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Death toll in Pakistan police academy attack rises to 59
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani police official says the death toll from a brazen overnight militant attack on a police training center in the southwestern city of Quetta has risen to 59 people, mostly police cadets and trainees. Shahzada Farhat, spokesman for the police in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, said on Tuesday that 117 were wounded in the attack. He says most of the casualties were police cadets but some army personnel who responded to the assault were also among the casualties. There are fears the death toll could rise further in what has been one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's security forces in recent years.

DIVIDED AMERICA: Yearning for unity, enduring divisiveness
Though they live about 1,730 miles apart, though they've never met, though they are of different races and backgrounds, Lauren Boebert and Dorothy Johnson-Speight speak almost in unison when they lament the fracturing of America. Americans must "come together, be non-judgmental about people and their opinions," says Johnson-Speight. Americans must "come together as one," says Boebert. And yet these two women stand squarely at the epicenter of American acrimony - territory explored by The Associated Press in "Divided America," a series of stories that surveyed a United States that is far from united. --- EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the final installment of Divided America, AP's exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

AP FACT CHECK: Voter roll problems do not equate to fraud
ATLANTA (AP) - Donald Trump has warned for weeks of a "rigged" election, telling his supports to watch out for large-scale voter fraud - despite a lack of evidence that it exists. In the past few days, Trump has specifically raised concerns about people fraudulently voting using the names of dead people and cited research showing 1.8 million deceased people are still listed on state voter rolls. Here's a look at Trump's latest claim and what the facts show: --- TRUMP: During a campaign rally Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump brought up his concerns about voter fraud, saying "the system is totally rigged and broken." He added: "According to Pew, there are 24 million voter registrations in the United States that are either invalid or significantly inaccurate, and when I say that, there are such inaccuracies it's unbelievable.

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Trump brand loses luster with affluent
NEW YORK (AP) - Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog. "I simply cannot bring myself to walk in the door there any longer," wrote the owner of SQN Events. Bernstein is not alone. Rates for rooms at Trump's new D.C.

Threatened in Mosul, Islamic State uses alternative tactics
BAGHDAD (AP) - Dozens of Islamic State fighters struck at dawn, storming government and security compounds in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk last week, in a coordinated assault more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the front lines of the Mosul offensive. Over the last two years, the extremists have adopted innovative tactics and launched diversionary attacks along the amoeba-like frontiers of their self-styled caliphate, and many now fear they have more surprises in store as Iraqi forces close in on Mosul, the militants' last urban bastion in the country. The Kirkuk assault was carried out by more than 50 militants who may have been part of so-called sleeper cells.

Iraqi forces battle IS in western town, far from Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote western town, hundreds of kilometers (miles) to the south of the operation to retake Mosul, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The clashes underway in Rutba, in Iraq's western Anbar province, are apparently part of the extremist group's tactics to divert attention - as well as Iraqi and coalition resources - from the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants. "Fighting is ongoing in Rutba, which is still contested," said Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.

How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder's secrets
CHICAGO (AP) - Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls - or doesn't - may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets. Autism is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls do not show symptoms of autism even when they have the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition. "Autism may not be the same thing in boys and girls," said Kevin Pelphrey, an autism researcher at George Washington University.

With every turn of a wrench, Jordanian woman breaks barriers
ZARQA, Jordan (AP) - It is graduation day, and Maryam Mutlaq is celebrating her transformation from stay-at-home mom to licensed plumber. The training took 18 months. Now, Mutlaq and her 29 course mates - all veiled, most middle-aged - take turns presenting a business plan at the March ceremony. Mutlaq, 41, speaks with a clear, strong voice and stands out for her detailed vision. She will open a storefront plumbing business, she tells the other women. From there she plans to sell pipes and other spare parts, and book house calls. She's even picked out a name, Challenge, and a location in an up-and-coming neighborhood in this otherwise drab, impoverished city of more than 1 million people.

4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park
SYDNEY (AP) - Four people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast, officials said. Two men and two women died while on a river rapids ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state's Gold Coast, Queensland police officer Todd Reid told reporters. The Thunder River Rapids ride whisks people in circular rafts along a fast-moving, man-made river. A malfunction caused two people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride, said Gavin Fuller, an officer with the Queensland Ambulance Service. He did not know whether the two victims who were caught in the ride were trapped under water, or caught up in the machinery.

Obama mixes talk of 'mean tweets,' politics on Jimmy Kimmel
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama entertained Jimmy Kimmel's audience with some of the mean tweets sent his way, beginning with one sent by Donald Trump in August when he said "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States." Obama's reply: "Really? Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president." The president appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" during the middle of his three-day visit to Nevada and California, where he is campaigning and raising money for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates. The segment contained a mix of humor and serious talk about the current election.

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