• Official: Afghan raid frees 60 from Taliban-run prison

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local official says that Afghan special forces troops have liberated more than 60 prisoners from a Taliban prison in the southern province of Helmand. Provincial Governor Hayatullah Hayat said Friday that Afghan Army commandos and members of the country's elite counter-terrorism unit raided a private home in the Nawzad district, acting on an intelligence report. Two Taliban militants were killed and three wounded in the ensuing battle. A statement said there were no casualties among the government troops. Hayat said the prisoners were a mixture of civilians and members of the Afghan security forces.

  • Voters punish the Labour Party in Scotland

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    LONDON (AP) — Voters punished the opposition Labour Party in Scotland as the results rolled in Friday for local and regional elections — races that underscored divisions in the public mood across the United Kingdom. The elections demonstrated the complexity of British politics in the final weeks before Britons vote in a critical June 23 referendum on whether the country should remain in the European Union. The strength of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is particularly under scrutiny, as the races were the first nationwide poll since he took over as leader last year. The most closely watched race is for mayor of London — an election that may give the capital its first Muslim leader.

  • Markets Right Now: Soft US jobs report weighs on stocks

    Updated: 41 min ago

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Financial Markets (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Weaker than expected U.S. jobs figures kept the pressure on European stock markets as well as predictions over Wall Street's open. News that the U.S. economy generated 160,000 jobs during April — a 7-month low and below expectations for a 200,000 increase — is likely to reinforce concerns that the world's largest economy is experiencing a slowdown. One potential boon for stock markets is that the data may reduce the likelihood of a June rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  • Man accused of killing family makes shrine in jail cell

    Updated: 43 min ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A "Santeria" shrine was discovered in the Florida jail cell of a man accused of killing his wife and her two young children. Local news outlets are reporting that Daytona Beach jail officials found drops of apparent blood on pictures of Luis Toledo's wife, Yessenia Suarez and her children, 8 and 9. They were killed in 2013. Jail records and depositions say the shrine included a newspaper clipping with a red mark through the name of Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano. A nose and eyes were drawn in red on a cast Toledo took from his hand. A deposition says the items found March 27 were arranged in a ritualistic way, possibly "Santeria." Santeria is a religious tradition of African origin that spread throug

  • Alexandria's Hotel Bentley reopens as renovation continues

    Updated: 44 min ago

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A landmark hotel in downtown Alexandria is reopening. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/24A9Itn ) that the Hotel Bentley is again accepting guests. Owner Michael Jenkins says 62 rooms are now operating on the hotel's third and fourth floors, while renovations continue to 31 rooms on the fifth floor. He says the hotel's restaurant will open once it passes a health inspection. The hotel will also eventually host condominiums, and Jenkins says he'd like to add a gift shop. Jenkins bought the hotel in 2012, and has faced delays in completing the renovation of the 108-year-old Hotel Bentley, long an anchor of downtown Alexandria.

  • Erdogan suggests Turkey won't revise terrorism legislation required for visa-liberalization deal with EU

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Erdogan suggests Turkey won't revise terrorism legislation required for visa-liberalization deal with EU.

  • Nevada company to pursue purchase of unfinished nuke

    Updated: 47 min ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Nevada company says it will try to purchase an unfinished nuclear power plant in northern Alabama. Managing partner Michael Dooley of Phoenix Energy of Nevada says the company wants to use the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site to produce electricity through a new technology. The Tennessee Valley Authority decided Thursday to declare the plant surplus property and sell it to the highest bidder. Dooley says Phoenix Energy already has detailed plans for the site. While the federal utility says it has spent more than $4 billion at the plant since the 1970s, chief executive Bill Johnson says the property has been appraised at only $36 million.

  • Egypt official blames 'Tom and Jerry' for spreading violence

    Updated: 48 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated "Tom and Jerry" series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence. The accusations by Salah Abdel-Sadek, head of State Information Service, which is affiliated with the presidency, came at a forum held in Cairo this week. Abdel-Sadek told academics, media specialists, and public figures who had gathered to discuss violence that video games and cartoons are to blame. He said children see Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse "beat and blow up with explosives" one another and "in their minds, they see this as normal." The remarks are starkly at odds with the political reality of Egypt.

  • Colton Haynes: 'Terminal anxiety' led to 'Teen Wolf' break

    Updated: 52 min ago

    Former "Teen Wolf" star Colton Haynes says "terminal anxiety" is what prompted him to take a break from television. The 27-year-old tells Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Thursday that he asked to step away from MTV's "Teen Wolf" and the CW's "Arrow," on which he had a recurring role, because he cared more about his "mental and physical health" than his career. Haynes tells the magazine his anxiety was compounded in January when a reply to a blog comment was taken as him coming out. He says he's gay, but had never publicly spoken about his sexuality. He says he checked into rehab for anxiety and was frequently in the hospital over the next three months. Haynes says he's happy and healthy now and open

  • Russia Qatar

    Updated: 52 min ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, second left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, attend a meeting with Qatar Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, second from right, in Sochi, Russia, Friday, May 6, 2016.

  • Coastal Carolina stadium expansion funds rejected by state

    Updated: 52 min ago

    CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials have again rejected Coastal Carolina University's request for money to expand its football stadium, something needed so Coastal can play in the Sun Belt Conference. Local media outlets report the Commission on Higher Education rejected the proposal Thursday for the fourth time since February even though the cost of the expansion was reduced to $30 million from $38 million. The school is expected to try again, perhaps by next month, to secure the money. Commissioners said they are concerned about a lack of private contributions for the expansion. Coastal is to move to the Sun Belt in the Football Bowl Subdivision next year. FBS schools must maintain an average attendance of

  • The Latest: France wants inquiry into Syrian camp strikes

    Updated: 56 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 3:30 p.m. France is expressing the "strongest condemnation" of the air strikes on camps for displaced people in Syria that left at least 28 people dead, including women and children. A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday said the bombings "could be constitutive of a war crime and a crime against humanity" and that France wants an independent investigation into this "odious act." The statement attributed the bombings to the Syrian government and insisted those who carried out the "revolting and unacceptable" attacks must be brought to justice.

  • Deputies: 68 dogs rescued from 'unhealthy living conditions'

    Updated: 58 min ago

    HANOVER, Va. (AP) — Authorities say 68 dogs living in poor conditions have been rescued from a home in Hanover County. Local media outlets report Hanover County Animal Control, with assistance from the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the property on Tuesday. Sheriff's deputy Karen Godfrey said in a statement Thursday that the dogs were found living in "unhealthy living conditions, both inside and outside the residence." As a result, Godfrey says the canines were rescued and taken to various animal shelters for safe keeping and veterinary care. Authorities are determining charges against the dog owners.

  • Truck dumps 50,000 pounds of raw potatoes, closing down road

    Updated: 58 min ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Potatoes are everywhere on a North Carolina road, but these spuds aren't loaded or mashed and ready to eat. A tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 77 in Charlotte about 2 a.m. Friday, spilling 50,000 pounds of raw potatoes and closing the road for hours. Troopers say the truck driver told them he fell asleep at the wheel and hit a barrier wall and overturned. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be serious. Fuel also spilled on the highway, soaking some of the potatoes. The North Carolina Department of Transportation brought in front-end loaders to scoop up the load that rolled down the road. One lane of the highway has reopened, but DOT officials said

  • France Netflix

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    French actor Hippolyte Girardot, French actor Gerard Depardieu, pose at the premiere of the serie "Marseille" , in the Pharo Palace, in Marseille, southern France , Wednesday, May 4, 2016. "Marseille" is the first TV series produced by Netflix in France.

  • Herbalife says it is in advanced talks with FTC

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Herbalife's stock is surging 12 percent in premarket trading Friday after the seller of supplements and weight-loss products disclosed that it's in advanced talks to potentially settle a federal investigation into claims that it's a pyramid scheme. Herbalife Ltd. said in a regulatory filing that the possible settlement with the Federal Trade Commission "would likely include a monetary payment and injunctive and other relief." The Los Angeles-based company said that a number of issues are still open and could prevent a final agreement being reached. Herbalife said if talks don't continue to progress, litigation would likely ensue.

  • More details emerge in deadly shooting near school bus stop

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — More details have been released involving a deadly shooting that happened near a school bus stop in Virginia. News outlets report the shooting occurred Thursday morning at the Mallard Cove Apartments in Midlothian. Chesterfield County Police say 17-year-old Chase Harris was shot and killed. He died at the scene. Another teenager, an unidentified 17-year-old high school student, was shot and wounded. That teenager collapsed while running toward a school bus preparing to load children. Chesterfield police Lt. Peter Cimbal says the 17-year-old who collapsed near the school bus was helped by parents of the students. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

  • US employers added 160K jobs in April, weakest pace in 7 months; unemployment rate stays at 5 pct.

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US employers added 160K jobs in April, weakest pace in 7 months; unemployment rate stays at 5 pct.

  • Paterno's son calls 1976 allegation about father 'bunk'

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Paterno's son said Friday that an allegation made by insurers that a boy told the longtime Penn State University football coach in 1976 that he had been molested by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is "bunk." In a tweet , Scott Paterno wrote that "it would be great if everyone waited to see the substance of the allegation before they assume it's true. Because it's not." If the allegation were true, it would suggest his father had protected "an obscure assistant coach no one had yet heard of" in 1976, Paterno wrote . He added: "It's bunk." The allegation was revealed Thursday in an order issued by Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer in litigation between an insurance company and Penn State.

  • France Netflix

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    French film producer Pascal Breton, President of Federation Entertainment studios, arrives at the premiere of the serie " Marseille" at the Pharo Palace, in Marseille, southern France , Wednesday, May 4, 2016. "Marseille" is the first TV series produced by Netflix in France.