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  • Dominican legal status still elusive for migrants

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic will soon issue the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program that will enable them to avoid the risk of deportation, officials said Thursday, conceding that so far few have managed to qualify. Since the year-long application period opened on June 2, more...

  • Tillis to highlight NC teacher raises in TV ad

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — House Speaker Thom Tillis will highlight teacher pay raises approved by the North Carolina legislature this year in a television ad to first air on the eve of his first U.S. Senate debate with Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. A Tillis spokesman said the commercial that starts running Tuesday is part of a $1.4 million ad...

  • Jamaica agriculture minister dies in Florida

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74. The Jamaican prime minister's office said Clarke experienced chest pains Thursday morning while waiting for a flight at Miami International Airport....

  • Murder charge for child care worker in boy's death

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him. District Attorney Robert Johnson said a grand jury charged Athena Skeeter, 40, with second-degree murder and first- and second-degree...

  • Mom won't be charged in school confrontation

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter. The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office said there were conflicting witness statements, and that prosecutors could not prove beyond...

  • 4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday. The twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it...

  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The slayings were the latest massacre attributed to the extremist group, which has...

  • UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions. A top U.N. official told the emergency meeting...

  • Court overturns suspension of W.Va. doc's license

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge reinstated a doctor's license Thursday, a month after it was suspended when health officials accused his clinic of unsanitary conditions and reusing needles. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King issued a preliminary injunction halting the suspension of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr.'s license until he can be...

  • Wyoming sheriff says pastor actually shot himself

    CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming law enforcement officials say a pastor who reported being shot and wounded in a struggle with a burglar at his church actually shot himself. Albany County Undersheriff Robert J. DeBree said Thursday that his agency has issued a misdemeanor citation to Dennis Lynn Davis alleging that he made a false report....

  • A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished? It's almost impossible to imagine, but "The Look of Silence" provides a glimpse at an answer. Joshua Oppenheimer's haunting documentary follows Adi Rukun, whose brother died in mass killings in Indonesia in the 1960s, as he...

  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful military returned to the political arena on Thursday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric...

  • Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The "largest deforestation gang" active in Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday. The federal prosecutor's office in the jungle state of Para said eight suspected members were taken into custody on Wednesday and could be charged with invading public lands, environmental crimes, forgery,...

  • Opposition strike has mixed results in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Labor groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez staged their second general strike of the year Thursday, disrupting life in the capital and other parts of the country as many people stayed away from work and union demonstrators blocked streets to call for higher wages and lower taxes. The effects...

  • Man, woman accused of torturing 11-year-old boy

    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man and his mother used plumber's tape to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home. The Van Buren County sheriff's department says that 28-year-old Randall Hamilton and 46-year-old Peggy Hamilton are jailed on $1 million bonds after their...

  • Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people, and state officials started flushing the system Thursday. No illnesses or deaths have been attributed to the amoeba. The flushing process will take two months, but the water is safe to drink for people in St....

  • Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power. The European plan remains vague, and it is unclear whether Israel or the Palestinians will agree....

  • Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the oath office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years, and promptly appointed his close ally to form a new government. Erdogan has tapped Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed him...

  • Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world — including a former NFL lineman — arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this weekend. The exhibition will be the first major sports event with marquee foreigners in...

  • 2,000 in shelters as Kashmir border troops spar

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of villagers stayed in shelters near the disputed region of Kashmir's de facto border Thursday after Indian and Pakistani border troops traded gunfire and shelling overnight despite an attempt by their commanders to defuse escalating tensions. A recent flare-up in violence has left two civilians and a border...