• Harris County Sheriff: Suspect in fatal shooting of deputy at gas station still being sought

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County Sheriff: Suspect in fatal shooting of deputy at gas station still being sought.

  • Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency

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    ATLANTA (AP) — To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar. Zakaria was the last person to be declared disease-free in Ghana after more than 20 years of work spearheaded by the former president's humanitarian organization, The Carter Center. Zakaria, who is in her 40s, said she and her family have prayed every day since Carter announced this month that cancer has spread to his brain and forced him to scale back his work. "There is no one in my household who does not have the Guinea worm scar and for this reason, every time we think of the work he came to do to free us all from the disease," Zakaria said through a translator. "He has done a lot of good work and for that, we sh

  • Golf club owner agrees to pay $100,000 over manure incident

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    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators. The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fNgXcv ) reported Friday that the deal involves the defunct Escondido Country Club. San Diego County's Air Pollution Control District claimed that last year, the owner had 5 tons of raw chicken manure spread on the closed course — creating a monthlong stink and sparking dozens of complaints from nearby homeowners. Owner Michael Schlesinger says the stuff was just soil enhancer for landscaping, but some homeowners thought it was laid down to annoy residents who fought his plans to build h

  • The Latest: Former governor praises post-Katrina volunteers

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest in the 10th anniversary commemorations of Hurricane Katrina (all times local): ___ 1:45 p.m. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who was in office when Katrina struck, is praising volunteers from around the country who came to the state to help with recovery. He says at least 954,000 people volunteered in Mississippi during the first five years after the storm. Barbour says many of them "thought it was God's command to try to help people in need." He spoke Saturday during a prayer service at a seaside park in Gulfport. Earlier in the day, both Barbour and current Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at a Katrina commemoration in Biloxi. The storm left a wide swath of destruction ac

  • Illinois will be first state to lock painkiller pill bottles

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs. The numerical locking devices will be similar to those used on gym lockers and will be placed on the pill bottles. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law this week. It takes effect in 2016. The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco. State Sen. Iris Martinez was one of the sponsors of the bill. The Chicago Democrat says "too many Illinoisans become addicted to these powerful medications.

  • Mozambican journalist, known for crime reporting, killed

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    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A veteran Mozambican journalist, known for his crime reporting, was gunned down on the streets of the capital. Paulo Machava was shot by unknown assailants on Friday, while on his morning jog in Maputo. "We don't know the motives for the killing but we will work hard to trace the killers," police spokesman Orlando Modumane told The Associated Press on Saturday. A private security guard found Machava's body lying in a pool of blood. He said he heard four gunshots before seeing young men drive away. "They're professionals," the guard told journalists, saying they moved quickly, using AK-47 assault rifles. Machava's brother Januario told reporters he believed the shooters trailed the

  • Iran president opposes parliament vote on nuclear deal

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers. Rouhani told a news conference that the deal was a political understanding reached with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, not a pact requiring parliamentary approval. The deal also says Iran would implement the terms voluntarily, he said. The historic deal calls for limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. "If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to (and passed by) parliament, it will create an obligation for

  • Miami security guard shot at Metrorail station dies

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    MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a Miami security guard who was shot at a Metrorail station has died. Miami-Dade police say Keith Cox was shot earlier this week. A witness reported seeing a male in a dark colored vehicle leave the scene. Cox had been hospitalized in critical condition but authorities in Florida said Saturday that Cox has been removed from life support. No other details of the investigation were released. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477 or visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com.

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow

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    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. "We are at the beginning stages of an industry," she said. "It will probably be years before you see significant production. It might take five to seven years from that before we have an operating industry." This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009.

  • South Sudan fighting persists as cease-fire approaches: UN

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    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Violent clashes continued between South Sudan's warring factions Saturday before a cease-fire is to come into effect on Sunday, U.N., government and rebel officials said. There was an exchange of fire Friday night, said Joe Contreras, spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan. A government soldier was wounded when rebels shelled Malakal, the capital of war-town Upper Nile state on Friday night and Saturday morning, and government troops responded with fire, said South Sudan's military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer. "Should forces of Riek Machar continue to attack (government) forces in Malakal, we have the right of self-defense," he said.

  • As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts. Scores in four other states that developed their own exams tied to the standards have been re

  • As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts. Scores in four other states that developed their own exams tied to the standards have been rel

  • Bystander dies after being shot by NYPD undercover officer

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    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — An innocent bystander accidentally shot by a plainclothes officer died early Saturday, hours after being wounded when the officer opened fire on an armed suspect during an undercover gun buy that went bad, New York City police said. Felix Kumi, 61, of Mount Vernon died shortly before 1 a.m., authorities said. He was shot Friday afternoon after a man pulled a gun on an undercover NYPD officer during a probe into the sale of illegal firearms, officials said. The 37-year-old gunman was struck three times in the torso while another bullet struck Kumi, police said. The gunman, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital. Charges against him were pending.

  • Ridin' with Biden? Clinton challenge a rough road for the VP

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The only trace of the vice president came on a candy wrapper. Joe Biden may be considering whether to enter the race for president, but he sat out this past week's meeting of the Democratic National Committee. In his place, backers greeted a curious few in a hotel suite 20 floors above the official gathering, handing out chocolate bars wrapped with a stylized photo of Biden behind the wheel of a convertible and an "I'm Ridin' with Biden" label. In any other year, a sitting vice president would have headlined such a meeting as the heavy favorite for the party's nomination. Instead, the gathering served as proof that if Biden choses to run, he'll do so as an underdog to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • Authorities capture man in 1991 death of former girlfriend

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected in the 1991 death of his former girlfriend in North Carolina was arrested in suburban Atlanta. Media outlets report that U.S. Marshalls captured Rodney Cooke in connection with the death of Adrian Sauls 24 years ago. WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1KTuQi5 ) Cooke was arrested at a home Tuesday after authorities received a tip that he was living in Alpharetta, Georgia. North Carolina police say Cooke was Sauls' live-in boyfriend and that he shot her. Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon said authorities in Wilson, North Carolina, initially arrested the wrong man for the crime and later took out warrants for Cooke in the murder.

  • Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members 1 day after verdict

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    N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad executed by firing squad 10 members of Boko Haram on Saturday, the security minister said, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terror measures last month. The 10 men were sentenced to death on Friday after being convicted of crimes including murder and the use of explosives. They were killed at around 11 a.m., Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, the security minister, said Saturday. Those killed included Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, who Chadian officials have described as a leader of the Nigeria-based group. Chad has vowed to take a leading role in a regional force to fight Boko Haram that is also expected to include soldiers from Cameroon, Benin and

  • Pakistan army kills 14 suspected militants near Afghanistan

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    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military says its latest airstrikes in a troubled tribal region near Afghanistan have killed 14 suspected militants. The military says in a statement that 14 "terrorists" were killed in Saturday's airstrike in Shawal, a town in North Waziristan where the army launched a ground operation this month to eliminate local and foreign insurgents. The military gave no details and did not elaborate on the nationalities or identities of the slain men. The Pakistani army has been carrying out a major military operation in North Waziristan since June 2014 and it says security forces have cleared more than 90 percent of the region and killed more than 3,000 militants. The army has lost nearly 300 sol

  • Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain

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    GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance. "Would you go swimming in that? Would you let your grandchildren go swimming in there?" Letourneau said, pointing to the water around her dock this week. The unsightly algae smells so bad it burns her throat, she said — forcing her to keep the windows shut on a summer afternoon. The algae, which can be toxic to humans and dogs, prompted the town of Georgia to reduce the property values $50,000 each on 34 mostly summer camps on St. Albans Bay, including the two Letourn

  • As Erika weakens, some in Tampa Bay area are still worried

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully. Saturday's 9 a.m. forecast of Erika showed it dissolving and bypassing drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But as some forecasting models show that the storm could dissipate, emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain from the storm's remnants. Even a moderate rainstorm isn't welcome here. The ground, rivers and lakes are already waterlogged from recent storms. So far, no evacuations have been ordered, but officials are clearing storm drains of debris, doing maintenance on stormwater pumps and urging residents to gather extra food, water and medicines, just in

  • Tens of thousands rally in Malaysia, demand Najib resign

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak. The crowds were undeterred by a heavy police presence after authorities declared the rally illegal, blocked the organizer's website and banned yellow attire and the logo of Bersih, the coalition for clean and fair elections that's behind the weekend rallies. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad added momentum to the rally when he made a surprise brief appearance in the city late Saturday with his wife to loud cheers from the crowd, and telling protestors to "carry on.




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