• Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday. Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contact with have been traced. She said one of them, a Filipino woman exhibiting mild symptoms, had been isolated and that her test results were being awaited. At least seven other people who had close contact with the patient were under home quarantine. The patient's home country was not immediately disclosed. It's the second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome in the Philippines.

  • S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Won says North Korean diplomats in Berlin have tentatively signed off on a plan for a renowned German conductor to lead a 70-member South Korean orchestra through Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Korean folk tune "Arirang" while accompanied by a choir of 70 North Koreans just across the border on Aug. 15, the 70th anniversary of the 1945 liberation of a single Korea from Japan's 35-year colonial rule.

  • Bombs at mosque, restaurant in central Nigerian city kill 15

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    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say two bombs have exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigeria's central city of Jos, killing at least 15 people. There was no immediate official word on the Sunday night blasts. Witnesses who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals say the explosion at Yantaya Mosque came as a leading cleric who preaches peaceful co-existence was addressing a crowd during the holy month of Ramadan. The witnesses say they don't know how many worshippers died. Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronized by elite politicians. Mark Lipdo of the Christian Stefanos Foundation says at least 15 people died there.

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announces resignation after 'no' vote against bailout

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    ATHENS (AP) — Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announces resignation after 'no' vote against bailout.

  • Owner of 'Tetris' rights takes Hawaii home, ranch off grid

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    HONOLULU (AP) — High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live, there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others. The 6,000-square-foot house has a view overlooking Diamond Head, Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, and two Tesla cars in the driveway. It's not the two electric cars that set the property apart from its swanky neighbors. The difference is that this solar-powered home is completely energy independent. Homeowner Henk Rogers, 61, hopes the technology he is using in his home can help make other homes across Hawaii — and the world — energy independent as well. Rogers is famous for discovering the vide

  • Las Vegas completing last straw to draw Lake Mead water

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took $817 million, two starts, more than six years and one worker's life to drill a so-called "Third Straw" to make sure glittery casinos and sprawling suburbs of Las Vegas can keep getting drinking water from near the bottom of drought-stricken Lake Mead. The pipeline, however, won't drain the largest Colorado River reservoir any faster. It's designed to ensure that Las Vegas can still get water if the lake surface drops below two existing supply intakes. "You turn on the tap, you don't think about it," said Noah Hoefs, a pipeline project manager for the Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Water Authority. "These are the things being done in order to live the lifestyle we want in the places we want to live.

  • Interview: Suspect in SF pier attack admits he shot woman

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man arrested in the seemingly random shooting of a woman at a San Francisco pier has admitted in a jailhouse interview that he shot her, but says it was an accident. Francisco Sanchez told KGO-TV on Sunday that he was responsible for 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle's death, but insisted that the shooting was accidental. Speaking in a mix of Spanish and English, he said he found a gun wrapped inside a shirt and when he picked it up, he heard three shots go off. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll along the waterfront with her father and a family friend on Wednesday. Police said witnesses heard no argument or dispute before the shooting, suggesting it was a random attack.

  • No more 'roar' as famed trading pits come to an end

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Meegan had every intention of going back to college, but then he got a summer job in the Chicago trading pits and fell in love with the "roar" of the floor, the excitement of "4,000 people yelling, 'Buy! Buy! Buy!'" and decided no more classroom for him. That roar will soon go silent. On Monday, most futures pits in Chicago and New York, where frenzied buying and selling once helped set prices on cattle and corn, palladium and gold, and dozens of other commodities, are expected to close for good. Traders yelled and shoved and flashed hand signals, just as they did in the movie "Trading Places." But now the computer — faster, cheaper and not nearly as noisy — has taken over.

  • Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees, dies at 80

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    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80. A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees said in an emailed statement Shavtiz died of respiratory complications in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by family and friends. Shavitz was a hippie making a living by selling honey when his life was altered by a chance encounter with a hitchhiking Roxanne Quimby. She was a single mother and a back-to-the-lander who impressed Shavitz with her ingenuity and self-sufficiency. In the 1980s she began making products from his beeswax, and they became partners. The business partnership ended after Quimby move

  • Deteriorating nails blamed for North Carolina deck collapse

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    EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Nails deteriorated by years of exposure to the sand, salt and moisture from the ocean gave way, causing a deck collapse that hurt 24 people as they posed for a picture at a North Carolina beachfront home, authorities said. The deck was likely up to code when the house was built in 1986, but the nearly 30-year-old nails simply fell apart under the weight of the people standing on small part of the deck Saturday night, Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said in a news release Sunday. The pilings of the deck remained in place, and two-thirds of the structure did not fall, he said. Twenty-four people of an extended family were injured when they fell about 10 feet to the ground, authorities said

  • Infant found on the side of the road in Maryland

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    PASADENA, Md. (AP) — A baby was left on the side of the road Sunday and her mother has been charged with child neglect, officials said. Officials with the Anne Arundel County Police Department say Sandra Clara McClary is also charged with reckless endangerment after her three-month-old daughter was found just before midnight in a scuffed carrier in Pasadena after a resident called to report the abandoned child. Authorities say the scuff marks lead them to believe the carrier may have fallen from a moving car. Authorities say McClary left the baby on the side of the road. The baby was taken to a local hospital after she was discovered and is in good condition. She is in the custody of the Department of Child Prot

  • Illegal fireworks hurts 5 at party, suspected in some fires

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Illegal fireworks were believed to have ignited fires that threatened homes and destroyed property in several locations, as well as caused an explosion at a block party that sent at least five people to the hospital, authorities across California said Sunday as they assessed damages and injuries from the July Fourth celebration. In the city of Hollister, a man was arrested on suspicion of setting off a large mortar during a block party Saturday night. Once lit, the device fell over and shot projectiles into a crowd, hitting several people, police said. A child was flown to a San Francisco Bay area hospital with severe injuries, several children suffered moderate to severe burns and one person had a possib

  • To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy. The June 17 slaying of nine black worshippers led to calls to curb displays of the Confederate flag after photos emerged showing the suspect posing with one and burning the U.S. flag. But it also has added urgency to discussions on whether it is time to do away with names given to schools, colleges and streets that have come to be seen in a new light in places far outside the South. A petition is calling for Yale University in Connecticut to change the name of its residential Cal

  • 5 injured when man sets fireworks at California block party

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    HOLLISTER, Calif. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the central California city of Hollister on suspicion of setting off fireworks at a July Fourth block party, sending at least five people to the hospital. A police statement said 35-year-old Shawn Gregory Bourdet was arrested at the scene of the explosion Saturday night and told officers he was responsible for what happened. Police said a lit mortar fell over and shot projectiles into a crowd, hitting several people who were at the outdoor block party. A child was flown to a San Francisco Bay area hospital with severe injuries, several children suffered moderate to severe burns and one person had a possible broken leg. Police said Bourdet was cooperating with i

  • Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned — a debut on Broadway. Producers of the high-energy revival of "On the Town" said Sunday that Copeland will join the show from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest for one of three sailors enjoying shore leave in 1940s New York. The role requires both acting and singing, in addition to plenty of dancing, including a 15-minute ballet at the end. The role is currently filled by Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet.

  • 2 people dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two people were killed and three remained missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit a barge and capsized in the Ohio River, Kentucky authorities said Sunday. Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick said nine people were aboard the boat and that four were rescued after the accident shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. He said three of those rescued were children and that they were wearing life jackets. Frederick said the fatalities include one adult and one child. He said a child is among the missing. It's unclear if they were wearing life jackets. No identifications have been released.

  • Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

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    CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in eastern Maine, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Staples, 22, of Calais, a small city on the Canadian border, placed a reloadable fireworks mortar tube on his head and told his friends he was going to light it, McCausland said. But his friends urged him to stop. "Apparently, he thought that was a great idea," McCausland said.

  • Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff

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    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Danny Lee was overcome with nerves after qualifying for a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic. By the time he walked to the first playoff tee, he was ready. Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory when he parred the second hole of Sunday's sudden-death playoff, eliminating David Hearn after Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb faltered on the first playoff hole. "All I can say is wow," Lee said. "I finally did it." Lee, Hearn, Kisner and Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course. And Lee wasn't in a good place mentally heading into the playoff. "I was so nervous," he said. "My head was blank, and I was just trying to breathe.

  • Accused man's family thanks slain cop's mom for her grace

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The family of a man accused of killing a New Orleans policeman has released a statement of sympathy and thanks to the dead man's family. Travis Boys, 33, is charged with killing Officer Daryle Holloway, who was driving him from a police station to jail June 20. Police have said Boys managed to get his cuffed hands in front of his body and reach a .40-caliber handgun with which he shot Holloway. Public defender Christopher Murell, one of Travis Boys' attorneys, emailed the family's statement on Sunday. "The outpouring of love and support for the Holloway family is a tribute to his life and honorable service to our community," it said.

  • Illegal fireworks suspected in factory, grass fires

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators suspect illegal fireworks sparked a fire that injured four firefighters and caused up to $3 million in damage to three warehouses in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said witnesses reported seeing a group of young men shooting fireworks at mattresses outside one of the warehouses in the Florence area Saturday night. The blaze spread to two other warehouses. Four firefighters suffered minor injuries. Fireworks debris was found at the scene. In Northern California, officials said illegal fireworks may have started a wildfire that burned more than 320 acres and threatened homes in the city of Vacaville, and a grass fire in the Rio Linda area of Sacramento that dam