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  • Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws. Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader...

  • 66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction. "The team of technicians has successfully completed the necessary work to resolve the technical default that occurred yesterday within the...

  • Alternative for Germany party replaces euroskeptic leader

    BERLIN (AP) — The upstart Alternative for Germany party has replaced its euroskeptic leader with a conservative from the east who wants to place greater emphasis on immigration. A majority of AfD members backed Frauke Petry in the leadership vote Saturday against Bernd Lucke, who led the party during its successful bids in the past two years...

  • A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year. While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay in the U.S. and seek a green card under a federal program for abused, abandoned...

  • McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital. The Republican told reporters that Afghan national forces are fighting bravely, but suffering heavy losses...

  • Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks. With a nationwide televised address, President Beji Caid Essebsi officially reintroduced urgent security...

  • Bombings kill 19 people in and around Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks, mainly car bombs, in Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens on Saturday, authorities said. Police officials said the deadliest attack occurred Saturday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Amil, killing nine people and wounding 24 others....

  • Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand

    VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. Written by technical experts, the...

  • Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says

    CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula. In combat fatigues he...

  • Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The fate of six women — four of them dead, two missing for months — has people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones. Grieving family members and nervous residents worry about a serial killer in their midst. Police say they aren't...

  • Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county

    SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road — a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place. A few steps away, a dog infirmary with eight grimy stalls sits empty in the suffocating heat of an early-summer day. Sick or...

  • Neo-Nazis rally in London, outnumbered by rivals

    LONDON (AP) — A small group of neo-Nazis have staged an anti-Semitic rally in London, but were hugely outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. About 20 far-right activists protested in central London against Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group. They had planned to rally in north London's Golders Green area, home to a large Jewish...

  • Spanish police arrest man suspected of recruiting jihadis

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising jihadi terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group. The suspect also allegedly tried to assess possible jihadi militants for "combat duties" in Syria and Iraq or for...

  • World Series of Poker's championship event starts Sunday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — They don't call it the Main Event for nothing. The road to crowning poker's next champion starts Sunday when several thousand people crowd around the green felt in Las Vegas competing in the World Series of Poker's Main Event. Each player pays $10,000 to play. The event no longer guarantees a $10 million top prize to the...

  • Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported. The capture of Zabadani would tighten Hezbollah's grip on Syrian territories bordering...

  • Russia's Putin sends July 4 greetings to Obama

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Barack Obama on Independence Day and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States can work together to find solutions to international problems. The Kremlin said Putin noted in the telegram Saturday that despite the differences between the two countries, their...

  • Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor. A churchgoer herself, Simmons...

  • Report: Serbs ask Russia to veto UN resolution on Srebrenica

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Saturday asked Russia to veto a British U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the Bosnian war in Srebrenica genocide. Serbian state TV said the country's pro-Russian President Tomislav Nikolic has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin...

  • Hundreds march in Istanbul in support of Uighurs

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China's treatment of its minority Muslim Uighur community. The group, which has cultural ties to Turkey, has complained of cultural and religious suppression under Chinese rule. The protesters on Saturday carried flags representing the Uighurs' homeland and called...

  • Spain's weather stations warn of extended heat wave

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's meteorological agency on Saturday warned people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over the coming days, amid a lingering European heat wave. The agency said "temperatures will be significantly higher in much of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands," exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 F) and...

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