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  • Oklahoma health officials prepare for flu season

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a record-breaking 63 people died as a result of the flu during the 2013-14 flu season, Oklahoma health officials preparing for the coming season say educating the public is key to reducing both the deaths and the number of people who contract the virus. Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist Becky Coffman says public awareness and persuading residents to get a flu shot are vital. The flu season is late September through early May and Coffman says the strains expected this season are the same as last season. She says companies are just now starting to ship flu vaccines to pharmacies and doctors while health departments will likely begin receiving the vaccine in late September or early O

  • UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

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    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week's catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died. U.N. peacekeepers in Mali found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane at the remote disaster site in the north, and the French president said the data and voice recorders must be analyzed as quickly as possible to determine the cause of the crash early Thursday. Nearly half of the victims, 54, were French and Hollande has taken a leading role in the aftermath, stressing the need to determine the cause of the crash in a storm, without ruling out a

  • Vermont chestnut stand may hold key to restoration

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    BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Scientists seeking to restore the American chestnut tree that dominated the forests of the Eastern U.S. until an invasive fungus set in could get help from a rare stand in Vermont. Most of the 500 or so chestnut trees in the stand in Berlin are tiny, but a healthy 80-year-old tree is dropping chestnuts that are sprouting into young trees. The American Chestnut Foundation has helped develop a blight-resistant species by crossing American chestnuts with a resistant Chinese variety. It's not ready yet for widespread distribution. Most of the full-sized American chestnut trees died after the invasive blight from Asia swept the country around the turn of the 20th century. Scientists were in Vermont

  • Top pick Clowney on field as Houston opens camp

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney was on the field with the Houston Texans as they opened camp on Saturday. But the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft was limited as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a sports hernia. Clowney, who had surgery on June 12, participated in the majority of the drills as Houston started camp with a 2½-hour practice on Saturday morning. But he was held out of 11 on 11 drills late in the workout. He says he's feeling better, but isn't 100 percent yet. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound former South Carolina standout is moving from defensive end to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's system. Clowney says he already feels "very comfortable" with the move, but

  • Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless

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    DENVER (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets. One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs. "Of the new kids we're seeing, the majority are saying they're here because of the weed," deputy director Kendall Rames told The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1l1vQER ). "They're traveling through. It is very unfortunate." The Salvation Army's single men's shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18

  • Will Smith eager for fresh start with Pats

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field. Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win. "It feels good," Smith said Saturday, after the first training camp day in full pads. "It's been awhile, so I'm excited to just be out there, running around, with shoulder pads, going through regular drills — so it feels real good. "It's something I hadn't done for a long time, almost a year; playing football in full gear, going out there hitting people and tackling and stuff like that. It feels good to be back at it." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.

  • Custody death to mar NYC mayor's return from Italy

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    ROME (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork. But the city he is returning to Sunday is still roiled by the death of a suspect in police custody after he was put in an apparent chokehold. The videotaped scuffle threatens to reignite distrust of the New York Police Department in minority communities, a long-standing problem that de Blasio has vowed to improve.

  • Spain ex-regional leader admits to undeclared cash

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    MADRID (AP) — A former president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has admitted to concealing large sums of undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts. Jordi Pujol, who was president of the wealthy northeastern region from 1980 to 2003, has revealed he failed to declare the money to tax authorities "over a period of more than 30 years." The 84-year-old Pujol apologized and said he was willing "to appear before tax authorities, or if needed, judicial authorities," to explain matters, according to a statement released Friday. Many Spaniards expressed contempt on Saturday, especially because Pujol had for months denied having any money stashed outside Spain.

  • Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters

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    CASERTA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste. Francis made a late-afternoon visit Saturday to Caserta, the main town in the turf of the Casalesi crime clan of the Naples-area Camorra syndicate. During his homily outside the 18th-century Reggia palace, Caserta's main tourist attraction, Francis drew applause when he urged his flock to have "the courage to say no to every form of corruption and lawlessness." "Against the Camorra," read a banner in the crowd. His reference to mobsters was apparent when he denounced "evil, violence and sheer abuse of power.

  • Jaguars WR Shorts out at least 2 weeks with injury

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III will miss at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring. Shorts got the diagnosis Saturday, one day after feeling tightness in his hamstring during the team's first training camp practice. Shorts, who has a history of injuries, says he "can't catch a break right now. My frustration level might be at an all-time high." The fourth-year pro missed most of organized team activities with a calf injury and hasn't made it through a full season since college. He missed six games with a hamstring injury in 2011, missed two games because of a concussion in 2012 and sat out the final three games in 2013 with a groin injury that slowed him all season.

  • Ohio State to form task force after band scandal

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says a task force will be formed to help bring changes after the firing of its celebrated marching band's director amid allegations he ignored rampant sexual harassment. The university intends to name the task force members within days, the Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1AjaGfp ). They will study how to reverse a band culture of sexual harassment and objectionable traditions. The university dismissed director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation concluded that he knew about but failed to stop rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often-e

  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

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    BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives. Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic. "I want to rest in the a

  • Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress. Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it wanted to deal with the border crisis. And as the proposal drew fierce criticism, the White House made few overtures to lawmakers in either party to rally support.

  • Minister: Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume

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    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Flights between Venezuela and Aruba resumed Saturday, ending a brief suspension by the South American country to protest the arrest of its designated counsel to the island territory, the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant. The lifting of the flight ban followed several hours of talks between Aruba Justice Minister Arthur Dowers and a representative of Venezuela's foreign affairs ministry, Dowers told The Associated Press. The suspension of flights to and from Aruba and other Dutch Caribbean territories came Friday afternoon after an Aruban judge ruled that Hugo Carvajal, the former head of Venezuelan military intelligence, must remain behind bars pending a U.S. extra

  • Germany: man accused of child abuse over 20 years

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    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing children over the past two decades after finding a boy who had been missing for several weeks at his apartment. Petra Hertwig, a prosecutor in the eastern city of Cottbus, told news agency dpa Saturday the 52-year-old man is suspected of 175 counts of sexual abuse. The cases go back as far as 1994. The man was arrested after police on Friday found a mentally disabled 14-year-old boy who had been missing for four weeks at his apartment, where he had apparently been held. Hertwig said officials still have to determine what happened during that time. The other suspected cases, involving five possible victims, came to light during the searc

  • Nissan expands recall prompted by faulty air bag

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that Nissan North America Inc. is recalling certain lines of its Infiniti, Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra cars for the model years 2002 to 2004. It had previously announced a recall of more than 438,000 vehicles. The move is prompted by faulty air bags that have been blamed for the recall of millions of cars in recent years, including those made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Toyota. The air bags systems were made by Tokyo-based Takata Corp.

  • Keeping Young: Gruden will make room for fullback

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Jay Gruden was hired to coach the Washington Redskins, Darrel Young did some research. The results were not encouraging. Gruden, as Young discovered, didn't have much use for a fullback over the last three years as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. "I think it was around 91 plays," Young said, "that the fullback played in that offense." So would Gruden find room for Young, the steady hard-worker who made his mark by switching positions after going undrafted as a linebacker out of Villanova? Surely the past four years with the Redskins should count for something, even if it was a different regime. Gruden has a simple answer.

  • MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion

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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother. Harun Calehr, the uncle of victims Miguel and Shaka Panduwinata, said the family's frustration has grown as they felt they had to haggle for help from the airline in the days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine on July 17. "You know, one would have hoped that there would have been more compassion, more understanding, and not such a rigid, bureaucratic attitude towards everything that we need," Caleh

  • Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula. The statement released by Hisham Barakat's office said those charged belonged to a terror group called Ajnad Misr, which started its attacks after the July ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The group's name means "Soldiers of Egypt" in Arabic. The statement said the suspected militants planted explosives around police stations and security checkpoints. It said 14 suspected members are in custody and six others are on the run.

  • Entire Cliff Walk in Newport opens

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is opening the rest of Newport's Cliff Walk. The 3.5-mile trail runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's most spectacular Gilded Age mansions. Superstorm Sandy washed away whole sections and millions were spent to restore it. A continuous section of more than two miles reopened in June. A retaining wall still had to be built for a smaller section in a less-traveled portion of the walk. The final section was slated to open on Saturday. Repairing the damage and building retaining walls cost about $5 million in mostly federal funds. The trail attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is Rhode Island's most visited touris