• Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The widow of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko said Friday that a public inquiry pointed President Vladimir Putin as being ultimately responsible for her husband's death, and her lawyer called the Russian leader a "tin-pot despot" who sanctioned the killing. At the...

  • Wilson, Seahawks agree to terms on contract extension

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson tweeted Friday morning that he has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks, keeping him with the franchise that took him in the third round of the 2012 draft and watched him...

  • California's golden hills blackened by wildfires

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The golden hills of California were being blackened Friday by a series of wildfires egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. A handful of homes have been consumed by the flames and hundreds of people chased from their...

  • Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with...

  • Four years in, consumer protection agency has plenty to do

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The nation's youngest government agency recently celebrated its four-year anniversary, and it's still got plenty to do. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was born out of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law that passed in 2010 and started a year later. It was given a direct,...

  • Wing fragment wrapped and ready for French investigators

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — The wing fragment found on the French island of Reunion was wrapped and ready to be loaded Friday on a cargo flight for the mainland, where experts are hoping to unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Several uniformed officers...

  • Bills defensive end Williams passes physical, joins camp

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills say defensive end Mario Williams has passed his physical and was activated in time for the team's opening practice at training camp. Williams joined his teammates on the field in suburban Rochester on Friday morning. Williams was on the...

  • US Capitol Police: Vehicle hits barricade, driver in custody

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've arrested a man after a car struck a barricade near the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement Friday morning that a vehicle hit a barricade at the Capitol grounds entrance. Police say they arrested Antonio Pierorazio, but details...

  • Long-lost Fitzgerald story finally published

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A year before F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack, he completed a short story about a hard-drinking writer diagnosed with cardiac disease. "And as for that current dodge 'No reference to any living character is intended' — no use even trying that," Fitzgerald...

  • UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration 'emergency'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities need to "wake up" and do more to adequately accommodate a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency requiring a natural disaster-like response, a senior official with the U.N. refugee agency said...

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