• US Supreme Court says ex-Virginia governor can stay out of prison while he appeals convictions

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — US Supreme Court says ex-Virginia governor can stay out of prison while he appeals convictions.

  • Boston mayor, city councilors seek hefty pay raises

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    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor and City Council are again looking for pay raises. Mayor Marty Walsh filed a proposal Monday giving his office a $24,000 raise to $199,000 a year. He also proposed raising councilor salaries by $12,000 to $99,500. Not to be outdone, City Council President Bill Linehan proposed to boost pay on the 13-member panel by $17,500, from $87,500 to $105,000. He also proposed giving the mayor a $35,000 raise, from $175,000 to $210,000. The proposals, which were filed ahead of Wednesday's regular council meeting, come after last year's protracted public spat between the two sides of city government over council pay.

  • Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream after listeria recall

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    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream is back. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at some locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination at some plants prompted health concerns that drew the regulatory scrutiny of federal and state officials. Blue Bell ice cream is available again at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus in parts of Alabama. Some retailers limited purchases as Blue Bell brought out flavors including homemade vanilla, Dutch chocolate, cookies 'n cream and a side-by-side blend of chocolate and vanilla. A Blue Bell delivery truck rolled up Monday to the Texas Capitol in

  • Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets

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    NEW YORK (AP) — If you think investors in U.S. stocks have had it rough, consider the hapless folks who followed Wall Street's advice to buy emerging-market stocks. The MSCI Emerging Markets index has lost 25 percent over the past year, while the most widely held U.S. fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market index, is down less than 1 percent. After the financial crisis, plowing money into emerging markets seemed like a sure bet. China was gobbling up raw materials from Brazil, Indonesia and Russia, and their stock markets were soaring. Wall Street cranked up its marketing machine, creating 246 funds to ride the boom.

  • What's in 90 percent of seabirds' guts? 1 word: Plastics

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as nine out of 10 of the world's seabirds likely have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. Previously, scientists figured about 29 percent of seabirds had swallowed plastic, based on older studies. An Australian team of scientists who have studied birds and marine debris for decades used computer models to update those figures, calculating that far more seabirds are affected, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "It's pretty astronomical," said study co-author Denise Hardesty, senior research scientist at the Australian federal science agency. She said the problem with plastics in the ocean is increasing as the

  • Hurricane Fred hits Cape Verde with flooding, downed trees

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    PRAIA, Cape Verde (AP) — Hurricane Fred has caused flooding and downed trees in Cape Verde as it passes over the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. State-owned TV station Radiotelevisao Caboverdiana also reports Monday the Category 1 hurricane prompted officials to close all airports in the country of 10 volcanic islands with a population of 512,000. Weather forecasters say Fred is the easternmost hurricane known to have formed in the Atlantic tropics, and the first to pass over Cape Verde as a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday afternoon were near 137 kph (85 mph). Fred was expected to produce rain accumulations of up to 25 centimeters (10 inches).<

  • APNewsBreak: Email shows U. Iowa 'mandate' for female coach

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An internal email says University of Iowa athletics department administrators ordered a female be hired for an assistant track coaching job in 2013. Attorneys for Mike Scott, a male coach who says he was illegally passed over for the job, received the email last week and provided it to The Associated Press. They're portraying it as a strong piece of evidence that will help prove his gender discrimination allegations. In the email, Head Coach Layne Anderson tells assistants that he had rewritten the position's job description in a way to attract more female candidates. He writes that the change "is once again largely driven by the mandate from the administration to hire a female (qualified to the

  • Missouri man faces execution for raping, killing 15-year-old

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — An inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday for killing a 15-year-old Missouri girl has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his punishment, saying the death penalty is unconstitutional. But a detective who helped break the case scoffed at the appeal Monday, saying Roderick Nunley should have been put to death long ago. Nunley and a co-defendant were accused of kidnapping Ann Harrison as she waited for a school bus in Kansas City, then raping and killing the girl in 1989. If the courts don't step in, the 50-year-old Nunley will be lethally injected at 6 p.m. Tuesday and become the sixth inmate executed this year in Missouri.

  • Injunction against federal water rule may expand

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing arguments over the scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction last week that was requested by North Dakota and 12 other states to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from regulating some small streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The EPA maintains that injunction applied only to the 13 states said it began enforcing the rule in all other states on Friday.

  • Board accepts Albuquerque school chief's resignation

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A board that oversees New Mexico's largest school district unanimously voted Monday to accept the resignation of its embattled superintendent, who hired an administrator charged with child sex abuse in Colorado. The decision regarding Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Luis Valentino follows a controversy that enveloped the troubled district just two months after he took the position. Board members voted in a special meeting that followed hours-long, closed-door sessions on the matter. "Given the parties differing views of the current incidents and challenges in the district, and believing they have fundamental differences regarding the future of the district, an agreement has been reac

  • Hurricane Ignacio rapidly weakens, moves away from Hawaii

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    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The skies were clear and seas relatively calm Monday on Hawaii's Big Island as Hurricane Ignacio rapidly weakened and moved farther from the state. The Category 2 hurricane is expected to pass several hundred miles northeast of Hawaii. Ignacio's strongest sustained winds were reaching 105 mph winds Monday morning, but forecasters said the storm would become a Category 1 hurricane by Tuesday and weaken into a tropical storm by midweek as it encounters southwesterly winds. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu lifted tropical storm watches for the Big Island and Maui on Sunday evening and said the storm should not have much impact on the islands, although some rain and wind was still possible.

  • $20 found in San Francisco leads to $1 million lottery win

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. The California Lottery said Sunday that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he used it to buy two scratch-off tickets at a market in Millbrae. One of them led to the $1 million top prize. He told the California Lottery that he was in shock when he won. "I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn't know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars,'" Tang said in a statement. He was

  • 2 climbers die in fall in Wyoming's Wind River Range

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A climbing accident has killed two men in Wyoming's Wind River Range, marking the second double climbing fatality in the state in a week. The Fremont County coroner's office identified the victims from Friday's fall as Jonathan Peter MacDonald, 23, who lived both in Lander, Wyoming, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Keith Murray Henderson, 57, of Cheyenne. Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan D. Lee said Monday another climber saw the two men fall several hundred feet down the face of Pingora Peak, in the Cirque of the Towers area, on Friday afternoon. It appears the two men were rappelling down the 11,884-foot peak in clear weather conditions when they fell, Lee said. No one else was climbing with them

  • Experts to investigate new Ebola case in north Sierra Leone

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    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital, a World Health Organization spokeswoman said Monday. Once the source of transmission is found and contacts are traced, a vaccination trial will also begin in the northern Sierra Leone area, WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said. "It's a step back and a disappointment, but it wasn't a surprise as it's near the border with Guinea," where cases remain, said Harris, adding that further transmission can be stopped. Samples from a 67-year-old woman's corpse tested positive for Ebola, WHO technical coordinator Margarette

  • Mozambique: Journalists, academic found guilty of defamation

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    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A judge in Mozambique has found two journalists and an academic guilty of defamation over a Facebook post. On Monday, a judge found economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco guilty of defaming former President Armando Guebuza after he criticized the southern African leader in a 2013 Facebook post. The judge also found journalists Fernando Mbanze and Fernando Veloso guilty of libel for republishing the commentary. They will be sentenced in September. A statement from rights group Amnesty International said the trial was a tactic used by the Mozambican government to "stifle dissenting voices." Mozambique's state news agency said the country's National Union of Journalists demanded the charges b

  • South Sudan rebel leader: Cease-fire, peace pact in danger

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    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's rebel leader is warning attacks by government troops on rebel-held areas could sabotage a peace agreement. Riek Machar told reporters in Ethiopia Monday that the South Sudan government is not respecting the cease-fire. "The cease-fire has not been respected by the government since it was declared ... they still are on the offensive," Machar said. "If this situation goes on, it means the peace agreement is not implementable." Both sides agreed to a cease-fire that took effect Sunday, but there are reported violations in the volatile states of Upper Nile and Unity. Machar accused government troops of attacking despite the cease-fire and urged President Salva Kiir's govern

  • Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of opponents in capital

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital have raided dozens of homes of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, security officials said Monday. The officials, who are neutral in a conflict that has splintered the security forces, said the raids began a day earlier. Pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led airstrikes have driven the rebels, known as Houthis, from much of the country's south in recent weeks, but the rebels still hold the capital, Sanaa, which they seized nearly a year ago. The officials said that last week the Houthis detained at least 20 people, one of whom works for the U.N., near the capital's presidential palace.

  • AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies

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    GENEVA (AP) — Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spoke in an interview with The Associated Press just days after 71 migrants likely suffocated in the back of a truck in Austria and about 200 people were feared drowned off Libya trying to reach Europe. He lamented a "fear factor" espoused by some politicians, who he says overlook the benefits that migrants can bring. Swing, a longtime U.S. diplomat, said his 157-member intergovernmental body that often partners with U.N.

  • Illinois' history museum is latest target in political fight

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The skeleton of a massive mastodon, thousands of Native American artifacts and a giant shark could be the next casualties in an increasingly ugly fight over Illinois' state budget that has dragged on for months with no sign of ending. The pieces are among millions held by the Illinois State Museum, a favorite stop for school groups and scientists looking to learn the history of a state that, millions of years before it went broke, was literally underwater. Now Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is targeting the 138-year-old museum and four satellite sites for closure, the latest in a series of cuts the former businessman says are needed to manage Illinois' finances as he battles with Democrats who run the

  • The Latest on Missouri execution: Top court gets new appeal

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Missouri inmate Roderick Nunley, who was convicted of killing a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City in 1989 (all times local): 12 p.m. The attorney for convicted killer Roderick Nunley has filed a new appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to halt his execution. Nunley is scheduled to die Tuesday evening for killing 15-year-old Ann Harrison in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1989. The girl was abducted while waiting for a school bus, then raped and stabbed to death. Defense attorney Jennifer Herndon initially appealed last week, arguing that the death penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. She also has argued that a jury, not a judge, should have s




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