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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.

Trump rejects 'phony' polls, insists 'we are winning'
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - A defiant Donald Trump blamed his campaign struggles on "phony polls" from the "disgusting" media on Monday, fighting to energize his most loyal supporters as his path to the presidency shrinks. With just 14 days until the election, the Republican nominee campaigned in battleground Florida as his team conceded publicly as well as privately that crucial Pennsylvania may be slipping away to Democrat Hillary Clinton. That would leave him only a razor-thin pathway to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House on Nov. 8. Despite continued difficulties with women and minorities, Trump refuses to soften his message in the campaign's final days to broaden his coalition.

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.

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Militants attack Pakistan police academy, killing 48
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - An hours-long attack by a group of militants, including suicide bombers who stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta, left at least 48 dead, mostly police trainees, officials said Tuesday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, for which authorities blamed the Taliban and al-Qaida-linked groups. Pakistani troops responding to the assault said they killed one of the suicide bombers while two others detonated their explosives vests, blowing themselves up. Health officials said over 116 have been wounded - mostly police recruits and some paramilitary troops. Noorul Haq, top health official in Quetta, the capital of the country's restive Baluchistan province, said several of the wounded were in critical condition, sparking concerns the death toll would rise further.

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.

Hong Kong court sees chilling video describing torture
HONG KONG (AP) - A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and "tortured her badly." In an iPhone video he shot, Rurik Jutting, a Cambridge University graduate on trial in Hong Kong's High Court for the murder of two Indonesian women, can be seen shirtless in his apartment. "My name is Rurik Jutting. About five minutes ago I just killed, murdered, this woman here," he says into the camera, pointing it down briefly to show the body of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, lying face down on the floor of his bathroom shower.

Plunging solar equipment prices fuel trade complaints
BEIJING (AP) - Use of solar power is soaring, but Europe's biggest solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, took the surprise step last month of cutting 500 jobs from its workforce of 3,000. The reason? Global sales are on track for a record year but prices are plunging due to a glut of supply. That is encouraging the spread of clean energy but squeezing manufacturers, leading to politically sensitive job losses. ProSun, a group that represents European suppliers, blames China, which it says is flooding export markets and depressing prices by propping up money-losing manufacturers. Industry experts say the problem is global and reflects missteps by manufacturers and shifting energy policies in Europe and the United States.

Obama reads mean tweets as part of Jimmy Kimmel show
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.

Denver gives Osweiler rude welcome in 27-9 win over Houston
DENVER (AP) - Brock Osweiler took one last dig at Denver's fans after Houston's 27-9 loss to the Broncos. He figured they would "be a little bit louder with the boos." Denver's defenders ruined Osweiler's homecoming by hurrying, hitting and harassing their ex-quarterback Monday night, even if his ears weren't ringing from the crowd noise. Osweiler famously declared upon signing his $72 million, four-year deal that he chose Houston over Denver because the Texans gave him the better chance to succeed. "It's not all about money in life," said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who recovered one of Osweiler's three fumbles.

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