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  • Mother who shot children dies from her injuries

    TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who authorities say shot all three of her children, killing two of them, before turning the gun on herself died Sunday from her injuries, state police said. The death of 44-year-old Jeannine LePage came three days after the shootings at the family's home in Tabernacle, a town in the New Jersey...

  • Iran releases British-Iranian woman on bail

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman on bail on Sunday, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. "My daughter has insisted in the initial court that she is not...

  • Muslim clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists

    QOM, Iran (AP) — Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran's holy city of Qom on Sunday to develop a strategy to combat extremists, including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Shiite-majority Iran has been helping Iraqi, Syrian and Kurdish forces battle the Sunni extremist group on...

  • Hunter dies after accidentally shooting himself

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey goose hunter who was out with his father died after he accidentally shot himself in the head and neck. The accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area of West Windsor. Earlier reports indicated the older man had accidentally shot his son. But police say the man was killed...

  • 6 new Catholic saints at a glance

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday canonized six new saints, two Indians and four Italians, all of whom dedicated their lives to helping the poor. Here is a look at the new saints: ___ GIOVANNI ANTONIO FARINA, born Jan. 11, 1803, in Gambarella, Italy, province of Vicenza. As bishop of Treviso for a decade, then bishop of Vicenza for...

  • Kenya's deputy president condemns extremist attack

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's deputy president Sunday denounced the killing of 28 bus passengers by Islamic extremists and said the nation's military responded by killing more than 100 militants in Somalia. William Ruto, speaking on a national broadcast, said Kenya is a target of international terrorist groups, including Somalia's al-Shabab,...

  • AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of "On The Road" and, during a three-week writing binge, revised his novel into a style similar...

  • Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. The pope said the new saints, four Italians from far-flung provinces and two Indians from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full...

  • Relatives question honor for civil rights workers

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three civil rights workers who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the honor makes some of their relatives uneasy. The workers were in Neshoba County, Mississippi, to look into a church burning when they were shot by Klansmen. The FBI launched...

  • Pressure builds after Pacquiao win for Mayweather

    MACAU (AP) — Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn't care. At long last he has Floyd Mayweather Jr. right where he wants him. And this time he's not about to let him slip away without a fight. "I think it's time to say something," Pacquiao said Sunday after dispatching Chris Algieri in convincing fashion in...

  • Suicide bomber kills at least 45 Afghans

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country's deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said. The bloodshed came just hours after Parliament approved agreements allowing U.S. and NATO troops to remain in the country past...

  • Nigeria: Dozens dead in suspected extremist attack

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An attack by Islamic extremists killed dozens in the northeastern Nigerian village of Doron Baga, a major fishing center on the shores of Lake Chad, witnesses said. Fisherman Usman Abubakar told the Associated Press that suspected Boko Haram members drove into Doron Baga, in Borno state, "shooting people on sight."...

  • Obama expresses sadness at death of Marion Barry

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing his sadness over the death of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry. Obama is lauding Barry for advancing the cause of civil rights as a one-time leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Obama is also making note of the many programs Barry put in place during...

  • Sudan government asks UN Darfur mission to leave

    CAIRO (AP) — The joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur said Sunday that the Sudanese government has asked it to prepare plans to exit the country, amid tension between Khartoum and the mission over an investigation into allegations of mass rape. The formal request was delivered to the mission last week, spokesman Ashraf Eissa...

  • Namibia to pick new president in Nov. 28 election

    WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — This year, Namibia unveiled a hilltop statue of independence leader Sam Nujoma holding aloft a copy of the African country's constitution, which was amended to let him to serve three terms as president until 2005. With the ruling party he led poised for another election win this week, analysts say a tougher test of...

  • New Jersey looks at 'yes means yes' college policy

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals. But if things turn sexual, are you sure that will hold up under legal scrutiny? That's a question at the center of a national debate surrounding "yes...

  • Workers finish recovering MH17 wreckage in Ukraine

    PELAHIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Workers have finished recovering wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster, more than four months after the passenger jet was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Under the supervision of Dutch investigators and European security officials, the recovered fragments were loaded onto a train in the...

  • Syrian rebels attack besieged Shiite villages

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida militants and Syrian rebels launched an attack against two predominantly Shiite Muslim villages in northern Syria that have been under siege for some 18 months, activists and a monitoring group said Sunday. The Local Coordination Committees and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said...

  • Egypt willing to send troops to future Palestine

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in remarks published Sunday that Egypt is prepared to send troops into a future Palestinian state to assist local police and guarantee Israel's security. In comments to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, el-Sissi said the troops would be stationed there temporarily to establish...

  • Giffords rides in Tucson cycling event

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among the hundreds of cyclists who completed an annual bike ride in Tucson. The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1vwkmDr) that Giffords rode across the finish line in a El Tour de Tucson cycling ride Saturday morning. In an email, Giffords says she has worked hard to get back on...

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