• Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing

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    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said Saturday. In addition, bow and arrow hunts have been suspended unless they are approved by the head of the director of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the organization said. The authority said it only received information this week about the possibly illegal killing of a lion in April. An arrest has been made in that case, officials said.

  • Man who studied Cecil the lion for 9 years talks impact

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When Cecil the lion's carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week. Conservationists decided the most natural thing was to leave the bones where they were for hyenas to finish off, said Brent Stapelkamp, a lion researcher and part of a team that had tracked and studied Cecil for nine years. Stapelkamp darted Cecil and put his last GPS collar on in October. He was probably the last person to get up close before Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer used a bow and a gun to kill the now-famous lion with the bushy black mane, its head and skin eventually cut

  • Charity Hospital replacement opens Saturday in New Orleans

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the Big Easy finally has a full-scale hospital again — a new Charity hospital. At 6 a.m. Saturday, the new 2.3 million-square-foot University Medical Center New Orleans, built with $1.1 billion of federal, state and private rebuilding money, ambulances and medical staff began the transfer of 131 patients into the new hospital for its first day of operations. Orchestrating the move required closing down streets as ambulances take patients into the facility. In addition, the system's 2,000-strong staff of doctors, specialists, nurses and office workers will move in too. Since Katrina, medical services h

  • Researcher in Zimbabwe doubts report of 2nd lion killing

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion researcher in Zimbabwe on Saturday cast doubt on a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a famous lion killed by an American hunter in early July. The satellite collar on a second lion named Jericho has been sending normal signals, indicating the lion is alive and moving around, researcher Brent Stapelkamp told The Associated Press. A report on the Facebook page of an advocacy group called the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Jericho was killed Saturday and that it would provide more details when they were available. The killing of Cecil earlier this month sparked an international outcry. Zimbabwean authorities called it an illegal hunt. Cecil h

  • Firefighter died after being trapped in wind-fueled blaze

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    ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California was scouting the area when he became trapped after erratic winds stoked the blaze, officials said Saturday. U.S. Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl was driving down a Modoc National Forest road in a vehicle Thursday. The fire suddenly grew and trapped him, information officer Ken Sandusky said. "He was trying to develop a plan of attack," Sandusky said. Ruhl, of Rapid City, South Dakota, had been on temporary assignment since June in California, where he was an assistant fire management officer for the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National.

  • Chief insists officer fatally shot teen in self-defense

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    SENECA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police chief says he will not release the name of an officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old man in a Hardee's parking lot, insisting the officer acted in self-defense. While the attorney for the teen's parents disputed the officer's account, Seneca Chief John Covington reiterated Friday the department considers the officer a victim of attempted murder. "We feel that releasing his name may possibly subject the officer and family to harassment, intimidation or abuse," Covington said in a written statement released to the media. Zachary Hammond was shot twice about 8:20 p.m. on July 26. According to a police report, he had driven a 23-year-old woman to the parking lot after an underco

  • False alarm: Recycled device has Air Patrol scrambling

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    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Volunteers at the Michigan Civil Air Patrol are standing down after a distress signal that bounced off a satellite turned out to be a false alarm. Maj. Robert Bowden says an emergency beacon was detected in the Ypsilanti area, meaning a possible boater in distress. Instead, four Air Patrol members followed the signal to a house Saturday. Bowden says a man who lives there had found the beacon at a recycling center and took it home. He didn't know it was sending a signal. It's about the size of a water bottle. Bowden says the Air Patrol volunteers arrived by van or SUV, but a flight crew was standing by if needed. He suggests people disconnect the batteries if they're getting rid of old emergency

  • 'Finding Your Roots' to return for season 3 after PBS probe

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Finding Your Roots" will return for season three, but whether the celebrity genealogy series that buried an uncomfortable fact about Ben Affleck's ancestor continues after that remains in doubt, PBS' chief executive said. PBS conducted a "very thorough investigation" and is working with the show's producers to ensure that its content is accurate, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger told TV critics Saturday. The third season has yet to be scheduled. The public TV service launched a review after it was reported that Affleck requested the program not reveal his ancestor's slave-holding history in a 2014 episode. The Associated Press examined historical documents and found that Affleck's great-great

  • Officials: 4th NYC person with Legionnaires' disease dies

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    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials say a fourth person with Legionnaires' disease has died in the Bronx amid an outbreak that has resulted in dozens of cases. Health officials say in a statement Saturday there have been a total of 65 reported cases of people with the disease and 55 have been hospitalized. They say 20 people have been discharged. The legionella bacteria were discovered Friday at the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx. The bacteria had previously been found in equipment at a hospital. Officials say five of 22 buildings in the South Bronx where the outbreak occurred have tested positive. Legionnaires' disease is caused when water tainted with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. Th

  • Kibet, Ayalew win Maine road race

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    CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya and Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia raced to victories Saturday in the Maine 10K road race founded by Olympic hero Joan Benoit Samuelson. More than 6,000 TD Beach to Beacon runners enjoyed sunny weather on a coastal course that began at Crescent Beach State Park and ended at the Portland Head Light. Kibet finished in 28 minutes, 28 seconds in the men's division. Ayalew was the top woman to finish at 31:56. Samuelson, winner of the first Olympic women's marathon in 1984, founded the TD Beach to Beacon in 1998 as a way to give back to her home state of Maine. Runners were competing for more than $90,000 in prize money.

  • 'Downton Abbey' to get a float in the 2016 Rose Bowl parade

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maggie Smith's character on "Downton Abbey" might find the pomp and circumstance uncomfortable, but the PBS show is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on Jan. 3. PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger made the announcement Saturday at a bi-annual panel for TV critics. "It's just a beautiful send off to the series and I think it's fun," said Kerger. She said that PBS has been accused at times of not having a sense of humor and whimsy, and the float plan does have those qualities. As for specifics: "It will have a lot of flowers on it and it will be a 'Downton Abbey' theme.

  • AP News Guide: Death of Taliban leader roils Afghan politics

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban has confirmed the death of its reclusive longtime leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, after the Kabul government reported that he had been dead for more than two years. The move has led to a leadership crisis in the Taliban, as Mullah Omar's longtime deputy takes the helm over the objection of the former leader's relatives. Here's a look at where things stand: ___ WHAT'S AT STAKE The previously united front that the Taliban presented to the world has been shattered. Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor who, according to the Afghan government, has been the Taliban's shadow leader for years, was elected to succeed Mullah Omar.

  • Government investigating Harman car radios after Fiat recall

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into Harman car radios following a recent recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler cars and trucks due to a hacking vulnerability. Hackers got into a Jeep Cherokee SUV through an electronic opening in the radio and were able to take control of the car over the Internet. The vulnerability, exposed by two security experts and well-known hackers, was first disclosed in Wired magazine. In response, Fiat Chrysler said it sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks and issued a voluntary recall. The NHTSA is investigating which other cars have the affected radios and whether

  • Q&A on possible extradition for dentist who killed lion

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Zimbabwe has called for an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage to be extradited and face as-yet filed charges. But it isn't clear whether Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old from Minnesota, can be extradited or, if so, can fight having to go back to the African nation. Palmer has said he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal. Here's some details about the process and what could happen: WHAT'S BEEN SAID? A Cabinet member in Zimbabwe said Friday that the government has asked "the responsible authorities" to extradite Palmer so he can be "made accountable" in Cecil the lion's death. The U.S.

  • Man becomes unresponsive, dies in Dallas County jail lobby

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    DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a panic-stricken man who dashed into a Dallas County jail lobby shouting that his wife was chasing him to kill him has died after being handcuffed and losing consciousness. Dallas County sheriff's spokesman Raul Reyna says the 47-year-old man parked in a crosswalk in front of the county's central jail and behaved erratically as he ran into a lobby late Saturday morning, calling for a supervisor. Reyna says the man ran into another lobby area, where a deputy handcuffed him to try to prevent him from hurting himself or others. Reyna says the deputy had just sat the man down when he became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead about 11:30 a.m.<

  • Exiled Yemen prime minister visits war-torn city of Aden

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's exiled prime minister has visited the country's war-torn city of Aden, months after a Saudi-led airstrike campaign began against Shiite Houthi rebels there, authorities said. Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah landed in Aden with six government ministers on Saturday and departed the same day, according to Aden's airport chief, Tarek Abdu Ali. The spokesman of the Yemeni government in exile, Rageh Badie, said Bahah's visit aimed at normalizing life in Aden. He said Bahah was briefed about the situation and the functioning of local government agencies, and added that the government is working to restore services.

  • Iraqi Kurds ask Kurdistan Workers Party to 'withdraw'

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdistan Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group. A statement from the office of Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, "should withdraw its fighters from the Kurdish region so to ensure the civilians of Kurdistan don't become victim of that fighting and conflict." The statement also condemned Turkey for bombing civilians, following reports that civilian homes were damaged in airstrikes in northwestern Iraq. The statement calls on both sides to resume peace talks.

  • Dodge Chargers recalled; door slam can make air bags inflate

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    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Last week, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem. The company says the Charger recall came from an internal investigation launched because of the truck recall. Fiat Chrysler says the air bag control modules may be too sensitive and need to be recalibrated. The company says it knows of three minor injuries from the problem. Owners will be notified when they can bring cars in for repairs. In the meantime, the company says people sh

  • Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Correia at UFC 190

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    GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defense anywhere in the world before she moves on to her next acting job or book tour stop or red-carpet appearance. Rousey decided to fight Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia in a raucous arena at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Challenges don't scare Rousey. They're what keep her rocketing along this wild path. "When I don't have the home-court advantage, that's another thing that really keeps me motivated," said Rousey, who hasn't fought outside Las Vegas or her native Southern California in three years.

  • Family feud in evidence at Bobbi Kristina funeral

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted Saturday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina, who dreamed of growing up to achieve fame like her mother, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. A longstanding rift between families of the young woman's famous mother and father broke out into the open at a memorial service being held for Bobbi Kristina at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta. Leolah Brown, the sister of Bobby Brown, walked out of the church and s