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  • Nepali villagers return to homes after river gets unblocked

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of villagers in northwestern Nepal were able to return to their homes Monday after a mountain river swept away debris from a landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again. The landslide before dawn Sunday dammed up the Kaligandaki River and created a lake 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long....

  • Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was...

  • Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch

    MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head. Relatives of some of the people killed in what authorities say was a shootout with drug cartel gunmen in Michoacan state told The Associated Press on Sunday that after seeing the...

  • The Latest in Cleveland: Holiday arraignments for protesters

    11:50 p.m. Protesters who were arrested after the acquittal of patrolman Michael Brelo will be arraigned on Monday, despite the Memorial Day holiday. Cleveland Municipal Court officials tell Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1dsu6HP ) that Judge Marilyn Cassidy will hold arraignments at 9 a.m. Monday. The court is usually closed on Memorial Day....

  • The Latest on weather: 3rd death blamed on weekend storms

    10:50 p.m. Authorities are blaming a third death on weekend storms that have barreled through the Plains and Midwest. Keli Cain, an Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman, said in a statement Sunday that a 33-year-old woman was killed Saturday in a traffic collision in Tulsa. She didn't release the woman's name. Claremore,...

  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia

    KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they...

  • Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale

    CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or. The choice of "Dheepan," as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French...

  • Asian stock markets mostly higher in quiet trading day

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index surged 1.9 percent to 4,747.37 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was up 0.7 percent at 20,407.02. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 1.1 percent to 5,730.10. Singapore, Manila and...

  • Australia to bring home bodies of 25 who died in Vietnam War

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced Monday that it will repatriate the remains of up to 25 Australian soldiers killed about 50 years ago during the Vietnam War. Australia has only repatriated the remains of its war dead killed in foreign countries since January 1966, but the 25 Australian soldiers killed in Vietnam before the policy...

  • UK prime minister outlines who can vote in referendum

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister outlined who will be allowed to vote in referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union on Monday, opting for rules that exclude most voters from the 28-nation bloc who live in the U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced the parameters before introducing legislation...

  • After officer's acquittal, 2 more cases loom for Cleveland

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact after a day of protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman who had been on trial in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. Officers arrested 71 people the night after the verdict, though there was nothing close to the...

  • New parties shake Spain's political system in local vote

    MADRID (AP) — Voters punished Spain's mainstream political parties in local elections Sunday as many people switched their allegiance to new parties that campaigned on a promise of change amid chafing austerity policies, high unemployment and political corruption scandals. The governing conservative Popular Party and the main opposition...

  • Polish president concedes defeat after exit poll released

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat in the county's presidential election Sunday after an exit poll showed him trailing Andrzej Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician. If the exit poll is confirmed by official results, which are due Monday, it marks a significant blow to the ruling Civic...

  • 4 detained along with suspect in mansion slayings released

    WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. police say they have released four people who were detained at the same time that the suspect in the slayings of a wealthy family was taken into custody. Police did not identify the four people or say how long they were detained. Thirty-four-year-old Daron Wint is the only person who's been charged in the slayings of...

  • Armed man who caused Seattle-area court evacuation arrested

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a man who prompted the evacuation of a Washington state courthouse has been arrested without incident about a mile away from the building. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the man was seen armed with a knife and a crowbar Sunday morning inside the county courthouse in Everett, about 30 miles north...

  • In the coalfields, dilapidated sites make way for renewal

    WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Inside a 1920s-era warehouse in the heart of a once-bustling coalfields hub, Brandon Blankenship saws through 8-foot boards pulled up from the building's floor, looking each one up and down for "a face that's not splintered — smooth with no breaks — and an intact tongue and groove." Portions that pass muster wind up in...

  • Annual Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom' honors veterans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The roar of motorcycle engines filled the air in the nation's capital on Sunday as thousands of bikers saluted military veterans with the Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom." The bikers and spectators thronged to the Washington, D.C., area as they do each Memorial Day weekend for the annual ride. The event got its start in...

  • Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success

    MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds that otherwise might have died after the 2012 storm wiped out their feeding grounds. It's a rare feel-good story in which scientists, volunteers and layers of...

  • Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

    DUBLIN (AP) — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent "yes" to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country's conservative 1937 constitution. Thousands of...

  • Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer. Many aircraft have been grounded with foreign airlines diverting to other African countries to fuel for flights...

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