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  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry bid to secure ceasefire with Hamas
    Jul 28, 2014 11:18 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. In unusually harsh language, officials said the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. They also said the personal attacks on Kerry cross a line and are particularly disappointing at a time of active conflict. Israeli media commentators have leveled almost nonstop...

  • Lower health costs extend Medicare hospital fund by 4 years; Social Security OK until 2034
    Jul 28, 2014 11:16 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate. Social Security's massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034, although disability benefits are in more immediate danger. The disability trust fund is now projected to run dry in 2016. At that point, the program will collect enough taxes to pay 81 percent of benefits. The trustees who oversee Social...

  • Medicare hospital fund to stay solvent until 2030, four years later than previous estimate
    Jul 28, 2014 11:15 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare hospital fund to stay solvent until 2030, four years later than previous estimate.

  • Ukraine foreign minister: Separatists still trying to manipulate Malaysia Airlines crash site
    Jul 28, 2014 11:14 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister says pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down. In an interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said new fighting that prevented an international police team from getting to the site earlier Monday was the fault of the separatists who are "trying to wipe out any sort of traces" of their involvement....

  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime; Ukraine civilian toll could violate int'l law
    Jul 28, 2014 11:08 AM CDT

    GENEVA (AP) — The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. Pillay's comments coincided with a new report...

  • AP PHOTOS: As Norfolk battles sea level rise, its coal exports contribute to global warming
    Jul 28, 2014 11:07 AM CDT

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming. The region exports more coal — and the heat-trapping pollution that comes with it — than any place in the U.S. At the same time, Norfolk is already experiencing one of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the country. Flood walls protect downtown from rising waters. Residents raise houses to escape floods. Yet an endless procession of trains filled with Appalachian coal rumbles into Norfolk every...

  • Poland, Britain want new sanctions on Moscow, say Russia responsible for downing of airliner
    Jul 28, 2014 11:03 AM CDT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The foreign ministers of Poland and Britain have called for more economic sanctions on Russia, saying it is responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine this month. Poland's Radek Sikorski said the responsibility for the downing of the airliner carrying almost 300 people rests with "the Russian Federation, who were and unfortunately are still supplying advanced weapons to the so-called separatists." Hammond said that evidence suggests...

  • More than 2,000 Syrians _ almost half pro-government forces _ amid surge in army casualties
    Jul 28, 2014 11:03 AM CDT

    BEIRUT (AP) — More than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them pro-government forces — have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, making it one of the worst death tolls in the country's civil war, opposition activists said Monday. The report reflects a recent surge in deadly attacks by the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State group targeting government forces, signaling shifting priorities as Sunni militants seek to consolidate power in areas under their control. President Bashar...

  • UN chief reinforces Security Council call for Gaza cease-fire 'in the name of humanity'
    Jul 28, 2014 11:01 AM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity." The U.N. chief accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal of being irresponsible and "morally wrong" for letting their people get killed in the conflict. He urged them to demonstrate "political will" and...

  • Obama renames young African leader program in honor of Nelson Mandela, announces expansion
    Jul 28, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed the inaugural class of young African leaders to Washington Monday, drawing cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela. The youngsters are participating in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there. "We have to make sure that we're...

  • With deadline looming, lawmakers reach $15B deal on VA health care
    Jul 28, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Congressional aides say the agreement includes $10 billion to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care and $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff. The chairmen of...

  • Lloyds bank to pay $369 million to settle with US, British regulators over market rigging
    Jul 28, 2014 10:53 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Lloyds Banking Group is paying $369 million to U.S. and British authorities to settle allegations it manipulated a key global interest rate. Lloyds, one of the world's largest banks, on Monday became the sixth financial firm sanctioned in the international rate-rigging scandal. The U.S. and British regulators said Lloyds attempted to manipulate, and in some cases succeeded, in manipulating the London interbank offered rate, known as LIBOR. The LIBOR, the rate used by banks to borrow...

  • Strike hits Gaza park, killing at least 10 as Israelis, Palestinians trade blame
    Jul 28, 2014 10:45 AM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza park was attacked Monday, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including children, a Palestinian health official said. Israelis and the Palestinians traded blame for the strike. Children were playing on a swing when the strike hit the park in the Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, said Ayman Sahabani, head of the emergency room at nearby Shifa Hospital. He gave the death toll and said 46 people also were wounded. The strike on the park occurred a few...

  • Corruption trial begins for former Virginia Gov. McDonnell, wife; expected to last 5 weeks
    Jul 28, 2014 10:44 AM CDT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, and his wife began Monday in federal court with jury selection. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks. Before the trial's opening, federal prosecutors...

  • Analysis: Lessons of Clinton impeachment drama cast shadow on Republican lawsuit against Obama
    Jul 28, 2014 10:43 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily. Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it. And also why President Barack Obama's White House seems almost eager to stir the impeachment pot three months...

  • Coal exports help US clean up global warming pollution at home _ but still pollute elsewhere
    Jul 28, 2014 10:40 AM CDT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution. In the U.S., this coal and the carbon dioxide it will eventually release into the atmosphere are some of the unwanted leftovers of an America going greener. With the country moving to...

  • International police team turns back from Ukraine crash site as fierce fighting breaks out
    Jul 28, 2014 10:36 AM CDT

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there. Government troops have stepped up their push to win back territory from pro-Russian separatists in fighting that the United Nations said Monday has killed more than 1,100 people in four months. The international delegation of Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped Monday in...

  • Trial opening as man tries to show FBI has Oklahoma City bomb video that shows 2nd suspect
    Jul 28, 2014 10:31 AM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved. The case is at the heart of Jesse Trentadue's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago, which has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the deadly 1995 blast. What some consider a far-fetched conspiracy theory is at the forefront of his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit...

  • In South Sudan, Somalia, experts study hunger data to see if 'famine' label should be applied
    Jul 28, 2014 10:23 AM CDT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine? Health experts locked away in a hotel conference room in South Sudan's capital are debating exactly how severe the hunger situation is in the world's newest country, and if the hunger brought on by violence that erupted in December qualifies as a famine. If yes, media coverage will intensify and new donations may...

  • Israeli military: rockets misfired by Palestinian militants hit Gaza hospital, nearby park
    Jul 28, 2014 10:18 AM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military: rockets misfired by Palestinian militants hit Gaza hospital, nearby park.

  • Israeli military: rockets misfired by Palestinian militants hit Gaza hospital, nearby park
    Jul 28, 2014 10:17 AM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military: rockets misfired by Palestinian militants hit Gaza hospital, nearby park.

  • Spanish judge rejects prosecutor's request to drop tax fraud charges against Lionel Messi
    Jul 28, 2014 10:16 AM CDT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement said there is "sufficient evidence" to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star "could have known and consented" to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights. The statement was issued by the court in Gava, Barcelona,...

  • Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accuse government of suppressing trial evidence
    Jul 28, 2014 9:44 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Blackwater security guards argued Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. The attorneys say the suppressed evidence consists of photographs of eight spent shell casings that would fit an AK-47 — the weapon of choice used by insurgents as well as Iraqi authorities. A court filing by the defense attorneys says the photographs were made by a U.S. Army captain...

  • Report says journalists and lawyers are finding jobs harder due to US surveillance programs
    Jul 28, 2014 9:37 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report issued Monday that access to data as detailed in leaks by former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden, coupled with the Obama...

  • Emotional Philippine president says not even a bomb can stop his reforms
    Jul 28, 2014 9:22 AM CDT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb. Aquino said in his annual state of the nation address before Congress that he could not avoid thinking somebody may make an attempt on his life because of the kind of people he has crossed in his effort to fight corruption and reform his poor Southeast Asian nation. Aquino's father,...

  • 'Spider-Man' arrested for slugging cop in Times Square after asked to stop harassing tourists
    Jul 28, 2014 9:14 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. The New York Police Department said the officer assaulted Saturday — an 18-month veteran and one of about 50 officers patrolling the bustling tourist area — stepped in after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture...

  • Politics a family affair with president's wife Rosario Murillo as Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
    Jul 28, 2014 9:11 AM CDT

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo. Her husband, Daniel Ortega, is president, but as chief of communications, Murillo is the voice and the other face of the government. At border crossings and on roadside billboards throughout the country, "Daniel and Rosario"...

  • New York City mayor and his family now live in Gracie Mansion, empty since 2001
    Jul 28, 2014 9:11 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A historic New York City mansion is once again filled with the sounds of family activities. Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife and their two children woke up in their official Manhattan residence for the first time on Monday, a day after returning from their vacation in Italy. No one had lived at Gracie Mansion since Rudolph Giuliani left office in 2001. Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained in his opulent Upper East Side town house during his 12-year administration, though he oversaw...

  • Obama, European leaders hold joint call to discuss next steps in Ukraine crisis
    Jul 28, 2014 9:10 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and European leaders are conferring about next steps for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine. The White House says Obama held a joint call Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND'), British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The call comes as the U.S. and European Union weigh tougher sanctions against Russia. The West accuses separatists in eastern Ukraine of...

  • NY lawmakers urge study of anti-missile safety devices for commercial airliners
    Jul 28, 2014 9:04 AM CDT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two U.S. legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv's airport. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Steve Israel on Sunday asked the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration to consider technologies that would shield commercial aircraft....

  • Ukrainian prime minister says money needed to pay for war against separatists, reconstruction
    Jul 28, 2014 9:02 AM CDT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister says parliament needs to come up with more money to pay the mounting costs from the war against pro-Russian separatists and to rebuild infrastructure shattered by the fighting. Yatsenyuk urged parliament Monday to amend this year's budget and come up with an additional 9.1 billion hryvnias ($774 million) to pay the military, and 3.3 billion hryvnias ($280 million) for repairs. Yatsenyuk said the government would raise some of the money through a one-time...

  • Ban in Rhode Island town where Taylor Swift has summer home prompts battle over shave ice
    Jul 28, 2014 8:59 AM CDT

    WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents. George Manko sells Hawaiian shave ice in a private parking lot for beachgoers in Westerly, where celebrities including Taylor Swift and Conan O'Brien have summer homes. The town recently banned street vendors, except for at festivals and one-time events....

  • Ronstadt and Katzenberg among those honored by Obama for contributions to arts and humanities
    Jul 28, 2014 8:55 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Linda Ronstadt, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and public radio host Diane Rehm are among those being honored at the White House Monday for their contributions to arts and humanities. President Barack Obama was awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 22 recipients in an East Room ceremony also being attended with first lady Michelle Obama. The National Medal of Arts was established by Congress in 1984 as the nation's highest...

  • Oil depot catches fire amid clashes in Libyan capital as government appeals to world for help
    Jul 28, 2014 8:39 AM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos. Libya's interim government said in a statement posted that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno. It did not say what it specifically...

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia following Malaysian airliner disaster
    Jul 28, 2014 8:08 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet, the chief government spokesman said Monday. The sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, as well as restrictions on imports from Crimea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. He noted that the steps are in line with measures taken by the European...

  • Ban in Rhode Island town where Taylor Swift has summer home prompts battle over shave ice
    Jul 28, 2014 8:05 AM CDT

    WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents. George Manko sells Hawaiian shave ice in a private parking lot for beachgoers in Westerly, where celebrities including Taylor Swift and Conan O'Brien have summer homes. The town recently banned street vendors, except for at festivals and one-time events....

  • Hamas leader says Palestinians can't live under occupation, says their cause is being ignored
    Jul 28, 2014 7:59 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Khaled Meshaal said in an interview broadcast Monday that he believes the world hasn't taken an even-handed view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Unfortunately the world doesn't blame the Israelis," said Meshaal, interviewed by CBS news anchor Charlie Rose from Cairo. Meshaal complained that Palestinians too frequently have to hear pleas for the security of the Jewish state,...

  • Court orders Russia to pay investors over $50B for expropriation of Yukos oil company
    Jul 28, 2014 7:15 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay more than $50 billion to the former majority shareholders of now defunct oil company Yukos, ruling that the state engaged in a ruthless campaign to destroy what was once the country's biggest oil producer. In one of the biggest such cases ever, the Permanent Court for Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands, determined Russia was not acting in good faith to collect taxes when it leveled massive claims against Yukos in 2003, even...

  • In war-struck Gaza, hardship felt more keenly during what's meant to be joyous Muslim holiday
    Jul 28, 2014 7:06 AM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there's no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools and hospitals. The hardship is felt more keenly as Muslims on Monday start observing the Eid el-Fitr holiday, which is meant to be a joyous time of festive...

  • Fracking: British government opens the way for energy firms to explore for shale gas
    Jul 28, 2014 6:23 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country's energy supply but stressed national parks will be protected. "Done right, speeding up shale will mean more jobs and opportunities for people and help ensure long-term...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    Jul 28, 2014 5:56 AM CDT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOW MORE POLLUTION BECOMES A BIG EXPORT AS U.S. AIMS FOR CLEANER AIR As America tries for a greener approach to energy by relying more on natural gas, energy companies are shipping more and more coal abroad — and with it, tons of carbon dioxide. 2. RELATIVE LULL IS DISRUPTED IN GAZA AS UN CALLS FOR CEASE-FIRE The brief calm is broken as the Eid al-Fitr holiday marks the end of Ramadan...

  • Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president, urges speedy end to ballot audit
    Jul 28, 2014 5:18 AM CDT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor. In a speech marking the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, Karzai said that Afghans "want to have an outcome to the election as soon as possible, so that this country can have its president soon." After fraud was alleged by both presidential...

  • US releases images it says backs up claim Russia gave rockets to separatists, shelled Ukraine
    Jul 28, 2014 4:32 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said Sunday the images show heavy weapons...

  • Hong Kong pro-democracy news website folds, citing rising political pressure
    Jul 28, 2014 4:15 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semiautonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing's desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted on the House News website over the weekend, one of the site's founders said he and his family were "terrified" by Hong Kong's political atmosphere. "To act like a normal citizen, a normal...

  • 5 things to know about how US coal exports shift global warming problem onto other countries
    Jul 28, 2014 3:45 AM CDT

    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue: 1. AS U.S. REDUCES COAL USE, DEMAND RISES GLOBALLY. Over the past six years, the U.S. has cut consumption by 195 million tons as power plants have burned cheaper natural gas instead. The Environmental Protection...

  • Coal exports help US clean up global warming pollution at home _ but still pollute elsewhere
    Jul 28, 2014 3:39 AM CDT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution...

  • Obama practically weepy over daughter Malia leaving White House in 2 years to attend college
    Jul 28, 2014 3:31 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind. Malia barely reached up to her father's shoulders when they moved to the White House nearly six years ago with her mother, little sister and grandmother. At 16, she stands nearly as tall as her 6-foot-1 dad and is visiting college campuses in preparation for that bittersweet day in the fall of 2016 when she trades her...

  • List of proposed new VA medical facilities
    Jul 28, 2014 2:54 AM CDT

    Proposed new Veterans Affairs medical facilities, part of an agreement reached Sunday between House and Senate leaders negotiating a bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' access to health care. CBOC stands for community based outpatient clinic, or a walk-in clinic. State City Type of Facility Ariz. Phoenix CBOC Calif. Chico CBOC Calif. Chula Vista CBOC Calif. Redding CBOC Calif. San Diego CBOC Conn. West Haven Homeless drop-in center...

  • Malaysia plane shoot-down response recalls Soviet evasiveness after 1983 Korean jet downing
    Jul 28, 2014 2:44 AM CDT

    Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007. I was The Associated Press' Moscow bureau chief when a Soviet Sukhoi-15 fighter downed KAL 007 on Sept. 1, 1983....

  • Gov. Jerry Brown to meet with Mexican president to discuss immigration during trade mission
    Jul 28, 2014 2:32 AM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders. The governor's office announced Sunday that Brown will meet privately with Nieto on Monday about topics including immigration. It comes amid a trade mission aimed at increasing direct investments in California, promoting university exchanges and forming...

  • China announces war games starting Tuesday; says impact on civil aviation to be minimized
    Jul 28, 2014 1:43 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China has set up alternative flight routes to minimize delays related to military exercises along its southeastern coast that start Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. The exercises are part of regularly scheduled drills aiming to improve the military's ability to operate under simulated war conditions, the ministry said in a statement Monday. It gave no details about where exactly the drills would take place, but said officers had been dispatched to regional airports to facilitate...

  • US coal exports to German power plants quadruple, adding pollution, as US shuts its own down
    Jul 28, 2014 1:25 AM CDT

    LUENEN, Germany (AP) — One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world. Now the coal comes the other way. The 750-megawatt Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Luenen GmbH & Co. power plant relies completely on coal imports, about half from the U.S. Soon, all of Germany's coal-fired power plants will be dependent on imports, with the country expected to halt coal mining in 2018 when government...

  • Coal exports help US clean up global warming pollution at home _ but still pollute elsewhere
    Jul 28, 2014 1:22 AM CDT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution...

  • Coal exports help US clean up global warming pollution at home _ but still pollute elsewhere
    Jul 28, 2014 1:20 AM CDT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution. In the U.S., this coal and the carbon dioxide it will eventually release into the atmosphere are some of the unwanted leftovers of an America going greener. With the country moving to...

  • As government tears down church crosses, Chinese Christians rise to defend their symbol
    Jul 28, 2014 1:19 AM CDT

    WUXI VILLAGE, China (AP) — The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained and questioned for 10 hours on the charge of operating a welding business without a license. A week later, the crew came back to remove the cross. Once again, church members put it back up, now tattered and a little shorter....

  • Gaza war rages as Hamas, Israel exchange fire despite truce pledges ahead of Muslim holiday
    Jul 27, 2014 11:24 PM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms. After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday...

  • 5 things to know about how US coal exports shift global warming problem onto other countries
    Jul 27, 2014 11:07 PM CDT

    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue: 1. AS U.S. REDUCES COAL USE, DEMAND RISES GLOBALLY. Over the past six years, the U.S. has cut consumption by 195 million tons as power plants have burned cheaper natural gas instead. The Environmental Protection...

  • Today in History
    Jul 27, 2014 11:00 PM CDT

    Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 28, 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. On this date: In 1540, King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. In 1655, French dramatist and novelist Cyrano de Bergerac, the inspiration for a play by Edmond Rostand, died in Paris at age 36. In 1794, Maximilien...

  • Aruba releases and sends home former Venezuelan general sought by US on drug charges
    Jul 27, 2014 10:27 PM CDT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor. Aruban authorities had argued previously that Hugo Carvajal, a former military intelligence chief, didn't have immunity from arrest because he had yet to be accredited by the Netherlands, which manages the foreign affairs...

  • Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led city during 1999 WTO protests, dies at 76
    Jul 27, 2014 10:24 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76. Schell died Sunday morning at a Seattle hospital surrounded by family, according to Mayor Ed Murray's office. "Paul will be greatly missed. He was truly committed to the people of Seattle, working to improve the city both as an elected official and private citizen. He was dedicated to the lives of the people of this city, evidenced by his countless contributions...

  • FAA's restrictions on use of small drones imperil academic research, professors say
    Jul 27, 2014 10:07 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow would eliminate the ability of researchers to use small, unmanned aircraft on low-altitude flights over private property. Model aircraft have increased in sophistication...

  • Gaza war rages as Hamas, Israel exchange fire despite truce pledges ahead of Muslim holiday
    Jul 27, 2014 9:09 PM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms. After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday...

  • 10 Things to Know for Monday
    Jul 27, 2014 8:45 PM CDT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. HAMAS, ISRAEL TRADE BLAME FOR SCUTTLING TRUCE The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent cease-fire in the raging Gaza war. 2. WHAT'S KEPT EU FROM PRESSURING PUTIN ON UKRAINE Divisions among its member states and fears of an economic backlash have stopped the 28-nation European Union from imposing broad...

  • Gov. Jerry Brown to meet with Mexican president to discuss immigration during trade mission
    Jul 27, 2014 7:12 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders. The governor's office announced Sunday that Brown will meet privately with Nieto on Monday about topics including immigration. It comes amid a trade mission aimed at increasing direct investments in California, promoting university exchanges and forming...

  • US releases images it says backs up claim Russia gave rockets to separatists, shelled Ukraine
    Jul 27, 2014 6:43 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons...

  • Ebola kills top Liberian doctor ; 2 Americans, a doctor and a missionary, are infected
    Jul 27, 2014 6:39 PM CDT

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded. A second American, a missionary working in the Liberian capital, was also taken ill and was being treated in isolation there, said the pastor of a North Carolina church...

  • APNewsBreak: Lawmakers reach tentative deal on plan to improve health care for veterans
    Jul 27, 2014 6:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. Miller chairs the House veterans panel, while Sanders chairs the Senate panel. A spokesman for Sanders...

  • Israel says probe shows errant mortar shell hit UN school, but could not have caused deaths
    Jul 27, 2014 6:28 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone. The shell was not fired at the school intentionally, an army spokesman said. Palestinian officials have said three Israeli tank shells hit the school in the town of Beit Hanoun last Thursday, killing 16 people and wounding dozens. It was one of the single...

  • List of proposed new VA medical facilities
    Jul 27, 2014 6:23 PM CDT

    Proposed new Veterans Affairs medical facilities, part of an agreement reached Sunday between House and Senate leaders negotiating a bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' access to health care. CBOC stands for community based outpatient clinic, or a walk-in clinic. State City Type of Facility Ariz. Phoenix CBOC Calif. Chico CBOC Calif. Chula Vista CBOC Calif. Redding CBOC Calif. San Diego CBOC Conn. West Haven Homeless drop-in center...

  • Cease-fire efforts troubled as Israel, Hamas hold out for bigger gains in Gaza war
    Jul 27, 2014 5:30 PM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world's most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire. Hamas wants to break the seven-year blockade of Gaza and believes the only way to force serious negotiations on ending the closure is to keep fighting. Israel wants more time to destroy Hamas' rocket arsenal and military tunnels and to inflict enough pain to deter the Islamic militant...

  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site as Ukraine seeks to take control over area
    Jul 27, 2014 4:45 PM CDT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. The U.S. State Department, meanwhile, released satellite images that it says back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. A four-page document released by the State Department...

  • US, Europe seek to find elusive pressure points on Putin over Russia's actions in Ukraine
    Jul 27, 2014 3:57 PM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing for the rebels, including the shelling of Ukrainian military targets in southeast Ukraine from inside Russian territory and alleged plans...

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu: Public opinion can slip from his side but nation won't cede security
    Jul 27, 2014 3:39 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his nation's case on America's Sunday news programs. In a phone call later Sunday, President Barack Obama told Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu US is worried about worsening conditions in Gaza, civilian deaths
    Jul 27, 2014 3:17 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week. The White House says Obama and Netanyahu spoke Sunday about the ongoing violence in the region and the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza. Obama also reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas' rocket attacks. Obama says a lasting...

  • White House: Obama to rename program for young African leaders in honor of Nelson Mandela
    Jul 27, 2014 3:10 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday. President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela's life, is set to announce the name change at a town hall-style event on Monday in Washington with several hundred young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa. The youngsters are participating...

  • Police: 5-year-old boy killed, mother wounded by father who then turned gun on himself
    Jul 27, 2014 2:58 PM CDT

    FOLSOM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Philadelphia man shot and killed his 5-year-old son and critically wounded the boy's mother before trying to kill himself as officers closed in. Investigators say 26-year-old Tyrell Styles shot his son, Cion, in the head and wounded Shyema Washington at a suburban apartment complex where they had been attending a children's birthday party Saturday night. Ridley Township police say Styles led them on a chase then shot himself after officers cornered his vehicle....

  • Judges strikes down DC ban on handguns outside homes, latest ruling in fight over gun laws
    Jul 27, 2014 2:55 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin is the latest in a protracted fight over gun laws in Washington. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision striking down the city's 32-year-old ban on handguns. Since then, the city has rewritten its laws, lawsuits have been filed and even Congress has waded...

  • 38 killed as Libyan army forces loyal to renegade general battle Islamist militias in the east
    Jul 27, 2014 1:59 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned their citizens to leave. Forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter battled militias in the eastern city of Benghazi in clashes that started Saturday and continued through early Sunday morning, a security official said. Commando forces regained...

  • Downed Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France, embassy official says
    Jul 27, 2014 11:54 AM CDT

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead. U.N. peacekeepers located the second black box on Saturday amid the wreckage of the plane that took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and was heading to Algiers, Algeria when it crashed early Thursday in northern Mali near the border with...

  • German vice chancellor: EU should target Russian oligarchs as it raises pressure over Ukraine
    Jul 27, 2014 11:02 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Europe should take aim at rich businesspeople who support Russia's government as it increases pressure on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, Germany's vice chancellor said Sunday. European Union foreign ministers last week ordered the preparation of stepped-up sanctions, frustrated over Russia's refusal to heed EU demands to help bring about an end to the fighting in Ukraine, and outraged by the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine. "We should now target...

  • Utah man seeks to prove FBI has video of Oklahoma City bombing that shows 2nd person involved
    Jul 27, 2014 10:19 AM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy theory will be at the forefront during a trial set to begin Monday in Salt Lake City. The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was brought by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue against the FBI. He says the agency won't release security camera videos...

  • Unarmed Australian police to help Dutch-led force secure Malaysian jet crash site
    Jul 27, 2014 9:39 AM CDT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Unarmed Australian police will be sent to the site in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysian airliner came down as part of a Dutch-led police force to secure the area and help recover victims' remains, Australia's prime minister said Sunday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that by using unarmed police, Ukraine's Parliament will not need to ratify the deployment as it would if the security force were to be armed. "This is a risky mission. There's...

  • Palestinian official says Israeli aggression won't lead to peace in region
    Jul 27, 2014 9:19 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region. Mohammad Shtayyeh (sh-TAY'-uh) says people under siege will react to defend themselves and that is what is happening in Gaza. He says the only answer is for Israel to accommodate Palestinian demands for ending occupation and for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Shtayyeh is the minister of the Palestinian Economic Council for Research and Development. He spoke on CNN's...

  • UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg wants Russia stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis
    Jul 27, 2014 9:01 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behavior" in the Ukraine crisis. While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to exploit football's biggest sporting event to enhance his own status. Clegg's intervention comes after some lawmakers in Germany called...

  • Boko Haram attacks northern Cameroon town, kidnaps wife of vice prime minister
    Jul 27, 2014 8:47 AM CDT

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths. Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the attack occurred early Sunday morning in the town of Kolofata, in the Far North Region. He said the fighters targeted the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali as well as a local traditional chief. He could not provide the exact numbers of people killed and kidnapped...

  • No booze for DC residents? New Hampshire calls it an oversight, may fix law to avoid confusion
    Jul 27, 2014 8:22 AM CDT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation's capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver's licenses when determining a buyer's age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses from "another state" or Canada. The issue came up this month when a Concord...

  • AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks 1950-53 war anniversary
    Jul 27, 2014 8:20 AM CDT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War," a major national holiday. Sunday's 61st anniversary was low-key. There were no large-scale military parades or public appearances by leader Kim Jong Un, who privately paid his respects just after midnight at the mausoleum where his father...

  • Consumers automatically renewing health plans could get inaccurate financial aid amounts
    Jul 27, 2014 8:02 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. If those amounts are too low,...

  • Malaysia to send police to MH17 crash site in Ukraine after rebels agree to allow police in
    Jul 27, 2014 7:26 AM CDT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Sunday that it would send dozens of police to the Malaysian airliner's crash site in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia separatists agreed to allow international police personnel to provide protection for investigators. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement that he spoke with his counterparts from the Netherlands and Australia, and the three agreed to work together in deploying police personnel to the site. Later in the day, however,...

  • Sympathies divided, Israel's Arab minority is caught in the middle of Gaza war
    Jul 27, 2014 4:38 AM CDT

    TIRA, Israel (AP) — Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in growing numbers in the Gaza Strip. The people of Tira, a town of some 25,000 people known for their warm relations with nearby Jewish communities, have Jewish friends, speak Hebrew fluently and are largely integrated into Israeli society. But with relatives...

  • Suicide bombers attack police chief's home in Afghanistan, 2 killed
    Jul 27, 2014 4:04 AM CDT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said. The six gunmen, all of whom were wearing suicide vests, launched the attack from a school building near Gen. Abdul Razeq's house in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, but were shot dead before they could enter the residence, provincial police spokesman...

  • IHS Jane's study shows arms embargo wouldn't hurt Russia's military
    Jul 27, 2014 2:05 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the nation's $68 billion defense budget, according to a study by IHS Jane's, which provides analysis on the defense industry and security issues. The bulk of that was a $521 million payment to France, which is...

  • AP Analysis: Putin likely to stay on offense in Ukraine in face of heavy pressure
    Jul 27, 2014 1:39 AM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense and appears to positioning for the long game. In his televised appearances since last Thursday's crash, Putin's demeanor hasn't wavered from his usual steely determination. He has allowed Russian media to propound theories blaming Ukrainian forces or suggesting a...

  • 'Spider-Man' arrested for slugging cop in Times Square after asked to stop harassing tourists
    Jul 27, 2014 12:19 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. The New York Police Department said the officer assaulted Saturday — an 18-month veteran and one of about 50 officers patrolling the bustling tourist area — stepped in after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture...

  • Despite Clinton: Maryland governor helps local candidates in Iowa amid 2016 presidential talk
    Jul 26, 2014 9:55 PM 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...

  • Ukraine prepares offensive in hopes of retaking rebel stronghold of Donetsk
    Jul 26, 2014 9:48 PM 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...

  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases video of American smiling before his suicide bombing in Syria
    Jul 26, 2014 9:27 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...

  • Israel decides to extend Gaza war truce for 24 hours, but says it will respond to Hamas fire
    Jul 26, 2014 9:25 PM CDT

    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel's Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels during this period. The temporary...

  • New UN envoy calls Myanmar camps for displaced Muslims deplorable, fears rights backsliding
    Jul 26, 2014 9:21 PM CDT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The new U.N. human rights envoy for Myanmar expressed serious concern about the conditions in camps for more than 100,000 mostly minority Muslims displaced by violence led by Buddhist extremists, and warned that the country's human rights situation may be deteriorating. Yanghee Lee spoke Saturday 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...

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