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  • Trial gets juicier with ex-Va governor's testimony

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After former Gov. Bob McDonnell took the witness stand in his public corruption trial, a narrative worthy of a nighttime soap opera got even juicier. Jurors and everyone following the story that has dominated front pages across Virginia for four weeks had already heard how his wife, Maureen, had turned the stately and...

  • Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons. Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying the IAEA had already been to...

  • 2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    PARIS (AP) — European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network. The European Space Agency and launch company Arianespace say the satellites ended up in off-target orbits...

  • Mali releases ex-judge of extremist tribunal

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian activist says an al-Qaida-appointed judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out harsh punishments while much of the country was under Islamist rule has been released for lack of evidence. Moctar Mariko, president of the Malian Association for Human Rights, said Saturday that Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni of the...

  • Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border

    RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) — On land once used to grow watermelons and grain, 8-foot tall marijuana plants swayed under a canopy of mesquite. White pipes and a pump diverted water from a canal, delivered to the 60-foot long rows by carefully excavated trenches. Two acres of painstakingly cultivated marijuana thrived 25 miles from the U.S.-Mexico...

  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities on Saturday blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, seized documents and films from its organizers' office and hauled away two event officials. The move against a rare venue where films critical of the government could be screened is seen as a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already...

  • Ferguson residents struggling with daily life

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn't been the same since Angelia Dickens' son tearfully told her, "The police shot a boy." Since that news two weeks ago, she has been afraid to leave her apartment at night as protesters clash with police in sometimes violent...

  • Noise from the sky is buzzkill in ritzy Hamptons

    EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — It's summertime in the Hamptons and the biggest buzz is coming from the sky. Complaints about noise coming from aircraft ferrying visitors and locals to and from one of America's best-known playgrounds for the rich and famous have more than tripled over last year, due in part to a new service that lets people book...

  • Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday. Abdel-Latif Mohammed said that 16 people had been rescued since the coast guard was alerted to the incident late Friday. The body of an 18-month-old child was pulled from the water as rescue...

  • Thousands gather in Nepal for human flag record

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of people holding colored boards gathered in Nepal's capital on Saturday in an attempt to break the record for the largest human national flag. The crowd comprised mostly students, but other participants included doctors, government workers, politicians and business executives — all of whom stood for...

  • India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said. Dharmendra Pareek, a top official with India's paramilitary force, said Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani troops fired guns and mortar rounds on more than a...

  • Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas. Nationwide the words "Yes" and "No" can be found emblazoned on everything from street lights to shopping bags. Posters proclaiming "Proud to be Scots....

  • Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been hidden inside a yacht. According to Saturday's police statement, their investigation opened in April after police...

  • Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

    PARIS (AP) — Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon. That deed on July 23, 1944, was Madeleine Riffaud's summons to Parisians to rise up. "Everyone saw that a young girl on a bicycle can do this," she recalled...

  • Few details month after reporters detained in Iran

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom and the old hard-line establishment. Jason Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two...

  • 3 Japanese freshmen killed in California crash

    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said. All eight students were in an international program at Palomar College, where 135 Japanese students were staying...

  • Officer critical in coma after California gunfight

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A veteran, second-generation police officer was in critical condition in a medically induced coma after being wounded in a shootout where the rookie officer he was training shot and killed a gunman, authorities said. The wounded officer, 31-year-old Gabriel Garcia, whose father is a captain in his department,...

  • Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires. More thunderstorms had been forecast for Friday but serious rain failed to materialize and a new flash flood watch was...

  • India police re-arrest fasting activist

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — A lawyer says police have re-arrested a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast. Attorney Khaidam Mani says police have again charged 42-year-old Irom Sharmila with attempted suicide on Friday, two days after she was...

  • Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

    BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him. In his Sunni family's ancestral home in Fallujah it was the heavy shelling — first by the Americans in 2004 and then again this past January, when the walls shook and the roof caved in over their heads. In the Baghdad...

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