• NYC to review Trump contracts after controversial remarks

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are reviewing the city's contracts with Donald Trump after statements the GOP presidential hopeful made about Mexican immigrants. A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the review is currently ongoing. The probe follows...

  • Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States. "Homeland or Death!" reads the sign erected in front of the U.S. Interests Section built...

  • Greece in limbo: Shuttered banks keep lifeline

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country's deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend. Banks have been closed all week to prevent a...

  • Study: Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department's research arm, said updated scientific models don't...

  • New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes...

  • Mexico: 7 police charged with torture in army slaying case

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico on Wednesday formally accused seven state police officers of torturing three women who survived a confrontation a year ago in which soldiers allegedly killed at least a dozen suspected gang members after they surrendered. Four of the police...

  • Guatemala court revives study on ending president's immunity

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's constitutional court on Wednesday revived a process that could strip President Otto Perez Molina of immunity from prosecution amid growing corruption scandals. Court President Gloria Porras said the appeal by the president was denied as well as a...

  • Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'

    Updated: 17 min ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two witnesses said an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Washington state fought with an officer, threw rocks and told officers to shoot him before they opened fire, documents released Wednesday show. Witness Miguel Estrada, who was interviewed...

  • As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

    Updated: 47 min ago

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags. The Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church...

  • Ohio to replace bridge after tanker fire, reroute traffic

    Updated: 47 min ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation officials plan to replace a bridge that was charred early Wednesday morning when a tanker truck carrying ethanol overturned, caught fire and forced closures on two major highways near Ohio's capital, leading to damage possibly up to $1 million and...

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