• British actor joins Kurds fighting Islamic State group

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    BEIRUT (AP) — A British actor who has had minor roles in Hollywood films has joined Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group in Syria and appeared in an online video Tuesday. Michael Enright, who played a deckhand in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," appeared in a video released by the Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG. The video showed him in a trench with other fighters firing an assault rifle. "ISIS are dangerous to every human being alive," Enright says in the video, posted on the YPG's Facebook page on Tuesday, referring to the IS group. He called for weapons and medical aid for the Kurdish fighters, describing them as "my havals," the Kurdish word for comrades.

  • Egypt arrests 2 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, amid divisions

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt arrested two senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders, officials said Tuesday, increasing pressure on the Islamist group at a time when its ranks are divided over whether to pursue a course of direct violent confrontation with the government in response to a nearly 2-year-old heavy crackdown. The arrests came as a judge said Tuesday he would announce his final decision on June 16 concerning a death sentence against former President Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 others found guilty on charges of carrying out a 2011 prison break. Once the decision is finalized, Morsi and others can still appeal the verdict. The judge handed down a tentative death sentence against Morsi and the others last month.

  • Ousted Men's Wearhouse founder returns with tailor service

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer, who was ousted from the suit retailer two years ago, still wants you to "like the way you look." But this time, you don't have to walk into a store to do so. Zimmer launched zTailors this week, a company that sends clothing tailors to homes or offices. Booking a tailor to hem skirts or taper baggy shirts is done through the zTailors website or with a phone call. The company says it has hundreds of tailors in more than a dozen states and plans to be nationwide by the end of the summer. "Anyone can now have access to a personal tailor at their convenience," said Zimmer, in a statement, "a service previously available only to the wealthy." Zimmer was abruptly f

  • Review: Dano, Cusack hit the right notes in 'Love & Mercy'

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    Brian Wilson's life is too big for a movie. The story of the brilliant and troubled co-founder of The Beach Boys barely lends itself to a coherent linear narrative, let alone a single film. Thankfully "Love & Mercy" doesn't attempt to cover it all, or even most of it. Instead, director Bill Pohlad's film focuses in on two moments in Wilson's life: One of creation and destruction, as Wilson conceives of the group's transformative "Pet Sounds" album, and one of rebirth two decades later. Even these stories are a bit ambitious for a two hour film, but Pohlad's carefully woven vignettes manage to hit the necessary notes and explode expectations of what a biopic can and should be.

  • Les Paul anniversary celebration to kick off in Times Square

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A yearlong celebration marking guitarist Les Paul's 100th birthday kicks off in Times Square next week. It'll begin with Neal Schon of the rock band Journey accepting a proclamation from the Les Paul Foundation declaring June 9 as Les Paul Day. Organizers say other cities around the country also will declare Les Paul Day proclamations that day. A 53-foot-long interactive mobile exhibition called Les Paul's Big Sound Experience will then open to the public — for one day only before going on a national tour. That evening, the Hard Rock Cafe New York will host performances by musicians including Joe Bonamassa and Steve Miller. A Les Paul memorabilia exhibition will run at the same venue thro

  • Next up for Wal-Mart pay raises: department managers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 an hour by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers. The wage hikes are part of a $1 billion program at Wal-Mart that also includes improving training and offering employees more control of their schedules.

  • Egypt's el-Sissi heads to Germany, seeking Western support

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi travels to Berlin on Tuesday, where German leaders are ready to roll out the red carpet for the ex-general despite what monitors describe as his government's abysmal human rights record. The trip, a first state visit long desired by the former army chief, will see him meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, who as an activist played a prominent role in ending repressive Communist rule in East Germany. El-Sissi will also meet corporate leaders at a business conference Thursday. El-Sissi's office said he seeks to boost economic, military and security cooperation, and highlighted 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in bilateral trade last year.

  • Netherlands king, queen visiting Michigan as part of tour

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    GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) — The king of the Netherlands and his wife have arrived in western Michigan as part of their multi-day trip to the U.S. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima landed in Grand Rapids on Tuesday morning and planned to attend events at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and the Van Andel Research Institute. Plans call for a luncheon with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and visits with local leaders. The king and queen leave Tuesday afternoon for Chicago. The visit celebrates the bond between the Netherlands and Michigan. Communities such as Holland, Michigan, are known for their Dutch heritage. And officials say the state has 481,000 people of Dutch ancestry,

  • Feds releasing plan for bull trout conservation in 5 states

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are releasing a plan Thursday to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes lifting protections individually in six recovery units spread over Idaho, western Montana, Washington, Oregon and a tiny portion of northern Nevada when specific requirements are met. The agency said the areas contain distinct populations of bull trout with unique characteristics. "We think the approach is tactical and appropriate," said Steve Duke, bull trout recovery planning coordinator for the agency.

  • March of Dimes announces new research center in Chicago

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Studying how discrimination and poverty might alter gene regulation and lead to premature births will be a major focus for a new research center launched Tuesday in Chicago. Bringing together scientists at three medical institutions, the new March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center will try to identify the gene functions responsible for ensuring a pregnancy continues to full term and how prolonged stress may affect those functions. "These scientists will be working together in a highly collaborative way, sharing information in real time, meeting on a regular basis," said March of Dimes President Jennifer L. Howse.

  • Cops: Pennsylvania man ran fake DUI checkpoint while drunk

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    SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who set up a drunken-driving checkpoint complete with road flares while pretending to be a Pennsylvania state trooper was drunk. Troopers say 19-year-old Logan Shaulis, of Somerset, parked his vehicle diagonally across state Route 601 and set up road flares at about 4 a.m. Saturday. A motorist who stopped says Shaulis claimed he was a trooper and demanded to see a driver's license, registration and insurance papers. When real troopers arrived, police say Shaulis tried to hand a BB pistol to the car's passenger and said, "I can't get caught with this." He faces charges including drunken driving, impersonating a public servant and unlawful restraint. He remained jailed Tuesday

  • State: Man who said Holy Spirit guided him ran Ponzi scheme

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    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts secretary of state's office says a man who told investors that the Holy Spirit guided his trading system has been charged with running a Ponzi scheme. Secretary of State William Galvin said in a complaint filed Tuesday that Uxbridge resident Charles Erickson defrauded at least 25 investors out of about $3.5 million. Authorities say about a third of those recruited for the program attended the same church as Erickson, who claimed the Holy Spirit had given him a proprietary day-trading system for a volatile type of futures contract. Authorities say he guaranteed returns of 96 percent over two years. Galvin says Erickson was paying monthly returns using capital reserves deposited by later

  • Survey: Most Americans with disabilities 'striving to work'

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than two-thirds of American adults with disabilities are "striving to work," according to a national employment survey being released just before the landmark legislation protecting their rights turns 25. In contrast to census data on how many people with disabilities hold jobs, the survey being released Wednesday by the Kessler Foundation goes further by exploring the experience of finding and keeping a job. It also provides a snapshot of not just the obstacles people with disabilities face but how often they overcome them.

  • Employer worried for French woman kidnapped in Yemen

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    MIAMI (AP) — The director of a Miami-based consulting firm says he's very worried about an employee who was kidnapped in February in Yemen. Francisco Ayala, the director of Ayala Consulting, said Tuesday that he has not heard from the kidnappers of 31-year-old Isabelle Prime and that he's "desperate" for information. Recently, a video surfaced showing Prime pleading for help. In the video, she appears frail and anguished, and she urges the leaders of France and Yemen to allow her to return to France. Ayala said Prime was scheduled to leave Yemen when she was kidnapped. Ayala believes that Prime was targeted and followed, and that the kidnappers "found the right moment to do it." Prime had been working in Yemen

  • Fact-finding team heads to Syria to probe toxic chemical use

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A fact-finding team with the global chemical weapons watchdog is going to Syria to look into recent allegations of attacks using toxic chemicals. The latest monthly report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it received a letter from the Syrian government May 21 with the permission needed for the team to go to Damascus. The team will look into allegations reported by the Syrian government as well as separate allegations by activists and doctors who say chlorine has been repeatedly used against civilians in recent weeks. The Security Council continues to discuss a United States-proposed mechanism to assign blame for such attacks, a necessary step toward holding anyone

  • Man dies after struggle with police in eastern Kentucky

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    LOUISA, Ky. (AP) — A man died after a confrontation with officers who used a stun gun on him at a police department in eastern Kentucky, state police said. Billy J. Collins, 56, became combative at the Louisa Police Department after his arrest Friday and struck Sgt. Steven Wilburn multiple times before fleeing into a foyer, where he barricaded himself, according to a Kentucky State Police statement. Collins was hit twice with a stun gun but continued to be combative, the statement said. Officers had a physical confrontation with him that included "strikes with closed empty hands" and with agency-issued batons before bringing him under control, police said.

  • Copter chartered by aid group crashes in Nepal, killing 4

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    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter chartered by Doctors Without Borders crashed in quake-damaged northeast Nepal on Tuesday and four people on board were killed, police and the aid group said. The helicopter was returning to Kathmandu when it crashed on Yamuna Danda hill near Balefi village, Nepal Police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said. The bodies of three men and a woman were recovered and police rescuers were trying to return the bodies to Kathmandu, he said. The crash occurred in a severely earthquake-damaged region, and the government and aid agencies have used helicopters to carry relief materials to mountainous regions where damage or the lack of existing roads has made delivery of aid all but impossible.

  • Q&A: What's next in the Dennis Hastert hush-money case

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    CHICAGO (AP) — The federal judge presiding over former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's hush-money case donated money to the then-Illinois congressman, but he has not said whether he'll recuse himself. That's one of several outstanding issues as Hastert prepares to appear in court on the charges next week. Here are a few questions and answers about the case and where it's headed: ___ Q: WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE ARRAIGNMENT? A: The 73-year-old former politician and lobbyist will formally hear the charges against him and may enter a plea when he appears for his arraignment on June 9. He's accused of evading bank regulations in withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars and lying to the FBI about the reason for

  • NTSB still determining if engineer used phone before crash

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say they still don't know if the engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia was on his cellphone before the speeding train derailed. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report released Tuesday says it also remains unclear if damage to the windshield was caused by the wreck or an object thrown at the train. The NTSB has said engineer Brandon Bostian has been cooperative but says he cannot recall the moments before the accident. Eight passengers died and more than 200 were taken to hospitals. The two-page preliminary report estimates damage from the May 12 crash at more than $9.2 million. The NTSB says the train entered the 50 mile-per-ho

  • Judge delays Hastert's arraignment in hush-money case

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday delayed former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's first court appearance until next week following his indictment in Chicago in a hush-money case. The Illinois Republican was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, but the hearing has now been pushed back to June 9. The change was made without explanation in a one-sentence court filing by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin's clerk. The 73-year-old former congressman was charged last week in an indictment that alleges he agreed to pay $3.5 million to ensure someone from the town where he taught and coached high school wrestling stayed quiet about his "prior misconduct." Hastert hasn't spoken or appeared in public since his indic




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