• 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

  • Hometown names school for teacher killed at Newtown

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    STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A teacher who died trying to protect her students during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has had a new school named after her. The Victoria Soto School was dedicated Friday in her hometown of Stratford. The 27-year-old Soto was among six staff members and 20 children killed in the December 2012 shooting. WTNH-TV reports Jillian Soto said her sister always looked forward to the first day of school, and now children "will always remember who she was and what she did." Stratford School Superintendent Janet Robinson was Newtown's superintendent at the time of the shootings. She says the new school reflects "the joy of learning" that is Soto's legacy.

  • Libya migrant disaster death toll rises to 117

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    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rescue workers have recovered 12 more bodies off the Libyan coast, raising the death toll from the latest disaster for migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean to 117, Libyan authorities said on Saturday. Thus far 198 people were rescued and the search is ongoing for missing passengers from two boats that capsized Thursday off the western coastal city of Zuwara with about 500 migrants onboard, the rescue team said in a statement. Human smuggling of people fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa from Libya has spiked since the 2011 overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moammer Gadhafi, after which the oil-rich north African country plunged into c

  • Officials: 7 die in Nigeria air force plane crash

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    KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says one of its aircraft has crashed into a residential house in Kaduna state killing all four crew and three passengers. Commodore Dele Alonge, air force spokesman, said the Dornier-228 aircraft had taken off from Kaduna Military Airfield Saturday morning bound for the country's capital, Abuja, when it crashed in a house in the Ribadu area. Alonge said bodies of those in the plane have been recovered and firefighters are at the crash site trying to prevent the fire from spreading. Earlier this month, a helicopter belonging to Bristow, a Houston, Texas-based firm that charters helicopters to oil and gas rigs, traveling from an oil rig crashed into a lagoon in Nigeria's lar

  • Turkish jets join US-led coalition in airstrikes against IS

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey. After months of hesitance, Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against IS. Turkish jets used smart bombs to attack IS positions in Syria, without crossing into Syrian airspace and later Turkey granted U.S. jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border. The Turkish attacks that began Friday were the first launched as part of the U.S.-led campa

  • URI awarded grant to create writing program for sciences

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    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has been awarded $500,000 to create a writing program for graduate students in the sciences. The school says writing workshops and classes will start in September, with a Graduate Science Writing Center opening later in the year. Writing Professor Nedra Reynolds, who helped write the grant, says public policy based on science requires clear, effective writing that the public can understand. Reynolds is one of many professors in URI's Harrington School of Communication and Media who will teach writing courses and run workshops. Professors in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences will also teach courses in the program. The competitive grant was

  • Hiker rescued by helicopter in New Hampshire

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — A hiker who reported having a medical emergency has been rescued by helicopter from New Hampshire's White Mountains. The state Fish and Game Department says police received a 911 call on Friday afternoon reporting that the woman was having a medical emergency on the Garfield Ridge Trail in Franconia, about five miles away from the nearest trailhead. Some passing hikers assisted the 31-year-old solo hiker until help arrived. An Army National Guard helicopter was called in and was able to evacuate the Bartlett, New Hampshire, woman. She was taken to the parking lot at the Cannon Mountain ski resort where emergency medical responders were waiting to evaluate her.

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram used teenager to spy on airport

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram infiltrated the capital's main airport and was using a teenager to carrying out surveillance, Nigeria's intelligence agency said. A 14-year-old boy was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja earlier in the week, Tony Opuiyo, spokesman for the Department of State Services, said late Friday. The teenager said he spied on the movement of passengers and security and reported back to his handlers, said Opuiyo. The intelligence agency said it's working closely with the Aviation Security Department and other groups to prevent any possible attacks at Nigeria's airports.

  • Survivor's husband recounts story before gunfire erupted

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    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The chamber of commerce official who was answering questions about her community on live TV when gunfire erupted said she never saw the gunman walk up to the group. Vicki Gardner, who is executive director of the resort area's chamber of commerce, says the camera's bright light blinded her. She was wounded as she fell to the ground after hearing the first shots, her husband said.. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, ambushed WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during the interview Wednesday at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center. The first four shots were aimed at Parker, and two more were aimed at Ward, Gardner's husband Tim said Friday in a telephone interview from the hospital whe

  • In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

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    STERLING, N.D. (AP) — With a record fall harvest fast approaching, farmers are expecting to get the trains they need to move crops to market. It's a turnaround from the past two years when elevators across the Upper Great Plains were overflowing and mountains of grain were piled on the ground awaiting rail cars. The recent reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from farm-state politicians and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dakota's oil-producing region. BNSF Railway Co. says it has invested billions of dollars in upgrades across its rail network since 2013, including $1 billion in North Dakota alone.

  • Church bells ring to mark 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival on Mississippi coast

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    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Church bells ring to mark 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival on Mississippi coast.

  • The Latest: Suspect's bomb material same as in deadly blast

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    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a suspect in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local): 7.30 p.m. Thailand's police chief says the bomb making material found in the apartment of a suspect is "the same, similar or the same type" as that used in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine earlier this month. The suspect, identified by police as a 28-year-old foreign man, was arrested Saturday from an apartment in a Bangkok suburb. It was the first possible breakthrough in the investigation into the Aug. 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, which killed 20 people and injured scores. A day later another bomb exploded harmlessly in a separate neighborhood.

  • Katherine Boo to receive Lovejoy Award in Maine

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    WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled is year's recipient of Colby College's Lovejoy Award. Colby President David Greene says Katherine Boo, now a staff writer for New Yorker magazine, will receive the award and deliver an address on Oct. 5 at Lorimar Chapel. Greene, who was a member of the committee that selected Boo for the award, describes the journalist and author as exposing "gut-wrenching tragedies as well as the moments of personal triumph." The award is named for Elijah Parish Lovejoy, a Colby alumnus who became the nation's first martyr to freedom of the press when he was killed in 1837 over anti-slavery editorials in

  • Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions leave 5 dead

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan, a top official with the insurgent group said Saturday as its members meet in Pakistan to resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. It was the first confirmed report of deadly Taliban infighting after an announcement last month that Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years. Mullah Omar's family objected after his former deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was named the new Taliban leader and rivalries have spilled into violence, said Ahmad Rabbani, head of a committee trying to reunify the group.

  • French soldier killed in accidental shooting in Mali

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's defense ministry says a French soldier deployed in Mali has died after being accidentally shot by a fellow soldier at a military camp. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the 23-year-old soldier, Baptiste Truffaux, died on Thursday after being transported to the surgical unit in the northern city of Gao for medical care. France intervened in Mali in early 2013, after the country's northern half fell under control of Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists. French troops are still operating in Gao and other parts of northern Mali as part of a five-nation counterterrorism operation codenamed Barkhane.




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