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Prosecutor: Debris is from MH370

The flaperon that washed up on the shore of Reunion Island in July was part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Thursday.










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ECB cuts growth, inflation forecasts for 2015-2017

The headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, western GermanyThe European Central Bank on Thursday cut its forecasts for both economic growth and inflation in the single currency area over the next few years. The ECB, in its regular staff projections, was pencilling in growth of 1.4 percent for 2015, 1.7 percent for 2016 and 1.8 percent for 2017, president Mario Draghi said. "The economic recovery is expected to continue, albeit at a somewhat weaker pace than expected earlier," the ECB said.



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SAT scores lag, majority of takers miss college-ready mark

WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing a downward trend, the latest scores from the SAT college entrance exam show a majority of students taking the test aren’t ready for college-level work or career-training programs.
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Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala’s embattled president

Alexis Perez, an university student, cries as he celebrates that Congress voted to withdraw President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015. Perez Molina's government has been beset by a series of corruption cases, but until now he has been immune to prosecution as president. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President Otto Perez Molina has resigned amid a corruption scandal after a judge issued an order to detain him in the case.



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‘Deflategate’ suspension for Patriots’ QB overturned












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Guatemala president resigns amid corruption probe

Demonstrators wave Guatemalan flags as they celebrate that Congress voted to withdraw President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015. With all 132 lawmakers present in the 158-seat assembly voting to approve the historic measure, prosecutors are now free to file criminal charges against Perez Molina just like any other citizen, and a judge would be able to order his detention. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink, and arrived at court Thursday morning to hear the charges against him.



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G20 seeks to smooth economic shock waves from China

Finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 nations will be meeting in Ankara under dramatically changed circumstances than when they last huddled in AprilWorld finance ministers and central bankers gather in Turkey this weekend to grapple with the fallout of slowing growth in China, tanking emerging economies and panicked global stock markets. Signs that China's economy — the world's second-largest — is slowing more than expected have panicked stock markets, pushed commodity prices to fresh lows, sparked a rout in emerging market currencies and thrown into question a US interest rate rise previously expected in September. The potential chilling impact of a new cycle of US interest rate hikes fed uncertainty and concern ahead of the meeting of the Group of 20 top advanced and emerging economies.



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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent

In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 photo, a for sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 said the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.89 percent from 3.84 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages advanced to 3.09 percent from 3.06 percent. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.



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US services firms expand rapidly, lifted by strong sales

In this photo taken Friday, June 12, 2015, Judith Castro serves a lunch order at a local grocery store in the Little Havana area of Miami. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for August 2015 on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a healthy pace in August, lifted by robust consumer spending resulting from steady job gains.



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Correction: Mozambique-Facebook Defamation story

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — In a story Aug. 31 about a defamation trial in Mozambique, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the defendants were found guilty. No verdict was passed by the judge, who said the verdict and sentence will be issued on Sept. 16. AP also erroneously reported that three were on trial. Only two were on trial.
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Judge lets Brady play, ruling against NFL in ‘Deflategate’

FILE - In this April 31, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves Federal court in New York. Brady can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for "Deflategate." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.



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The Latest: Guatemalan president resigns in corruption probe

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, center, leaves a press conference followed by his spokesman Jorge Ortega, in Guatemala City, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The head of Guatemala's congress says that lawmakers would decide on Tuesday whether to lift Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in a corruption case, as recommended by a legislative committee. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):



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Gold fever hits Poland with possible discovery of Nazi train

A German tourist takes picture of Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych, Poland, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. In 1944 and early 1945 the Nazis were building bunkers for Adolf Hitler in the mountain under the castle and in other mountains around Walbrzych, a fact that has given rise to beliefs that they hid a gold train in one of the tunnels, while fleeing the Red Army. Two men claim they have located the train. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WALBRZYCH, Poland (AP) — The placid woodlands around this medieval castle town have suddenly become the hottest spot in Poland — as treasure hunters descend on the area in search of a mystery Nazi train said to be laden with gold.



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IMF says Fed ‘can hold off’ on interest rate rise

The US Federal Reserve building in WashingtonThe International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the Federal Reserve has the room to hold off from raising interest rates for the moment amid a "pretty bumpy" global economic situation. "Our general view is that they have flexibility to hold off," said IMF spokesman William Murray, adding that the Fed "should proceed gradually" with its planned series of rate hikes. "The situation globally is pretty bumpy," he said, and the IMF view is that the Fed "should proceed gradually" with its plan to begin raising rates for the first time since 2006.



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Broadway season features Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Willis

FILE - In this April 11, 2015 file photo, Jennifer Hudson performs at the TV Land Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hudson and Broadway is a match made in musical heaven and the two finally will be together in the revival of "The Color Purple." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The new Broadway season hasn't yet started in earnest and already there's a front-runner for the Tony Awards next summer — "Hamilton." But there are plenty of challengers hoping to steal its thunder over the next few months. Here's a look at some highlights of the 2015-16 fall season:



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European Central Bank ready to give eurozone more stimulus

President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ready to give the eurozone economy a bigger dose of stimulus if turmoil in China and weaker global growth hurt its modest recovery, President Mario Draghi said Thursday.



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1 Marine killed, 11 hurt in helicopter hard landing

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A heavy-lift military helicopter landed harder and faster than normal during a nighttime training exercise in North Carolina, killing one U.S. Marine and injuring 11 others, the military said.
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Father of drowned Syrian boys: Overloaded boat flipped

ADDS IDENTIFICATION OF CHILD A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The family — Abdullah, his wife Rehan and their two boys, 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Galip — embarked on the perilous boat journey only after their bid to move to Canada was rejected. The tides also washed up the bodies of Rehan and Galip on Turkey's Bodrum peninsula Wednesday, Abdullah survived the tragedy. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUTANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The father of a 3-year-old boy photographed lying dead on a Turkish beach has described how their overloaded boat flipped over in the sea and he quickly realized his sons and his wife had drowned.



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Pope visit this month presents unprecedented security issues

FILE- In this Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage moves along the West Drive in New York's Central Park. Security will be tight along the route Pope Francis travels through the park as he makes his way to Madison square Garden to celebrate mass on Saturday, September 25. The pope’s visit to New York City later this month will likely raise security issues and costs to new heights in a city where protecting a dignitary is an art and a point of pride. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm.



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The Latest: Greece: No end in sight to the flood of migrants

A young boy presses his hand onto a train window in Bicske, Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):



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Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

FILE - In this April 28, 2015 file photo, students wait outside Everest College in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcriptions and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools. Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. The figure represents an unprecedented spike in what's called a "borrower's defense" claim following the collapse of Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit college chain that had become a symbol of fraud in the world of higher education. Under higher education law, students who believe they were victims of fraud can apply to have their loans discharged. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday.



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Owner: American Pharoah will race again

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is led off the track by a groom after losing the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of American Pharoah says the Triple Crown winner will run again before he is retired at the end of the year.



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China cuts military manpower, but showcases strength at WWII parade

Military vehicles carrying shore-to-ship missiles drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing on September 3, 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan and the end of World War IIChina announced it would cut 300,000 troops to streamline its vast army Thursday, at a spectacular WWII anniversary parade where it put its military might on display but pledged to work for world peace. At he presided over an unmistakable show of strength that included the unveiling of "carrier-killer" ballistic missiles, President Xi Jinping vowed the People’s Liberation Army –- the world’s largest — would be a force for good. With disquiet rising over China's increasing willingness to push its point in an array of territorial disputes, most Western leaders stayed away from the extravaganza in Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops crushed democracy protests in 1989.



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Modigliani nude masterpiece could bring $100M at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A painting of a female nude by Amedeo Modigliani (ah-mah-DAY’-oh moh-deel-YAH’-nee) that caused a scandal nearly a century ago is going on the auction block for the first time.
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Clinton camp urged former State Dept. aide to testify

Former Clinton chief of staff during her tenure as secretary of state, Cheryl Mills, right, arrives to be interviewed before a House panel on the Benghazi investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The House committee investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks begins two days of closed-door meetings to once again review the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya and Clinton's use of a private email server. Others shown are unidentified. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Aides to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a former State Department employee who helped set up her private email server to testify before a House investigative panel, but the staffer has said he will assert his constitutional right not to testify.



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US judge overturns NFL star Tom Brady’s ‘Deflate-gate’ suspension

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady leaves the federal courthouse in New York City, on August 31, 2015New York (AFP) – A US federal judge on Thursday overturned a four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady by the National Football League for his alleged role in the "Deflate-gate" controversy.



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