Philippines' Duterte to scrap future war games with US

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is giving notice to the United States, his country's long-standing ally, that joint exercises of Filipino and American troops next week will be the last such drills. He told the Filipino community in Hanoi late Wednesday night that he will maintain the military alliance with the U.S. because of the countries' 1951 defense treaty.

Man shot by police was distraught over best friend's death

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- The unarmed black man shot by police in a San Diego suburb had a history of run-ins with authorities and was distraught over the recent death of his best friend. Alfred Olango was having an emotional breakdown over his friend's death when police confronted him, said attorney Dan Gilleon, who represents the Ugandan refugee's family.

32 people missing in China landslides following typhoon

BEIJING (AP) -- At least 32 people were reported missing Thursday after rain-saturated hillsides collapsed onto villages in southeastern China following a typhoon. A rescue operation was underway in Sucun village in China's Zhejiang province, south of the financial hub of Shanghai, after it was hit by a landslide on Wednesday evening, leaving 26 missing, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Miami leads Fernandez from Marlins Park; Mets win 5-2

MIAMI (AP) -- The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade Wednesday, and then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play a game. Drained by four days of grieving Jose Fernandez's death, they didn't have much left for the New York Mets.

Boston Red Sox clinch AL East crown, go worst to 1st again

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox won the AL East, clinching the division championship despite wasting a three-run, ninth-inning lead in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. David Ortiz and the Red Sox, who last weekend secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, were assured of the division title earlier in the ninth inning when the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 3-2 win at Toronto.

Regency Beauty Institute closes all 79 campuses around the country immediately

Another for-profit school has closed its doors and one of their campuses is here in Charlotte. Regency Beauty Institute is citing declining numbers of cosmetology students nationwide, a negative characterization of for-profit education by regulators and politicians that continues to worsen the situation that has forced them to close their doors immediately. The school added…

The military's ritual of saluting for the national anthem

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Navy has investigated the case of a sailor who didn't salute as the national anthem played at Pearl Harbor, in a protest that echoes recent moves by professional athletes to kneel during the anthem. The U.S. Pacific Fleet referred her case to her commander, who has the authority to punish the sailor, a Navy reservist. Saluting during the national anthem is a daily ritual for men and women in the military.

Gary Johnson Has Another 'Aleppo Moment' After Failing to Immediately Identity His Favorite World Leader

(NEW YORK) -- Gary Johnson has once again demonstrated that foreign policy may not be his strong point. On Wednesday night --- just three weeks after the Libertarian presidential candidate curiously asked an MSNBC host "What's Aleppo?" when asked what he would do about the war-torn Syrian city --- Johnson stumbled over a question that again has left voters scratching their heads.

Trump Team Admits 'Some Missed Opportunities' in Debate, Sources Say

(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's campaign team admits there were "some missed opportunities" at Monday's presidential debate after they've had time to "digest" the real estate mogul's performance, sources say. At the same time, members of Trump's family are standing behind the leadership of the campaign, contrary to reports of dissension.

Why the Defense Department Says It's Important the Iraqi Offensive Retakes Mosul

(WASHINGTON) -- The deployment of 615 additional American troops to Iraq is the latest indicator that the Iraqi military offensive to retake Mosul could be launched as soon as October. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the new troops "will provide specific capabilities including logistics and maintenance support; train, advise and assist teams for Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga for the upcoming Mosul operation.

Union launches boycott of Trump companies amid Vegas dispute

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Union members are calling on the public to boycott Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's businesses nationwide because he isn't negotiating a contract with the more than 500 eligible workers at his high-rise Las Vegas hotel. UNITE HERE announced the effort this week. The group is the parent organization of the Culinary Union, which represents about 57,000 Las Vegas-area hospitality workers.

Cautious approval, skepticism for Penn Station overhaul plan

NEW YORK (AP) -- Horrible. Dirty. A dump. Commuters going through the city's Penn Station have choice words for it, none of them good. So plans announced this week that would widen concourses, raise ceilings and create a sparkling, light-filled waiting area across the street were greeted with cautious approval -- and skepticism about whether the long-talked-about effort at the nation's busiest train station would come to fruition.

Rival Teams Work Together to Allow Teen With Cerebral Palsy to Score Touchdown

PhonlamaiPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock (CANTON, N.C.) -- Two rival teams in North Carolina displayed the embodiment of good sportsmanship when they worked together to allow a teen with paraplegic cerebral palsy to achieve his dream of playing football. Lou Stamey, a 15-year-old who is confined to a wheelchair and has limited speech, scored a touchdown at the beginning of Canton Middle School's football game against Waynesville Middle School on the night of Sept. 22.

Banned Rose appeals to Hall of Fame for eligibility

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Pete Rose is appealing directly to baseball's Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown. A seven-page letter to Hall president Jeff Idelson on Tuesday made the case that the settlement agreement reached by Rose and then-Commissioner Bart Giamatti didn't include a provision that he be ineligible for election to the Hall of Fame.

Missing 11-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Found Alive, FBI Says

(CATAWBA, N.C) -- The FBI announced Wednesday night it had found an 11-year-old girl who disappeared Tuesday afternoon in Catawba County, North Carolina. Emily Jaide Dowdle was last seen Tuesday at about 2:45 p.m. after the school bus dropped her off along Hudson Chapel Road, according to the FBI. She was reported missing by a family member 45 minutes later. But on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m.

Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they're proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality.