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NORTH KOREA-FREED DETAINEES
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington — Two Americans released from captivity in North Korea return to the United States after their departure was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive nation. By Manuel Valdes and Ken Dilanian. SENT: 885 words, photos, audio, video.
TOKYO — While the details behind the release of the final two Americans held in North Korea — Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington — are still unclear, here are questions and some answers as to what might have motivated the North to let the two men out. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BEIJING — Will they or won’t they? Whether leaders of feuding China and Japan will meet during the Asia-Pacific summit has prompted much speculation. It’s the most — but not the only — awkward relationship testing the hospitality of an increasingly assertive Beijing. By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN. UPCOMING: 1,080 words by 0700 GMT, photos.
— APEC — China’s economy is shifting to a “new normal” of slower but more stable growth and has the resiliency to overcome any bumps in the road, Chinese President Xi Jinping says. SENT: 405 words, photos.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
BAGHDAD — The U.S.-led coalition conducts a series of airstrikes targeting a gathering of Islamic State leaders near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a senior U.S. defense official says. By Sameer N. Yacoub. SENT: 920 words, photos.
MEXICO CITY — An off-the-cuff comment by the attorney general to cut off a news conference about the apparent killing of 43 missing college students is taken up by protesters as a rallying cry against Mexico’s corruption and drug trade-fueled violence. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced that two suspects had led authorities to trash bags believed to contain the incinerated remains of the slain students. After an hour of speaking, Murillo Karam abruptly signaled for an end to questions by turning away from reporters and saying, “Ya me canse” — a phrase meaning “Enough, I’m tired.” Within hours, the phrase became a hashtag linking messages on Twitter and other social networks. By Maria Verza. SENT: 530 words, photos.
BERLIN — Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and the start of the country’s emergence as the major power at the heart of Europe. A nine-mile chain of lighted balloons along the former border will be released into the air early Sunday evening — around the time on Nov. 9, 1989 when a garbled announcement set off the chain of events that brought down the Cold War’s most potent symbol. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 640 words, photos.
— AP-WAS-THERE-FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL —Twenty-five years after its original publication, the AP is making available this story about the wall’s destruction. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.
— AP INTERACTIVE BERLIN-WALL-ANNIVERSARY — A look back at AP’s original 1989 coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, including video and photos.
—PHOTOS: An array of current and past photos that moved previously as part of photo galleries have been retransmitted today.
NEW YORK — As Ebola-related quarantine and monitoring policies have taken shape around the United States, some health-care workers are reassessing whether, or how long, they can join an international response health officials say is desperately needed. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— EBOLA-NURSE QUARANTINED — Ebola nurse, boyfriend plan to leave Maine town after fighting quarantine. SENT: 120 words, photos.
—AFRICAN CUP — Morocco insists on delaying African Cup of Nations because of Ebola threat. SENT: 355 words.
LOS ANGELES - The first Oscar statuettes of the season are being presented at the film academy’s Governors Awards. The ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday honors this year’s recipients of honorary Academy Awards: actress Maureen O’Hara, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from ceremony beginning at 10 p.m.
LOS ANGELES - An audio recording in which “7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins purportedly admits he has molested young girls won’t be played during his upcoming divorce trial, but it will factor in the proceedings and how much money his estranged wife receives from their lengthy marriage. Outside the courtroom, the recording has raised a variety of legal and ethical issues about taping therapy sessions and the repercussions of breaching the confidentiality of private settings. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. SENT: 870 words, photos.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION
—KERRY-IRAN — Kerry says ‘no linkage whatsoever’ between West’s nuclear talks with Iran and potential cooperation between Washington and Tehran on fighting Islamic State militants. SENT: 600 words.
— PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION-SALE — A stock photography company founded in Manhattan 110 years ago is looking to sell its collection of more than 1 million photographs and negatives, including tens of thousands of black-and-white images of New York City before World War II. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— ART-BILL COSBY — African-American art collection from Bill Cosby paired with African art in Smithsonian exhibit. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
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