering over the building in Iwaizumi, as rescuers tried to pluck other stranded residents to safety.


North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

Pyongyang city skyline with the landmark Juche tower seen on the rightNorth Korea has executed a vice premier for showing disrespect during a meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un, and banished two other officials for re-education, South Korea said Wednesday. "Vice premier for education Kim Yong-Jin was executed," Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee said at a regular briefing. "Kim Yong-Jin was denounced for his bad sitting posture when he was sitting below the rostrum" during a session of North Korea's parliament, and then underwent a interrogation that revealed his other crimes, the official told reporters.


Suu Kyi: Myanmar has unique chance to forge peace

Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, listens during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry office August, 30,2016, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has a unique opportunity to end decades of ethnic rebellions in various parts of the country, leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Wednesday as she promised that her government will guarantee rebel groups equal rights and respect in historic peace talks.


South Korea says top North Korean official executedNorth Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday. If confirmed, they would be the latest in a series of ...McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary

McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primarySen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth term in November in a race that has been inundated with questions about GOP ...


Corrections officer charged in death of K-9 left in hot carBELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania corrections officer has been charged after a drug-detecting police dog in his care died last month after it was left in a hot vehicle for 2½ hours during a training exercise.Djokovic gets rematch vs Vesely in US Open 2nd round

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, get medical attention during his first round match against Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland, at the US Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — The victory came on clay, and it came 4 1/2 months ago.


Odor hits game-ending homer for Rangers in 8-7 win over M's

Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor celebrates with manager Jeff Banister, bottom, who lifted Odor after Odor crossed the plate on his two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor quickly atoned for his baserunning blunders with a big blast for the Texas Rangers.


Police: Boy, 13, charged in shooting that hurt him, girlPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who police say accidentally shot himself and a 12-year-old girl inside a Philadelphia home is facing charges.Trump to visit Mexico before immigration speech

Donald Trump is to travel to Mexico to meet with the country's president, just hours ahead of a much-anticipated speech on immigrationDonald Trump announced he will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with the country's president just hours ahead of his much-anticipated Arizona speech on immigration. The Republican presidential nominee's surprise trip south of the border comes as debate about his immigration policies is reaching fever pitch. Although his visit holds potential political peril, Trump could seize control of the campaign narrative at a crucial time, showing a willingness to engage diplomatically on a sensitive issue at the heart of his campaign.


Police look into whether sun glare was factor in kayak crash

This image made from a video provided by WABC-TV shows kayakers being rescued on the Hudson River, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, on the west side of Manhattan. New York authorities say multiple kayakers were injured when they were hit by a ferry on the river on Tuesday. (WABC-TV via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a Manhattan pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River.


Wildfire prompts evacuations of 200 homes in California

A water dropping helicopter heads back to get more water as a wildfire burns near homes in the brush in Beaumont, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise via AP)BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that tore through brush east of Los Angeles forced 700 people from their homes for several hours Tuesday and destroyed a small building, officials said.


Black professionals cheer on city students starting school

In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 photo, black professional men from the community greet students arriving for the first day of school at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Hartford, Conn. Similar welcome ceremonies have been staged for students from minority communities in cities around the country including Atlanta, Boston and Seattle. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It was just the start of another school year, but the greeting was anything but routine for students arriving at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.


Feds distribute $53 million to fight opioid problemWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse.People stock up, board up as hurricane hurtles toward HawaiiHONOLULU (AP) — Residents of Hawaii's Big Island were evacuating animals and stockpiling water Tuesday, bracing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in decades.Historic commercial flight from US to Cuba set to take off

Historic commercial flight from US to Cuba set to take offThe first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century is scheduled to fly from Fort Lauderdale to the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing ...


Metro Phoenix's sheriff wins primary in bid for 7th term

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference at the Sheriff's headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz. Embattled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking a seventh term and faces former Buckeye Police Chief Dan Saban and two other challengers. The election comes less than two weeks after a federal judge recommended criminal contempt-of-court charges against the 84-year-old lawman of metropolitan Phoenix for ignoring an order to halt his signature anti-immigration patrols. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix trounced three rivals Tuesday to win his Republican primary in what could be the toughest campaign in his 24 years in office as he faces a storm of legal troubles stemming from his immigration patrols.


McCain, Rubio win Republican nod in U.S. Senate races

U.S. Senator McCain arrives on a visit at a migrant center near the village of AdasevciBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. senators John McCain and Marco Rubio won their party's nominations on Tuesday to seek re-election in Arizona and Florida in November, as both of the high profile politicians saw off insurgent challengers. McCain, the 2012 failed Republican presidential candidate, now faces a spirited challenge in Arizona from Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011 and wants to move to the Senate.


City, county leaders hold special meeting after girl's death

A picture of Victoria Martens, a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl brutally murdered last week, is placed in a memorial outside her former Albuquerque apartment on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Stricken with grief, the grandparents and other family members of Martens, who was brutally slain last week, clutched one another and wept Monday as they made their first public comments and thanked the community for its outpouring of love and support. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killings of two young Albuquerque girls spurred lawmakers, law enforcement and local officials on Tuesday to hold a special meeting in hopes of finding ways to prevent domestic abuse and violence in a state that has long ranked as one of the nation's worst for child well-being.


Little League champs to be honored at New York State Fair

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Endwell, N.Y., pitcher Ryan Harlost, center, celebrates with teammates after getting the final out of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against South Korea in South Williamsport, Pa. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Maine-Endwell Little League team will be honored with a special ceremony at the New York State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 1. The Maine-Endwell team is the first New York team to win the Little League World Series since 1964. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The new Little League World Series champions are going to be honored with a celebration at the New York State Fair.


Law takes effect scrapping cap on alcohol content for beer

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 file photo, cellerman Franz Graef passes a wall of barrel-aged beers as he pulls a pallet of filled kegs to a walk-in refrigerator at Rhinegeist Brewery in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers. A new state law went into effect Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers.


Trump calls Democrats 'party of slavery' in minority outreach effort

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in EverettBy Emily Stephenson EVERETT, Washington (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday night called Democrats the "party of slavery" and praised what he called the millions of African Americans with career success, as he tries to revamp his outreach to minority voters. Trump has made much-maligned efforts to appeal to black and Hispanic voters, groups that generally support Democrats and are expected to vote heavily for Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election. "The Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln," Trump said at a rally in Everett, Washington.


Vote on whether to remove president nears in Brazil's Senate

Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff speaks at her own impeachment trial, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Fighting to save her job, Rousseff told senators on Monday that the allegations against her have no merit. "I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not commit a crime," she told senators. Rousseff's address comes on the fourth day of the trial. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday, then planned a short break before casting votes that will decide whether to remove her permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country.


Italy rescues 3,000 migrants from Mediterranean as arrivals surge

African migrants seen on a dinghy in Mediterranean SeaSome 3000 migrants were saved in the Strait of Sicily in 30 separate rescue missions on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard said, bringing the total to almost 10,000 in two days and marking a sharp acceleration in refugee arrivals in Italy. The migrants were packed on board dozens of boats, many of them rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas. Data from the International Organization for Migration released on Friday said around 105,000 migrants had reached Italy by boat in 2016, many of them setting sail from Libya.


Trade critic Trump visits Boeing Co's backyard

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in EverettBy Emily Stephenson and Ginger Gibson EVERETT, Washington/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump, who has made his criticism of a pending Pacific trade agreement central to his campaign, on Tuesday visited a Seattle suburb home to a large Boeing Co plane manufacturing facility that depends heavily on Asian sales. Trump vowed at his rally that he would win Washington state, even though the state tends to support Democrats and that party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, leads by large margins in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 8 election. The Republican nominee, however, presents a conundrum for the unions that represent workers at Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company.


Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Xfinity Arena of Everett, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration.


The Latest: Husband of 2015 champ calls Open worst Slam

Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot from Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):


Australian senator caught napping still fan of press freedom

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch, left, Family First Senator Bob Day and Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm, right, sit in the Senate at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Hinch, a former veteran journalist, was caught napping during Governor-General Peter Cosgrove's speech during the opening of Australia's 45th Parliament. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator has fallen victim to the press freedom he champions when he was photographed snoozing on his first day in Parliament.


Hendricks lowers ERA to 2.09 as Cubs top Pirates 3-0

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks began the season as the Cubs' No. 5 starter. He's on pace to finish it as the major league's ERA leader and — if manager Joe Maddon has his way — potentially with an even bigger trophy.


Lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open; Serena, Venus win

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, takes a break between games against Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Bouchard won that match. Bouchard fell at the facility and suffered a concussion, and withdrew before her fourth-round match. Bouchard missed most of the rest of the season. She filed suit against the U.S. Tennis Association in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn in October, and that case is still pending, putting the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up in the odd position of competing this week at an event whose organizers she is suing. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.


North Carolina beaches thin out ahead of tropical weather

A surfer gets some air off the crest of a wave near the Surf City Pier in Surf City, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, as incoming tide and light offshore winds create good surfing. Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. (John Althosue/The Daily News via AP)RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas.


Asian stocks mixed ahead of US jobs data

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, as investors weighed the possibility and timing of another U.S. interest rate increase this year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key jobs data later this week in the U.S. that could lead to higher interest rates.


The Latest: Trump says immigrants taking minorities' jobs

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands as he arrives to a campaign rally at Xfinity Arena of Everett, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):


Murray, Serena ride strong serves into US Open second round

Serena Williams needed just 63 minutes to dispatch 29th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3Wimbledon champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams powered into the second round of the US Open as the stars came out on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Williams, launching her latest bid to rewrite the record books, started strong and didn't let up in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 29th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. Williams said she wouldn't know until she'd slept on it how her shoulder might respond to the effort.


Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida

Handout photo of satellite image of three storm systems shown in the Atlantic OceanBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Residents of Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday were warned on Tuesday of an encroaching hurricane expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains, while weather forecasters told Floridians to prepare for a tropical system later in the week. The storm was forecast to "pass dangerously close" on Wednesday, prompting the NWS to issue a hurricane warning for the island. Madeline was ranked as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), though some weakening was expected before Wednesday, the weather service said.


Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has trounced 3 Republican rivals to win the GOP nomination in his bid for a 7th termPHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has trounced 3 Republican rivals to win the GOP nomination in his bid for a 7th term.

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