• Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

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    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency. The men are now seeking a pardon from el-Sissi, who has personally expressed regret over the long-running trial and the damage it has done to Egypt's international reputation — saying it would have been better to simply deport the journalists. Al Jazeera said it will also appeal the verdict, once the court releases its full ruling in the next 30 days.

  • Police: NY mom killed baby girl, lived with body for months

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    BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who prosecutors say lived with her dead baby girl's body for three months was charged Saturday with murder. Christina Colantonio, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said. Police launched an investigation Thursday when an acquaintance visiting Colantiono at her apartment in Batavia, about 45 miles from Buffalo, found the baby's lifeless body and called 911, Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett said at a news conference Saturday evening. Investigators believe Colantonio killed the girl "shortly after birth," about three months ago, Crossett said.

  • The Latest: Greste calls on el-Sissi to 'undo injustice'

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    CAIRO (AP) — The latest developments in Egypt's retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists (all times local): ___ Noon Peter Greste, one of the three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in prison, is calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to pardon him and his colleagues Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed. Greste told a news conference in Sydney, Australia, where he was deported from Egypt in February, that "in the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, the only conclusion that we can come to is that this verdict was politically motivated." He says el-Sissi "now has an opportunity to undo that injustice.' Greste added Sunday that the eyes of the world are on Egypt.

  • 1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21. Jean-Baptiste died Friday night following the show's evening performance at the Imperial Theatre, said representative Marc Thibodeau, who called it a "tragic accident." "The entire 'Les Misérables' family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic — and history — in his Broadway debut. We send our deepest condolences to his family and ask that you respect their privacy in this unimaginably difficult t

  • Surfer uninjured after shark bites her board off California

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    MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — A surfer escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast. Elinor Dempsey, 54, of Los Osos, California, said she was surfing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay, around 10 a.m. when a shark swam under her board and chomped on it, leaving an approximately 14-inch wide bite mark. Dempsey pushed her board toward the shark as she jumped off. Other surfers who saw the attack warned everyone else to get out of the water. Some of the surfers helped Dempsey reunite with her board, and she got back on it to get to shore. Officials closed the beach for 72 hours and posted warning signs at nearby beaches, said the beach's supervising

  • Lottery secretary's success dwarfed by some work practices

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When it came to the bottom line, there's no question that Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell was a success. Under her four-and-a-half year tenure, O'Connell pushed up lottery sales to nearly $6 billion through an aggressive push of scratch-off tickets and an effort to expand sales to retailers who had previously resisted selling lottery tickets. But it was the other parts of the ledger that led to her swift demise and the departure of another official in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott. O'Connell abruptly resigned Friday once questions mounted about her work habits and spending, including questions about her use of an agency credit card.

  • Strong winds blamed for 2 deaths in Seattle area

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Powerful winds toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing two deaths in the Seattle area and knocking out electricity to nearly 500,000 customers. A man was killed when a tree fell on a car in Gig Harbor, Washington, KING-TV reported. His 3-year-old daughter was in the back seat, but she was not hurt. In Federal Way, a 10-year-old girl playing outside at a friend's birthday party was struck and killed by a falling limb from an alder tree, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported. Falling trees or branches injured four people during a triathlon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle. They were taken to an Army hospital for treatment, The News Tribune reported.

  • At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe gun. Several feet away, two guys are seemingly racing in cars over 100 mph while both sit still. They're each, in their own way, experiencing virtual reality. At the third annual VRLA, a gathering of VR creators and enthusiasts in Southern California, the immersive technology transported more than 2,000 attendees beyond the walls of the Los Angeles Convention Center to other countries, worlds and dimensions.

  • The Latest: Clinton: Celebrate progress but continue work

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest in the 10th anniversary commemorations of Hurricane Katrina (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Former President Bill Clinton says New Orleans should celebrate progress after Katrina but also work on recovery for all. Clinton spoke Saturday night at an event to remember those who died in the storm, thank volunteers and commemorate how far the city has progressed since Aug. 29, 10 years ago. Katrina killed more than 1,800 people across the Gulf Coast and cost billions of dollars in damage in one of the most deadly storms in the country's history. Clinton said New Orleans should be happy and celebrate but that "our job is always to form a more perfect union." His comments spoke t

  • Police arrest foreigner, find passports in Bangkok bomb case

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers on Saturday raided the apartment in a non-descript concrete building on the outskirts of eastern Bangkok and found bomb-making materials that matched those used in the Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, police said. The blast, which killed 20 people and injured more than 120, was followed a day later by another explosion at a public ferry pier, which caused no injuries but exacerbated concerns about safety in the Thai capital, which d

  • Ignacio strengthens into Category 4 hurricane near Hawaii

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    HONOLULU (AP) — The Big Island of Hawaii is bracing for high winds, heavy rain and ocean swells of up to 20 feet as strengthening Hurricane Ignacio approaches the state. Ignacio has grown to a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of up to 135 mph. Forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said conditions are right for it to continue strengthening Saturday, but upper-level winds will weaken the storm in the following days. That won't be enough to prevent high winds and battering surf from hitting Hawaii. A tropical storm watch was issued for the Big Island, and forecasters warned that sustained winds there could potentially reach tropical storm force of 39 mph as early as Monday morning.

  • Hammerhead shark sighting prompts California beach closure

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A shark that was seen circling kayakers has led lifeguards to close a San Diego County beach. A 1 1/2-mile stretch of beach from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier was closed Saturday afternoon after a confirmed sighting of the 8- to 10-foot hammerhead shark. San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said the shark appeared to be acting aggressively toward a group of kayakers and followed them into shore. Lifeguards reviewed a video taken by a kayaker of the shark and ordered the beach closed. A marine biologist at the nearby Scripps Institution of Oceanography confirmed that the size, species and behavior of the shark warranted the closure. Swanson said there have been no additional sightings.

  • Bae tied for lead at Barclays as military service looms

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    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Ryan Palmer can't imagine the emotions if he were to win The Barclays a week after his father died. Bae Sang-moon would love nothing more than to play in the Presidents Cup at home in South Korea before he starts his mandatory military service. Jason Day is one round away from being in the race for No. 1 in the world. The FedEx Cup playoffs suddenly are about a lot more than a $10 million bonus at the end. Bae and Day traded birdies through the third round Saturday at Plainfield Country Club. Their best-ball score would have been 56. On their own, each had a 7-under 63 and were tied for the lead going at 11-under 199, one shot ahead of Bubba Watson (67). Bae has to start his two-year military stint

  • Power wins pole for title-deciding race at Sonoma

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    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power isn't stepping down as IndyCar champion without a fight. Power won the pole Saturday for Sunday's title-deciding race at Sonoma Raceway buy circling the circuit in 1 minute, 16.25 seconds. The Australian heads into the season finale one of six drivers mathematically eligible to win the title. But Power is a distant fourth in the standings and trails Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 61 points. Montoya will start fifth.

  • Police: Mom shot answering front door was likely targeted

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    RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida mom home with her two children has been shot multiple times after answering her front door. Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say 37-year-old Angela Morales heard several knocks at the door shortly after midnight Saturday while home with her husband and 9-year-old twins. That's when authorities say a man opened fire, hitting Morales multiple times. She was hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities believe Morales was likely targeted. Two different types of weapon casings discovered leads investigators to believe there may be more than one suspect. The shooters fled in a dark colored sedan. Authorities did not release a possible motive or any other details.

  • On-Air Ambush: TV crew's killing unfolds in real time

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    The on-air shooting deaths of Virginia TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward and the suicide five hours later of gunman Vester Flanagan played out in a sort of surreal time, spilling from TV screens within range of the Roanoke station's signal to horrified viewers the world over via social media. Five hours of horror, delivered in electronic bursts. Here's how it unfolded from when the "Mornin'" show crew arrived for work Wednesday until Flanagan, who was fired from the station two years earlier, shot himself on Interstate 66 about 200 miles away. ___ 4:17 a.m.: "@KimberlyWDBJ Congrats to our awesome @WDBJMornin producer Melissa Ott on her new job in Charlotte. We will miss you!" WDBJ morning anchor Ki

  • Michigan rally shows support for ex-Marine held by Iran

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    BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of people at a Michigan rally released balloons Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran's refusal to free a former Marine from prison. But they first heard from Amir Hekmati, whose words were recorded weeks ago during a phone call with relatives. He has been in an Iranian prison since 2011, although the U.S. government denies he's a spy and has repeatedly called for his release. "The list of people I want to thank is far too long to include here," Hekmati, 32, said. Rain suddenly stopped in Bay City as about 100 people turned out to hear remarks from Hekmati's Flint-area family, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, and others, including a Detroit-area imam who said he visited Hekm

  • Yale urges discussion on renaming college honoring racist

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    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University's leaders on Saturday urged a campus conversation about whether to change the name of a residential college named for 19th century alumnus John C. Calhoun, a U.S. vice president and senator from South Carolina who was an ardent supporter of slavery. Debate over the name began this summer with a petition circulated after nine black worshippers were slain in a Charleston, South Carolina, church. The petition said the Calhoun name, in place since the 1930s, represents "an indifference to centuries of pain and suffering among the black population.

  • Gulf Coast marks Katrina's fury, celebrates rebirth

    Yesterday

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the church bells rang marking the decade since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the 80-year-old woman wept softly into a tissue as she leaned against her rusting Oldsmobile near a Catholic church in Mississippi. "I feel guilty," said Eloise Allen, whose house in Bay St. Louis was damaged but inhabitable after the storm. "I didn't go through what all the other people did." Saturday was a day to remember what "all the other people" went through. Those who were lifted from rooftops by helicopters, those who came home to find only concrete steps as evidence of where their house used to be, those whose bodies were never claimed after the storm.

  • TSA agent charged with molesting young woman at NYC airport

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former federal transportation security agent remained held on $3,000 bail Saturday after being charged with luring a 21-year-old Korean exchange student going to school in Utah into a bathroom at a New York City airport and molesting her. Maxie Oquendo, 40, was arrested Thursday on unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct and sexual abuse charges, two days after authorities say the Transportation Security Administration agent confronted the woman after she stepped off a flight from Salt Lake City Tuesday, telling her a "secondary security screening" was necessary. The TSA said it has fired Oquendo. Oquendo's lawyer did not comment Saturday.




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