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  • World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites

    BONN, Germany (AP) — The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday. The Alamo was one of five Spanish Roman Catholic sites, known as the San Antonio Missions, to receive the coveted label likely to boost tourism. UNESCO's World Heritage...

  • Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary. A Gaza family had bought the lions as cubs from a local zoo that was damaged in last year's war between Israel and Gaza's rulers from the Islamic militant Hamas...

  • 3 dead, 13 hurt after bomb blast at checkpoint in Kandahar

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official says a bomb blast at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kandahar has killed two civilians, one policeman and wounded 13 others. Samim Khpolwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast Sunday evening came from a bomb strapped to a motorcycle. The wounded included 11 civilians and...

  • Family searches for missing baby in Northern California

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of a 6-month-old girl who vanished from her crib are searching throughout Shasta County looking for leads that may help in locating her. The Record Searchlight reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/1HFG0cP ) that about a dozen relatives of Ember Graham fanned out across Shasta County on Saturday. The baby's father,...

  • Infant found on the side of the road in Maryland

    PASADENA, Md. (AP) — A woman claiming to be the mother of an infant discovered in a car seat carrier on the side of the road in Maryland has contacted authorities. Officials with the Anne Arundel County Police Department say the three-month-old girl was found just before midnight in a scuffed carrier in Pasadena after a resident called to...

  • Will history repeat itself? The US women hope not

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup title match in Germany. The Americans get a rematch on Sunday when the teams meet again in the final, this time in Canada. The U.S. women are favored, and there figures to be a...

  • Cal Ripken to visit Connecticut to promote youth foundation

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. plans to visit two Connecticut cities where his foundation is helping to bring youth baseball to kids who would not otherwise get a chance to play. The former Baltimore Orioles player is expected in Hartford on Wednesday and in Bridgeport on Thursday to meet with city officials and...

  • Bomb attacks on Shiite districts kill 15 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting Shiite districts have killed 15 people in and around Baghdad. Police officials say a bomb exploded Sunday night near a cafe in the Shiite district of al-Obeidi on the eastern edge of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 14 others. Another evening bomb blast near a small restaurant...

  • AP PHOTOS: History buffs re-enact Holy Land crusader battle

    KARNEI HITTIN, Israel (AP) — The year is 1187 and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem is beginning to collapse. At the Battle of Hattin, sword-wielding soldiers on horseback chant in Arabic, looking to behead their Christian targets. Some 60 history buffs are re-enacting the famed battle near an extinct volcano in northern Israel overlooking the...

  • State must fix hundreds of fish-blocking culverts

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with Washington tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's not clear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion it will take to...

  • Black bear relocated after wandering Hartford neighborhood

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A young black bear that spent some time in a Hartford neighborhood has been safely tranquilized and relocated by state environmental officers. The 250-pound male estimated to be about 3 1/2 years old was spotted on Colebrook Street in the Blue Hills area at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. He was up in a tree at around 10 a.m....

  • Dreams of victory for a struggling South African rugby team

    KATLEHONG, South Africa (AP) — Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that's a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood — rugby. Katlehong Tigers' Coach Sicelo Jonnie's voice rises above the tuneless honking of...

  • Suicide bomber explodes at northeast Nigeria church, 5 dead

    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — A woman suicide bomber blew up in the midst of a crowded evangelical Christian church service in northeast Nigeria on Sunday and killed at least five people, witnesses said. It is the latest bombing in a string of attacks blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that's killed some 200 people in the past week....

  • Phoenix firefighters pull man out of chimney

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix firefighters have rescued a man who became stuck after trying to re-enter a house through the chimney. Fire Capt. Aaron Ernsberger says it took 30 minutes Sunday morning for firefighters to free the 23-year-old man. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Ernsberger says the man's friends locked him out of the...

  • Austin police kill man suspected of slaying 1 in hotel lobby

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man with a rifle who gunned down another person early Sunday in the lobby of a posh downtown Austin hotel was then shot and killed by officers, police said. The shootings happened shortly before 5 a.m. at the Omni Austin Hotel, about four blocks from the Texas Capitol, assistant police chief Brian Manley said at a news...

  • Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

    LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast,...

  • Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create "human-quality" short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and...

  • Indian coast guard seizes Iranian boat, arrests 12 crew

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's coast guard seized an Iranian fishing boat off the country's southern coast early Sunday and arrested 12 crew members, officials said. Top Kerala state police officer T.P. Senakumar said the Iranian crew members were being questioned for possible smuggling and breach of India's national security, but he declined to...

  • Israeli Cabinet reverses policy easing conversion to Judaism

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Cabinet has reversed an initiative aimed at easing the conversion process to Judaism in Israel. Sunday's move tightens the grip of ultra-Orthodox parties over religious issues in Israel and rolls back reforms made by the previous government. The new coalition formed earlier this year is dominated by nationalist and...

  • Burkina Faso: Father wants justice in sex abuse case

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The father of a 5-year-old girl who a French prosecutor says was sexually abused by a French soldier has hired a lawyer and plans to follow legal proceedings closely to ensure justice is done. Allegations against two soldiers were disclosed last week. Both were suspended and arrested upon their return to...

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