Matthew hammers Florida, begins dayslong beating of coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Matthew spun dangerously close to Florida's Atlantic coast Friday morning, scraping the shore with howling wind and heavy rain that left more than 476,000 without power.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press

Pakistan's lawmakers toughen penalty for 'honor' killings

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Despite objections from religious hard-liners, lawmakers Thursday took the first significant move to curb mounting numbers of "honor" killings in Pakistan, stiffening the penalties and closing a loophole that allowed such killers to go free.

  • Written by KATHY GANNON, Associated Press

In turnaround, Bundy denies leading refuge occupiers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Under a brief, but rapid-fire cross-examination, Ammon Bundy denied leading the occupation of a national wildlife refuge and defended receiving a U.S. Small Business Administration loan.

  • Written by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Debate minefield: Town hall will test candidates' stagecraft

WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush conspicuously checked his watch. Al Gore got too close for comfort. Mitt Romney strode across stage to confront President Barack Obama face to face.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press