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Obama buys out cinnamon rolls at Anchorage cafe
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - How many cinnamon rolls does it take to feed a presidential entourage? If you're President Barack Obama and you're unsure, you err on the safe side and take the whole bunch. Obama paid a surprise visit Tuesday to Snow City Cafe, a hopping brunch spot in downtown Anchorage with a bit of hipster flair. Dressed down in a casual coat and sunglasses, he strolled past throngs of cheering crowds into the cafe, where it took just a few seconds before the cinnamon rolls caught his eye.


Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades - a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened. Family, friends, supporters and reporters flocked to meet Jeff Mizanskey as he stepped out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center into a sunny morning, wearing a new pair of white tennis shoes and a shirt that read "I'm Jeff & I'm free."


Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make "this agonizing and painful decision." In a letter published Tuesday by the Holy See, Francis said he was allowing all rank-and-file priests to grant absolution during the Holy Year of Mercy he has proclaimed, which runs Dec. 8, 2015 until Nov. 20, 2016.


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US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. The sell-off adds to what has been a difficult few weeks for U.S. and international markets. U.S. stocks just closed out their worst month in more than three years. Tuesday's drop also dashed hopes that, after some relatively calm trading Friday and Monday, the stock market's wild swings were coming to an end.


In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) - President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it's just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years - more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows.


Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) - Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit described the slain officer, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, as a personal friend, a three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons.


Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU's passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of cross-border smugglers. Hungary's right-wing nationalist government defended its U-turn - just days after it started permitting migrants on the trains without any coherent immigration controls at all - as necessary to send a get-tough signal. Cabinet ministers told lawmakers that the nation, struggling to cope with more than 150,000 arrivals this year, was determined to seal its borders to unwelcome travelers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.


USOC endorses Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston's soured bid and marking a comeback for LA's dream of becoming a three-time Olympic host. The announcement by USOC CEO Scott Blackmun came under a summer sun at Santa Monica Beach, where the city's plan calls for staging beach volleyball on the site where the sport was founded.


Carter, in folksy talks, describes US military of future
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a speech and a wide-ranging exchange with troops on social media sites Tuesday to press his agenda for change in the military, signaling his early support for expanded maternity leave, women serving in combat jobs and greater flexibility pay, promotions and benefits. Carter is making clear his intention to drag the Defense Department into the future. And he often sounds as if he's already made up his mind on various issues, even as he is still waiting for or going through recommendations from his top military leaders.


Mexican president's state-of-the-nation beset by doubts
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was delivering his written state-of-the-nation report Tuesday in an atmosphere of rising violence, a falling currency and a slowing economy. The unenviable circumstances are far different from what he faced during his last report on Sept. 2, 2014, just after he had won passage of a series of energy, education and telecom reforms, a success he said would put Mexico on the path to greater growth.

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