Prolonged Hong Kong protest could harm financial image, says envoy

HONG KONG - A top Chinese envoy warned that drawn-out pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could tarnish the city's reputation as one of the world's leading financial hubs, as defiant protesters vowed on Thursday they would not budge. | Video

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Taliban bomber in Afghan capital targets army bus, kills three

KABUL - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, killing three people and wounding 10, the interior ministry said, the fourth high-profile attack in the capital since Monday when the new president was sworn in.

World, Afghanistan 1:16am EDT

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

WASHINGTON - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way.

Politics, U.S. 1:05am EDT

Secret Service director resigns under fire

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.

Politics, U.S. 01 Oct 2014

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday.

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Prosecutor investigates grand jury in Ferguson shooting: NY Times

- The St. Louis County prosecutor is investigating the grand jury that is considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests, the New York Times reported.