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  • Dutch government: 1st victim from Flight 17 disaster has been identified
    Jul 26, 2014 2:14 PM CDT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government says the first victim has been identified from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster. The name and sex of the victim, a Dutch national, weren't released. The government said Saturday the next of kin and mayor of the victim's hometown have been informed. More than 200 forensic experts are working at a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum to identify bodies and human remains recovered from the wreckage of the jet that was downed...

  • Obama plays round of golf on private Maryland course with ESPN hosts Kornheiser, Wilbon
    Jul 26, 2014 1:58 PM CDT

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing golf at a private club in Maryland with the hosts of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption." The White House says ESPN's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon joined Obama on the president's first visit to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. A White House aide completed the foursome. The club's website says it began 90 years ago as a place for members of Congress to meet socially with businessmen. The club also boasts a history of U.S. presidents...

  • Republicans on offensive in Georgia Senate race, trying to quash Nunn's upset bid
    Jul 26, 2014 1:58 PM CDT

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive — the very experience that anchors her appeal as a moderate who gets things done without partisan wrangling. It's a preview of a high-profile clash between two first-time candidates, Nunn, 47, and former corporate executive David Perdue, 64, with the outcome helping...

  • Lengthy Arizona execution rekindles debate over appropriate death penalty methods
    Jul 26, 2014 1:53 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one. Death penalty opponents say any killing is an unnecessarily cruel punishment. Proponents may favor the most humane execution method possible, but many reject the idea that a few minutes or hours of suffering by a criminal who caused great suffering to others...

  • Israeli military says 3 rockets hit Israel after Hamas rejects 4-hour extension of Gaza truce
    Jul 26, 2014 1:50 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel despite a proposed extension of a humanitarian truce in the Gaza war. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group rejected Israel's proposal to extend an original 12-hour lull by four hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Saturday. The military says the three rockets were fired more than an hour after the period for the initial lull had ended. Meanwhile, the military warned residents of areas where there...

  • 2 guns found at Pennsylvania hospital shooting suspect's home; he remains sedated at hospital
    Jul 26, 2014 1:48 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back. The weapons and a computer were seized from Richard Plotts' home in Clifton Heights, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said Saturday. Authorities plan to arraign Plotts on a murder charge after he awakens at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,...

  • Israeli military says 3 rockets fired from Gaza after Hamas rejects 4-hour truce extension
    Jul 26, 2014 1:42 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says 3 rockets fired from Gaza after Hamas rejects 4-hour truce extension.

  • New UN envoy calls Myanmar camps for displaced deplorable, fears backsliding on human rights
    Jul 26, 2014 1:19 PM CDT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The U.N.'s new human rights envoy for Myanmar on Saturday expressed serious concern about the conditions in camps for more than 100,000 persons displaced by sectarian strife, and warned that the country's human rights situation may be deteriorating. Yanghee Lee spoke at the end of a 10-day fact-finding mission to Myanmar, her first in the capacity of U.N. rapporteur. She said Myanmar should be applauded for having come a long way since installing an elected government in...

  • Obama prods GOP to move on border plan, cites progress in joint efforts with Central Americans
    Jul 26, 2014 1:08 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow. GOP leaders are working against time to find a consensus within their party to deal with more than 57,000 children and other migrants who have arrived since October,...

  • UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet among scattered debris in northern Mali
    Jul 26, 2014 12:57 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week's catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died. U.N. peacekeepers in Mali found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane at the remote disaster site in the north, and the French president said the data and voice recorders must be analyzed as quickly as possible to determine...

  • NYC mayor returns from Italy to a tempest caused by death of black suspect in police custody
    Jul 26, 2014 12:41 PM CDT

    ROME (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork. But the city he is returning to Sunday is still roiled by the death of a suspect in police custody after he was put in an apparent chokehold. The videotaped scuffle threatens to reignite distrust of the New York Police Department in minority communities, a...

  • Catalonia ex-regional president Jordi Pujol admits to secret foreign bank accounts
    Jul 26, 2014 12:41 PM CDT

    MADRID (AP) — A former president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has admitted to concealing large sums of undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts. Jordi Pujol, who was president of the wealthy northeastern region from 1980 to 2003, has revealed he failed to declare the money to tax authorities "over a period of more than 30 years." The 84-year-old Pujol apologized and said he was willing "to appear before tax authorities, or if needed, judicial authorities," to explain matters, according...

  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases video of American smiling before his suicide bombing in Syria
    Jul 26, 2014 12:27 PM CDT

    BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in...

  • Lawmakers in both parties gripe about poor, disjointed White House outreach to Congress
    Jul 26, 2014 12:24 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress. Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it wanted to deal with the border crisis. And as the proposal drew...

  • Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume following court's ruling to extradite official to US
    Jul 26, 2014 12:18 PM CDT

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Flights between Venezuela and Aruba resumed Saturday, ending a brief suspension by the South American country to protest the arrest of its designated counsel to the island territory, the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant. The lifting of the flight ban followed several hours of talks between Aruba Justice Minister Arthur Dowers and a representative of Venezuela's foreign affairs ministry, Dowers told The Associated Press. The suspension...

  • Attacks across Afghanistan kill 15 people; recount in presidential election halts for holiday
    Jul 26, 2014 11:52 AM CDT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday. The Taliban attacks focused on Kandahar province, where Taliban fighters killed six police officers — including a district police chief — in assaults on some 15 checkpoints, said Dawa Khan Menapal, a spokesman for the provincial...

  • Key events in former Virginia governor corruption case
    Jul 26, 2014 11:39 AM CDT

    A look at some of the key events in the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. McDonnell served as governor from January 2010 to January 2014. — March 2009: McDonnell begins using a jet owned by Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in his campaign for governor, according to prosecutors. — March 8, 2012: Virginia Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider tells authorities investigating allegations that he stole from...

  • Ukraine prepares offensive in hopes of retaking rebel stronghold of Donetsk
    Jul 26, 2014 11:36 AM CDT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. But Russia also appears to becoming more involved in the fighting, with the U.S. and Ukraine accusing Moscow of moving heavily artillery across the border to the...

  • Turkey: 20 police officers ordered arrested for alleged illegal wiretaps
    Jul 26, 2014 11:36 AM CDT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial. The Anadolu Agency says 49 other officers are still waiting on Saturday to be questioned and face possible charges. The officers were detained on July 22 in raids to their homes on suspicion of wiretapping officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The government says the officers are associated with a moderate...

  • US has not been able to show Russian government was involved in downing of airliner
    Jul 26, 2014 11:30 AM CDT

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March. Citing satellite imagery, intercepted conversations and social media postings, U.S. intelligence officials have been able to present what they call a solid circumstantial case that the plane was brought down by a Russian-made SA-11 surface-to-air missile...

  • Gunmen seize, later release senior Sunni politician in Iraq amid mounting sectarian tensions
    Jul 26, 2014 11:26 AM CDT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker. Riyadh al-Adhadah, head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, returned to his home a day after gunmen abducted him and four of his bodyguards, said Ghalib al-Zamili, a member of the council. The bodyguards also were released, according to a police officer who declined to be named because he is not authorized to brief journalists. It...

  • French police fire tear gas as protesters at banned pro-Gaza demonstration turn violent
    Jul 26, 2014 11:21 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest. The interior minister had earlier called on organizers of the Paris demonstration to observe the ban imposed to halt potential anti-Semitic violence. At least 3,000 people gathered anyway at the Place de la Republique in eastern Paris under the watch of several hundred riot police, who blocked streets leading into the big square, cutting short...

  • Israeli Cabinet minister says Israel agrees to extend 12-hour truce in Gaza war by 4 hours
    Jul 26, 2014 11:21 AM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Cabinet minister says Israel agrees to extend 12-hour truce in Gaza war by 4 hours.

  • Chechen president bars Obama, EU top officials from visiting the Russian republic
    Jul 26, 2014 11:19 AM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya. The president of the small Russian republic that was the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years on Saturday said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting. Also on the list are European Union figures Jose Manuel Barroso, Herbert Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton. Chechen President...

  • Trial set in gifts-for-favors case against former Virginia governor, wife
    Jul 26, 2014 11:18 AM CDT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption charges begins Monday. The onetime rising Republican star and his wife, Maureen, could be sentenced to decades in prison if convicted of the charges in a 14-count indictment issued by a grand jury 10 days after McDonnell left office in January. They are accused...

  • Despite Clinton: Maryland governor helps local candidates in Iowa amid 2016 presidential talk
    Jul 26, 2014 10:54 AM CDT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton. The Maryland governor is filling the void in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond during the early stages of the 2016 presidential race, campaigning for fellow Democrats and making personal appeals while former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the prohibitive — if yet undeclared — favorite. In the summer before November's mid-term elections, Clinton's dominant position...

  • Hong Kong fights for its future in the face of growing Chinese influence
    Jul 26, 2014 10:53 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift. Then, in June, the renovated tower came to life, flashing giant Chinese characters that some in Hong Kong saw as a warning. "People's Liberation Army," it said. Many in this prosperous city had already feared...

  • Hong Kong fights for its future in the face of growing Chinese influence
    Jul 26, 2014 10:51 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift. Then, in June, the renovated tower came to life, flashing giant Chinese characters that some in Hong Kong saw as a warning. "People's Liberation Army," it said. Many in this prosperous city had already feared...

  • At 50, Upward Bound remains a welcome pathway to college for students from low-income families
    Jul 26, 2014 10:48 AM CDT

    Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he'd have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college. That was 34 years ago, but Wil Haygood — the renowned journalist and author whose writing inspired the film "The Butler" — says he remembers it "like it was yesterday." "I knew in my heart and soul that this was a monumental moment for little Wil Haygood," he recalled....

  • North Korea fires missile into sea on eve of 61st anniversary of Korean War armistice signing
    Jul 26, 2014 10:44 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the Korean War. The missile, fired from North Korea's southwest Hwanghae province on Saturday evening, flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) across the country before landing in the sea,...

  • Israeli government official says Israel leaning toward extending 12-hour truce in Gaza war
    Jul 26, 2014 10:34 AM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli government official says Israel leaning toward extending 12-hour truce in Gaza war.

  • 5 things to know about California government's efforts to cut its own water usage 20 percent
    Jul 26, 2014 10:20 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Gov. Jerry Brown called on everyone from residents to businesses in California to curb water usage by 20 percent, he told state government to lead by example. Six months after his emergency declaration, many agencies and departments can't say whether their efforts to conserve water are sufficient because few have been comparing how much water they are using this year to last. Here are five things to know about how state agencies are faring as they try to use less water:...

  • US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff to Tunisia as security deteriorates in Tripoli
    Jul 26, 2014 10:12 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move. American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the capital around dawn and traveled by road to neighboring Tunisia, with U.S. fighter jets and other...

  • Promises of easier nuclear power plant construction fall short in new round of building
    Jul 26, 2014 10:03 AM CDT

    WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it's not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. The first two reactors built after a 16-year lull, Southern Co.'s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.'s...

  • Government in parched California can't say if it's meeting goal to cut water use by 20 percent
    Jul 26, 2014 10:02 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all. In ways big and small, the state government is conserving water to try to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's request that everyone — from residents to businesses to state agencies — reduce their use by 20 percent....

  • Promises of easier nuclear power plant construction fall short in new round of building
    Jul 26, 2014 9:43 AM CDT

    WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it's not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. The first two reactors built after a 16-year lull, Southern Co.'s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.'s...

  • S. Korea: N. Korea fires short-range missile into waters off its coast in latest test-firing
    Jul 26, 2014 9:37 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — S. Korea: N. Korea fires short-range missile into waters off its coast in latest test-firing.

  • Named in 'torture' report, some former CIA officials denied a chance to read it before release
    Jul 26, 2014 9:16 AM CDT

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all. Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place. It's...

  • Egypt summons Turkish diplomat over prime minister's comments, warns of worsening relations
    Jul 26, 2014 8:45 AM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Turkey's prime minister for calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a "tyrant," warning already sour relations between the two countries could worsen. In a strongly-worded statement, the ministry said it summoned the Turkish charge d' affaires, the highest-ranking Turkish official in the country, over the comments. It said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is driven by "narrow ideological interests," referencing Turkey's...

  • Hungarian prime minister says civic groups financed from abroad are serving foreign interests
    Jul 26, 2014 7:39 AM CDT

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says that certain civic groups financed from abroad are holding back the nation's development. Prime Minister Viktor Orban says "paid political activists" in the groups are trying to obstruct efforts to increase Hungary's competitiveness. Orban's government has branded several civic groups as "leftist" and is involved in a dispute with Norway over their financing. The Norway Grants program provides money to projects in areas such as environmental...

  • Foreign ministers call for an extension of the Gaza Strip 12-hour cease-fire
    Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (loh-RAHN' FAH'-bee-yus) on Saturday also urged world leaders to negotiate a long-term truce that addresses Israel's concerns about security while also trying to accommodate Palestinian demands to open borders to more people living in Gaza and spurring economic development there. Fabius spoke on behalf of diplomats from...

  • Russia says new EU sanctions will weaken fight against international terrorism
    Jul 26, 2014 7:27 AM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia's alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. The EU sanctions, announced on Friday, impose travel bans and asset freezes on 15 people, including the head of Russia's Federal Security Service and the head of the agency's...

  • State Dept.: US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in Tripoli
    Jul 26, 2014 6:55 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — State Dept.: US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in Tripoli.

  • 2 critics of Swazi government sentenced to 2 years in jail after contempt of court conviction
    Jul 26, 2014 6:31 AM CDT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two government critics in Swaziland have been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court for publishing articles lamenting alleged threats to judicial independence in the southern African kingdom. The sentencing Friday of lawyer Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu, editor of Swaziland's The Nation magazine, drew criticism from Amnesty International and other human rights groups, which described the ruling as an attack on freedom of expression....

  • Malaysian prime minister to travel to Netherlands to discuss Flight 17 with Dutch counterpart
    Jul 26, 2014 5:22 AM CDT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart. Najib said in a statement Saturday that he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will discuss securing full access to the crash site and whether Malaysian pathologists can be of assistance in "expediting the process of identifying the human remains." There were 193 Dutch and 43 Malaysians on Flight 17 when it was shot...

  • Obama says companies dodging taxes by moving headquarters overseas is unpatriotic
    Jul 26, 2014 5:02 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic. Obama is denouncing "tax inversions" in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says companies are essentially renouncing their citizenship to avoid paying their fair share. Obama says the best way to address the problem is through tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate. But he says the problem can't wait. He's urging lawmakers to join the...

  • Montana veterans react to senator's PTSD comments with mix of condemnation, sympathy
    Jul 26, 2014 2:34 AM CDT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. How those veteran voters respond means a lot to Walsh, who has built his election campaign for the Senate around his 33-year career in the National Guard and his proposals to help veterans and their families. The reaction so far has been a mixed bag...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
    Jul 26, 2014 2:05 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.,...

  • New EU sanctions imposed on Russian intelligence chiefs, rebel organizations in Ukraine
    Jul 25, 2014 11:47 PM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban were Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security Service, and Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB department that oversees international operations and intelligence activity. Four members of Russia's...

  • Texas border surge aims to deter smuggling, but officials say hard to be everywhere at once
    Jul 25, 2014 10:57 PM CDT

    MISSION, Texas (AP) — Three heavily armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on a recent afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats as the men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others, and a crew of troopers peeked through the tall reeds on the U.S. side for whatever load had just been deposited. It illustrated the limitations U.S. agencies...

  • California state senator Yee charged with racketeering in San Francisco Chinatown crime probe
    Jul 25, 2014 10:15 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown. A new indictment unsealed in San Francisco federal court charged Sen. Leland Yee with racketeering and conspiracy "to obtain property under the color of official right." Those charges are in addition to the previous bribery, conspiracy and related...

  • Federal judge rejects lawsuit claiming searchers secretly found Amelia Earhart's missing plane
    Jul 25, 2014 10:14 PM CDT

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search. District Judge Scott Skavdahl dismissed the lawsuit that Timothy Mellon filed last year against the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie....

  • Aruba judge rules that ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief will be held on US warrant
    Jul 25, 2014 10:01 PM CDT

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel flights to the Dutch Caribbean island in retaliation. Hugo Carvajal, a former head of Venezuelan military intelligence and close confidant of the late president Hugo Chavez, was arrested upon arriving at Aruba's airport, officials said Thursday. Venezuelan...

  • Who's in charge here? California to have 4 governors in 4 days while state leaders are gone
    Jul 25, 2014 9:55 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — How many governors does it take to run the state of California? Next week, the answer's four. Three different acting governors will fill in for Gov. Jerry Brown when the state's top officials take turns leaving. Brown is taking off Sunday to lead a trade mission to Mexico. While he's gone, executive powers will roll to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — until Newsom leaves Tuesday for Special Olympics events on the East Coast. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will then...

  • Hamas, Israel announce 12-hour lull but US-led efforts to broker longer truce stall
    Jul 25, 2014 9:26 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation "significantly." Hours after the U.S.-led efforts stalled, the two sides agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Saturday. However, the temporary lull was unlikely to change the trajectory of the current hostilities...

  • Colin Firth is a killer spy and Samuel L. Jackson a 'Bond-ian' villain in new 'Kingsman' film
    Jul 25, 2014 9:05 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Colin Firth is a "gentleman spy" with a killer umbrella and Samuel L. Jackson is a blood-hating villain with a lisp in Fox's forthcoming "Kingsman: The Secret Service." The two actors were joined by fellow cast members and the film's writer Friday at Comic-Con to present an early look at footage from the October release. One scene showed Firth taking on half a dozen thugs with nothing but his quick moves and powerful umbrella. His watch also shoots an "amnesia dart" at an observer...

  • Arizona's McCain says execution of inmate was torture; lawmakers doubt changes will be made
    Jul 25, 2014 8:37 PM CDT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was a "bollocks-upped situation." The execution brought new attention to the death penalty debate in the U.S. as opponents said it was proof that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. Arizona...

  • Federal court upholds Florida law limiting doctors' discussions of guns with their patients
    Jul 25, 2014 8:08 PM CDT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect,...

  • Argentina debt negotiations with holdout creditors remain deadlocked as default looms
    Jul 25, 2014 7:44 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina's negotiations with creditors to resolve a dispute over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts remained deadlocked following talks Friday, setting it on a course for a possible catastrophic default next week. Argentina will default for the second time in 13 years if it cannot reach a deal with the U.S. hedge funds before July 30. Daniel Pollack, the court-appointed mediator in the dispute, met with Argentine officials and in a statement released after the talks said that progress...

  • Montana veterans react to senator's PTSD comments with mix of condemnation, sympathy
    Jul 25, 2014 7:23 PM CDT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. How those veteran voters respond means a lot to Walsh, who has built his election campaign for the Senate around his 33-year career in the National Guard and his proposals to help veterans and their families. The reaction so far has been a mixed bag...

  • AP source: Former AG Ken Cuccinelli subpoenaed as possible witness in Bob McDonnell trial
    Jul 25, 2014 7:12 PM CDT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person told the AP that Cuccinelli has been subpoenaed by the McDonnell defense team to potentially testify. The person insisted on anonymity because the subpoena is not supposed to be made public. The McDonnells' defense team was granted 20 blank...

  • Head of Syrian war crimes commission says Islamic State extremist leaders should face justice
    Jul 25, 2014 7:08 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the al-Qaida breakaway group, which now controls a swath of north and eastern Syria, has carried out public executions, crucifixions and other "gross human rights violations." Pinheiro singled out the Sunni...

  • APNewsBreak: Study recommends valley fever test to decide who to house at 2 California prisons
    Jul 25, 2014 7:05 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press. A federal judge last fall ordered the state to move nearly 2,600 susceptible inmates out of Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons because of the deaths and illnesses. The Centers...

  • Defense Department supervisor gets 2 years in prison for accepting bribes from contractors
    Jul 25, 2014 7:04 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Defense Department supervisor who oversaw construction and service contracts at a Southern California Marine Corps base to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges. U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia on Friday also ordered Natividad Lara Cervantes to forfeit more than $100,000 he earned from accepting bribes from contractors who sought to win or retain multimillion-dollar government contracts at Camp Pendleton....

  • Federal judge rules US agency wrongly listed bearded seals as a threatened species
    Jul 25, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that a federal fisheries agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In sending the decision back to the agency, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline in Fairbanks said the December 2012 decision to list the seals because of a loss of sea ice was improper and "an abuse of discretion." Beistline found there was no discernible, quantified threat of extinction within the foreseeable future for the seals...

  • Israeli military says 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Saturday morning
    Jul 25, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning. The military says in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time. The statement warns that the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops "or fire at Israeli civilians." It also says that "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza Strip will continue." A Hamas...

  • Florida ban on same-sex marriage overturned; applies to population-heavy Miami-Dade County
    Jul 25, 2014 6:46 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. Still, no marriage licenses will be issued for gay couples in either county any time soon to allow for appeals. The ruling by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both found the constitutional amendment approved by Florida...

  • Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning
    Jul 25, 2014 6:45 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.

  • Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning
    Jul 25, 2014 6:45 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.

  • Regulators take over small bank in Illinois; brings US bank failures to 14 in 2014
    Jul 25, 2014 6:38 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have closed a small lender in Illinois, bringing U.S. bank failures this year to 14 after 24 closures in all of 2013. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over GreenChoice Bank FSB, based in Chicago. The bank, which operated three branches, had about $72.9 million in assets and $71 million in deposits as of March 31. Providence Bank LLC, based in South Holland, Illinois, has agreed to assume all of the failed bank's deposits. The FDIC...

  • Colorado law expanding background checks on gun sales relies on flawed estimate
    Jul 25, 2014 6:37 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the flawed estimate led to an inaccurate projection of the law's cost. Republicans seized on the opportunity to resume criticism over a measure that helped...

  • Obama urges Central American leaders, House Republicans to help slow influx of young migrants
    Jul 25, 2014 6:25 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He emphasized to the regional leaders that despite U.S. compassion for migrant children, those who do not have a proper claim to remain in the U.S. will be turned back. While citing progress in stemming the flow, Obama called on House Republicans to act urgently...

  • US says Russia is firing across the border into Ukraine and moving in heavy artillery
    Jul 25, 2014 6:07 PM CDT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border on a Russian village. It also toughened its economic measures against Ukraine by banning dairy imports. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and...

  • Kansas Supreme Court voids death sentences for Carr brothers in 4 Wichita shootings in 2000
    Jul 25, 2014 6:04 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field. The court also struck down three of the four capital murder convictions each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr, citing procedural problems at the brothers' joint trial for its decisions. It upheld one capital murder conviction for each of them....

  • US safety agency opens formal investigation of Chevrolet Impala air bag performance
    Jul 25, 2014 6:04 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it began the probe after receiving a petition from Donald Friedman of Xprts LLC, a Santa Barbara, California, company that examines crashes. Friedman examined an April 2011 car crash in Hidalgo County, Texas, that severely injured an elderly man named Roberto...

  • Ill plane passenger takes Ebola to Nigeria, spreading West Africa's outbreak to 4th country
    Jul 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday. The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on...

  • Police chief pleads no contest to signing tea party leader up on gay dating, porn sites
    Jul 25, 2014 5:48 PM CDT

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Prosecutors charged Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen earlier this month with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system. The La Crosse Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1nDxlNC ) Kelemen entered the plea in a deal that calls for the charge to be dismissed in two years...

  • Former CIA officers named in 'torture' report told they could read it, then told they couldn't
    Jul 25, 2014 5:31 PM CDT

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all. Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place. It's...

  • House Ethics panel investigating Reps. Bobby Rush of Illinois, Ed Whitfield of Kentucky
    Jul 25, 2014 5:29 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it is looking into potential ethics violations by two congressmen, Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. The bipartisan panel acknowledged the separate inquiries in terse statements that said nothing about why the lawmakers were being examined. The committee said it will announce its actions on both investigations by Nov. 10. The Chicago Sun-Times and the non-profit Better Government Association in Chicago have reported...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
    Jul 25, 2014 5:08 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.,...

  • US judge rejects request by former Penn State president Spanier to stop his criminal case
    Jul 25, 2014 4:59 PM CDT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania said Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators. Spanier...

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again, but effect is limited
    Jul 25, 2014 4:55 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission. The law passed Friday by the House of Representatives makes it legal to unlock phones for personal use, at least until the Librarian's...

  • Official: Suspect in deadly hospital shooting was upset about gun ban, intended to kill others
    Jul 25, 2014 4:45 PM CDT

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday. Dr. Lee Silverman emptied his gun's chamber, striking patient Richard Plotts several times, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Plotts by then had shot the caseworker in the face and fired several shots at Silverman, including...

  • France will host Saturday meeting of US, Europe, Qatar ministers to press for Gaza cease-fire
    Jul 25, 2014 4:41 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — More than a half-dozen foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a meeting in France to press for a cease-fire in Gaza. The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, along with his counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar, will attend the Saturday meeting. Besides supporting an Egyptian cease-fire plan — rejected by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers — the goal "is to bring together international...

  • McDonald's faces legal grilling in Russia after inspection finds too many calories in burgers
    Jul 25, 2014 4:26 PM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations. McDonald's did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The suit comes...

  • Police say Amazon.com employee was piloting drone that buzzed Seattle Space Needle
    Jul 25, 2014 4:14 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera Tuesday. He told authorities he wanted to try out the craft he recently purchased at a hobby shop. Police had received reports that the drone had crashed into the landmark of Seattle's...

  • Correction: Rural Investment Dollars story
    Jul 25, 2014 4:06 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 24 about a new rural investment fund announced by the White House, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Colorado-based CoBank is donating $10 billion to a fund for rural investment projects. The bank is making the money available for loans. A corrected version of the story is below: Farm bank commits $10B in loans for rural projects Farm bank commits $10B in loans for rural infrastructure projects, hopes to spur private investors WASHINGTON (AP) —...

  • AP ANALYSIS: Gaza war plays out like in 2009 _ with key differences for Israelis, Palestinians
    Jul 25, 2014 3:54 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault. Then as now, a question persists: Beyond the carnage, are Israel's airstrikes against civilian locations achieving anything at all? It ended messily for Israel in 2009. A U.N. commission investigated, Israel refused to cooperate,...

  • House and Senate veterans chairmen resume negotiations on effort to reduce VA patient waits
    Jul 25, 2014 3:52 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel, and his Senate counterpart, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had a public spat Thursday that appeared to jeopardize efforts to agree on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering...

  • Global tensions don't curb enthusiasm for stocks as market extends its correction-free streak
    Jul 25, 2014 3:47 PM CDT

    A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher. The market's resilience this year — which has pushed it to a series of records and extended its five-year bull run — is driven by investors' optimism over the growth of the U.S. economy and record corporate earnings. That helped the market overcome its latest dip, on July...

  • Ex-Nevada lawmaker sentenced in California chase gets credit for time served, good behavior
    Jul 25, 2014 3:37 PM CDT

    VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly was ordered to two years and eight months in prison, although a judge ruled he's already fulfilled his sentence. Steven Brooks was sentenced Friday, after pleading no contest in March to evading a peace officer and resisting arrest in a pursuit last spring along Interstate 15. Prosecutors agreed to drop charges alleging he threw an object out of...

  • Investigators, soldiers converge on desolate Air Algerie crash site in Mali; black box found
    Jul 25, 2014 3:23 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact. French authorities said the catastrophe was probably the result of extreme bad weather, but they refused to exclude other possibilities, like terrorism, without a full investigation. All 118 people aboard the plane were killed. The loss...

  • Ukrainian president says government to face vote of confidence in parliament Thursday
    Jul 25, 2014 3:21 PM CDT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week. Poroshenko made the announcement Friday after meeting with parliamentary leaders after Yatsensyuk said the day before that he was stepping down. Yatsenyuk said he was resigning after two parties left the coalition supporting the government, raising the possibility of early elections. But Poroshenko seemed...

  • Holder says Justice Department in touch with family of NYC man who died in police custody
    Jul 25, 2014 3:19 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department has been in touch with the family of a New York City man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. In a statement Friday, Holder called the death of Eric Garner "tragic" and said the Justice Department was "closely monitoring" the city's investigation. A funeral service was held Friday for Garner. He died last week on Staten Island. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer...

  • Federal appeals court sets hearing on gay marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin for Aug. 26
    Jul 25, 2014 3:18 PM CDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Friday on its online docket that it has rescheduled oral arguments for both states' appeals of federal court decisions for Aug. 26. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous...

  • Virginia Gov. McAuliffe: A blessing more deaths weren't caused by tornado in campground
    Jul 25, 2014 3:17 PM CDT

    CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Speaking a few dozen yards away from where two people were killed in a tornado that swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday it's a blessing more people didn't die in the storm given the short notice that campers had to seek shelter. McAuliffe toured the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort on the Chesapeake Bay, a day after a fast-moving storm created a tornado that knocked down large pine trees, demolished some...

  • Mayors, city leaders among those in Colorado to discuss potential 2024 Olympic bid
    Jul 25, 2014 3:14 PM CDT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics. Among those attending were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Giants owner Larry Baer helped represent San Francisco, and bid chairman Russ Ramsey was there for Washington. These were low-key meetings, in keeping with the USOC's overall strategy...

  • County sheriff doubles estimate of homes destroyed in Washington state wildfire to 300
    Jul 25, 2014 3:13 PM CDT

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — County sheriff doubles estimate of homes destroyed in Washington state wildfire to 300.

  • A missile launcher, a passenger jet: What happened the day Flight 17 went down?
    Jul 25, 2014 2:53 PM CDT

    SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But still it was hard to miss the bulky missile system, also known as a Buk M-1. It left deep tread marks...

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