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  • Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who was accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Members of a fugitive task force arrested Daron Dylon Wint, 34, on Thursday around 11 p.m., about a week after authorities said the family was killed and their mansion set on fire. Wint has been...

  • Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, very intensive work is still needed." Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke for about two hours with their...

  • Blues great B.B. King's daughter to host Vegas Strip event

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King's eldest daughter says she'll host a free musical tribute event at a Las Vegas Strip venue after a public viewing of her father's body at a funeral chapel. Shirley King says when people are done being sad about her dad's death, she wants them to come out Friday night and let the good times roll. B.B. King died May...

  • Dunkirk marks 75 years since massive Allied rescue mission

    DUNKIRK, France (AP) — Veterans and European officials are marking 75 years since a huge operation to evacuate 338,000 troops trapped by advancing Nazi troops from the shores of Dunkirk in northern France, one of the most dramatic moments in British military history. Fishing trawlers and passenger ferries were among hundreds of private boats...

  • 5 things to know about Ireland's gay marriage referendum

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize gay marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. Though voting is Friday, results won't be announced until Saturday. ___ WHY IS IRELAND VOTING? Ireland's 1937 constitution, written by then-Prime...

  • Spanish opposition parties challenge new 'gag law'

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish opposition parties have filed an appeal against the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the Constitutional Court, a court spokeswoman said Friday. The law, due to come into force July 1, allows for the summary expulsion of migrants caught illegally entering the country's North...

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw. State TV says the troops pulled out of the compound in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and reached government-held areas as other forces covered their withdrawal with intense...

  • Turkey: businessmen, police detained in new raids

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say police have detained dozens of businessmen and police officers in a new wave of raids against people suspected of links to a movement led U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which the government accuses of attempting to topple the government. The governor's office for central Konya province says police...

  • Japan's first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie does not hold political office, but her visit could be seen as...

  • World Bank: Gaza economy on 'verge of collapse'

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza's economy is on the "verge of collapse," a new World Bank report warned Friday, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world and calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation. It charged that "blockades, war and poor governance have strangled" the economy of the Gaza Strip, ruled...

  • Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet. The high-definition stream from Alaska's remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out, but a version is back...

  • Washington officer shoots men accused of earlier beer theft

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed with guns when they were shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state's capital city, authorities said. The officer reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting that...

  • SKorea court suspends nut rage executive's prison term

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration. Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline's chairman, did not violate aviation security law when she ordered the chief flight...

  • Prosecutors: Minnesota men who tried to join IS made threats

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he'd kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he'd "spit on America" at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document filed Thursday by prosecutors. The document reveals new details about...

  • Cleveland calmly awaits decisions in 3 killings by police

    CLEVELAND (AP) — For Cleveland's maligned police department, the barrage began with a car chase that ended when officers fired 137 rounds and killed two unarmed black people. Then late last year, a white, rookie police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old black boy carrying a pellet gun in a park. Around the same time, a U.S. Justice...

  • Cambodia accepts 4 refugees under Australia agreement

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Four refugees rejected by Australia who have agreed to resettle in Cambodia will likely become examples that other refugees will follow, an Australian minister said Friday. Cambodia has agreed to accept the first four refugees under a 40 million Australian dollar ($32 million) four-year agreement it made with...

  • Armed elderly woman engages California deputies in standoff

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are trying to subdue an armed elderly woman who has barricaded herself at a Southern California mobile home park for most of the day and shot at a police robot. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say they were called around dawn Thursday by a woman saying she needed medical assistance. When deputies...

  • 3 bodies found near Mexico city occupied by vigilantes

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police found at least three dismembered bodies wrapped in blankets near a southern city where residents have reported that 10 people disappeared during a vigilante takeover earlier this month and six more went missing in previous months. The bodies of the middle-age men were found Thursday in a cemetery near...

  • China premier arrives in Colombia as part of investment tour

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia during a visit to the Andean nation Thursday as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment. Li is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Colombia since the two nations established diplomatic ties 35...

  • Parishioners appealing judge's order to vacate closed church

    BOSTON (AP) — For nearly 11 years now, parishioners have protested the closing of their church on the Massachusetts seacoast, keeping round-the-clock vigil there and holding Sunday services even though the Roman Catholic Church has de-consecrated the sanctuary. Thursday, the Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church continued to stand their...

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