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  • Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive task force and a sex-assault suspect got into a shootout Monday in Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said. The wounded officers were in stable condition, Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. "We...

  • Trial begins in case over Oklahoma City bombing

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The FBI has done a thorough search of its archives and found no evidence that more Oklahoma City bombing videos exist, federal attorneys told a judge on Monday during the first day of a trial that has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the devastating 1995 attack. Additional searches...

  • Poker pros' cash hasn't freed betting suspects

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lawyers in Las Vegas want immigration authorities to release a wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme and remains in custody even after his poker star friends posted his bail. Wei Seng "Paul" Phua, 50, and his son, Darren Phua, 22, were in the Henderson Detention Center on Monday on a...

  • City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove...

  • Friend: McBride slurring during phone call

    DETROIT (AP) — An acquaintance of a 19-year-old woman who was shot to death outside a suburban Detroit home has testified that the tone of her voice during a phone conversation made him believe she had been drinking. Davonta Bynes testified Monday at the trial of Theodore Wafer, as did police forensic experts. Prosecutors are expected to...

  • In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa. But over the...

  • Police: Man killed family, himself in Maine

    SACO, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a suicidal man having financial problems killed his wife, three children and then himself. Detectives say 33-year-old Joel Smith shot his family inside their apartment about 11:30 p.m. Saturday with a 12-gauge shotgun. Twelve-year-old Jason Montez and 7-year-old Noah Montez were shot to death in their...

  • Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after 5 days

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The jurors weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle told the judge Monday they didn't think they could reach a unanimous verdict, but he asked them to keep trying. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle told attorneys he received a note from jurors around...

  • Correction: Tour de France story

    PARIS (AP) — In a story July 27 about the Tour de France, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years it's been since cyclist Marco Pantani died. He died 10 years ago. A corrected version of the story is below: Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France Crowning of an 'emperor': Vincenzo Nibali gives Italy its 1st Tour...

  • 3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said. The woman was in line with other women, all wearing traditional northern Nigerian dresses and long Muslim headscarves, waiting to buy kerosene for...

  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said 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. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen says that "a series of innocent oversights" led to the problem. The defense team for the four former...

  • Beijing, Chicago architects to design Lucas Museum

    CHICAGO (AP) — Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas' new museum to be built along Chicago's lakefront. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced Monday that Beijing-based MAD Architects would be the principal designer for the site, while Chicago's Studio Gang would design the landscape and a bridge to the city's...

  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women. Obama held up an inaugural class of young African fellows who are...

  • Parolee convicted of killing NY officer, 2nd man

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City parolee was convicted Monday of a murderous rampage that included shooting a suburban police officer at point-blank range during a traffic stop, fleeing and then executing a carjacking victim moments later. Hours afterward, the gunman asked a friend to shoot him in the arm and leg as a ruse to make it...

  • Doctor: Injection lines placed correctly in inmate

    PHOENIX (AP) — Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of an Arizona inmate whose death with lethal drugs took more than 90 minutes, a medical examiner said Monday. Incorrect placement of lines can inject drugs into soft tissue instead of the blood stream, but the drugs used to kill Joseph Wood went into the veins of his...

  • US: 'Threats' behind release of Venezuela general

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday they believe Venezuela used "threats" against Aruba to pressure it to release a powerful former general who is wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking. "We are disturbed by credible reports that have come to us indicating the Venezuelan government threatened the...

  • Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    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...

  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    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, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition activists said Monday. The reports reflect a recent surge in deadly attacks by the al-Qaida-breakaway...

  • Air Algerie plane's black boxes arrive in France

    PARIS (AP) — The remains of the 118 victims from the Algerian passenger jet that went down in Mali last week have been "pulverized," making identification extremely difficult, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday. The two black boxes, which were quickly found, arrived in France on Monday and six engineers are already working on...

  • Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe. Francis flew by helicopter Monday to visit the under-construction Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of...