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Courts toss killer’s bids to avoid execution

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia serial killer's attempts to avoid execution on Thursday were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal judge, and defense lawyers appealed the judge's ruling.

Oklahoma seeks to halt executions after drug mix-up

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma attorney general on Thursday sought an indefinite stay of three executions including that of Richard Glossip, whose planned execution a day earlier was stopped at the last minute because of a mix-up with lethal injection drugs.

Hurricane intensifies, U.S. landfall not certain

NASSAU — Hurricane Joaquin strengthened as it battered the Bahamas with torrential rains, storm surges and heavy winds on Thursday and U.S. officials raced to prepare for possible landfall early next week, three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey.

Papal meeting with Kentucky clerk chills gay Catholics

NEW YORK — Many gay Catholic Americans felt shock and disappointment on Wednesday as they awoke to news that Pope Francis had secretly met with a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples.

U.S.-led troops fight Taliban

KABUL — U.S. and allied special forces in Afghanistan battled insurgents besieging the airport outside the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban this week, a coalition spokesman and Afghan official said on Wednesday.

Thousands line up for rare flower bloom

GLENCOE, Ill. — Thousands of curiosity seekers lined up in the blustery, dark Chicago Botanic Garden on Tuesday night to catch a rare glimpse of a 4-1/2-foot tall corpse flower in full bloom, but not in full stench.

Officer dead in shooting at suburban mall

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina police officer was fatally shot at a mall on Wednesday after a struggle with a knife-wielding gunman, a law enforcement official said.

Georgia executes first woman in 70 years

ATLANTA — Georgia executed its only woman on death row on Wednesday, marking the first time in 70 years the state has carried out a death sentence on a woman, a prison official said.

Stopgap funding bill nears final passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress, racing against a midnight deadline, on Wednesday advanced legislation that would avert looming government shutdowns by funding federal agencies until Dec. 11.

Recent grads less likely to see college as worth it

CHICAGO — Recent U.S. college graduates are significantly less likely to think their education was worth the expense, amid concerns about growing tuition costs and student debt, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Judge schedules police trials in black man’s death

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore judge on Tuesday set trial dates, the first beginning in November, for six police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury suffered in police custody, an event that triggered protests, arson and rioting.

Ralph Lauren hires Old Navy exec to replace him as CEO

NEW YORK — Designer Ralph Lauren, who built a fashion powerhouse on luxury designs inspired by country club chic, announced Tuesday he is stepping down as chief executive officer and named the head of Gap Inc’s populist Old Navy brand to the position.

Obama, Congress to start budget negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressional Republican leaders and the White House will launch negotiations soon on a two-year budget deal that would establish new limits for U.S. government spending in 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.

GOP, Planned Parenthood square off

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. congressional Republicans on Tuesday challenged Planned Parenthood’s eligibility for federal funds, while the health organization’s president said defunding it would restrict women’s access to care and disproportionately hurt low-income patients.

A cat-and-mouse game with phantom foes

America’s most advanced nuclear submarine was slicing through the water off Hawaii last month, 400 feet under the surface, when a sonar operator suddenly detected an ominous noise on his headphones.

Shell abandoning Arctic drilling efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shell is abandoning its controversial efforts to drill for oil in the U.S. Arctic Ocean after an expensive and disappointing drilling season.

Apple reports record sales of iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

LOS ANGELES — Apple said on Monday it had sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Pluses during their first weekend of availability in 12 markets, setting a record for its marquee product.