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HONG KONG (AP) — The top official in Hong Kong has refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by the midnight deadline they had set. They are threatening to expand the protests that have clogged the streets with tens of thousands of people. It's the stiffest challenge to the authority of China's government in Hong Kong since Beijing took control of the former British colony in 1997.
BEIJING (AP) — China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. No images of the rallies in Hong Kong have appeared in state-controlled media. And at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As Islamic State group fighters expand their grip on large parts of Syria, tens of thousands of people are fleeing across the border into Turkey. The U.N.'s humanitarian chief says there could be tens of thousands of additional refugees if the militants are able to seize control of more territory despite a campaign of airstrikes led by the United States.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt. They say the pipe bombs were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or fuse, but appear to be among items that were hastily discarded. Eric Frein (freen) has been on the run since Sept. 12, accused of killing one state trooper and wounding a second outside their police barracks in Blooming Grove.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man is describing the woman he's accused of killing as "just a woman that worked alone -- a rich broker." Arron Lewis had been asked by reporters why real estate agent Beverly Carter was targeted in the crime. Lewis has pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder. Authorities say Lewis admitted kidnapping Carter, but didn't lead authorities to her body -- which was found overnight in a rural area.
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