*Abe seeks China thaw with party executive appointments. TOKYO, Sept 3- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.» Read More
NEW YORK-- A Jewish charity co-founder who billed himself as a "Jewish Indiana Jones" bent on rescuing vintage Torahs across the globe was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Thursday for conning donors out of about $1 million. Menachem Youlus told a judge in federal court in Manhattan that he was ashamed of his scam, but still hoped for leniency.
DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.
Wells Fargo posted record earnings in the third quarter as the bank increased mortgage lending and pocketed more fees. "Real estate is getting better," Wells Fargo chairman, CEO John Stumpf said on a call with analysts. " Wells' net income in the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 23 percent, to $4.72 billion from $3.84 billion in the same period last year.
WASHINGTON-- An old feud and the race for women voters took center stage in a tight Arizona Senate race Thursday, with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake citing the grudge in a new ad alleging that Democrat Richard Carmona lacks the temperament for the job. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate. "
SAO PAULO-- Brazil is using an indigenous language for the first in a campaign aimed at curbing violence against women and the spread of HIV. The campaign is a joint effort between Brazil and three United Nations agencies including the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS. Adele Benzaken of the UNAIDS office in Brazil.
J. Todd Weber of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as the death toll reached 14.. The other case is an ankle infection discovered in Michigan; steroid shots also can be given to treat aching knees, shoulders or other joints.
WASHINGTON-- Japan said Thursday its security alliance with the U.S. is an important deterrent against conflict breaking out between China and Japan over disputed islands. Japan's ambassador to Washington Ichiro Fujisaki said that he trusts the leaders of China and Japan will avoid a war.
KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Jamaica is stepping up mosquito eradication across the island and urging school children to stamp out breeding grounds to combat an epidemic of dengue fever, the Caribbean country's health minister said Thursday.
MIAMI-- Crews planned to resume their search Friday morning for a man still missing two days after a parking garage collapsed at Miami Dade College's west campus, killing three construction workers. The search was expected to get under way around 8 a.m. Friday.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- A 91- year-old woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades paid hush money in a bid to keep her crimes secret, documents showed. Prosecutors said River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft and resigned.
SEATTLE-- Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.
Outside groups have spent about $60 million trying to help GOP candidates since June 1 and about $49 million trying to help out Democratic candidates, according the Sunlight Foundation.
The Treasury Department formally designated MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal organization.
HELENA, Mont.-- Fifteen Native Americans are suing state and county officials over a lack of election services on three Montana reservations, saying their inability to vote early or register late there is an unconstitutional denial of equal voting access.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Republican Senate challenger Todd Akin launched a TV ad Thursday claiming the family of Democratic Missouri Sen. It cites an Associated Press report from earlier this week that businesses affiliated with McCaskill's husband had received almost $40 million of federal housing subsidies during her first five years in office.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- After returning to the governor's office, Jerry Brown criticized a political culture he said lacked a common purpose and warned of a "war of all against all" unless the sniping camps learned to compromise and fix California's persistent budget problems.