• AP PHOTOS: Fairy-tale night for girls in Rio slum

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police. The 15-year-old girls were escorted to the ball held in a Copacabana dancehall Friday night by members of the Pacifying Police Unit from their community. The police units have re-conquered slums ruled for decades by drug-dealing gangs. The girls were coiffed and made up by volunteers, and their dresses were loaned by a formal wear shop. Debutante balls have been a custom among upper-middle-class and wealthy Brazilian families. They mark a girl's transition from childhood to adulthood.

  • 6 die in fire at eastern North Carolina home

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    GARLAND, N.C. (AP) — A fire swept through a mobile home in eastern North Carolina early Saturday, killing six people, authorities said. Five bodies were found in the rubble of the home immediately after the fire was put out around 1 a.m. Saturday, and a sixth victim was found a few hours later, Sampson County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope said. No one escaped the blaze, Pope said. Deputies and the Sampson County Fire Marshal's Office are investigating. There was no immediate evidence the blaze was intentionally set, Pope said in a news release. "Investigators are still processing the evidence as a crime until the cause of the fire can be determined and autopsies are complete," Pope said.

  • Panel rejects new fee for solar homes in Utah

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates of renewable energy are hailing the rejection of Rocky Mountain Power's request for a new fee for residential rooftop solar panels in Utah. They're calling the Utah Public Service Commission's decision on Friday a victory for clean air and energy as well as consumer choice. Rocky Mountain wanted to charge residential customers with solar panels a $4.65 monthly fee to cover its distribution costs of energy for times when solar is not putting power in the grid. But the commission ruled the utility failed to prove the fee was justified. "What a bright day for Utah's future," said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy.

  • Girl, 9, dies; trapped in sand at Oregon beach

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    LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — Police in the Oregon coastal town of Lincoln City say a 9-year-old girl died when a sand hole collapsed on her at a beach. Lt. Jerry Palmer says police and firefighters responded shortly after 5 p.m. Friday and found a group of people trying to dig the girl out. Palmer says officers helped extract the girl, who was identified Saturday as Isabel Grace Franks, from a large hole. Police began CPR after Isabel was pulled free, unconscious and not breathing. North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and ambulance medical teams took over CPR, and Isabel was taken to a hospital. Palmer says family members were with Isabel when the collapse occurred. Isabel and her family were visiting the coast from Sandy

  • Witnesses testify in fatal dog attack case

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    LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A witness told a judge during a preliminary examination for the owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a jogger that he had to shoot at the animals to make them flee. Edward Elmer testified Friday in Lapeer District Court that he was mowing his lawn on July 23 when the two cane corsos attacked Craig Sytsma on a Metamora Township road, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported. Elmer said he yelled to his girlfriend, Helen Barwig, to get a gun when one of the dogs looked menacingly at him. The two dogs ran off after he shot at one of them, Elmer said. Barwig testified that she used paper towel to try to stem Sytsma's bleeding, but the blood "was pouring out, gushing out.

  • People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

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    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police. The rally was the latest effort by people wanting to shed more light on the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III inside the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle. An attorney representing Crawford's family says Wal-Mart surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified. Crawford is black, while the two officers involved are white. Signs and chants at the rally urged, "Release the tape." Organizers said the Rev.

  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. airstrikes were in support of operations conducted by Iraqi security forces. Officials say the airstrikes destroyed an armed vehicle, a fighting position and weapons and significantly damaged an Islamic State building. Central Command says it has conducted a total of 115 airstrikes across Iraq.

  • Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks since Brown's death

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    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day. His death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, which the rally's organizers pledged to continue. Led by Brown's parents and other relatives, Saturday's throng peacefully made their way down Canfield Drive in the St. Louis suburb to a makeshift memorial that marked the spot where Brown was shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. "We know that his life is not going to be in vain," the Rev. Spencer Booker of St. Louis' St. Paul A.M.E.

  • 5 highlights from California's legislative session

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature. Here are five notable actions, some of them firsts in the country, that state lawmakers took in the final days of this year's legislative session, which ended early Saturday: 1. "YES MEANS YES" CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT BILL: As colleges and universities across the nation come under fire for how they handle rape allegations, California became the first state to approve legislation defining what constitutes consent in sexual assault investigations.

  • Durham, Leshoure among Lions cuts

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    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Wide receiver Kris Durham and running back Mikel Leshoure were among 22 cuts by the Detroit Lions on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit. Detroit also released guards Rodney Austin and Garrett Reynolds; tackle Michael Williams, linebackers Shamari Benton, Brandon Hepburn and Julian Stanford; wide receivers Patrick Edwards and Andrew Peacock; tight ends Michael Egnew and Jordan Thompson; defensive tackles Andre Fluellen, Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen; cornerbacks Chris Greenwood and Mohammed Seisay; running backs Emil Igwengu and George Winn; center Darren Keyton; safety Nate Ness and defensive end Darryl Tapp.

  • NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday. The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers responding to a 911 call restrained him, placing him in a protective body wrap, police said. He was headed to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation when he went into cardiac arrest and died. The medical examiner's office said Singleton was in a state of excited delirium related to severe intoxication from the drug.

  • Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL team, released by St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL team, released by St. Louis Rams.

  • No. 1 US Open women's doubles duo out in 2nd round

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after beating Venus Williams in singles at the U.S. Open, Sara Errani and her partner, Roberta Vinci, were knocked out in the second round as the top-seeded team in women's doubles. Errani and Vinci, the Italians who were the 2012 champions at Flushing Meadows, lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 Saturday to Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. At Wimbledon last month, Errani and Vinci won the title to complete a career Grand Slam in doubles.

  • Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

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    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long way to go. Some merchants say business hasn't come close to recovering from the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white Ferguson police officer. Businesses along a stretch of West Florissant Avenue that were victimized by looting are replacing boarded-up windows, with signs out front reading, "Open For Business." People who have been too scared to take their kids out of the home are milling about once again.

  • Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel. Most of the new building would be to make up for the current housing deficit, rather than to address damage from fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. Meanwhile, appearing in a round of post-war interviews on Israeli TV channels, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was not ready to return to the negotiating table with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas unless he distances himself from Hamas militants. Hamas and Abbas' Palestinian Auth

  • Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

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    STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) — As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter. "Why didn't you say before that you were alive? Why so quiet?" the rebel taunted. Minutes later, the Ukrainian soldier drew his last breath. Under the gaze of rebels, Ukrainian soldiers loaded the bodies of six other dead comrades onto trucks outside the village of Starobesheve. A couple of kilometers away, in the village itself, other rebels made wisecracks and boasted about dealing another punishing blow to Ukrainian forces. After weeks of yielding ground, the Russian-backed separatists are brimming with confidence following a string of see

  • Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

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    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria. While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah's statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State group and its supporters in the region. Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al-Qaida group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom.

  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc's top diplomat for the next five years. The decision comes as the crisis at the EU's eastern border pitting Ukraine against Russia poses one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the bloc in decades. "Federica Mogherini will be the new face of the European Union in our day-today dealings with our partners in the world," outgoing EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy said. Incumbent EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, whose term ends in October, has been a frequent interlocutor for U.S. secretaries of state and chairs the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

  • Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase. State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. The first trooper eventually ended the chase, but another trooper saw Fries crash into a guardrail after he exited Interstate 393. Police say Fries then led officers on an hourlong foot chase in Concord. He was subdued with help from a police dog. Fries was treated for injuries from the crash and from the dog. He faces a variety of charges and is being held on $30,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

  • 5 things to know about the 2014 Nebraska elections

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    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With so many open races on the Nebraska ballot, voters have a lot to absorb. Here are five questions to consider about contests for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices: __ WILL REPUBLICAN DOMINANCE HOLD? Republicans occupy every statewide elected office in Nebraska, including governor, U.S. Senate, attorney general, auditor and treasurer. They also represent all three of Nebraska's congressional districts. With so much power in Republican hands, the Nebraska Democratic Party has tried to persuade voters that GOP officials are to blame for everything from the state's prison-sentence miscalculations to partisan gridlock in Washington.