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  • Greece: Referendum campaigns squeezed to deadline

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rival campaigns in Greece's bailout referendum end Friday, with rallies planned in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters — at the same time. The events will happen 800 meters (875 yards) apart in central Athens, to accommodate a five-day campaign on one of the most important votes in Greece's modern history that still has...

  • Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday. At least 134 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats...

  • China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang

    BEIJING (AP) — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook buildings in China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, sending people out onto the streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties from the sparsely populated area surrounding the epicenter. The quake hit Pishan county in the Hotan region of Xinjiang at a depth of about 10...

  • Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on Friday. The WFP appealed in May for a humanitarian pause in fighting in Syria to...

  • Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway

    IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) — A van packed with fireworks has exploded and burned on a Southern California freeway, clogging the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. California Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Camara says the box van caught fire shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday on southbound...

  • Meth in toaster among many drug parcels sent to Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth. Leland Akau Sr. and Allen Gorion, who allegedly received the package in Kapolei, pleaded not guilty Thursday to meth...

  • 3 days before pope visit, Ecuador protests aim at president

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. Demonstrations were reported Thursday in the South American country's three biggest cities, Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, as well as other cities. Indigenous...

  • 2 bombings wound 8 people in Colombia's capital, police say

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two bombs exploded in different parts of Colombia's capital Thursday, wounding eight people in attacks that appeared aimed at a private pension fund, authorities said. Officials said none of the wounded suffered serious injuries. The first blast occurred in offices of the Porvenir fund in the financial district of...

  • Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea. The fire was still burning around noon Thursday, and officials said firefighters had...

  • Police detain man found in NC mall with rifle, ammunition

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say they have detained a man walking through a mall with an assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, and multiple rounds of ammunition. Lt. Todd Joyce said the man was detained at the entrance of the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville on Thursday evening after first being spotted in a Macy's...

  • Oklahoma court to look at blocking Tulsa grand jury probe

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether to stop a grand jury investigation into an embattled sheriff whose longtime friend and volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man. Attorneys for Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz want justices to toss out a lower court's decision to empanel a grand jury on July 20. The state...

  • Wife decries police shooting of man, says he had no real gun

    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early...

  • Doctor linked to Sen. Menendez released from jail

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins approved an $18 million bond package for Dr. Salomon Melgen on Thursday, and he walked out of jail with his wife and daughter hours later. Melgen has been...

  • District attorney declines to file charges against Diddy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined Thursday to file felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs for a confrontation last month at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football. District attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said the office decided instead to turn the case over to...

  • Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year. Diplomats said Malaysia's U.N. Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim informed council...

  • Connecticut town's Boom Box Parade celebrates 30th year

    WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — The Independence Day Boom Box parade in Willimantic, Connecticut, is celebrating its 30th year. More than 5,000 participants and spectators are expected on Main Street on Saturday, carrying radios tuned to WILI-AM, which will provide the marching music. The idea for the parade came in 1986, when organizers of a...

  • Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found no evidence of criminal intent in the fire at Mount Zion...

  • Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. "The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part...

  • Indonesian suburb hit by plane disasters twice in 10 years

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A decade ago, when an Indonesian passenger jet crashed into a quaint neighborhood in Indonesia's third-biggest city, Medan, Waktu Tarigan thought he'd never witness anything like that again. He was wrong. On Tuesday, an air force transport plane with 122 people on board plowed into the same neighborhood. And the same...

  • Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he shot the husband and wife, authorities said Thursday. The disclosure came after the bodies of Michael Careccia, 44, an airline pilot, and his wife, Tina, 42, an accountant, were...

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