725,000 people evacuated as typhoon slams into Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — About 725,000 people fled their homes and communities braced for heavy rain and coastal floods of up to 4 meters (13 feet) as Typhoon Melor slammed Monday into the eastern Philippines, officials said. Classes, flights and ferry trips were suspended.

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Global stocks drift as oil price sinks again and Fed looms

 

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets drifted lower Monday as oil prices fell further and investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's expected decision this week to raise interest rates for the first time in around 9 ½ years.

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Crunch time again for health law; Tuesday sign-up deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising premiums and shaken faith among insurers have cast a cloud over sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law, and now it's crunch time again.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

AP Exclusive: Most sex offender parolees exempt from ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three-quarters of California's paroled sex offenders previously banned from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate now face no housing restrictions after the state changed its policy in response to a court ruling that said the prohibition only applies to child molesters, according to data compiled at the request of The Associated Press.

  • Written by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press