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  • Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

    KATONAH, N.Y. (AP) — The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison. Almost never mentioned is John Jay. "Most people know something about him. ... But very few know the full breadth of his accomplishments. Most are very surprised by what they learn,"...

  • Inmate shot 3 weeks after escape still hospitalized in NY

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A prison inmate shot and captured after three weeks on the run in northern New York remained hospitalized Friday while the body of his fellow escapee was handled in accordance with the wishes of his son. Winthrop Allen, with the John O. Roth Funeral Home in Tonawanda, near Buffalo, said that the "final disposition" of...

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who also dressed in his signature white pants, shirt and baseball cap, would sing into the wee hours of the next day. Then in 2010, that...

  • Cuba confirms defection of 2 baseball players during US trip

    HAVANA (AP) — Two Cuban baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians, the island's official sports media confirmed. Third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead of the Pan American Games in Toronto, according to a...

  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An IS statement, released late Thursday, said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the...

  • Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world. "The blood of today's martyrs makes us one," Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square. He cited the slaying of...

  • Woman known for trying to sneak on planes released from jail

    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she's through with her run of stowaway attempts. "I feel free as a bird," 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman told reporters outside the jail Thursday. Hartman was arrested after trying several...

  • Same-sex couple in Mississippi goes to court to seek divorce

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce. Hood sided Thursday with a similar request filed by the attorney for Lauren Czekala-Chatham, who argued a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex...

  • Lion cubs en route to Jordan sanctuary check into Gaza hotel

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip after the animals and their entourage had been stuck for several hours on no-man's land at a Gaza-Israel border crossing. Earlier in the day, the cubs were taken from...

  • All-Star likes what he sees of pioneering girl at MLB camp

    PARIS (AP) — As a two-time All-Star, Steve Finley knows more than most what it takes to shine in Major League Baseball. So having run his expert eyes over the sport's pioneering 16-year-old girl at a training camp this week, can he hazard a guess at whether she'll go on to become MLB's first female player? Short answer: Too early to tell. Not...

  • Colombia president says rebels likely carried out bombings

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday that Colombia's second-largest rebel group is likely to blame for two bomb blasts in the capital that wounded 10 and rattled city residents who have become unaccustomed in recent years to such acts of violence. The homemade explosives were detonated Thursday outside two offices...

  • European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain

    PARIS (AP) — Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties. From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or...

  • Woman injured after bomb explodes at Canadian law firm

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A woman has been sent to a hospital with serious injuries after a bomb exploded at a law firm in Winnipeg. Police said Friday that they were called to the Petersen King law office mid-morning. Constable Eric Hofley says the woman triggered the explosive device inadvertently and the injuries were to her upper body....

  • Militants, rebels in Syria announce new push for Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested northern city, activists and state media said. The fighting is part of a new coordinated offensive in Aleppo by a newly-formed coalition between...

  • Meditating Portuguese actor suspected of terror plot

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese actor says he was detained on suspicion of terrorism after meditating and chanting Buddhist texts aboard a plane at Paris Orly airport. Heitor Lourenco, 47, says he was reciting texts in Tibetan from his smartphone screen on the Lisbon-bound Transavia plane when police ordered everybody off the plane and...

  • Rocket fired from Sinai hits southern Israel, no one hurt

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says a rocket fired from neighboring Sinai, where Egyptian troops are battling Islamic State militants, has struck southern Israel. There was no damage and no one was hurt. The military says the rocket hit open field in southern Israel Friday afternoon. Sirens were heard in parts of southern Israel, warning...

  • 140 pairs of underwear stolen from store hit by 4 bra heists

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties. Police say 140 pairs of underwear have been stolen from a northeast Pennsylvania store that's been struck by four bra heists since February. Police say the manager of the Victoria's Secret store reported the Thursday afternoon theft but couldn't provide...

  • Official sued in landmark marriage case reads at gay wedding

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate led to last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has delivered a Bible reading at a gay wedding. Thursday's nuptials in Columbus came less than a week after the court legalized gay marriage in a case stemming from...

  • Surrogate children granted legal recognition in France

    PARIS (AP) — France's highest court has granted legal recognition to surrogate children, in a major turnaround that will make their daily lives easier and could lead to greater acceptance of new forms of families. The Cour de cassation ruled Friday that, while surrogacy will remain banned in France, children born abroad through this practice...

  • Russian MiG fighter crashes in southern Russia, pilot lives

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says a Russian air force fighter jet has crashed in the south but its pilot ejected safely. The MiG-29 fighter jet went down Friday near the village of Kushchevskaya in the Krasnodar region, 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Moscow. The ministry said there was no damage on the ground. In a...

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