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Federal employees ordered to attend anti-leaking classes

WASHINGTON — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information.

Judge: Some records in slaying of 4 can be open to public

AYER, Mass. — Some court records in the case of a Maine man charged with fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker in a Massachusetts home can be made public, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Afghan president says Pakistan must crush militant hideouts

NEW YORK — Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighboring Afghanistan, the Afghan leader said Thursday before meeting President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Birmingham: Structure hiding Confederate monument is legal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The city of Birmingham is asking a judge to dismiss the state of Alabama's lawsuit challenging a plywood screen that was built to hide a Confederate monument in a downtown park.

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The Latest: 'White Allies Only' rally planned in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — The Latest on demonstrations after the acquittal of a former St. Louis police officer :

Illinois court upholds murder conviction of Drew Peterson

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.

Feds subpoena docs from co-owners of failed nuclear project

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal authorities have subpoenaed documents from both companies that have abandoned a multi-billion dollar nuclear power construction project in South Carolina.

ATM at 50: An oddity then, but it changed consumer behavior

NEW YORK — An automated teller machine. The cash machine. In Britain, a cashpoint. ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills , turn 50 years old this year. They're ubiquitous —…

Seal with amputated flipper headed to Niagara Falls aquarium

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to an upstate New York aquarium.

US stock indexes edge lower in early trading; oil falling

U.S. stock indexes veered slightly lower in early trading Thursday as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings and deal news. Technology stocks were down the most. Consumer focused-companies also fell, while energy stocks declined as the price…

Businessman put on notice after rant against Kathy Griffin

NEW YORK — One of the nation's biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral.

Trump vows more sanctions over North Korea's nuclear buildup

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump says the U.S. will impose additional sanctions on North Korea over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

NTSB: Engineers in NYC-area train crashes had sleep apnea

Federal investigators have found that the engineers of two New York City-area commuter trains that crashed into stations were both suffering from severe sleep apnea.

Nat Turner to be included in anti-slavery monument

RICHMOND, Va. — A state commission in Virginia has decided to include Nat Turner in an anti-slavery monument. Turner was the leader of a bloody slave uprising in 1831.

The Latest: Court upholds Drew Peterson's murder conviction

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Latest on Drew Peterson's murder conviction in the death of his third wife :

Illinois court upholds former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson's murder conviction in death of his 3rd wife

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois court upholds former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson's murder conviction in death of his 3rd wife.

Sheriff says South Carolina man killed in ambush shooting

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Sheriff's deputies say a South Carolina man has been shot and killed in an ambush attack.

Kiss members Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley reunite on stage

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have reunited for their first public appearance since their group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Education Secretary DeVos uses private plane for work travel

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events.

StoryCorps' Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders

NEW YORK — StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening.

Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in round

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania high school golfer has defied huge odds by recording two holes-in-one in the same round.

Cornell student charged in attack apologizes for behavior

ITHACA, N.Y. — A white Cornell University student charged with beating a black student has apologized for the language he used during an attack that police say may have been racially motivated.

Markets Right Now: US stocks edge lower in early trading

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets :

Settlement: Inmates can now receive some handmade drawings

CONCORD, N.H. — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging the New Hampshire Department of Corrections' prison mail policy, and inmates will now be allowed to receive some handmade drawings.

Closing arguments, jury deliberations expected in Bobo case

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — Closing arguments are scheduled in the trial of a man charged with killing a Tennessee nursing student who disappeared into the woods behind her rural home more than six years ago.

US Caribbean communities stepping up for Irma-hit region

NEW YORK — From parties where the price of admission is a donation, to fundraising drives and online wish lists for collecting needed supplies, West Indian communities around the United States are stepping up to get help for the…

Ex-prosecutors unsure if nursing home deaths involved crimes

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Nine elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully…

Republicans see political necessity in health care effort

WASHINGTON — It's divisive and difficult, but the Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul has gotten a huge boost from one of Washington's perennial incentives: Political necessity.

Emails point to Manafort offer to brief Russian in campaign

WASHINGTON — In the middle of Donald Trump's presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Diplomats meet on Iran deal as Trump stays mum on decision

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump has determined how he wants to approach the Iran nuclear deal, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Trump has not informed him or others in the administration about his decision.

Trump to look at even stricter cap on refugees

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering a further reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States as the administration works to re-shape American immigration policy, officials say.

In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A far-flung Alaska town is known for having streets that are among the most taxi-congested in the U.S. in proportion to the small number of people who call it home.

'Why me?' Survivor recounts deadly Arizona flash flood

PHOENIX — When a wall of water came toward him, all Cesar Garcia could think to do was protect his young daughter and try to save his nephew.

Fergie says she and Josh Duhamel still 'great friends'

NEW YORK — Fergie says even though she and husband Josh Duhamel are splitting up they're still "great friends" who love one another and their young son.

Hurricane Maria is a major hurricane again, regaining Category 3 strength near Dominican Republic

MIAMI — Hurricane Maria is a major hurricane again, regaining Category 3 strength near Dominican Republic.

THE NEXT ONE? 13-year-old hoops phenom invites AP on journey

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Emoni Bates walks out a front door of Clague Middle School with just inches to spare.

Bet on Trump or challenge Israel? Palestinians mull strategy

RAMALLAH, West Bank — After more than two decades of failures, Palestinians are increasingly questioning their leaders' strategy of reaching statehood through negotiations with Israel.

Justice Ginsburg surprise speaker at Jewish new year service

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a surprise guest speaker Wednesday evening during services for the Jewish new year in Washington, telling worshippers she believes being Jewish helped her empathize with other minority groups.

Authorities: Illinois father killed sons, set house on fire

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Authorities in Bloomington, Illinois, say a 33-year-old man hid his family's cellphones, killed his two children and intentionally set a house fire before hanging himself.

US attorney general to address law enforcement in Boston

BOSTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is heading to Boston to talk to law enforcement officials about transnational organized crime.

Boston kicks off a year of US tributes to Leonard Bernstein

BOSTON — He was a wunderkind: the youngest music director ever to lead the New York Philharmonic and the genius behind the score to "West Side Story."

Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended…

The Latest: Twitter to meet with Senate investigators

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia probe :

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

SEC reveals 2016 hack that breached its filing system

NEW YORK — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016.

New plaintiffs added to lawsuit over chemical plant fire

HOUSTON — Eleven plaintiffs, including a 4-year-old girl, have joined the $1 million lawsuit against a Houston-area chemical plant rocked by explosions after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the facility.

More charges, new defendant in Texas human smuggling case

SAN ANTONIO — The driver of a semitrailer found outside a San Antonio Walmart in July packed with immigrants, including 10 who died, faces additional charges in the smuggling case and another defendant has now been charged, federal officials…

Sen. Graham presses for support for GOP health bill

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday appealed for support from fellow senators for his GOP health care bill despite "all its imperfections."

Asian shares weaken, dollar up after Fed's latest statement

HONG KONG — Asian shares were mostly lower and the dollar strengthened Thursday after the Fed said it would start trimming its bond holdings and planned one more interest rate increase this year.