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  • 2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two parolees have been charged with holding two adults and six children hostage in a 20-hour standoff in a Chicago suburb. Bond was set Friday at $2.5 million for 41-year-old Peter Williams of Chicago and at $2 million for 40-year-old David Jordan, a convicted murderer from Dixmoor who was under electronic monitoring. The...

  • Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case. Asked about the U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State, Francis said this...

  • Rains raise search risk after Japan landslides

    TOKYO (AP) — Forecasts of more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 40 people were confirmed dead and 47 were unaccounted for after...

  • Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

    SEATTLE (AP) — Officials are wondering whether a series of problems in recent weeks for the nation's largest ferry system is just coincidence, or a more troubling sign of how deeply Washington state has cut into the service. A major economic driver and lifeline for many communities, the Washington State Ferries hauls about 23 million...

  • Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

    MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year. The clanking is...

  • 1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

    A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science. Han Tak Lee, 79, was released from the maximum-security state prison at Houtzdale,...

  • AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. The weeklong protests in the capital and around the parliament building have been loud and boisterous but peaceful. But despite the festive atmosphere, there is another...

  • 4 white lion cubs born at German circus

    BERLIN (AP) — A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs. A spokeswoman for Circus Krone says the three males and their sister were born Wednesday in the eastern city of Magdeburg and are doing well. Susanne Matzenau said Friday that their father, King Tonga, now has 16 children from two mothers. Matzenau says...

  • Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops, and investigators are trying to track down yet more potential victims. Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure, The Oklahoman...

  • Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

    BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and found nine babies and nine nannies...

  • Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany. BvS, an agency tasked with recovering and managing the communist-era funds, says it asked Zurich's regional court last week to force Bank Julius Baer to return 135 million euros ($179.1 million). Dieter Freund, an official at...

  • Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants. Speaking on NBC's "Today," John and Diane Foley from Rochester, New Hampshire, said they had last heard from the captors via several emails in...

  • Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

    CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge." Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said the...

  • California permits outdoor dining with dogs

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fido can feast with you now when you go out to eat in California. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said he signed a bill permitting pet dogs at restaurants with outdoor spaces. It doesn't force restaurants to allow dogs, but rather implements guidelines for how they can accommodate pets. Some local public health...

  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia...

  • Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud. The move came a day after parliament presented a united front...

  • India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday. India's film certification board said the film glorified the Sikh bodyguards who killed Gandhi to avenge her suppression of an...

  • Armed woman stopped at Philippine president's home

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A woman armed with a pistol tried to enter the Philippine presidential palace Friday and demanded to see President Benigno Aquino III, security officials said. She was immediately disarmed and turned over to Manila police for investigation, said Commodore Raul Ubando, head of the presidential guards. Sprawling...

  • Police: Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

    NEW YORK (AP) — The two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with white ones are back on U.S. soil. New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Friday that the flags are in the United States. He did not know their exact location. Two German artists claimed responsibility for the July 22 stunt....

  • 6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York. A Fort Drum spokeswoman says the soldiers were training on a range when lightning hit the area around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Officials say six soldiers were taken to a hospital for treatment of...