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  • Who? Townshend, Springsteen, Daltrey jam at NYC event

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen called Pete Townshend "the greatest rhythm guitarist of all-time," told a story about attending his first Who concert as a pimply-faced teenager and joined Townshend and surprise guest Roger Daltrey onstage for a rocking set. The rock icons attended the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit Thursday night in New York...

  • Tunisia PM: Destroying migrant boats won't stop Europe flow

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister says a European Union proposal to destroy boats used by smugglers to ferry migrants to Europe from Libya probably won't work and is risky because it is similar to military intervention. Prime Minister Habib Essid told reporters Friday during a visit to Lisbon that authorities must fight the root...

  • Kicking the plastic: Senegal among latest to ban flimsy bags

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — At a market in Senegal's capital, the sandy paths are strewn with them. They blow around like feathers in Dakar's coastal breezes, piling up alongside buildings on city streets and clogging canals. Thin plastic shopping bags, and pieces of them, litter this seaside capital and the nearby waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The...

  • Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment was handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from...

  • Carl's, Hardee's CEO: Not all models know how to eat burgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ads starring nearly naked women have become a part of American culture, according to Andy Puzder, CEO of the chains' parent company. "People watch for the ads, and want to know when the next one's coming out," he says. Some of the women were relatively unknown before they appeared in the ads. Others,...

  • Gold coins also reported missing from Boston Public Library

    BOSTON (AP) — Apparently more than just valuable artwork is missing from the Boston Public Library's archives. A library spokeswoman says a retired employee who now volunteers told administrators last week that gold coins originally placed in the cornerstone of the main building have been missing for decades. The spokeswoman said the library...

  • Migrants hide under trucks to board Italy-bound ferries

    PATRAS, Greece (AP) — For hundreds of migrants hoping to build a new life, access to Europe's richest countries lies on the other side of a metal fence surrounding the western Greek port of Patras. One group of Afghan men scaled this barrier Thursday using one of the most common plans for achieving European dreams: clinging to the...

  • Former Tajik commander claims to have joined IS group

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tajikistan authorities have opened an investigation into a high-ranking police official who allegedly has joined the Islamic State group in Syria and is calling for former comrades to rise up against the Central Asian country's authoritarian leadership. News reports say Gulmurod Khalimov, who had commanded the country's OMON...

  • In South Africa, killer of anti-apartheid leader gets parole

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule in South Africa at the time, was granted parole on Friday. Clive Derby-Lewis, who has cancer, was granted medical parole by Judge Selby Baqwa in a court in the South African capital, Pretoria, the justice ministry said....

  • Burundi opposition leader declares election boycott

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's most prominent opposition leader said on Friday his party is boycotting national elections amid political unrest stemming from the president's bid for a third term. Agathon Rwasa, who leads the opposition party known by its initials as FNL, told The Associated Press that he is pulling out because he no...

  • Detroit man pleads guilty in French street artist slaying

    DETROIT (AP) — A young man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old French street artist during a robbery outside an abandoned Detroit housing project. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 18-year-old Jasin Curtis entered the plea Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court to second-degree murder. A sentencing agreement calls...

  • Death toll from Baghdad hotel bombings rises to 15

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The death toll from car bombs that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi officials said Friday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. Two separate car bombs went off late Thursday in the parking lots of the Cristal, formerly Sheraton,...

  • EU-skeptic Finnish party joins Cabinet for 1st time

    HELSINKI (AP) — The populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party, known for its opposition to bailing out Greece and its political gaffes at home, on Friday joined the Finnish government for the first time. President Sauli Niinisto appointed the Nordic country's new center-right Cabinet, a three-party coalition made up of the Finns, the pro-EU...

  • Man with 1st name 'God' settles with credit rating agency

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate. Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov's name into its database. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Gazarov...

  • Gunman in North Dakota Wal-Mart shooting used personal gun

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Police say a U.S. airman who fatally shot one worker and injured another at a Grand Forks Wal-Mart before killing himself did not use a military-issued weapon. Lt. Derik Zimmel says 21-year-old Marcell Willis personally owned the Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Zimmel says Willis legally bought the...

  • In Ohio pepper-spray assault case, victim gets to fire back

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An assault suspect who pepper-sprayed someone in the face at a fast-food restaurant received similar treatment in court as punishment from a Cleveland-area judge embracing the principle of "an eye for an eye." Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti on Thursday told Diamond Gaston she could serve 30 days...

  • Hungary's Orban reaffirms country's EU and NATO membership

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that despite differences of opinion, the country must remain a member of the European Union and NATO. Speaking to supporters at an event celebrating five years in government, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that while some EU proposals "border on the insane" and he was ready to...

  • Polish election winner officially named president-elect

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Andrzej Duda, the conservative winner of Poland's presidential election, was officially named president-elect in a solemn state ceremony Friday. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, some state officials, and Duda's parents, wife and daughter attended the ceremony to see the 43-year-old lawyer receive the official document...

  • Belfast parties to meet in bid to save power-sharing

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland's power-sharing government is at risk of collapse again, and the British and Irish governments have scheduled talks Tuesday to try to save the peacemaking coalition. The Northern Ireland administration says it faces a cash crisis as Sinn Fein, the main Irish Catholic-backed party, refuses to...

  • Comer concedes governor's race, Bevin is Republican nominee

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — James Comer has conceded the governor's race in Kentucky, ending a tumultuous Republican primary and handing the nomination to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin. In a news release Friday morning, Comer said he called Bevin and conceded minutes after a Thursday review of the May 19 primary results showed Bevin maintained...

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