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  • Fitch downgrades Greece amid bailout uncertainty

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default. The agency late Friday said it had lowered the country's rating deeper into non-investment grade status from B to CCC,...

  • Guatemala arrests gang suspect in journalist's killing

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An alleged gang member suspected of ordering the recent killing of a young journalist has been arrested, President Otto Perez Molina said Friday. Prosecutors said a wiretap captured suspect Antonio Televario Navichoc saying he ordered the slaying of Guido Villatoro, a reporter and cameraman for the local channel...

  • Judge fines Washington florist over same-sex wedding flowers

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees. Benton County Superior Judge Alexander Ekstrom's ruling gives Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, 60 days to pay the state for her...

  • Police report claims misconduct in officer body camera case

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police recommended more serious charges than the single charge that was brought against one of the department's officers after a body camera recorded a bloody confrontation with a woman during an arrest. Officer Richard Scavone, 43, is facing a misdemeanor battery charge in the Jan. 6 incident. But a detective who...

  • Philadelphia schools to close day before Pope Francis' visit

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Public school students in Philadelphia will get a day off before Pope Francis comes to town. District spokesman Fernando Gallard (gah-YARD') said Friday street closures taking effect Sept. 25 will make it too difficult to get to class. Also, heavy traffic is anticipated ahead of the pontiff's two public appearances that...

  • Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by the court or face time behind bars....

  • Lawmakers, police chiefs clash over secrecy of officer names

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers thought they were doing police a favor when they passed a measure that would keep secret for two months the name of any officer involved in an on-duty shooting. But police chiefs say the proposal would serve only to hamper their ability to manage complex police-community relations, and they are asking the...

  • Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of a New Hampshire woman found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could obtain U.S. citizenship. Beatrice Munyenyezi is serving a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2013. One of her lawyers, David Ruoff, said Friday they are...

  • 2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana for EU

    KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. The European Union has said its 30-satellite...

  • UN Security Council keeps in place Libya arms embargo

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution on Libya that keeps in place an arms embargo which the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group. The resolution instead urges a U.N. sanctions committee on Libya to...

  • Man facing deportation in war crimes case seeks new trial

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man convicted on charges he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial, claiming jurors based the conviction on allegations prosecutors made during the trial rather than charges in his indictment. Attorneys for Edin Sakoc claim in court papers that jurors in his...

  • California woman, friend charged in alleged baby-theft plot

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 47-year-old woman and a friend were charged Friday with kidnapping, murder and attempted murder in an alleged plot to steal babies that investigators say was an effort by the woman to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins. Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian and Anthony Ray McCall, 29,...

  • Brazil's economy barely avoided recession last year

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy grew just 0.1 percent last year, barely keeping the country out of a recession, the government's statistics bureau said Friday. It was the worst result since 2009 and bad news for President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has plummeted along with Brazil's economic performance. To blame for last year's...

  • Medical examiner: 22-day-old baby girl starved to death

    BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday. Betsey Kee Stephens died as a result of malnutrition and starvation, said Dr. Vera Volnikh, Polk County's assistant medical...

  • AP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in an interview at his office in Kiev, said Russia was uninterested in de-escalating Ukraine's conflict...

  • Doctor: Detroit boy found in basement was denied food, water

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit boy missing for 11 days during a highly publicized search until he was found in his basement was the victim of physical and psychological abuse, a doctor testified Friday at a hearing to determine if his father and stepmother will stand trial. Police found Charlie Bothuell V among boxes last June, a stunning turnabout...

  • Gun owned by agent who toppled Capone headed to Vegas museum

    MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. (AP) — The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the movies of Bogart and Cagney, "Scarface" and "Little Caesar." Except this Smith & Wesson .38 special has real-life stories to tell, stories of America's most legendary mobster and the undercover...

  • Gov. Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. "This funding is just one piece of a much larger effort to help those most impacted by the drought and prepare...

  • Man accused in Kansas Jewish site killings pleads not guilty

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri white supremacist has pleaded not guilty to charges that he gunned down three people last year at Jewish sites in the Kansas City area. Seventy-four-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller entered the pleas Friday during a court appearance in Johnson County, Kansas. He was ordered earlier this month to stand trial on...

  • School aide barricaded self in classroom; took off clothes

    LEMON GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an afterschool program assistant kept 14 children inside a California classroom while appearing to be hallucinating on drugs. San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Chris May said deputies arrested 31-year-old Linda Lira on Wednesday after staff at Lemon Grove Academy forced their way into the classroom to...

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