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  • Winds Hampering Oil Spill Cleanup

    Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill that fouled a California shoreline. The National Weather Service says gusty winds are whipping up waves as high as 4 feet early Friday off Santa Barbara County. (May 22) RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Santa Barbara, California - 22...

  • Illinois mom takes son's place at graduation after he dies

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a suburban Chicago teenager killed in a drunken-driving crash less than a week before his high school graduation took his place at the ceremony, wearing his cap and gown. Aaron Dunigan died early Sunday in a Calumet City crash just hours after attending prom. The Chicago Tribune reports...

  • Son of ex-Honduran president faces US drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo was ordered held without bail Friday on U.S. cocaine-trafficking charges. Fabio Lobo Lobo was jailed following an appearance in federal court in Manhattan. The 43-year-old son was arrested Wednesday in Haiti in an anti-drug operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months. Residents of Sanaa awoke to the sound of explosions early Friday morning as...

  • Gay couple has adoption vacated now that they can marry

    When Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur moved to the Philadelphia suburbs nearly 20 years ago, they were dismayed to learn that Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York. So, in 2000, Novak adopted MacArthur — two years his junior — as his son. The move reduced their inheritance tax liability and gave them hospital...

  • Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these...

  • Drew Peterson granted trial delay in murder-for-hire case

    CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge has granted Drew Peterson's request to delay his trial on charges that the former suburban Chicago police sergeant plotted to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his third wife's death. The Randolph County trial was scheduled to begin July 6 as Peterson requested a speedy trial after...

  • Circus accused of violating law in treatment of elephants

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A circus violated an animal welfare law by allowing three elephants to briefly get loose in Missouri and watering them too close to a Pennsylvania show's public area where a child managed to pose for a photo behind one of them, a federal agency alleges in a complaint. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the April 28...

  • Lawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is running out of money after hiring a platoon of lawyers for all his criminal cases, his attorney said. Attorney John Fitzpatrick told a judge in New Bedford on Thursday that Hernandez was paid for only one year of his now-terminated $40 million contract with the...

  • UN agency passes new standards on prisoner treatment

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights. The revisions were passed Friday by the Vienna-based U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. They update standards in effect for 60 years. The new rules expand...

  • UN concerned over human rights, democracy in Macedonia

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A top United Nations human rights official expressed concern Friday over the political crisis that has triggered mass protests in Macedonia. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said he was "deeply concerned by serious challenges to the rule of law and the shrinking of democratic space" in...

  • Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. Speaking at one of Washington's most prominent synagogues, Obama said the U.S. and Israel should not be expected to...

  • Judge allowing new lawsuit in Sofia Vergara embryo fight

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance will be allowed to file an amended lawsuit seeking custody of two embryos he created with the "Modern Family" star, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Cho ruled that Nicholas Loeb can file the revised complaint, which for the first time will seek custody of the embryos....

  • Forecaster warns of flooding during Memorial Day weekend

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There is a chance for severe weather including heavy rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend that seems likely to cause flash flooding in parts of Texas, Arkansas and the southern Plains, the National Weather Service said Friday. Meteorologist John Hart at the weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma,...

  • Man charged after pushing past Los Angeles airport security

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man who refused to cooperate with security officers at Los Angeles International Airport and was subdued with a stun gun. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 22-year-old Christian James Heinz will be arraigned Friday on one felony count of resisting arrest and one misdemeanor...

  • Campaign worker sends fake news release saying foe left race

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A campaign worker for a New Hampshire House hopeful has been charged with a felony for sending out a fake news release saying the opponent had dropped out of the race. Attorney General Joseph Foster says 28-year-old Carl Gibson of Concord was charged Friday with felony voter suppression and a misdemeanor count of...

  • Romanian ex-mayor sentenced to prison for real estate deals

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has sentenced a former Bucharest district mayor to eight years in prison for illegally selling the city's real estate at a price far below its market value. The Bucharest Court of Appeal announced the sentence Friday against Cristian Poteras and four town hall employees, who were imprisoned between 3...

  • Mali separatists say soldiers publicly killed 9 Tuaregs

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers publicly killed nine residents of a Tuareg village in the country's north, a coalition of separatist groups said on Friday, and the U.N. said a team has been sent to investigate. The nine civilians were first arrested by an armed group allied with the army in the village of Tin Hama, about 40 kilometers (25...

  • UK tabloid reporter found guilty in bribery case

    LONDON (AP) — A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct. Anthony France, a crime reporter for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, was accused of cultivating a "corrupt relationship" with Heathrow Airport counter-terrorism officer Timothy Edwards...

  • EU chief Juncker calls Hungary's Orban 'dictator' _ in jest

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly called Hungary's leader a "dictator" upon his arrival for a European Union summit. The gibe targeting Prime Minister Viktor Orban was picked up by TV cameras covering Friday's official welcome at the Riga summit. When Orban approached, Juncker said "the dictator is...

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