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Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. Omar, the one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally, led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces after they toppled him from his rule in Afghanistan in 2001.


Official: Turkish jets pound PKK positions in Iraq
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a new raid against the separatist group, authorities said Wednesday, as Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party called for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts. The warplanes overnight pounded about half a dozen positions, including shelters and storage facilities, belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, a government statement said. Locations included the group's mountainous stronghold in Qandil.


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Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive. Obama, his Cabinet and other allies are making the case that the deal, which calls on Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief, is the best possible way to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.


Pakistan police kill feared Sunni militant leader, 13 others
MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani police gunned down one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites. Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so feared in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered the unrepentant killer tea and cookies in court.


Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm
WASHINGTON (AP) - The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling. Thirty years later, Pollard, 60, has been granted parole from his life sentence by the U.S. Parole Commission, which set his release for Nov. 21.


Health care spending to accelerate, US report says
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down. Health care spending will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, highlighting a challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.


Man accused in lion death says he thought hunt was legal
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe said that he had no idea the lion he killed was protected and that he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure the hunt was legal. Walter Palmer, who has a felony record in the U.S. related to shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, released a statement Tuesday after Zimbabwean authorities identified him as the American involved in the July hunt. They said Palmer is being sought on poaching charges, but Palmer said he hasn't heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean authorities.


New video shows more of Sandra Bland's time in Texas jail
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - Texas authorities released additional footage from Sandra Bland's three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said Tuesday that such conspiracy theories - including one that Bland's mug shot was taken after her death - have prompted death threats against county officials.


Coast Guard plane's crew spends long days searching for boys
ABOVE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN (AP) - Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater. On Tuesday morning, the flight crew - including a public affairs officer and an Associated Press reporter - left Florida's Gulf coast at midmorning and flew eastward.