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Mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick killed in boat accident

The mother of the CEO of the ride-hailing company Uber died in a boat accident Friday evening in Fresno County, the company said. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake in the eastern part of the county, authorities said. They are the parents of Travis Kalanick, 40, who founded Uber in 2009. The company has since grown to...
Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85. Bunning's family said the ex-senator and baseball great died late Friday of complications from a stroke suffered last October. Bunning was the patriarch of a large family that included his wife, Mary, and their nine children...
Drug gangs take aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

Drug gangs take aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

With a shot to the chest, Alejandro Caro fell from his motorbike while on patrol in a small town in northern Colombia, another victim of criminal gangs who have killed 11 officers over the past month, mostly in gang-dominated regions. Caro's mother, Consolacion Jabe, is still stunned by his death. She said the youth had always dreamed of being a policeman and even after being injured earlier, he "...
In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

As Cpl. Kevin Phillips pulled up to investigate a suspected opioid overdose, paramedics were already at the Maryland home giving a man a life-saving dose of the overdose reversal drug Narcan. Drugs were easy to find: a package of heroin on the railing leading to a basement; another batch on a shelf above a nightstand. The deputy already had put on gloves and grabbed evidence baggies, his usual routine...
BA outage creates London travel chaos; power issue blamed

BA outage creates London travel chaos; power issue blamed

British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend. The airline said it was suffering a "major IT systems failure" around the world. Chief executive Alex Cruz said "we believe the root cause was a power-supply issue and we have no evidence...
Syrian army, allied militia gain ground against IS

Syrian army, allied militia gain ground against IS

Syrian troops and allied militia have pushed back Islamic State militants and U.S-backed opposition fighters, gaining control of a large swath of territory in the country's strategic southern desert, the government-controlled media and a war monitor said Saturday. Also Saturday, the U.S.-led coalition leading the campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria's northeast, acknowledged it has conducted...
Iraq says Iranian commander killed fighting IS

Iraq says Iranian commander killed fighting IS

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander was killed in an explosion during clashes with the Islamic State group west of Mosul, an Iraqi official told The Associated Press on Saturday, as aid groups voiced concern for the safety of civilians after Iraq's government called for residents in militant-held neighborhoods to flee immediately. Gen. Shaaban Nasiiri was an adviser to Qassem Soleimani...

The Latest: Iraq says Iranian commander killed fighting IS

The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 11:20 a.m. An Iraqi official says a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander has been killed in an explosion during clashes with the Islamic State group west of Mosul. The Iraqi official says Gen. Shaaban Nasiiri was an adviser to Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, who has acted as a key adviser to Iraq's Popular Mobilization...
The Latest: From the air, Trump tweets about trade

The Latest: From the air, Trump tweets about trade

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Europe (all times local): 6:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says G-7 allies are pushing to end "all trade-distorting practices." The president tweeted as he departed Sicily for Washington, concluding his nine-day maiden overseas trip. The president writes, "Just left the #G7Summit. Had great meetings on everything, especially on trade where...
Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk

Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk

Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, inching toward a victory that U.S.-led coalition officials say is "only a matter of time." But unlike past urban battles against IS in Iraq, the militants in Mosul are under siege by Iraqi forces. The Iraqi government on Friday announced a call for all civilians in the Old...
Sri Lanka says finding survivors among 99 missing doubtful

Sri Lanka says finding survivors among 99 missing doubtful

Sri Lanka's military said Saturday that it is doubtful any missing people will be found alive two days after torrents of mud triggered by heavy rain covered homes in southern and western parts of the country, killing 100 people and leaving 99 others missing. The Disaster Management Center said more than 27,000 people have been displaced by the landslides. "I have my doubts" that any survivors...

US: 2 Chinese jets conduct unsafe intercept of Navy aircraft

Two Chinese aircraft conducted an unprofessional intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the second time in about a week that the U.S. has complained about unsafe Chinese operations in the region. A defense official said one of the Chinese J-10 fighter jets flew about 200 yards in front of the U.S. P-3 aircraft and about 100 feet above...

Israel's Ramadan goodwill comes amid tension over Gaza power

Israel has announced a series of goodwill gestures for Palestinians ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day after it warned Gaza's already meager electricity supply could be further reduced following a spat between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory. Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai of the Israeli defense body COGAT said in a statement...
Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Choosing the right sunscreen for your kid is no easy feat, especially when there are dozens of options to choose from. » RELATED: Study finds 73 percent of sunscreens don’t even work — how to find one that does  But according to a new study, nearly three quarters of products on the market don’t even work. For their 11th annual sunscreen guide, researchers at...
The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Whether you and the kids are on the beach, in the backyard or just strolling around under the scorching sun, not using sunscreen under those harmful rays could increase risk of sunburn, potentially doubling your little one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. » RELATED: Study finds 73 percent of sunscreens don’t even work — how to find one that does ...
Could Trump’s Scottish golf course be the greatest in the world?

Could Trump’s Scottish golf course be the greatest in the world?

Editor’s Note: This story originally published July 7, 2012. •••••••••• When Donald Trump built his first golf course in 1999, he had to create a masterpiece of hills, valleys, waterfalls and lakes from a forlorn patch of scrub — 300 very flat acres next to Palm Beach International Airport.   Trump’s newest course, set to...
91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides

91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides

Floods and torrents of mud unleashed by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed 91 people and left 110 others missing Friday. Authorities appealed for international help for rescue and relief operations. The Disaster Management Center said 2,040 people were evacuated to safer locations and more than 61,000 were affected by the rain that started early Friday. The foreign ministry appealed for assistance from...
JFK’s 100th birthday: 100 reasons Palm Beach is a Kennedy town

JFK’s 100th birthday: 100 reasons Palm Beach is a Kennedy town

Happy Birthday, Mr. President. A hundred years ago Monday, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the second child of Joe and Rose Kennedy. A Democrat, he was elected 35th president of the United States in 1960, beating Richard Nixon. By then, the Kennedy family had established a beach head in Palm Beach, where JFK’s father had purchased a home on the island’s...
Iraqis demand 'justice' after US probe into Mosul strike

Iraqis demand 'justice' after US probe into Mosul strike

Little has changed at the scene of the al-Jadida airstrike that killed more than 100 civilians more than two months ago and ratcheted up pressure on the U.S.-led coalition to address allegations of mounting civilian casualties in the fight against the Islamic State group. While bulldozers have cleared the main street of debris so vehicles and pedestrians can pass, the houses destroyed by the fierce...
Kennedys discuss JFK's legacy 100 years after his birth

Kennedys discuss JFK's legacy 100 years after his birth

John F. Kennedy didn't make it even halfway to 100 — a milestone he might have celebrated next week — but the slain U.S. president's legacy is being lived out by members of his family. The nation's 35th president was born on May 29, 1917, in the leafy Boston suburb of Brookline. Before he was felled at age 46 by an assassin's bullets in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the charismatic Kennedy...
Arrest warrant issued for hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury

Arrest warrant issued for hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury

An arrest warrant was issued for Bikram Choudhury, the “hot yoga” founder who is embroiled in sexual abuse allegations. Minakshi “Micki” Jafa-Bodden, who headed Choudhury’s legal team from 2011 to 2013, sued her employer for sexual harassment and wrongful termination after she was fired from her six-figure position for refusing to cover up a rape allegation.  Choudhury...
100-year-old twin sisters celebrate huge milestone in photo shoot 

100-year-old twin sisters celebrate huge milestone in photo shoot 

Twin sisters in Ibiraçu, Brazil, are celebrating their 100th birthday with their very big families. Photographer Camila Lima told ABC News she saw a news story about Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi and wanted to take photos of them in honor of the milestone. The sisters will celebrate their 100th year on May 24. Lima, 28, said she takes photos of older couples...
Body-slamming a reporter just made Greg Gianforte a whole lot of money

Body-slamming a reporter just made Greg Gianforte a whole lot of money

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte’s congressional campaign has raised $100,000 and counting in the hours since he allegedly “body-slammed” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. That’s according to NBC News’ Peter Alexander, who cites a source close to the campaign operation. The incident occurred Wednesday at a campaign event for Gianforte, who is running in a Montana special...

Federal appeals court keeps Trump travel and refugee order on hold

In another legal setback for President Donald Trump, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused on Thursday to lift an injunction against his revised travel and refugee order, preventing the White House from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries, as this decision took another step on the way to a likely showdown on the matter at the U.S. Supreme Court. As in earlier rulings...
Turkey's leader confronted by France, Germany at NATO summit

Turkey's leader confronted by France, Germany at NATO summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was confronted by key allies France and Germany with diplomatic complaints despite him traveling to Brussels to celebrate the unity of the NATO alliance. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both raised the issue of nationals from their countries currently held in custody in Turkey. It was the latest example of steadily decreasing...

House OKs bill requiring sports groups to report sex abuse

Angered by allegations that some members of USA Gymnastics were sexually abused, the House overwhelmingly backed legislation on Thursday that requires amateur sports groups recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to report claims of sexual abuse to police. The vote was 415-3, with the bill's sponsor, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., saying the Olympic community clearly had failed to protect its athletes...

Probe: US bomb set off IS-planted devices in Mosul tragedy

The United States acknowledged Thursday that bombing an Iraqi building in March set off a series of Islamic-State planted explosives, resulting in more than 100 civilian deaths and underscoring the difficulty of rooting out the extremist group's fighters from its remaining urban strongholds. The bomb dropped on a building in the city of Mosul set off explosive materials that IS militants had already...
Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran

Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran

A Senate panel overwhelmingly backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to put new sanctions on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in place. The Foreign Relations Committee voted 18-3 on Thursday despite concerns from former Secretary of State John Kerry and several Democrats that the measure could nonetheless lead to the unraveling of the nuclear...
Memorial Day 2017: Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohls and other deals  and sales

Memorial Day 2017: Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohls and other deals  and sales

Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who died in military service to the United States, is Monday. The practice of taking a day to honor the war dead began after the Civil War. More than 100 years later, “Decoration Day” became an official federal holiday known as Memorial Day in 1971. The day also marks the unofficial start of summer, and retailers are offering those first summer...
Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is asking regulators for a 23 percent price hike next year because it doesn't expect crucial payments from the federal government to continue. That announcement comes a day after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City said it will leave the individual insurance market next year, a decision that affects about 67,000 people in a 32-county area in Kansas...
Muslims in America, by the numbers

Muslims in America, by the numbers

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In fact, if current trends continue, Muslims will surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group in the second half of this century, according to the Pew Research Center. As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making up the majority of the population in 49 countries. And only 0.2 percent...
Teen with terminal illness requests 100,000 birthday cards

Teen with terminal illness requests 100,000 birthday cards

A 14-year-old Arizona boy who is battling a terminal illness has only one wish for his birthday this year: to receive 100,000 birthday cards. Jacob Priestly has mitochondrial disease, which is draining him of energy, leaving him bedridden. >> Read more trending news There is no cure for the disease, which attacks every part of his body, eventually targeting his heart. Jacob doesn’t want...
The Latest: Britain resumes sharing bombing intel with US

The Latest: Britain resumes sharing bombing intel with US

The Latest on the investigation into the Manchester concert bombing (all times local): 10:55 p.m. British police say they have resumed sharing intelligence about the Manchester bombing with U.S. counterparts. Britain had halted the exchange of information after details of the Manchester investigation — including forensic crime-scene photos — appeared in U.S. media. The disclosure infuriated...
California guards, inmates recovering after rare mass attack

California guards, inmates recovering after rare mass attack

Four inmates remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds Thursday, a day after California correctional officers opened fire to quell a rare mass attack on eight prison guards by more than 100 inmates, officials said. One Pelican Bay State Prison inmate will need surgery after he was shot in the chin. The other three were shot in the arms and legs, Corrections Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said...
Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is renewing debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade. Trump's budget, unveiled on Tuesday, calls for selling an additional 270 million barrels of oil over the next decade, raising an estimated...

Census: Texas has 4 of top 5 fastest growing large US cities

Everything is bigger in Texas, including population booms. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that four of the five fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. during the 12 months leading up to last July 1 were in Texas, including some in its sprawling suburban areas. Conroe, a Houston suburb, was the fastest-growing, increasing by 7.8 percent during that span. That growth rate...
Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance's financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges "the people and taxpayers of the United States." Trump, who has often complained back home about other nations' NATO support, lectured the other leaders in person this time, declaring...
Warrant issued for Bikram founder beset by legal woes

Warrant issued for Bikram founder beset by legal woes

A California judge on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the founder of Bikram yoga, who's been ordered to hand over proceeds from his global fitness business to satisfy a $6.8 million judgment won by a former legal adviser. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton issued the warrant for Bikram Choudhury and set bail at $8 million. No lawyers appeared for Choudhury, who claimed last...
Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries

Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries

A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday. Professor Douglas Shaw formed his own research firm with others after retiring from the University of California, Davis, where for years he had overseen the school's strawberry...
READ: President Donald Trump’s Memorial Day proclamation

READ: President Donald Trump’s Memorial Day proclamation

President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued a proclamation declaring Monday to be Memorial Day. The proclamation notes a law passed by Congress in 2000 that sets a National Moment of Remembrance for one minute beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. Trump’s proclamation also follows tradition by directing all U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised...
Protesters, politics 'without taboos' greet Trump in Belgium

Protesters, politics 'without taboos' greet Trump in Belgium

After a serene visit to the Vatican and with Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in Brussels as thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators took to the streets and the Belgian prime minister said he spoke with the president "without taboos." Trump, who a year ago said Brussels had turned into a "hellhole," oozed charm as he met with Belgian King Philippe and moved...
Bill Cosby lawyers criticize lack of minority jury candidates

Bill Cosby lawyers criticize lack of minority jury candidates

With 100 people questioned, attorneys for comedian Bill Cosby say the jury pool is overwhelmingly white and prosecutors are trying to keep black jurors off the panel. Cosby's lawyers say of the 100 candidates already questioned, only 16 weren't white. Prosecutors have used their strikes to send two black women home, although they say race was not a factor in those decisions. Montgomery County Common...
The Latest: 2 blacks on Cosby case of 12; alternates picked

The Latest: 2 blacks on Cosby case of 12; alternates picked

The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local) 6 p.m. All 12 jurors and six alternates have been chosen for the Pennsylvania jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial. Two blacks are among the 12 people on the jury. The panel includes seven men and five women. Five men and one woman will fill in as alternate jurors if needed. Leaving the Pittsburgh courthouse...
Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow hopes for a democratic settlement of Macedonia's political situation. Putin made the statement Wednesday at the start of his talks with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, voicing hope that Ivanov's experience would help "Macedonia's domestic situation develop in accordance with the constitution in a democratic way." Since 2015, the Balkans nation...
'Wrestling moves’ kill toddler, police say; mother, boyfriend charged

'Wrestling moves’ kill toddler, police say; mother, boyfriend charged

A Missouri couple is facing charges after a 2-year-old died after her mother’s boyfriend performed what he called “wrestling moves” on the little girl. Police and EMTs responded to a call last week that a child was having seizures. She was taken to a Jefferson County hospital where she later died, KTVI reported. >> Read more trending news  Police said that the unnamed...
The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed 'sophistication'

The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed 'sophistication'

The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A U.S. congressman says the bomb used in the deadly Manchester Arena attack in England suggests a "level of sophistication" that might indicate its maker had foreign training. Texas Republican Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told The Associated Press...
Agency takes tectonics study to earthquake-prone Alaska

Agency takes tectonics study to earthquake-prone Alaska

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America's shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports basic science research is completing installation in Alaska of an array of seismometers as part of its quest to map the Earth's upper crust beneath North America. When the magnitude...
The Latest: Trump to hold Iowa rally next week

The Latest: Trump to hold Iowa rally next week

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Donald Trump will be returning to the campaign trail just a few days after he wraps up his first trip abroad as president. Trump's campaign team says he will be holding a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 1. It's the latest campaign-style rally Trump has mounted since his inauguration. At the end of April he marked...
Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated. Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black. "It's a terrific jury made up of people of all demographics," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. "We're...
Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

Scientists think they have answered a whale of a mystery: How the ocean creatures got so huge so quickly. A few million years ago, the largest whales, averaged maybe 15 feet long. That's big, but you could still hold a fossil skull in two hands. Then seemingly overnight, one type of whale — the toothless baleens — became huge. Modern blue whales get as big as 100 feet, the largest creatures...
Areas outside of arenas becoming a bigger priority

Areas outside of arenas becoming a bigger priority

Even before the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester, England, arena Monday night, the Chicago Cubs were evaluating ways to make the area around Wrigley Field safer. The City Council Budget Committee on Tuesday approved a $1 million donation by the World Series champions for the installation of 30 security cameras around the stadium in a densely populated neighborhood. The timing...
Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall. The median annual household income is $38,000 — about 25 percent below the national average. Nearly 20 percent of its 1,800 residents live in poverty. And more than one in four people don't have health insurance. Yet few people in this conservative...
Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall of skepticism remains solidly intact. It's often said that the contours of Israeli-Palestinian peace are well-known. And as Trump professed, much of the Arab world does seem ready to normalize relations...
Letter says Trump’s former National Security Adviser Flynn misled Pentagon

Letter says Trump’s former National Security Adviser Flynn misled Pentagon

  Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, misled Pentagon investigators about his income from companies in Russia and contacts with officials there when he applied for a renewal of his top-secret security clearance last year, according to a letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee.   Flynn, who resigned...
Acquitted Tulsa cop who killed unarmed man returns to work

Acquitted Tulsa cop who killed unarmed man returns to work

A white Oklahoma police officer who was acquitted of manslaughter after fatally shooting an unarmed black man is back on the force working "a desk job," her attorney said Tuesday. Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby returned to work Monday, three days after the police chief decided she could come back but couldn't work street patrol. City spokeswoman Michelle Brooks said Tuesday that Shelby will...
Parched Cape Town imposes water restrictions due to drought

Parched Cape Town imposes water restrictions due to drought

South Africa's city of Cape Town is urging residents to severely restrict water use because of the area's worst drought in more than a century. The city, a major international tourist destination, said it is experiencing the impact of climate change and predicts little rain in the next three weeks. It wants daily water usage to be reduced to 100 liters (26 gallons) per person and recommends taking...
2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture." More than a thousand people packed the courtyard of a mosque to witness the caning, which was the first time that Aceh, the only province...
11 people seated on Cosby jury; defense sees race bias

11 people seated on Cosby jury; defense sees race bias

Bill Cosby's lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to systematically keep blacks off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to send two black women home. Judge Steven O'Neill for now rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former Pittsburgh detective who sued the city after she was arrested in a public scandal. They said the case raised doubts...
The Latest: Trump visit to Israel shadowing by Russia probe

The Latest: Trump visit to Israel shadowing by Russia probe

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2 a.m. Israel offered President Donald Trump a warm and smooth welcome in his first visit as president, but the day's events were still shadowed even here by reminders of his tumult back home. Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing...
U.S. justices essentially lock in unanimous death penalty in Florida

U.S. justices essentially lock in unanimous death penalty in Florida

Bolstering a state law requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by Attorney General Pam Bondi on the issue. The court’s decision to deny what is known as a “writ of certiorari” essentially cements a state law enacted this year in response to a seminal Florida Supreme Court decision in a case involving...

Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, decries “public frenzy” over Russia probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on Monday, as his lawyers refused to honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first time that someone with close ties to President Trump has refused to cooperate in the course of this politically charged investigation. “In these circumstances...
APNewsBreak: Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline system

APNewsBreak: Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline system

The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. Two barrels, or 84 gallons (320 liters), spilled due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3, according to the state's Health Department. A flange is the section connecting two...

UN-backed panel adopts draft treaty banning nuclear weapons

A panel charged by the U.N. General Assembly has presented a draft that could lead to a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, although none of the countries that possess them participated in its writing. Advocates of the draft unveiled in Geneva on Monday say the move builds on work officially launched last October, followed by a first negotiation session involving more than 130 countries at the U.N. in...
With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

This year's Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in catcalls and applause, and some of the biggest names in cinema staking out their positions. As the world's largest and most prestigious film festival, Cannes has often been a kind of glitzy, French Riviera town hall that measures the fluctuations of the movie industry. This year, the...

AP: Flynn to assert Fifth Amendment rights, won’t honor subpoena in Russia probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate panel investigating election interference by Russia, as the one-time aide to President Donald Trump will instead assert his Fifth Amendment rights, the Associated Press reported on Monday. That report came several days after the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr...
Jury selection to begin in Bill Cosby sex assault trial

Jury selection to begin in Bill Cosby sex assault trial

Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to famous alumni Bill Cosby's nearby home for career advice, her complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury. Jury selection in the sexual assault case will begin Monday at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, two weeks ahead of Cosby’s scheduled trial in Montgomery...
The Latest: 3 white men, 2 white woman seated for Cosby jury

The Latest: 3 white men, 2 white woman seated for Cosby jury

The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Three men and two women have been chosen to serve on the sequestered jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sex assault case. Two of the men say they or someone close to them has been a sexual assault victim, but both say they can be fair. All of the jurors selected so far are white in a case that Cosby believes may...
EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks

EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks

The 27 European Union nations handling Britain's exit from the bloc set a tough negotiating mandate for the talks, the EU's chief negotiator said Monday, stressing that the discussions would be tension-filled. The talks will quickly center on the tens of billions in costs London would be expected to pay for the divorce. EU ministers built on the strong stance which was reached unanimously at an EU...
Trial opens in Turkey for 221 suspected coup instigators

Trial opens in Turkey for 221 suspected coup instigators

A trial opened on Monday in Turkey's capital for 221 suspects, including 27 former generals, accused of being the instigators of last summer's failed military coup. The main defendants are Gen. Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander, and other alleged members of the so-called Peace at Home Council — a group on whose behalf a coup declaration was read on state television. Other defendants...

Amnesty slams Turkey over 'arbitrary' crackdown on employees

A leading human rights group has slammed Turkey for dismissing tens of thousands of public employees after last summer's failed coup, saying the move has had a "catastrophic impact" on their lives and means of earning a living. In a report published Monday, Amnesty International said that the massive crackdown following the July 15 coup attempt has left teachers, academics, doctors, police...
Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell

Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell

President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program. Trump's 2018 budget blueprint calls for abolishing the 4-decade-old program, saying it's not...
Prosecutor: Too early to call school stabbing a hate crime

Prosecutor: Too early to call school stabbing a hate crime

Authorities appealed for patience Monday from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black Bowie State University student. Police and the FBI are investigating the killing of Richard Collins III as a possible hate crime, because the suspect, Sean Urbanski, became a member...
Drake dominates, Cher reflects at Billboard Music Awards

Drake dominates, Cher reflects at Billboard Music Awards

These are the top moments from the awards show. ___ DRAKE'S LUCKY 13 The rapper broke Adele's record with 13 wins for the night as well as an eye-catching performance in the middle of famous Fountains of Bellagio. With the streams of water and fireworks timed to his song, "Gyalchester," the Canadian rapper danced around a platform in the water. He already had 10 awards by the time the show...
3 white men, 2 white women picked for Bill Cosby jury so far

3 white men, 2 white women picked for Bill Cosby jury so far

The panel that will decide Bill Cosby's fate in his sex assault trial began to take shape Monday with the selection of five jurors, three white men and two white women. The search for 12 jurors and six alternates got off to a brisk start, even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said they or someone close to them had been sexually...
Notre Dame graduates walk out in protest during Pence commencement speech

Notre Dame graduates walk out in protest during Pence commencement speech

Vice President Mike Pence addressed a smaller-than-expected commencement this year as dozens of Notre Dame students silently stood up and left as he took the podium Sunday. Notre Dame human rights group We StaND For organized the walkout to protest the vice president’s policies on immigration and LGBTQI rights. There were more than 100 participants. Protesters left quietly and respectfully...
Brazilians call for president to resign after graft charges

Brazilians call for president to resign after graft charges

Brazilians around the country staged demonstrations Sunday calling for their president to step down after the supreme court opened an investigation into allegations he endorsed the payment of hush money to a jailed former lawmaker. The accusations against President Michel Temer have plunged Latin America's largest nation into crisis yet again, sending its currency and stocks plummeting and stalling...
Contradictions add up during Trump's Saudi visit

Contradictions add up during Trump's Saudi visit

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama for failing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism." He accused the foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton of corruption for accepting charitable contributions from Saudi Arabia and chastised first lady Michelle Obama for not covering her head during a visit to the Kingdom. Now that he's president...
Oklahoma crisis offers opportunity for hapless Democrats

Oklahoma crisis offers opportunity for hapless Democrats

The Oklahoma state budget has been cut so deeply that two elementary schools in state Rep. Jason Dunnington's district can no longer afford to pay for art teachers. A hospital is struggling after lawmakers axed a fund for uncompensated care. Beyond the cuts, the situation has also produced a political role reversal. Republicans want to ease the pain with increases in cigarette and fuel taxes. Dunnington...
Hello! Drake breaks Adele's record at Billboard Music Awards

Hello! Drake breaks Adele's record at Billboard Music Awards

Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album ("Views"), among others, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. "I got my whole family up here," said Drake, who stood onstage with nearly two dozen people, including his father, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj...
AP Exclusive: Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel

AP Exclusive: Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel

The World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. As the cash-strapped U.N. health agency pleads for more money to fund its responses to health crises worldwide, it...
Turkey's ruling party elects President Erdogan as leader

Turkey's ruling party elects President Erdogan as leader

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned as leader of Turkey's ruling party Sunday, pushing back criticism that his tenure has curtailed freedoms and polarized the country as he vowed to serve the nation and combat terror. The Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, re-elected Erdogan, its co-founder, at a congress where he was the only candidate for chairman. A narrow victory in a referendum last...
Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment

Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment

A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports . The seven-term Democrat told the crowd of about 100 people that...
GOP Sen. Cotton raises national profile in visit to Iowa

GOP Sen. Cotton raises national profile in visit to Iowa

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton is walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile in a visit to Iowa at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House. The 40-year-old freshman senator sounded national themes Friday as the guest at the Pottawattamie County Republican Party's annual fundraiser in Council Bluffs in conservative western Iowa. It was a role thick with presidential...
Confederate statue removals part of New Orleans mayor legacy

Confederate statue removals part of New Orleans mayor legacy

Mitch Landrieu enters his final year as mayor of New Orleans drawing less attention to what's been built than to what's been taken down: Century-old landmarks, three honoring Confederate leaders and one heralding white supremacy, have disappeared from the city landscape at his behest. Emotional debates, state and federal court battles and tense confrontations at monument sites marked the process....
The Latest: Mogherini warns against US cuts in UN funding

The Latest: Mogherini warns against US cuts in UN funding

The Latest developments at the World Economic Forum in Jordan (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The EU foreign policy chief says Europe does "not see eye to eye" with the Trump administration on major issues such as trade, climate change and funding of U.N. agencies, but can "easily" work with the U.S. on Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Federica Mogherini spoke Saturday...
Populist campaign for minimum income draws Italian marchers

Populist campaign for minimum income draws Italian marchers

The head of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement led thousands in a 15-mile march Saturday to demand a guaranteed minimum income for citizens as the party seeks to widen its appeal in hopes of clinching the national power for the first time. Comic Beppe Grillo described the march between the Perugia and Assisi, another Umbrian town 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, as a way to express support for human dignity...

Report: Lebanon detains Iraqi allegedly spying for Israel

Lebanon's state-run news agency is reporting that security forces have detained an Iraqi citizen who was allegedly spying for Israel. The National News Agency said in the Saturday report that the Iraqi citizen confessed that he was recruited by an arm of the Israeli Defense Ministry to gather information about the Lebanese army and certain personalities in Lebanon. The NNA report added that the person...
Ex-coal CEO seeks vindication in blast after year in prison

Ex-coal CEO seeks vindication in blast after year in prison

After finishing a one-year prison sentence, a former West Virginia coal executive has wasted no time resuming a campaign for vindication in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. In a phone interview Friday, ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship took up the same fight he waged before his 2015 trial: to convince people that natural gas, and not methane gas and excess coal dust, was at the...
2,100 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, heading to Italy

2,100 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, heading to Italy

Some 2,100 migrants have been rescued at sea to be brought to safety in Italy, the Italian coast guard said Saturday. Among those rescued Friday and early Saturday was a 6-week-old boy, one of seven migrants transferred to a coast guard motorboat to be sped to a medical facility. One body was recovered. The onset of warmer weather has encouraged even more human traffickers based in Libya to launch...
Montana Republican goes from wary Trump backer to all-in

Montana Republican goes from wary Trump backer to all-in

When Donald Trump visited Montana last year ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary, technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was running on the GOP ticket for governor and made it a point to avoid his party's likely presidential nominee. Gianforte later reluctantly pledged support for Trump, but tried to distance himself from him during an unsuccessful campaign to unseat the state's Democratic...
California Democrats take aim at Trump, GOP Congress

California Democrats take aim at Trump, GOP Congress

California's elected Democrats had tough words for President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress on Saturday, urging their party's fired-up activists to work against the 14 Republicans in the state's congressional delegation. The party's leaders blasted Trump's alleged ties to Russia and presented California as the epicenter of liberal resistance to the president. "The world, literally the world...
The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis.

The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis.

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 4:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is getting the kind of royal treatment in Saudi Arabia that must be a welcome change from the tense atmosphere he left behind in Washington. In the capital of Riyadh, Saudi King Salman greeted Trump warmly and later presented him with the kingdom's highest civilian honor, a gold medal, during...
Gen. Lee the last Confederate statue removed in New Orleans

Gen. Lee the last Confederate statue removed in New Orleans

They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city, the Confederate monuments are gone, amid a controversy that at times harked back to the divisiveness of the Civil War they...
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