• Q&A: A look at the history of Jewish extremism in Israel

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel's first concrete step in its new "zero tolerance" approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought into the open long-standing fears about a radicalized and ultraconservative fringe that had been operating below the radar but now appears to be intensifying its violence. Israel's Shin Bet security service says 23-year-old Meir Ettinger, grandson of the late ultranationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane, was arrested for "involvement in an extremist Jewish organization" that was seeking to bring about religious "redemption" through attacks on Christian sites and Palestinian property.

  • Democrat Katie McGinty running for US Senate in Pennsylvania

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Katie McGinty, the former top aide to Gov. Tom Wolf, said Tuesday she is running for U.S. Senate, setting the stage for a 2016 Democratic primary showdown over Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's seat in a state Democrats see as crucial to their goal of recapturing a Senate majority. McGinty's announcement had been expected since she stepped down as the governor's chief of staff nearly two weeks ago. She vowed to "stand up for middle class and hard-working families who deserve a shot at the American dream." "Pennsylvania needs a senator who will focus on the needs of working Pennsylvanians — fighting for good schools, decent wages, and affordable health care," she said.

  • American doctor defends lion hunt, says he followed rules

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An American doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe says he did nothing wrong. Dr. Jan Seski, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, said in a statement from his lawyer Tuesday that he had participated in a lawfully permitted hunt. The Zimbabwe government said Sunday that Seski used a bow and arrow in April to kill a lion without approval, on land where it was not allowed. Seski says the lion hunt was in July and that he had the necessary permits and filled out all the required paperwork. No charges have been filed.

  • Californians facing nights in wildfire evacuation shelters

    Updated: 54 min ago

    CLEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As firefighters battled a massive Northern California wildfire threatening numerous homes, some of the 13,000 people urged to flee their residences spent what may be just one of many nights in evacuation shelters. The blaze grew to more than 101 square miles Tuesday as it chewed through drought-withered brush that has not burned in years in the Lower Lake area, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. More than 3,000 firefighters tried to stand their ground against the fire that jumped a highway that had served as a containment line and grew by several square miles despite cooler weather and higher humidity. Its rapid growth caught firefighters off guard and shocked residents.

  • Man accused of killing 4 to punish US pleads not guilty

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    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Seattle man accused of killing four people in two states to punish the U.S. government for its foreign policies has pleaded not guilty in New Jersey. NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1IEEPGG) reports that Ali Muhammad Brown pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and terrorism charges for the 2014 killing of a New Jersey college student. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Seattle man is the first person to be charged in New Jersey with terrorism connected to a murder case. Brown is charged with the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin last June. Tevlin was stopped at a northern New Jersey traffic light when he was shot. Brown faces three aggravated murder charges in Seattle.

  • Indiana church bus driver: Vehicle had mechanical problems

    Updated: 57 min ago

    GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The driver of a church bus that overturned near Indianapolis, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 others, says the vehicle had mechanical problems. Fifty-three-year-Charles Goodman of Chicago told reporters Tuesday that the bus had problems with its suspension and power steering and was overheating. Goodman is being held in the Hancock County Jail in Greenfield, Indiana. He is charged with reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license. Goodman says his license was not suspended. A judge appointed a public defender for him Tuesday. Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton says Goodman has admitted falling asleep at the wheel. Goodman was driving a group from St.

  • University distances itself from Idaho hunter amid backlash

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with Idaho State University are distancing themselves from one of their accountants who is being criticized for posting photos of large animals she has killed while legally hunting in South Africa. "This is not an Idaho State University matter. While the individual in question is an employee, her personal choices are not representative of the University," university officials told The Associated Press in a prepared statement on Tuesday. University spokesman Andrew Taylor declined to comment further, but he confirmed that Sabrina Corgatelli had been employed at the university since January. Corgatelli has posted photos of trophy kills —which include a giraffe, an impala, a wildebeest and

  • Indictment shows details of Arizona guard's alleged assault

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    PHOENIX (AP) — An indictment obtained by The Associated Press reveals new details about an Arizona prison inmate's alleged assault on a female corrections officer in Yuma, but state correction officials still refuse to release their investigation report. The indictment against inmate Fernandes Masters alleges he fondled and kissed the corrections officer and tried to have intercourse with her. Prison officials have said co-workers rescued the officer after she called for help. Officials haven't provided further details of the April 13 attack. The AP sent a public records request to the Department of Corrections in May seeking investigation reports and any conclusions the state reached about the prison's security.

  • Ex-Tulsa sheriff's spokesman says he was wrongfully fired

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    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former spokesman for an Oklahoma sheriff's office said Tuesday he was wrongfully fired following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer deputy and that he is "looking forward" to testifying before a grand jury investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the agency. Shannon Clark, formerly a major with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement that he was a loyal employee who "always encouraged sheriff (Stanley Glanz) to do the right thing." "I was unexpectedly wrongfully terminated in an apparent effort to insinuate that I was somehow to blame for some of the things that happened at the sheriff's office," Clark said in the statement.

  • Yemen pro-government troops retake rebel-held base in south

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's pro-government troops fought pockets of resistance outside a key military base in the country's south Tuesday, a day after they seized it from Shiite rebels, military officials said. The capture of the Al-Anad base — once the site of U.S. intelligence operations against al-Qaida's powerful Yemeni affiliate — was a significant victory for the forces allied to Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their battle to reverse the gains of the rebels known as Houthis. The base was taken by the rebels when the conflict intensified in the spring and was their main encampment in the country's south.

  • Truck fire shuts down parts of New Jersey Turnpike

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    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Traffic on one of the nation's major toll roads could be backed up until evening rush after a dump truck struck an overpass Tuesday morning, causing a fire and a miles-long standstill. The truck was traveling along the New Jersey Turnpike when it struck the Wood Avenue overpass in Linden near Exit 13A, State Police Capt. Stephen Jones said. A fire ignited that may have compromised gas and power lines that run under the overpass as well as the structure itself, he added. There was no word on whether the driver was injured. State police said there could be delays into the evening rush hour while the structural integrity of the overpass is assessed. No decisions will be made until the state Department

  • The Latest: Dad of theater victim leaves empty seat on trips

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local): 12 p.m. The father of Colorado theater shooting victim Alex Sullivan says his son was also his best friend who joined him everywhere, from Super Bowl trips to U2 concerts. Alex Sullivan was killed while celebrating his 27th birthday and wedding anniversary in the July 2012 attack. Since then, Tom Sullivan says his friends and their adult sons leave an empty seat and a glass of Jameson whiskey for Alex on an annual trip to Las Vegas. Speaking in a shaky voice, the retired postal worker testified Tuesday that his son was "maybe every father's dream.

  • Focus on injuries in trial of officer in black man's death

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As a trial continued Tuesday for a white Charlotte police officer charged with killing a black man who was seeking help after a car crash, attorneys focused on the immediate aftermath of the brief, violent encounter between the two men. Paramedics who were called to the shooting scene in the early morning of Sept. 14, 2013, testified that officer Randall Kerrick had swelling on his face and a cut on the inside of his cheek. Nearby was Jonathan Ferrell, who had been shot and was face down handcuffed. Finding no heartbeat, the paramedics declared Ferrell dead and were told to not move his body. Paramedic John Freeze testified Kerrick was pale and sweaty, mumbling at him at first, then looking up a

  • Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain

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    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he's as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem. The socialist South American leader regularly sets social media afire with support, with heavily trending anti-U.S. campaigns such #ObamaYankeeGoHome and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder, which denounced U.S. sanctions on members of Maduro's administration. But a closer look suggests that the government is artificially inflating its social media influence and distorting its popularity. Independent analysts who ran tests at the request of The Associated Press found the government was benefiting from networks of fake accounts.

  • Designer Arnold Scaasi dead at 85

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Arnold Scaasi, whose flamboyant creations adorned first ladies, movie stars and socialites, has died. Scaasi died early Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of cardiac arrest, said his longtime friend, Michael Selleck, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Simon & Schuster. The designer was 85. Scaasi — which was his given name, Isaacs, spelled backward — specialized in made-to-order clothes, often in ornate, brilliantly colored fabrics and trimmings like beads and ostrich feathers. However, one of his most famous designs was a flimsy lace pantsuit designed for Barbra Streisand's Oscar appearance in 1969, when she won for "Funny Girl" in a tie with Katharine Hepburn.

  • Officials probing New Hampshire tent collapse that killed 2

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    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's fire marshal said Tuesday it's not clear why a circus operator proceeded with a show minutes after the National Weather Service put out a severe storm warning. Winds of 60 mph winds collapsed the tent, killing two spectators and sending about 32 others to hospitals. Bill Degnan said it's the responsibility of the circus operator to monitor the weather. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 5:23 p.m. Monday. The show started seven minutes later at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of Concord. The storm blew through at 5:46 p.m., with about 100 people inside the tent.

  • US stocks waver between gains and losses; Allstate slumps

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved between small gains and losses on Tuesday as investors assessed company earnings reports and deal news. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped one point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,096 as of 1:23 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,569. The Nasdaq composite fell six points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,109. ALLSTATE SLUMP: Allstate was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500. The insurer dropped $8.24, or 11.9 percent, to $61.13 after reporting earnings that fell significantly short of analysts' expectations. The company said its earnings dropped because of more frequent and more severe auto accidents. LOSING MOMENTUM: Apple slump

  • 5th secret Planned Parenthood video shows Houston clinic

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An anti-abortion group has released its fifth undercover video alleging fetal organ sales that activists say was shot inside a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic. The Center for Medical Progress' footage shows people pretending to be from a company that procures fetal tissue for research touring the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic. What they're shown includes recently collected fetuses. Gov. Greg Abbott called the video "repulsive and unconscionable." Tuesday's video is the fifth the center has recently released, but the first from Texas. It appears consistent with footage Planned Parenthood previously announced might have been secretly recorded.

  • Kerry talks trade in Singapore before regional security meet

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    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations. Kerry arrived in the Southeast Asian city-state Tuesday and is to give a speech highlighting the benefits of the so-called "Trans-Pacific Partnership." He will then travel to Malaysia for a regional security forum at which China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea will likely be a major focus. In Singapore, Kerry will stress the importance of trade in the Obama administration's pivot to Asia and the key role the trade agreement can play.

  • Prosecutors launch last push for theater shooter's execution

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The prosecutor of James Holmes told jurors Tuesday that once they hear from at least 12 more people this week — relatives of each of his murder victims — they will decide that death is the only appropriate sentence for his attack on a Colorado movie theater. District Attorney George Brauchler said they will hear from "a father, a daughter, an ex-husband, a widow, a sister, a grandfather, a mom." After weeks of testimony about the crime and about Holmes, "you will now finally get to hear from a handful of people ... to get a glimpse of who those people are who he shot to death," Brauchler said. Holmes's defense lawyer's voice cracked as she insisted the crimes were caused by the psychotic b