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Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings

By raising the stakes in the standoff, the protesters are risking another round of confrontation with police, who are unlikely to allow government buildings to be stormed.

Tracy Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him

Tracy Morgan is responding to allegations made by Wal-Mart in his lawsuit over a highway crash earlier this year that killed one of his friends.

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year.

White House intruder made it to doorway of green room

The Secret Service had originally said Omar Gonzalez was apprehended shortly after he burst through the front door after jumping a fence.

Facebook requires real names — what about drag queens?

Dozens of queens’ profiles were deactivated because they used stage names. While Facebook says requiring real names will curb abuse, LGBT groups disagree.

Japan volcano: 5 more bodies found, bringing toll to 36

Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano on Monday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36, police said, as toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain forced rescue workers to halt efforts to recover the victims.

Hong Kong tense as democracy activists face down police

Tens of thousands used umbrellas to deflect tear gas canisters as authorities tried unsuccessfully to break up demonstrations in the city's Central business district.

Sen. Durbin to seek probe of air center sabotage

The Illinois Democrat said that he will ask federal inspectors general to investigate whether there the sabotage of a regional air control center that disrupted Chicago's airports.

Police say Ferguson officer shooting not linked to protests

Protesters were not involved in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson Saturday night, authorities said.

With the end in sight, Holder reflects on his legacy

Attorney General Eric Holder tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that he's sorry his parents couldn't see Obama's tribute to him on Thursday — and that his greatest regret hit home on a visit to Newtown.

Turkey signals willingness to join coalition against ISIS

Saying his country will do "whatever is needed" to help fight the extremist group ISIS, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has reached what media are calling "a point of determination."

Hong Kong police use tear gas on large pro-democracy protest

Video footage from earlier in the day showed protesters using umbrellas to try to deflect pepper spray and water cannons as officers attempted to disperse the crowd.

Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army, militants' threat

President Barack Obama told "60 Minutes" that the U.S. underestimated the threat posed by the Islamic State group and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight it.

More than 30 feared dead in Japanese volcano's eruption

Officials say the hikers were found close to the mountain's peak, in cardiac and respiratory arrest. More than 200 hikers survived Saturday's eruption.

More Chicago flights canceled; suspect was told of Hawaii transfer

One day after Chicago's air traffic system was crippled, some flights resume and details emerge about the man suspected of setting a fire inside a federal radar center.

LAX flights canceled due to fire at Chicago air traffic control facility

It was the second time since May that a fire at one of the Chicago area's major control facilities prompted a ground stop at O'Hare and Midway international airports.