- EU agrees to speed migrant deportation, buttress borders
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Thursday took measures to buttress its porous external borders and toughen up its migrant return program in an attempt to build a credible refugee policy that would continue to embrace those fleeing for their lives yet punish those seeking economic gain.
- McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress.
- New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom's official toll.
- US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.
- Sexual assaults in study-abroad programs draw new attention
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs.
- Blatter suspended as FIFA president; Platini also banned
ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there.
- Chicago Cubs give their longest-suffering fans a bit of hope
CHICAGO (AP) — Living in a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, 82-year-old Edith Heath knows something about faith.
- Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3
TORONTO (AP) — Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in an AL Division Series opener as postseason baseball returned to Toronto for the first time in 22 years.
- Jury deliberating in trial of Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating in the criminal case against NBA player Thabo Sefolosha on Thursday, six months after he was arrested outside a trendy nightclub following a confrontation with police.
- Donaldson leaves playoff game after taking knee to head
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against Texas after he was kneed in the head while breaking up a double play.