Israel on high alert as stabbing attacks continue JERUSALEM (AP) - A rash of attacks by individual Palestinians and one by an Israeli threatened to escalate and spread throughout the country Friday as police struggled to control spiraling tensions after days of violence. A 14-year-old Israeli and a police officer were stabbed in separate assaults while four Arabs were stabbed by an Israeli in the southern city of Dimona. In the northern Israeli city of Afula, a Palestinian woman was shot and wounded when she attempted to stab a security guard at a bus station, police said. The Afula attack came shortly after a Palestinian man attacked a police officer with a knife and tried to grab his gun near the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank.
Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize OSLO, Norway (AP) - A Tunisian coalition of workers, employers, human rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for pulling the country that sparked the Arab Spring back onto a path toward democracy and preventing it from descending into civil war. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution. "It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," the committee said in its citation.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO UNEXPECTEDLY WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia won for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. 2. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP MAKES GAINS NEAR ALEPPO Militants seize several villages from rival insurgents, a surprise attack that comes despite Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists say. 3. ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE RATCHETS UP An Israeli man stabs four Arabs in the south of the country as spiking tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank threaten to spread throughout Israel.
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Islamic State group seizes villages north of Aleppo city BEIRUT (AP) - Islamic State militants seized a string of villages from rival insurgents north of Aleppo city Friday, in a surprise attack that came despite intensive Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists said. Iranian state media reported that a senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed by the Islamic State group on the outskirts of Aleppo city, but it was not immediately clear whether Gen. Hossein Hamedani's death was related to the new IS offensive. An Iranian state television report said he was killed while "carrying out an advisory mission," and the official IRNA news agency read a statement by the Guard in which it blamed IS for his death.
GOP in tumult after McCarthy's withdrawal from speaker race WASHINGTON (AP) - Jolted by political lightning for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker. GOP lawmakers, who lately have acted more like feuding relatives than a unified party, were meeting Friday to discuss their next move. On Thursday, Republicans munching barbecue at a closed-door meeting where they seemed ready to coronate McCarthy as their candidate for speaker were aghast when the Californian rose and told them he wouldn't seek the job. Facing opposition from a band of hard-right conservatives, some McCarthy supporters said he concluded he would have fallen short of the 218 votes needed when the full House formally elects the speaker.
AP Exclusive: Saudi hajj disaster deadliest to ever strike DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,453 people during the hajj, a new tally showed on Friday to make it the deadliest event to ever strike the annual pilgrimage. The Associated Press count is 684 higher than Saudi Arabia's official tally of 769 killed and 934 injured in the Sept. 24 disaster in Mina. Saudi officials, who could not be immediately reached for comment Friday, previously have said their tally remains accurate, though an investigation into the causes of the tragedy is ongoing. Authorities have not updated their casualty toll since Sept.
Obama focusing on condolences, not gun laws, in Oregon visit WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence as he visits an area where firearms are popular. Obama will talk with family members Friday at the start of a four-day West Coast trip. Eight community college students and a teacher were killed before the gunman fatally shot himself in front of his victims after he was wounded by police. Staunchly conservative Douglas County is bristling with gun owners who use their firearms for hunting, target shooting and self-protection.
Officials: 1 dead, 3 wounded in university shooting in Ariz. FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University School public relations director Cindy Brown says the suspected shooter is in custody. She says the first police call about the gunfire came in at 1:20 a.m. PDT Friday. The shooting occurred in a parking lot outside Mountainview Hall dormitory at the northeast side of the Flagstgaff campus. Brown says she doesn't know what caused the shooting and also didn't have any details about the suspect and victims, their conditions and whether they are students. The university said in a posting on its Twitter account that the situation on campus was stabilized and the campus was not on lockdown.
ZomBee Watch helps scientists track honeybee killer HURLEY, N.Y. (AP) - Call them "The Buzzing Dead." Honeybees are being threatened by tiny flies that lead them to lurch and stagger around like zombies. The afflicted bees often make uncharacteristic night flights, sometimes buzzing around porch lights before dying. Well-documented on the West Coast, some zombie-bee cases also have been detected in eastern states by volunteers helping track its spread. This comes as honeybees have already been ravaged in recent years by mysterious colony collapse disorder, vampire mites and nutritional deficiencies. "We're not making a case that this is the doomsday bug for bees," said John Hafernik, a biology professor at San Francisco State University.
AP WAS THERE: 20 years ago Million Man March drew many to DC WASHINGTON (AP) - EDITOR'S NOTE: Two decades ago, the "Million Man March" in Washington, D.C., wanted to show the world that black lives matter. It was at the dawn of the Internet, before hashtag activism took hold, but the effort drew tens of thousands of black men on Oct. 16, 1995, to the National Mall who sought to promote self-help and self-respect. Speakers included Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who organized the event, poet Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson and Rosa Parks. The exact turnout was in dispute, with one estimate of around half a million. Organizers said the turnout was significantly higher, at 2 million.