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  • Searchers comb lakes, homes, woods for missing toddler

    Searchers have combed over 60 bodies of water, 40 square miles, and more than 2,000 homes and businesses looking for a missing toddler. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective Chief Tom Hackney said during a news conference Friday that the search for 21-month-old Lonzie Barton will soon be scaled back, but the investigation into the boy's...

  • UN chief calls killing of Palestinian child 'terrorist act'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the arson attack on a West Bank home that killed a Palestinian toddler a "terrorist act" and is blaming Israel's failure to punish repeated acts of settler violence for the tragedy. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban strongly condemns Friday's "murder" of 18-month-old...

  • Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to. Analysts at the French aviation laboratory where the scrap was headed Friday can glean...

  • Myanmar declares disaster zones to deal with dire flooding

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president has declared several regions of the country to be disaster zones, as forecasts of heavy rain for the next few days have heightened fears that already dire flooding in many parts of the country will get worse. An Information Ministry announcement late Friday said President Thein Sen had issued an...

  • Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC's decision began to pour in. After a closer-than-expected 44-40 win in Friday's ballot against Almaty, Kazakhstan, Beijing...

  • Uganda leader, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's long-serving president on Friday declared his bid for re-election in 2016, saying the country needs him to stick around to continue its economic development. President Yoweri Museveni, who took power by force in 1986 before winning elections in 1996, said he needs another term to bring this poor East African...

  • World Food Program cuts aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The World Food Program announced new cuts Friday in food aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan, highlighting a growing funding crisis of international agencies helping millions displaced by Syria's conflict. A last-minute U.S. donation of $65 million kept food aid in Jordan going for August, though at reduced levels, the WFP...

  • Marvel at madness: Things to know about Boston's Comic Con

    BOSTON (AP) — Get out your favorite Sailor Moon costume and grab a bottle of water. The Boston Comic Con is this weekend, and it's forecast to be a hot one. From Friday through Sunday, comic and costume fans will gather at the Seaport World Trade Center for a line-up of contests, panels and celebrity appearances. Here are some things to know...

  • Auction set for work from ex-auto plant credited to Banksy

    DETROIT (AP) — An auction is planned for an artwork that gallery officials say the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy created at a former Detroit auto plant. It's listed among works being sold Sept. 30 during a "Street Art" auction by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. An 8-foot, 1,500-pound section of cinderblock wall...

  • Escaped inmate suspected in killing is captured after chase

    KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — An escaped inmate suspected of strangling an acquaintance and stealing a gun and two trucks while on the run led police on a chase and rammed a cruiser before being captured Friday, authorities said. State troopers took Robert Crissman into custody about 26 hours after authorities said he walked away from a work-release...

  • Once a sideshow, former preemies praise doctor years later

    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — At age 95, Lucille Horn often reflects on her long, full life, with a husband and five children, and how it might not have happened if not for the renegade doctor who put her in a Coney Island sideshow when she was just days old. Horn is among thousands of former premature babies whose lives were saved in the early 20th...

  • NATO agrees on support package for Iraq

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies agreed Friday on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aid program, approved by the alliance's 28 member nations, is designed to...

  • Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia from its current owners. The 104-foot Sequoia, built in 1925, is the longest-serving presidential yacht in American history. It was the official yacht for presidents from Herbert Hoover through Jimmy Carter. Designated a National...

  • Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing

    LONDON (AP) — Nine years after former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko drank radioactive tea at a London hotel, an inquiry into his death ended Friday with his widow claiming President Vladimir Putin ordered the killing — and Moscow accusing Britain of politicizing the probe. Litvinenko, who fled to London in 2000 and became a fierce critic of...

  • North Carolina elections official faces removal over posts

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican elections official in North Carolina will face removal over racially tinged Facebook posts praising the Confederacy and suggesting black protestors aren't "productive good citizens" with jobs, like whites. North Carolina Elections Board Chairman Josh Howard said Friday he will hold a public hearing to consider...

  • UN Ebola mission winds down, WHO takes reins in West Africa

    LONDON (AP) — The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is officially winding down Friday, handing its leadership role and senior staff to the Geneva-based World Health Organization as efforts to contain the deadly virus continue. "We have reached an important milestone in the global Ebola response," U.N. Secretary-General Ban...

  • Roche drug maker probed in Romanian graft case

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs. Roche Romania told The Associated Press it was "fully cooperating" with...

  • Burundi's president urges unity after contentious polls

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's re-elected president is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible. In a televised speech Thursday night, Pierre Nkurunziza said he would be a president for all, including those who did not vote for him. He said that during his presidency "everyone...

  • UK grants Ai Weiwei 6-month visa, apologizes for mixup

    LONDON (AP) — Britain performed an about-face Friday and granted a six-month visa to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction. On Thursday Ai disclosed that the British embassy in Beijing had turned down his request for a business visa, saying he had failed to disclose a...

  • US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project

    LONDON (AP) — A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Tom Kaplan, a natural resource investor whose net worth was put by Forbes magazine at $1 billion, and...

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