• Kenya says Islamic extremists kill 14 in Kenya's north

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 14 people were killed in an attack early Tuesday in the country's north by al-Shabab, Islamic extremist rebels from neighboring Somalia, a Kenyan official said. Eleven people were also wounded in the attack which took place in Soko Mbuzi village in Mandera County near Kenya's border with Somalia, said Mandera County Commissioner Alex Nkoyo. The Somali-based militants, who are allied to al-Qaida, have killed at least 85 people, all of them non-Muslims, in Mandera County in the last eight months. Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks in Kenya as retribution for the country sending troops to Somalia to fight the militants.

  • Southwest Airlines: Blown tire forces return to airport

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Southwest Airlines says one of its flights returned to the Phoenix airport shortly after takeoff because of a blown tire on the aircraft. The airline says none of the 143 passengers and five crew members was injured. Flight 211 was headed to San Francisco after taking off from Sky Harbor Airport Monday night. The airline says that the aircraft quickly returned to the airport and landed safely. The passengers were taking a different aircraft to their destination.

  • Sheriff: 1 dead, 4 injured in Washington ice cave collapse

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    GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A partial ice cave collapse in unseasonably warm northwest Washington killed one person and injured four others Monday, a Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman said. Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said late Monday night that the person who was killed remained buried under the debris at the popular Big Four Ice Caves east of Granite Falls. The recovery effort was suspended at nightfall. All victims were believed accounted for, Ireton said. Three of the injured, including a 25-year-old man in critical condition, were airlifted to a Seattle trauma center. Also airlifted to Harborview Medical Center were a seriously injured 35-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman in satisfactory condition,

  • Chinese stocks drop, other Asian markets mixed

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    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks fell Tuesday despite official efforts to shore up slumping prices while other Asian markets were mixed after Greece's spiraling crisis weighed on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.9 percent to 3,668.59 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 1 percent to 24,972.54. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.4 percent to 20,386.70. Singapore, Bangkok and New Zealand also rose. Seoul's Kospi shed 0.7 percent to 2,040.11 and Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 jumped 2 percent to 5,585.40. CHINA'S DECLINE: Chinese shares have fallen nearly 30 percent after hitting a peak June 2. Most Chinese indices still are up about 80 percent after starting an explosive rise late last year.

  • Buffalo mayor signs bill renaming Squaw Island

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Seneca Indian Nation joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as he signed a bill changing the name of Squaw Island. The island park in the Niagara River is now called Unity Island. Monday's bill signing followed a vote by the Common Council last month to change the 336-year-old name following complaints that it was offensive to Native American women. The action continues a nationwide movement toward replacing the names of sports teams and geographical sites whose labels are now viewed as insensitive or outright offensive.

  • Chinese families of Yale students grow a garden, tradition

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    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University has been transformed into a garden by the extended families of graduate and professional students from China. The people tending to the trellis-filled garden are mostly grandparents who have come to the U.S. to look after grandchildren as their own children cultivate careers at the Ivy League school. The urban garden began taking shape a decade ago, a product of the expatriate community that has sprouted along with soaring numbers of students from China. About a quarter of all international students at Yale come from China. All the plants are edible. They include varieties of beans, scallions, tomatoes and cilantro that they eat o

  • Student activists in Thailand go before military court

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    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand freed 14 student activists from detention Tuesday ahead of their trial but said they still face sedition charges — and up to seven years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings. The university students, 13 men and one woman, had been detained since their arrest on June 26 for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. The case has sparked international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. University professors and students joined dozens of protesters to show support for the students outside the court, across from the Grand Palace in Bangkok's historic quarter.

  • The battle for control of the human breast milk industry

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than t7/8he price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee. Going for as much as $4 per ounce, human breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are now seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units. The debate among the for-profit and nonprofit organizations can be sharp-elbowed.

  • San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up. San Francisco is one of dozens of cities and counties across the country that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The city goes so far as to promote itself as a "sanctuary" for people in the country illegally.

  • Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents. Cosby in sworn testimony unsealed Monday admitted that he gave the now-banned sedative to at least one of his accusers and to unnamed others. His lawyer interfered before he could answer deposition questions in 2005 about how many women were given drugs and whether they knew about it. "If today's report is true, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath 10 years ago sedating women for sexual purposes," said Lisa Bloom, attorney for model Janice Dickinson, who contends she wa

  • Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial

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    CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson is due back in court as his trial on charges of plotting to kill a prosecutor approaches. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday in the southern Illinois county where Peterson is imprisoned. He's pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting an unidentified prison inmate to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow. Glasgow prosecuted the 2012 case in which Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the bathtub drowning death of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio eight years earlier. Her death was initially ruled an accident, but the case was re-opened after the 2007 disappearance of Peterson's fourth wife.

  • Police ID gunman, victim he shot in Austin hotel lobby

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police have released the identity of a gunman killed by an officer in a posh downtown hotel after the man fatally shot another person in the lobby. A police statement issued Monday says officers shot and killed 35-year-old Michael Holt at the Omni Austin Hotel after Holt pointed a gun at the officers early Sunday. Holt was suspected of opening fire in the lobby, killing 60-year-old taxicab driver and innocent bystander Conrado Guadalupe Contreras moments before. The Capital Factory, a startup incubator, is situated in the same building as the hotel and said Holt rented a desk in its suite. Officials with Capitol Factory said they had no information suggesting the incident had to do with Holt's wo

  • FSU QB Johnson off team after video shows him punching woman

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson from the team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar. In a statement Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson's immediate dismissal. The quarterback had been suspended after the June 24 assault. In the security camera video released by the State Attorney's Office, it appears the woman and Johnson were trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her. The woman raises a fist and shouts at Johnson before he grabs her fist and holds it down. She then raises her other hand and swings. It's not clear whether she made contact, but Johnson responds by punching her in the fa

  • New Orleans: Officer arrested for obstruction of justice

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans police Monday arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer. In a news release, the police accused Wardell Johnson of shoddy police work when he arrested Travis Boys on June 20, in connection with an assault case. Authorities say Boys hours later shot and killed a New Orleans police officer. Authorities say while Boys was being transported to central lockup by Officer Daryle Holloway, he managed to move his cuffed hands from his back to his front, produce a gun, shoot Holloway and then crawl from the back of the police vehicle into the front and escape. He then eluded police for 24 hours before eventu

  • Airline: Flight returns to airport after unspecified threat

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — American Airlines says a Minneapolis-bound flight returned to Charlotte Douglas International Airport shortly after taking off when the airline received a security threat. American spokeswoman Katie Cody said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has since cleared the plane and the airline is working to get passengers "on their way." Cody didn't elaborate about the nature of the threat and referred all questions about it to CMPD. A police spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. Cody says the Airbus A321 was carrying 178 passengers. It turned back about 10 minutes after takeoff.

  • New Orleans officer arrested for obstruction of justice

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer. In a news release Monday, the police accused Wardell Johnson of shoddy police work when he arrested Travis Boys in June. Boys had been arrested in an assault case. Authorities say he shot and killed a police officer while being transported to jail later the same day and then escaped. He was captured 24 hours later, and police have been investigating where Boys allegedly got the gun. Police said Johnson tried to cover up the fact that he failed to process evidence at the scene of Boys' earlier arrest, including a spent shell ca

  • US stocks slip amid global sell-off after Greek 'no' vote

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly following drops in overseas markets as Greeks voted to reject creditor conditions for more loans, but the losses weren't as steep as many had feared. With time running out for Greece to strike a new deal and its banks desperately short of cash, a wave of selling that started in Asia early Monday spread to Europe, then the U.S. By the end of the day, nine of the 10 industry groups in the Standard and Poor's 500 index were down. But the index itself had fallen a modest 0.4 percent. Still, many investors were clearly nervous, putting money into assets considered safe bets in turbulent times such as U.S. government bonds.

  • SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration. A second vote will be needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future. But Monday's 37-3 vote was well over the two-thirds majority needed to advance the bill. If the House passes the same measure, the flag and flagpole could be removed as soon as Gov. Nikki Haley signs the papers. The flag would be lowered for the last time and shipped off to the state's Confederate Relic Room, near where the last Confederate fla

  • The Latest: Accuser's lawyers say Cosby words support claims

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the release of court documents indicating Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex: ___ 8:50 p.m. A lawyer for a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was 19 says the unsealing of portions of his 2005 testimony is a "significant and positive step." Therese Serignese went public with the allegations last November. She says Cosby assaulted her after a show in Las Vegas around 1976. She says she went backstage and when the two were alone he gave her two pills and a glass of water.

  • APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents; Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client. The 77-year-old comedian was testifying under oath in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee. He testified he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl. Cosby settled that sexual-abuse lawsuit for undisclosed terms in 2006. His lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately




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