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  • Obama: Freedom is paid for by men and women of US military

    Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:58:30 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "incredible blessings" in the greatest country on earth.

  • Threat to Southwest flight deemed not credible by FBI

    Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:08:51 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — An unspecified security threat that led authorities to check a Southwest Airlines plane after it landed at Denver International Airport has been determined to be not credible, the FBI said.

  • Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not sanctuary law

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:49:13 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they are focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times.

  • Mexican military: troops instructed to respect human rights

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:13:26 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have "unrestricted" respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered.

  • Bush says he takes Trump's immigration remarks personally

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:13:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought.

  • Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:32:10 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago — but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.

  • IS video shows troops' deaths in Syria archaeological site

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:56:44 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — A video posted online Saturday purporteThe Islamic State group posted a video online on Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.

  • Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not 'sanctuary'

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:40:52 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they're focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times.

  • Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:21:12 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws.

  • Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:00:26 GMT

    GLEN, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a "strong verifiable deal" to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program by next week's deadline.

  • Virginia chief says armed suspect killed during police chase

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:50:08 GMT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police in Newport News, Virginia, say a 23-year-old man was fatally shot by police after he ignored their pleas to put down a sawed-off shotgun.

  • Union denounces release of officer names in police shootings

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:46:00 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union representing Philadelphia police officers is challenging the department's decision to make public the names of officers in police-involved shootings.

  • Walker says open records restrictions will be dropped

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:37:18 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state's open records laws.

  • Alternative for Germany party replaces euroskeptic leader

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:19:18 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — The upstart Alternative for Germany party has replaced its euroskeptic leader with a conservative from the east who wants to place greater emphasis on immigration.

  • A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:09:06 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

  • Greeks mull consequences of crucial bailout referendum

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:02:32 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.

  • McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:33:45 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital.

  • Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:18:42 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.

  • A family divided: Emotions run high ahead of Greek vote

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:48:09 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.

  • Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:47:48 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.

  • Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:17:31 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.