• Wine ice cream, maple water: 5 foods of the future?

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny. Those were some of the alternate-universe products at this week's 61st annual Fancy Food Show. Many have limited distribution and aren't easy to find, but could signal coming trends. Buyers for places like supermarkets milled about the trade show at the sprawling Jacob Javits Center in New York City, tasting the treats on display and stuffing bags with free samples. "It's like a secret wonderland of food," said Louise Kramer, a spokeswoman for the Specialty Food Association, the trade group that puts on the show. The expo, which featured more than 100,000 products, is not open to the pu

  • Mixed reaction to scrapping of anti-gay law in Mozambique

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    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambicans on Friday reacted cautiously to the government's decision to do away with a colonial-era anti-gay law. The southern African nation was now "on the right side of the history of humanity," said LAMBDA, a Mozambican LGBT rights group. While no one has been prosecuted under the law in the 40 years since Mozambique's independence, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Mozambicans still faced prejudice, LAMBDA said in a statement. The rights group said it has been waiting eight years to be recognized as a legal association by the country's justice ministry. Earlier this week, Mozambique scrapped a colonial Portuguese law demanding "security measures to be taken against anyone practicin

  • Boko Haram kills 11 'traitors' in northeastern Nigerian town

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    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram militants Friday slit the throats of 11 alleged "traitors," witnesses said in the first news of desertions from the Nigerian Islamic extremist group. The militants arrived before dawn and went door to door in northeastern Miringa town, said resident Muhammad Kimba. "They actually dragged out 11 persons to the Eid praying ground outside the town and slaughtered all of them," said Kimba. It is the fifth attack in a week that left 173 people killed as Boko Haram Islamic extremists appear to obey an Islamic State group order to step up attacks in the holy month of Ramadan. Boko Haram became the IS group's West Africa franchise earlier this year.

  • International court postpones Congo militiaman's trial

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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court says the trial of former Congo militia leader Bosco Ntaganda has been postponed until September to give defense lawyers more time to prepare. The trial on charges including murder, rape and using child soldiers had been due to start July 7. Ntaganda is charged with involvement in atrocities in the eastern Congolese province of Ituri from 2002-2003. His denies the charges. He will formally enter pleas at the start of his trial. The court announced Friday that judges postponed the start of the trial until Sept. 2 at the request of the defense. Prosecutors did not object to the delay.

  • Australian academy prepares punters for US college football

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The fog is still lifting off a deserted playing field on the outskirts of this southern Australian city as 10 aspiring college football punters begin their morning drills. No one watches them practice on a chilly Melbourne day. Soon, they hope, almost all of them will be showing off their skills in front of crowds of more than 100,000 while punting at powerhouse college football programs 10,000 miles away. Experienced Australian rules football players for many years have considered punting in the National Football League after their pro careers at home. Now more young Australians are training with the Prokick Australia academy with plans to bypass the Australian Football League entirely and go st

  • Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases

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    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week. The West African country previously succeeded in containing the outbreak, despite being initially the hardest hit with more than 4,800 deaths. The last recorded case before this latest emergence was on March 20, according to the World Health Organization. "We will contain it quickly because of where we are in the learning curve as far as Ebola is concerned," said Dr. Philip Ireland at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in the capital, Monrovia. Ebola was found on the corpse of a 17-year-old boy who died Sunday.

  • Poland advises its citizens against travel to Egypt

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    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens against traveling to Egypt, and at least one major travel agency has responded by canceling package holidays to the country for the rest of the summer season. The ministry advised Poles on Thursday against booking trips to Egypt, including to popular Red Sea resorts. It cited the deteriorating security situation and the possible increase in terror activity. The travel agency TUI responded Friday by canceling all trips to Egypt for the summer and rebooking its customers to resorts in other countries. Another major agency, Itaka, said customers with prepaid vacations in Egypt can reschedule to other destinations without any extra charge.

  • Estate of 'Untouchables' Ness in legal fight over old stock

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    MIAMI (AP) — A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of "Untouchables" Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over some long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and may be worth more than $1 million. Ness, the famed Prohibition agent who led the "Untouchables" in their crusade against Chicago gangster Al Capone and his mob accomplices, later was the top executive at bank services company Diebold Inc. A 50-share Diebold stock certificate, along with Ness' old federal badges and credentials, languished for years in a box in the South Florida apartment of Winnie Higgins Knorr, Ness' longtime personal secretary.

  • Alligator kills 28-year-old Texas man during late-night swim

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    ORANGE, Texas (AP) — A man was killed early Friday when an alligator attacked him during a late-night swim at a Southeast Texas marina, according to police. Orange police Capt. Robert Enmon said Tommie Woodward, 28, suffered severe trauma to a limb when he was attacked early Friday morning at the private marina, which is along a bayou extending from the Sabine River near the Louisiana line. Orange County sheriff's deputies and a Texas game warden found his body nearby about two hours later. Police said Woodward, who lived near the marina in Orange, was swimming with a woman, but Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told KFDM-TV in Beaumont that she only jumped from a dock after he screamed for help. The woman was not hur

  • Student sues Fordham over demand for mental health records

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A graduate student has sued Fordham University, seeking $5 million in damages and saying the college violated her civil rights by demanding her entire record of mental health treatment as a condition for returning. The federal lawsuit by Emily Pierce also names the U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights, saying the agency has been investigating her discrimination complaint for two years but has gone silent. Pierce, now 34, was studying at the Graduate School of Social Services in 2011 and 2012, then took two medical leaves. She alleges her federal complaint resulted in retaliation by Fordham, a Jesuit school in the Bronx. A university spokesman said Fordham followed well-established re-

  • S Africa: Opposition files charges against deputy president

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An opposition party filed criminal charges against South Africa's deputy president and other officials on Friday for their alleged involvement in the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest. The Economic Freedom Fighters filed charges of murder, attempted murder and the conspiracy to commit murder against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the miners' deaths during a violent 2012 strike in Marikana, in North West province. The party also laid charges against the national police commissioner, the then police and mining ministers and the directors of the Lonmin platinum mine. The strike over wages lasted about six weeks, and saw thousands of miners assemble on a nearby hill, refusing to r

  • Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

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    NEW YORK (AP) — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV and radio stations looking to add a little levity to their broadcasts, among others. The 52-year-old co-owner of a VHS digitizing company in North Dakota started the calendar in 2013 and soon realized the site could also be a way for people to declare their own special days. So last year, he started charging $1,500 to $4,000 for "national day" proclamations. "People certainly don't need to use us. It's just we really give it a jumpstart,"

  • Court rejects bid by victims' kin to clear Lockerbie bomber

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    LONDON (AP) — Judges at a Scottish court ruled Friday that relatives of people killed in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland cannot launch an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the attack. In an unusual case, relatives sought to appeal on behalf of the late Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer. Some of the victims' families believe al-Megrahi was not responsible for the bomb that exploded aboard a New York-bound Boeing 747 in 1988, killing 259 people on the plane and 11 on the ground. Many of the victims were American college students flying home for Christmas. Usually only a convict's executors or family can mount a posthumous appeal.

  • Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370?

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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. Such carping in a small, fiercely competitive and highly specialized industry isn't unusual — and some of the strongest comments have come from a company whose bid for the lucrative job failed. But others have also criticized what they suspect is shoddy work, inappropriate equipment use and a focus on speed over thoroughness by the Dutch underwater survey company hired by Australia to find the plane that vanished in the Indian Ocean on March

  • Ugandan bill targeting civic groups raises alarm

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    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A bill seeking to regulate the operations of civic groups in Uganda has drawn alarm from activists who say it will hamper their operations and might be used to target those seen as opposed to the government of the country's long-serving leader. The draft legislation gives the interior minister and a national board the authority to approve, inspect and dissolve civic groups. If passed, the law would also impose penalties for violations, including jail terms of up to eight years for offenses such as operating without a permit. The transparency group Global Witness on Friday called the bill draconian and an attempt by President Yoweri Museveni's government to silence its critics.

  • Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

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    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur. Soldier Field, which was the last place legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia played with the band before his death in 1995, is hosting the final three shows of the short "Fare Thee Well" tour in what the remaining core members — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — say will be the last.

  • Chairs in Canonsburg signal forthcoming July 4th parade

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    CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The chairs are out. Can the parade be far behind? The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1UhlbtC ) says residents in Canonsburg, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, began placing chairs along the borough's main drag at 6 a.m. Thursday to save their seats for the popular Fourth of July parade. The borough council had to restrict the seat-saving ritual to two days before the parade after some residents cluttered the street up to two weeks in advance with chairs. Council at first banned the chair-placing until 6 a.m. the day of the parade, but was criticized because some residents festively decorate their seats and say the seat-saving ritual was also part of the holiday.

  • Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 50

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers on Friday retrieved five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from a central Philippine port, raising the death toll to 50. The bodies were recovered hours after coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said all 187 passengers and crew members on the M/B Kim Nirvana had been accounted for, with 45 dead, 142 survivors and no reports of anyone else missing. The vessel overturned in choppy waters on Thursday off Ormoc City. Balilo said the new bodies were found after a floating crane pulled the 36-ton wooden vessel close to shore.

  • Marathon bomber's friend drops appeal on obstruction charges

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    BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has dropped an appeal of his conviction for obstructing the investigation into the bombing. In court documents filed by his lawyer Thursday, Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) says he "knowingly and voluntarily" elects to withdraw his appeal. Tazhayakov was sentenced last month to 3 1/2 years in prison after he tearfully apologized to Boston residents for impeding the investigation into the 2013 attack while authorities frantically searched for Tsarnaev and his brother. He was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for agreeing with another friend to remove Tsarnaev's backpack from his University of Ma

  • Bangladesh police questioning 12 al-Qaida suspects

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    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court on Friday gave police three days to question 12 suspected members of al-Qaida's branch in the Indian subcontinent after their arrests in raids this week. Police can request an extension if they need more time to interrogate them. Mohammed Jalaluddin, who is in charge of investigating the case, said there was no lawyer present Friday to seek bail for the suspects. A spokesman for the elite anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion, Maksudul Alam, said the suspects include the alleged head of the group in Bangladesh. He said they were arrested in raids starting Wednesday. Cmdr.




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