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Shimon Peres witnessed Israel's history, and shaped it
JERUSALEM (AP) - At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there. He was a young aide to the nation's founding fathers when the country declared independence in 1948, and he played a key role in turning Israel into a military power. He was part of the negotiations that sealed the first Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, garnering a Nobel Peace Prize. He was welcomed like royalty in world capitals. But only at the end of a political career stretching more than 60 years did Peres finally win the widespread admiration of his own people that had eluded him for so long.


World leaders mourn Peres, praise him as a man of peace
WASHINGTON (AP) - Current and former world leaders mourned the passing of Shimon Peres early Wednesday, praising him as a patriot, visionary statesman and man of principle who was deeply committed to pursuing peace in a region that has mostly eluded it. President Barack Obama called Peres "the essence of Israel itself," noting he had fought for Israel's independence, worked its land and served Israel in virtually every government position, including three stints as prime minister. Peres, who died early Wednesday at the age of 93, was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize after he secretly brokered the historic Oslo interim peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.


The Latest: Israel's PM remembers Peres as a 'man of vision'
Israel's prime minister is remembering Shimon Peres as a "man of vision." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Peres in a video statement on Wednesday, shortly before convening his Cabinet for a special session. "As a man of vision, his gaze was aimed to the future," Netanyahu said. "As a man of security, he fortified Israel's strength in many ways, some of which even today are still unknown. As a man of peace, he worked until his final days toward reconciling with our neighbors for a better future for our children." Peres died early Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke.


As Clinton cheers, Donald Trump digs in after debate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A defensive Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton plenty of fresh material for the next phase of her presidential campaign on Tuesday, choosing to publicly reopen and relitigate some her most damaging attacks. The day after his first general election debate, Trump blamed the moderator and a bad microphone and said he was holding back to avoid embarrassing Clinton. Next time, he threatened, he might get more personal and make a bigger political issue of former President Bill Clinton's marital infidelities. Things are already getting plenty personal. On Monday night, Trump brushed off Clinton's debate claim that he'd once shamed a former Miss Universe winner for her weight.


Police shoot, kill man in San Diego area; protesters gather
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said. One of the officers tried and failed to subdue the unidentified man with a stun gun before the other officer fired several times, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said at a late night news conference. Davis would not say what the object was, but acknowledged it was not a weapon. Before police announced the death, dozens of protesters gathered at the shooting scene, with some claiming the man was shot with his hands raised.


AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases
DENVER (AP) - Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found. Criminal-history and driver databases give officers critical information about people they encounter on the job. But the AP's review shows how those systems also can be exploited by officers who, motivated by romantic quarrels, personal conflicts or voyeuristic curiosity, sidestep policies and sometimes the law by snooping. In the most egregious cases, officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records they obtained.


9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug. Five states - Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada - will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others - Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota - will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.


Disabled man gets license, shows driverless tech's potential
DETROIT (AP) - Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin. But the man who raced in the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been able to drive around his neighborhood - until now. On Wednesday, Schmidt is set to receive the first license restricted to an autonomous vehicle in the U.S. The license allows him to drive on Nevada roads in his specially modified Corvette, which requires no hands on its steering wheel or feet on its pedals.


AP Photos: Pyongyang starts day early with patriotic music
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea's capital is still a pretty quiet place compared to most urban centers around the world, but it gets its start early - and orderly. Rush hour generally hits its peak at about 7 a.m. Pedestrians hustle along the sidewalks or peddle along on the city's bike lanes, usually narrow strips of sidewalk painted green that started to appear about a year ago, while workers and students who can't walk or bike to where they need to go load onto the subways and fill the city's buses and electric streetcars. By about 6:30, long lines of men in neckties or olive-colored work clothes and university students in their uniforms - white shirts or blouses, and dark trousers or skirts accentuated by red ties or scarves - can be seen waiting for their cross-town rides, which are usually standing-room-only.


Motivation doesn't always come on the course in Ryder Cup
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. has done almost everything to try and win a Ryder Cup again, including having Tiger Woods on the team as an assistant captain. So maybe bringing in Michael Phelps for an inspirational speech wasn't too far of a stretch. Like Woods, he does know a little something about winning. "We had a very exciting talk from Michael Phelps," U.S. captain Davis Love III said. "Michael talked to us a lot about the Olympic experience and Team USA and how much fun it was for him to have the four American golfers down there because he's such a big golf fan." Phelps might not be the last inspirational speaker the 12 players on the U.S.