• Manhunt in Memphis continues after officer, 33, fatally shot

    Updated: 8 min ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference that police were alerted about 9:18 p.m. Saturday that an officer had been shot multiple times. Armstrong said the officer was transported in critical condition to a hospital, where he died. In a statement Sunday morning, Memphis Police identified the slain officer as Sean Bolton, 33. Police also said that a civilian had used Bolton's radio to notify police about the shooting. No further details were released. Armstrong said police have not made an arrest

  • Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

    Updated: 10 min ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. "Sadly, sadly it's come to an end," said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe. It's immobile on its own, relying on the kindness of strangers. Those who picked it up often passed it to other travelers or left it where others might notice it.

  • Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

    Updated: 27 min ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris. Government officials will ask territories near the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean to alert them if they find any debris that could be from a plane, said a transport ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was found Wednesday on Reunion. It arrived Saturday at a French military testing facility, where it will be analyzed by experts.

  • Official: Top Burundi general assassinated in the capital

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    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A presidential spokesman says a former Burundi intelligence chief has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura. Willy Nyamitwe told The Associated Press Sunday that Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza, was killed early Sunday when men in a car shot at him and his bodyguards while traveling in the Kamenge neighborhood. Nyamitwe said the attackers also lobbed a grenade into Nshimirimana's vehicle. He said the general later died from his wounds. Bujumbura has been wracked by violence since April when it was revealed that the president would seek a third term.

  • Police: Gunfire at Brooklyn backyard party injures 9

    Updated: 35 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say gunfire broke out at a backyard party in Brooklyn overnight, injuring nine people. Sgt. Daniel Doody of the New York Police Department says the shooting happened at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the East New York section after an argument. He says nine people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds, but all their injuries are not life-threatening. He says four others were taken to hospitals with cuts and bruises from the melee. He says the gunmen have not been arrested, and no additional information is available. A witness tells The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1eLlOKJ) he was heading to the store when he heard more than five shots.

  • South Sudan gains Olympic status, cleared for Rio

    Updated: 57 min ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — South Sudan received official recognition from the IOC on Sunday, allowing the world's newest nation to send a team under its own flag to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC's executive board had recommended South Sudan's inclusion last week, and on Sunday the full IOC session voted in favor. South Sudan, which split from Sudan and became independent in 2011, has been torn by civil war for the past two years. "Over the past few months, my country has undergone armed conflict, and we firmly believe this is going to be a milestone and a great vehicle for promoting peace-building," said Wilson Deng Kuoirot, president of the National Olympic Committee of South Sudan.

  • Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Judge Hassan Farid, who oversaw the case against the three, did not attend Sunday's hearing. Another judge announced the case had been postponed. "It's more suffering for us, more waiting," Mohammed said after the

  • Bobby Brown's sister vows family feud is just beginning

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Bobby Brown's sister vowed the family feud was "far from over" between their family and the late Whitney Houston's kin during the memorial service for her niece, Bobbi Kristina Brown. A frustrated Leolah Brown walked out of the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta on Saturday and spoke to reporters gathered outside. She was angry because of some words that were said during the funeral by Pat Houston, the sister-in-law and former manager of Whitney Houston. "I told her that Whitney is going to haunt her from the grave," Leolah Brown told reporters outside the church. Before she went back inside the church, Leolah Brown expressed her love for Bobbi Kristina and Whitney Houston.

  • Zimbabwe confirms lion named Jericho has not been shot

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a photograph of the lion named Jericho that it said was taken Sunday morning. A statement from the authority said Jericho "is still alive and being monitored" by Brent Stapelkamp, who is following Jericho's movements with the help of a satellite collar on the lion. The Facebook page of a group called the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday that Jericho was killed. Cecil's killing sparked an international outcry. Zimbabwe

  • Saudi citizen killed by incoming fire from neighboring Yemen

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says one of its citizens was killed when a house inside the kingdom was struck by fire from neighboring Yemen. A civil defense spokesman, Ali bin Omair al-Shahrani, said in comments Sunday to the official Saudi Press Agency that the Saudi was killed in the border town of Najran. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition that has been pursuing an air campaign inside Yemen since March against Shiite rebels known as Houthis. The Houthis control the capital, Sanaa, and northern parts of the deeply impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation.

  • More online, more on mobile: advertising executive to IOC

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A leading advertising executive told the IOC on Sunday that the Olympic body needs to stay relevant with the younger generation and concentrate more of its content on the Internet and via mobile devices. And the once futuristic-sounding technology of virtual reality will likely be part of the planning. Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of advertising agency WPP, said the International Olympic Committee was in a unique position because its biggest asset was its live content. "Live sports coverage is the last bastion of high-value traditional programming," Sorrell said, adding that most consumers want to watch video when and where they choose. "But they can't do that with live s

  • Israeli premier vows 'zero tolerance' for Jewish extremists

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his government will have "zero tolerance" for Jewish extremists. At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel was united against "the criminals among our people" following a pair of attacks that shocked the country. On Friday, suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the West Bank and burned a toddler to death. On Thursday, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed revelers at a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. Thousands of Israelis took to the streets over the weekend to protest the attacks and warn against a radicalized and violent fringe growing from within the country's religious community.

  • Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from US power plants

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, Obama was poised to finalize the rule at a White House event on Monday. In a video posted to Facebook, Obama said the limits were backed up by decades of data showing that without tough action, the world will face more extreme weather and escalating health problems like asthma. "Climate change is not a problem for another generation," Obama said. "Not anymore.

  • Australia's House speaker quits over travel expense scrutiny

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — The speaker of Australia's House of Representatives has resigned following weeks of accusations that she used taxpayer money to pay for extravagant and unnecessary travel. Bronwyn Bishop has faced fierce criticism since it emerged last month that she spent more than 5,000 Australian dollars ($3,650) to charter a helicopter for an 80-kilometer (50-mile) trip to a golf course to attend a fundraiser for the ruling Liberal Party, rather than drive the 90-minute route. The Finance Department is investigating whether she violated any rules. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Bishop's resignation on Sunday. He said there would be a review of lawmaker entitlements in the wake of the scandal.

  • 2 soldiers dead, 24 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 24 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents. Militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, used two tons of explosives to attack the station on a highway near the town of Dogubayazit in Agri province, close to Turkey's border with Iran, causing extensive damage to the building, the regional governor's office said in a statement. The wounded soldiers were hospitalized but there was no word on their conditions.

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Egyptian officials

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo as part of a Mideast trip aimed at assuaging concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Egyptian state television aired live footage of Kerry meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and other officials on Sunday. Kerry is having other meetings throughout the day and is expected to later brief journalists. Despite continuing human rights concerns in Egypt, the Obama administration is increasing military assistance to the country as it confronts growing threats from extremists, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula. On Friday, the U.S. delivered eight F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of a military support p

  • Afghan Taliban issues statement quoting Haqqani group leader

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban issued a written statement Sunday purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the notoriously brutal Haqqani insurgent group, in an effort to quell rumors of his death. The statement, posted to the Taliban's website, quoted Haqqani mourning the loss of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed leader of the group whose death the extremists confirmed last week. The Afghan government says Mullah Omar died in April 2013. The Taliban have announced that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor is their new leader and released a purported audio statement from him Saturday.

  • Firefighter killed, 2 dozen homes burn in California fires

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter, burned two dozen homes and forced thousands of people to flee as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground. Twenty-one large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Some 8,000 firefighters were working to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out California.

  • 'Downton' producer open to possibility of big-screen film

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a roundup of news Saturday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs: 'DOWNTON ABBEY,' THE MOVIE? With "Downton Abbey" coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility. By ending the TV drama several years shy of the 1929 stock market crash, producer Gareth Neame said rich territory is left to be mined if a film is made. There's no script or a firm plan, he said, but a "Downton Abbey" movie could be a "wonderful thing.

  • Obama to require steeper emissions cuts from US power plants

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama administration was poised to finalize the rule at a White House event on Monday. Obama, in a video posted to Facebook, said the limits were backed up by decades of data and facts showing that without tough action, the world will face more extreme weather and escalating health problems like asthma. "Climate change is not a problem for another generation," Obama said.