• Prosecutor begins probe of Newport News police shooting

    Updated: 12 min ago

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The prosecutor's office in Newport News, Virginia, has begun investigating a fatal shooting by a city police officer. Media outlets report that the Newport News Police Department has completed its criminal investigation of the July 4 shooting and turned the file over to the commonwealth attorney's office, which will determine whether the shooting was justified. An internal police investigation continues. Twenty-three-year-old Kawanza J. Beaty was shot during an early-morning police chase after an officer received a tip that Beaty was carrying a sawed-off shotgun. Police have said Beaty ignored orders to drop the weapon. Three officers involved in the pursuit were placed on administrative leave

  • The Latest: migrant processing center to be near Athens

    Updated: 16 min ago

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news from the crisis of migrants pouring into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): ___ 3 p.m. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, speaking during a visit to the Greek island of Kos Friday, says a center will be set up at Greece's main port of Piraeus where European teams will fast-track fingerprinting and processing of refugees and migrants. It was initially believed the so-called "hot-spot" would be set up at points of entry for migrants and refugees on islands where they arrive in small boats from the nearby Turkish coast.

  • Frustration grows among refugees at Hungarian train stations

    Updated: 18 min ago

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of refugees who have been stuck for days at Budapest's Keleti train station gathered their belongings and began marching out of the city, vowing to make it to Austria on foot after Hungarian authorities blocked them from boarding Western-bound trains. They carried their belongings in bags and backpacks as they snaked through Budapest in a line stretching nearly a half-mile long, hampering traffic at times, as they began the 175-kilometer journey (108-mile) journey to the Austrian border. Some held up photos of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • More heartbreak for Ebola survivor after baby boy dies

    Updated: 19 min ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — It was the new beginning that Sierra Leone's first Ebola survivor, Victoria Yillia, had yearned for after losing 21 of her relatives to the disease: a newborn who would allow her and her husband to start a new family. But only weeks after the baby they named Barnabas was born, he died of an infection that overwhelmed his tiny body. In the Ebola-ravaged community of Kenema, the baby who already had become a symbol of rebirth and renewal was buried on Thursday, a day after he died. "Tears will never stop coming out of my eyes until the day I die, because that baby was everything in my life and a symbol for all my lost family members," 21-year-old Yillia said in a telephone interview hours after h

  • Drowned Syrian boys buried in hometown they fled

    Updated: 19 min ago

    KUCUK KENDIRLI, Turkey (AP) — A Syrian woman and her two young sons who drowned on a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece were buried in their hometown of Kobani, returning to the conflict-torn Syrian Kurdish region they had fled. With the burial of his family, Abdullah Kurdi abandoned any thought of leaving his homeland again. "He only wanted to go to Europe for the sake of his children," said Suleiman Kurdi, an uncle of the grieving father. "Now that they're dead, he wants to stay here in Kobani next to them." The haunting image of the 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach focused the world's attention on the wave of migration fueled by war and deprivation.

  • Dr. Beach gives extra credit for no smoking beaches in 2016

    Updated: 21 min ago

    MIAMI (AP) — After 25 years of ranking beaches, the professor known as "Dr. Beach" is starting his list of best beaches over from scratch in 2016. And he'll be giving extra credit to beaches that ban smoking. Professor Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University began his best beaches list in 1991. Once a beach achieved the No. 1 ranking, it was retired from consideration on future lists. But now he says he'll start fresh next year so that even beaches that he previously rated as tops have a shot at the No. 1 slot again. Leatherman rates beaches using 50 criteria including water temperature, air temperature, number of sunny days, rip currents, water color, algae, views, access, seaweed and noise.

  • Image of Asia: A refugee in New Delhi

    Updated: 24 min ago

    In this photo by Tsering Topgyal, a Rohingya refugee sews inside her slum on the outskirts of New Delhi. According to the U.N. refugee agency, around 9,000 Rohingya refugees are registered in the capital and thousands more who are not registered live elsewhere in India. In New Delhi, most of them lead impoverished lives in tented settlements dotted around the city. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority numbering around 1.3 million in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship and restricts their movement, and many thousands have tried to flee.

  • With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license

    Updated: 26 min ago

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage. William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license Friday morning in Rowan County. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled. After the couple paid the license fee of $35.50, James Yates rushed across the steps of the courthouse to hug his mom as both cried.

  • UN human rights chief calls for peacekeeper accountability

    Updated: 26 min ago

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says there needs to be greater accountability for international peacekeepers following of yet another sexual abuse allegation in Central African Republic. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressed the scandal Friday following his visit to the country where thousands have died in sectarian fighting since late 2013. Zeid said there's no excuse for "the failure to apply punishments that fit the crime." U.N. peacekeepers and French soldiers tasked with trying to stabilize the country have both been accused of sexual abuses against the civilians they are supposed to be protecting.

  • 3 Indians get 20 years in jail for raping Japanese student

    Updated: 28 min ago

    JAIPUR, India (AP) — A court on Friday sentenced three Indian men to 20 years in prison for raping a Japanese student who was sightseeing in one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Prosecutors said the men met the 20-year-old woman in Jaipur, the Rajasthan state capital known for its historic forts and monuments, and they offered to be her tour guides. The men, aged 20 to 24, took the woman to a farming village outside the city, raped her on a roadside and fled. Villagers heard the woman crying and helped her contact police. Judge Girish Oja held the three guilty and sentenced them on Friday in a trial that lasted five months. Oja sentenced three other defendants to two years in prison for helpin

  • The Latest: Gay Kentucky couple receives marriage license

    Updated: 35 min ago

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The latest on the county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage (all times local): 8:15 a.m. A gay couple walked out of a Kentucky clerk's office with a marriage license, hours after the county's defiant clerk was hauled to jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages. William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license Friday morning in Rowan County, ending a months-long standoff. Clerk Kim Davis has cited "God's authority" and refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in June. She defied a series of court order

  • Jury gets case of Michigan teen who killed boy on playground

    Updated: 45 min ago

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Jury deliberations will start in western Michigan in the murder trial of a 13-year-old boy who fatally stabbed a younger boy at a playground. Lawyers gave final arguments Thursday in Kent County court after experts gave different opinions on the teen's state of mind last summer when he killed 9-year-old Michael Connor Verkerke. The jury returns Friday. The key issue is whether the teen is criminally responsible. He was 12 at the time. Priya Roa says a childhood of abuse wrecked his mental health and put him in a "trance-like" state of rage. But Susan Tremonti, testifying for prosecutors, says the teen knew what he was doing, even hiding the knife in sand before the attack.

  • Soyuz with Russian, Dane, Kazakh docks at space station

    Updated: 53 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crew docked at the International Space Station on Friday after a safe but unusually long two-day flight. The arrival of Russia's Sergei Volkov, Denmark's Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov brings the number of astronauts on the orbiting space outpost to nine for the first time since November 2013. Mogensen, the first Dane in space, got a message from his mother shortly after he arrived. "I am really looking to have you back on Earth again," Lisa Bjerregaard said during a video link from Baikonur, the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where the spacecraft was launched Wednesday with relatives in attendance. "Don't forget to call me when you land." M

  • Funeral slated for slain Houston-area sheriff's deputy

    Updated: 58 min ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Police from around the nation are among thousands expected to converge at a Houston church for the funeral of slain Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked that officers on patrol around the state turn on their vehicles' flashing lights for a minute as services begin 11 a.m. Friday. Goforth was gunned down a week ago at a suburban Houston convenience store while fueling his patrol car. Thirty-year-old Shannon Miles, who has a history of mental illness and arrests, is charged in the death of the 47-year-old veteran officer. The motive remains unknown.

  • With defiant county clerk behind bars, gay Kentucky couple receives marriage license

    Updated: 59 min ago

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — With defiant county clerk behind bars, gay Kentucky couple receives marriage license.

  • 22 Emirati troops in Saudi-led coalition killed in Yemen

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says 22 members of the Gulf nation's military have been killed while taking part in Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. News agency WAM announced the deaths Friday, citing the general headquarters of the country's armed forces. The report did not say how or when the soldiers were killed. Military officials could not be reached for comment. The seven-state Emirates federation is one of the most prominent members of the Saudi-led coalition, which aims to roll back gains by Yemeni Shiite rebels and their allies in the deeply impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

  • Prep school grad gets 2 more weeks to seek felony dismissal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for a New Hampshire prep school graduate have two more weeks to try to convince a judge to dismiss his conviction on sex charges related to an encounter with a 15-year-old girl. Owen Labrie was convicted Aug. 28 of misdemeanor sexual assault and a felony of using a computer to invite the girl to a secluded spot in May 2014. The sexual contact was part of a practice at St. Paul's School called Senior Salute where graduating students try to have sex with younger classmates. Lawyers for the 19-year-old Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, say the computer crime should be dismissed because he was acquitted of a felony sex assault charge. The Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/1Urcu2q ) reports lawyers h

  • Indonesia drops high-speed train plan, choses slower option

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An official says Indonesia has dropped its plan to construct a high-speed train line and instead will shift to more economical medium-speed technology. Coordinating Minister of Economy Darmin Nasution said Friday that the high-speed service is not suitable for the relatively short distance of 150 kilometers (95 miles) between Jakarta and Bandung, West Java's provincial capital. China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks in an attempt to secure a multibillion-dollar contract. Nasution said a team will create a framework for the construction of the medium-speed line before it is opened to international bidding.

  • Sinai peacekeeping official says force attacked in white car

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An official from the Multinational Force and Observers' peacekeeping mission in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula says their vehicles that were hit with explosive devices are similar to ones used by the Egyptian army, but were painted white. The official, who requested anonymity because he's not authorized to speak to reporters, says Friday the vehicles were patrolling near their base in the town of el-Gorah town when the bomb exploded. He says the explosion injured four U.S. soldiers and two Fijians. The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday the soldiers were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

  • Husband of jailed Kentucky clerk says she won't resign; will stay in jail as long as it takes

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Husband of jailed Kentucky clerk says she won't resign; will stay in jail as long as it takes.