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Train crashes into New Jersey station; 1 dead, 100-plus hurt
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding after the arriving New Jersey Transit train crashed through a barrier at the end of the track. The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station's indoor waiting area and the platform, collapsing a section of the metal shed roof.


DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country's future and that of their grandchildren? More than likely, you guessed wrong. --- EDITOR'S NOTE - This is part of Divided America, AP's ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society. --- This year's presidential campaign has underscored an economic paradox: Financially, black Americans and Hispanics are far worse off than whites, yet polls show minorities are more likely than whites to believe in the American Dream.


Clinton visits Iowa as early voting gets underway
WASHINGTON (AP) - With early voting poised to play a bigger role in this year's election, Hillary Clinton was urging voters in Iowa to start casting ballots on Thursday, more than five weeks before Election Day. Clinton's 10-city tour of Iowa brought the Democratic presidential nominee back to a state where she eked out a win in the caucuses over Bernie Sanders. With her focus now on defeating Donald Trump, Clinton was hoping that putting an emphasis on early voting could help her replicate President Barack Obama's successful strategy in the battleground state four years ago. More than 4 in 10 Iowa voters cast early ballots in 2012, and Clinton's campaign is hoping that even higher interest in early voting this year will give her a decisive edge.


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Teen's mother 'shocked and saddened' by school shooting
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The mother of a teen accused of killing his father and wounding two students and a teacher at a rural South Carolina elementary school says his family is "shocked and saddened." In a statement that Pastor James South provided to local media outlets, Tiffney Osborne says the family "cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff." Authorities said the shooting began Wednesday afternoon at the teen's house about 2 miles from rural Townville Elementary School, where he gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne. Authorities have not released the suspect's name or age beyond saying he's a teen.


California officer guns down man in 'shooting stance'
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a black man who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday. It took police more than an hour to respond because of other calls, El Cajon Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. Officers arrived at a parking lot next to a Mexican fast-food restaurant about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, and Alfred Olango, who was unarmed, was shot about a minute later, police said.


Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined thousands of Israeli mourners Thursday who paid their respects to the late Shimon Peres outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, as the country somberly remembered the Nobel-winning politician who helped lead Israel during a remarkable seven-decade career. Clinton is among the dozens of current and former world leaders, including President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, expected to gather in Jerusalem on Friday for Peres' funeral. The former Israeli president and prime minister died Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke, at the age of 93. Jordan's King Abdullah II sent his condolences to Israel over the passing of Peres.


Obama saw override coming, but still it stung
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House saw it coming, but still it stung. When President Barack Obama was hit with the first veto override of his presidency on Wednesday, it landed as a clear reminder of his dwindling political influence, years of confounding relationships with Congress and shaky prospects for the few legislative priorities he has left. The fiercely competitive president has said he intends to keep working with Congress until the final buzzer sounds in January, but it's not clear how much juice he'll have left. Only one of his 44 fellow Democrats in the Senate - Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada - stood by Obama to uphold his veto of a piece of Sept.


Brain freeze? Gary Johnson can't name favorite world leader
WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it a brain freeze, another "Aleppo moment," or a mere campaign stumble, but Gary Johnson has stumbled again in his quixotic presidential campaign. The third-party candidate, in a television appearance Wednesday, was unable to produce the name of a single foreign leader he respected. Prodded to come up with something, he finally settled on a former president of Mexico - but couldn't recall his name. "I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment," Johnson said, trying to turn the moment into a bit of self-deprecating humor. Earlier this month, Johnson was ridiculed after being quizzed about the besieged city that has become a focal point of Syria's civil war and coming up blank.


Mary J. Blige explains why she sang to Clinton during talk
NEW YORK (AP) - Mary J. Blige said she decided to sing Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin (41 Shots)" to Hillary Clinton during her recent interview because she was trying to get the Democratic presidential nominee to feel and understand the widening frustration among blacks in America over police brutality and similar topics. A pair of clips teasing Blige's interview with Clinton was roundly mocked on Tuesday, including a brief video of Blige singing to Clinton, leaving some confused. But on Wednesday at a meeting with journalists to discuss the interview, the first episode of her new Apple Music show, "The 411," Blige said she wanted Clinton to feel the overwhelming feeling she felt when she first heard Springsteen's 2001 song.


In Argentina, freedom still distant for Sandra the orangutan
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A sign outside Sandra's cage explains that "orangutan" comes from the Malay expression for "person of the forest." But she remains in a concrete cell in Buenos Aires and may never see the rainforests of her ancestors. Sandra's release seemed imminent after an Argentine court said in 2014 that she was entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans in a landmark ruling. It seemed even nearer when the 140-year-old zoo where Sandra has lived for most of her life closed its doors this year and officials announced that hundreds of its animals would be set free as it transformed into a park.