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HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong are softening their tactics against pro-democracy demonstrators. This, after their use of tear gas brought tens of thousands of additional people to the streets, in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience. The protesters are demanding that China grant genuine democratic changes to the former British colony.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister says his government is satisfied with the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group. It's a situation in which Damascus is aligned with Western and Arab opponents in fighting the same enemy. The foreign minister says the U.S. doesn't tell Syria ahead of time about every airstrike, but that "it's OK." He spoke as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that Syrian activists said hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.

HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison. She was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a chemical found in antifreeze. He survived the poisoning. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo was convicted Friday of aggravated assault.

NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury has begun deciding whether there should be criminal charges in the case of an unarmed man who died after being put in a chokehold by New York City police. Police union officials said the grand jury began hearing evidence today in the death of Eric Garner. A medical examiner found that a banned chokehold used by a police officer contributed to Garner's July death on Staten Island. The death was ruled a homicide.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Americans are paying more for using an ATM that isn't affiliated with their own bank. According to a survey released by, those fees rose by 5 percent over the past year. The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM now stands at $4.35 per transaction.

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