• UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled

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    VIENNA (AP) — Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element — an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms — remains essentially stalled. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency also reiterated that more cooperation is needed by Iran for full clarity on its present activities. Without it, the IAEA said it cannot "conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities." After years of deadlock, Iran and the IAEA agreed in November 2013 on a new attempt to probe the accusations. The U.S.

  • US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island

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    SINGAPORE (AP) — Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes. The discovery was made at least several weeks ago by the United States, but it's not clear if the weapons are still there or if they have been moved or hidden out of sight, officials said. The revelation comes as Defense Secretary Ash Carter begins an 11-day trip, including several stops in the Asia Pacific.

  • Turkish paper probed over images of spy agency trucks

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of newspaper editor following the publication of images of truckloads of ammunition, which the paper says proved that a convoy which was stopped on its way to Syria on a Turkish intelligence mission was carrying arms to rebels. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Friday that Can Dundar, chief editor of the Cumhuriyet daily, was under investigation for possible breach of anti-terrorism laws. The newspaper says the photographs showed an incident in January 2014 when local authorities stopped the convoy for searches, touching off a standoff with intelligence officials. Government officials insisted the convoy contained humanitarian aid.

  • B.B. King viewing being held before funeral in Mississippi

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Friends and fans are getting a chance to file past B.B. King's coffin during a public viewing Friday in the Mississippi Delta, the land that gave birth to the blues. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists. King was 89 when he died May 14 at his home in Las Vegas. A public viewing and invitation-only memorial service were held in that city before his body was flown to Memphis, Tennessee, for a tribute Wednesday. Hundreds of people lined the roads to catch a glimpse of the hearse that drove his coffin from Memphis to his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. He will be buried on the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta

  • Image of Asia: Sleeping outside to beat the heat

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    In this photo by Tsering Topgyal, a family sleeps on the roof of a house to beat the heat in New Delhi. Sleeping outside is common for people who live in neighborhoods with irregular electric supply or in buildings that are crowded or made of heat-trapping concrete. A baking heat wave this month has killed hundreds of people, mainly in southern India, but the rest of the country has not escaped the high temperatures. New Delhi's high on Friday exceeded 41 degrees Celsius (about 106 Fahrenheit) and were expected to be equal or higher through Monday.

  • Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis

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    ZURICH (AP) — The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday. Blatter spoke at the FIFA congress hours before the presidential election in which he is a seeking a fifth term. He has refused calls to resign after FIFA was targeted by U.S. and Swiss authorities in separate corruption investigations. In 2010, Russia was chosen to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament amid widespread allegations of wrongdoing. "If two other countries had emerged from the envelope, I think we would not have these problems today," Blatter said. "But we can't go back in time

  • For failed Atlantic City loan program, big promises fizzled

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When Jim Thigpen first met with an investor in early 2012 to discuss selling control of the Tennessee financial firm he had run for more than 20 years, he said W. Wesley Drummon boasted of a business plan that involved $2 billion from the Bank of China. Nothing was said about running a loan program for Atlantic City. But as Drummon negotiated with Thigpen to purchase the Tennessee Business and Industrial Development Corp., Drummon was working with former Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford to get $3 million from the city to launch a community loan program. Most of that money — not cash from China — was used to purchase the finance firm in 2013, a review by The Associated Press found. None of

  • Officials eye river levels in Texas, with focus on Houston

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Officials are closely monitoring the levels of rivers in Texas engorged by the deluge of last weekend. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto Rivers near Houston were the focus of attention as floodwaters from North and Central Texas moved downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, the death toll continued to rise as search teams hunted through debris piles along rivers that raged through Central Texas and the Houston area. Bodies found in Hays and Blanco counties raised the confirmed death toll Thursday to at least 24, with 20 in Texas alone, and at least 14 more missing.

  • In Ohio pepper-spray assault case, victim fires back

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    PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An assault suspect who pepper-sprayed someone in the face has received similar treatment in court as punishment from a Cleveland-area judge embracing the principle of "an eye for an eye." Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti said 20-year-old Diamond Gaston could serve 30 days in jail or be pepper-sprayed by her victim, and she chose that Thursday. Cicconetti says he couldn't really allow pepper spray, so harmless saline spray was substituted without Gaston knowing. Gaston says she learned her lesson. Cicconetti says such unusual sentences are meant to prevent people from ending up back in court.

  • ULM prof to study salt in freshwater supply on Barbuda

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    MONROE, La. (AP) — An associate geoscience professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will study salt contamination in the water wells on a Caribbean island and help teach the island's 1,800 residents about the problem. Sean Chenoweth will work with the government of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda on a public awareness campaign, and with the Barbuda Education Council to develop teaching materials for local schools, according to a university news release. Barbuda is north of Antigua. Its residents all live in the village of Codrington, according to a website about the island.

  • Madagascar's president faces impeachment attempt

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    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country's president, who disputed the outcome and whose supporters say the result was falsified. The issue goes to the constitutional court for review. Guy Rivo Randrianarisoa, a parliamentarian who voted for impeachment, said the president did not respect parliament's role and has no solution for the problems facing the country. Alleged constitutional violations by the president include not respecting the secular nature of the state by involving church leaders in political matters and also interfering in parliament's work, he said.

  • New Jersey police ask parents to curb threats

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    WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police department is asking parents to stop threatening their kids that they'll be arrested if they are bad. Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto says officers do not want children to be scared of police when they need help. Regalbuto says police want kids to know they are their friends. Visitors to the city's boardwalk will notice signs this summer featuring a smiling police officer that say "Parents: Please stop telling your children we will haul them off to jail if they are bad. We want them to run TO us if they are scared, NOT be scared of US.

  • Iraqi authorities raise Baghdad attacks death toll to 15

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — The death toll from bombings that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi authorities said on Friday, as a lawmaker warned that the capital is vulnerable to more attacks. The double bombing occurred late Thursday when two separate car bombs went off in the parking lots of the Cristal, formerly Sheraton, and Babil hotels. Initial reports said 10 people were killed and 27 wounded, but the casualty figures rose overnight. The two explosions shattered windows of the recently renovated hotels and destroyed several cars. Baghdad's top hotels are usually crowded on Thursday nights with people attending wedding celebrations or parties.

  • Qatar says it will go forward with plans to host World Cup

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    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar says it will go forward with its plans for the 2022 World Cup despite a Swiss investigation into allegations of wrongdoing during the vote to award the tournament to the Gulf nation. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is leading Qatar's development of World Cup venues and other projects, says it has "fully complied with every investigation" and will continue to do so. It was Qatar's official comment since Swiss authorities seized documents at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Wednesday related to their investigation in the December 2010 vote that gave Qatar the 2022 World Cup and the 2018 tournament to Russia.

  • USS Arizona Memorial dock repairs expected to take a week

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    HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service and the Navy aim to resume taking visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial in a week, after a dock damaged by a wayward vessel is repaired. An attachment point between the floating dock and its anchors came loose in the incident, park service spokeswoman Abby Wines said Thursday. Anchors will need to be reset and chains retightened, she said. The dock's ramp and handrails were also mangled. The incident occurred when two tugboats were maneuvering the hospital ship USNS Mercy from a pier in Pearl Harbor out to sea, the two agencies said in joint statement issued along with the Coast Guard and the Military Sealift Command. The Mercy may have hit the memorial's floating dock, the sta

  • Man serves up coffee to drivers stuck at train crossing

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    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man offered motorists a little refreshment as they were stuck waiting for a train to get moving in Kalamazoo. Phil Qualls, manager at Ferguson Plumbing Supplies, says it seemed like a good thing to do when the train stopped at a crossing Thursday near the store. So he brewed pots of coffee and put cups, stir sticks, cream and sugar on the top of a makeshift serving tray. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1QeTXPe ) he walked up and down the line of stopped cars, offering coffee and seeking to lighten the mood. Qualls says: "I thought about how I'd feel if I was waiting." He says he distributed cups to 15 to 20 motorists. By the time he came back to get another pot, the train started

  • Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment was handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who rose to the third-highest office in the land. ___ 1965: Hastert begins teaching history at Yorkville High School and coaching wrestling team. 1976: Hastert named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to state wrestling championship. 1980: Hastert comes in third in Illinois state House of Representatives primary.

  • China confirms first case of MERS, a South Korean man

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    BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in a South Korean businessman who ignored instructions to stay home after his father was diagnosed with the disease. China's National Heath and Family Planning Commission said the 44-year-old man was under quarantine in a hospital in the southern city of Huizhou and was confirmed to have MERS, which has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. The man is the son of a person in South Korea who has the disease, and traveled Tuesday to China despite being told by doctors to cancel the trip, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

  • Observatory at One World Trade Center opens to public

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    NEW YORK (AP) — There's a new bird's eye view of New York City. The One World Trade Center observatory is officially opening to the public on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors will get a view of the city and its surroundings from above 1,250 feet, with sight lines stretching 50 miles past the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty to the Atlantic Ocean. The observatory takes up levels 100, 101, and 102 of the building, the nation's tallest, at 1,776 feet. The main public viewing space is on the 100th floor, with restaurants on the 101st floor, and an event space on the 102nd floor. Visitors reach the observatory via one of five elevators called 'skypods' that zip them to the observatory in 60 seco

  • 2 to plead guilty in Los Angeles fashion district raids

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A father and son have agreed to plead guilty to crimes stemming from an investigation into suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district. Xilin Chen and his son, Tom Chen, signed plea agreements in federal court in Los Angeles this week, and a judge is expected to accept the agreements at a hearing Friday. The Chens' attorneys didn't respond to requests for comment Thursday on the plea agreements. The father and son were among nine people arrested in September after authorities raided businesses in the fashion district that were suspected of taking bulk cash funneled by drug cartels for clothing exported to Mexico.




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