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  • Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund — even if she's convicted. Nicole Diggs and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child...

  • Strong earthquake aftershock shakes Napa Valley

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A significant aftershock from last weekend's magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California's wine country. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor struck 5 miles south of the city of Napa just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Thomas Brocher, director of USGS' Earthquake Science Center, says it wasn't the...

  • Poland honors Solidarity with new culture center

    GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Poland's new European Solidarity Center should help raise future generations with an appreciation of freedom and democracy, President Bronislaw Komorowski said as the center opened on Sunday. Komorowski and Lech Walesa, the legendary Solidarity leader and former president, both spoke at the opening of the multi-purpose...

  • Egypt delays deadline for criticized NGO registry

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities pushed back Sunday a deadline for local and international non-government organizations to register under a restrictive law or risk being shut down, a decision that was criticized as a way to silence critics of the government, a government official said. The initial decision called on civil groups to register...

  • Renowned rock art in Utah is younger than believed

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Life-sized figures sketched into red rock cliffs in Canyonlands National Park were drawn 1,000 years more recently than what had long been believed, a team of Utah State University scientists discovered about the world-renowned rock art. The team used modern luminescence dating techniques to analyze when the art went up...

  • Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said there had been an attempt to take over Lesotho, a country of about 2 million people that is surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho's Defense...

  • Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel's finance minister said Sunday. The remarks by Yair Lapid come almost a week after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after almost two months of fighting that devastated parts...

  • Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace. The red warning code — the highest in the country's alert system — was raised early Sunday after...

  • Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there, officials said. All the attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed, said...

  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." In setting...

  • 5 things to know about former Va. governor trial

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jurors will begin deliberations Tuesday in the public corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who could face decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines if convicted. They are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie...

  • VENICE WATCH: 'Star Wars' stars keep mum in Venice

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press: 'STAR WARS' ACTORS KEEP MUM IN VENICE The first rule of Venice is, you don't talk about "Star Wars." Cast members of the...

  • Flash floods snarl traffic in Sweden, Denmark

    HELSINKI (AP) — Heavy rains and flash floods have snarled road and rail traffic in Sweden and Denmark, with divers called to rescue people in submerged vehicles. Overnight rains which spread into Sunday forced the evacuation of residents from waterlogged homes in some areas. Buses in the Swedish city of Malmo came to halt after vehicles broke...

  • Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

    VERONA, Wis. (AP) — There's a good chance that many of the trendy vegetables foodies latch on to in the next decade will come from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Plant breeders at other public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing. Those in Madison are working on producing...

  • Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown. Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain...

  • Track: Vintage car racer is 1st death in 32 years

    SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) — A spokesman for a Connecticut track says a man who crashed in a race of vintage cars is the first death in the historic-racing festival's 32-year history. Authorities say 73-year-old Lee Duran, of Lyme, lost control of his car and crashed Saturday afternoon at Lime Rock Park during a race of pre-World War II cars. No...

  • Parents of British boy in Spain face extradition

    MADRID (AP) — A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the...

  • Thai junta leader stacks Cabinet with military men

    BANGKOK (AP) — The general who transitioned from Thailand's junta leader to prime minister has awarded key Cabinet posts to his trusted allies from the armed forces, the latest in a series of moves that critics say will prolong the military's grip on power. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's government lineup, announced Sunday after being approved by...

  • 18th century brewery remains found at Va. college

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it. The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to...

  • Partial building collapse in Paris suburb kills 2

    PARIS (AP) — A four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb partially collapsed after an explosion Sunday, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble. Speaking on i-Tele, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said around 10 people were rescued from the...


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