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One dead after lightning affects 14 in California

A 20-year‑old man died after lightning struck or shook up 14 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golf course, a coroner's official said...

Israeli strikes on Gaza, breaks lull in attacks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative...

Porch shooter back in court for third day of trial

The trial of a Detroit‑area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.

Downing of flight MH17 'may amount to a war crime': UN

The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime", the UN said Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed...

Family of MH17 victim pay respects at crash site

The parents of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 traveled from Australia to visit the crash site in eastern Ukraine. (July 26)

Malaysia and Ukraine rebels reach agreement on crash site access

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Prime Minister said on Sunday that an agreement had been...

Abbott, Obama in further MH17 talks

Barack Obama and Tony Abbott have held further talks on securing access for investigators to the MH17 air crash site in eastern Ukraine. The talks between...

First MH17 victim identified, grieving relatives visit site

Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed in the MH17 disaster, the Dutch government said, as grieving relatives defied safety...

 

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Shipping containers repurposed as affordable housing in Washington

Repurposed sea cargo containers are being used to build an innovative apartment building in Washington....

AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Monday, July 28th: UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease‑fire; Family of five killed in Maine; Survivors of South Korea ferry sinking testify; Classes use African...

Today in History

Highlights of this day in history: Outbreak of World War One; Troops disperse 'Bonus Army' marchers; A U. S. Army bomber crashes into the Empire State Building; Former first lady Jacqueline...

 

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Sarah Palin launches online news channel

Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription‑based online network.

BBC rapped over latest Top Gear 'racial' slur

Britain's broadcasting watchdog criticised the BBC on Monday after Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of motoring programme Top Gear, used an "offensive...

Aretha Franklin slams server's D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a New York server who showed D‑I-S‑R-E‑S-P‑E-C‑T by telling the Queen of Soul she...

Katniss faces the Capitol in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

After two videos issued last month directly by the Capitol, followed by two "living portraits" of Peeta and Joanna last week, the latest teaser...

 

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US services sector activity accelerates in July

NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) - Activity in the U. S. services sector held at its highest level in 4-1/2 years in July, though readings for new business and...

Lloyds bank fined $370 million over Libor rigging

Britain's Lloyds Banking Group is to pay £218 million ($370 million, 276 million euros) in fines to British and US regulators for attempting to...

Foreign buyers fuel concerns amid Miami luxury condo boom

As construction cranes crowd the coastline and developers strive to lure wealthy international buyers with brand name towers and lavish amenities, there...

Argentina resumes negotiations to avert default

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government is resuming negotiations in a dispute with US. creditors that risks sending the country...

Government said to suppress evidence in Blackwater

Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

A federal judge has thrown out a US Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that grants health insurance...

Ukrainian PM urges vote to pay for war

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister says parliament needs to come up with more money to pay the mounting costs from the war against...

Former Virginia governor's corruption trial begins

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond....

 

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Obama practically weepy at Malia going to college

President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his...

Silent retreats: Tradition finds 21st century fans

A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five‑day trip with her husband and didn't speak to him once. They weren't fighting. They were...

Cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps, hurting two

An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 125 feet has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors.

Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal...

Shave ice vendor defies town's new ban on peddlers

A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the...

Police investigate deaths of family of five in Maine

The state medical examiner plans to conduct autopsies on the bodies of five family members found shot to death in an apartment in southern Maine.

Philippine militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid

Islamic militants on Monday massacred 21 people, including one child, who were travelling to a village feast in the southern Philippines to mark the end of...

Father, stepmother of found boy due in court

The father and stepmother of a 12-year‑old Detroit boy who was found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance are due back in court.

Emirates airline says will not fly over Iraq after MH17

Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline's president...

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble head toys

Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings,...

Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania

In a well‑lit office with red window frames in downtown Bucharest, Romania's first bitcoin ATM attracts many who until it opened in May had to...

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U. S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Technology...

Amazon credit card reader coming

Just like PayPal and Square, the online retailer is planning to launch a device that plugs into smartphones and tablets so that they can be used to...

Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's...

Scientists say fistbump better than shake

Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study...

US CEO of food group at heart of McDonald's food scandal to brief media

U. S. food group CEO to brief media as McDonald's feels pinch in China food scandal

Two Americans diognosed with Ebola in Liberia

BOONE, N. C. (AP) — A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an...

 

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Italy opens theme park in tribute to film industry

ROME (AP) — A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when...

Smashing the glass ceiling at a Paris 'palace' hotel

As new chief concierge at a top "palace" hotel in Paris, Sonia Papet is part of a tiny elite of women who have entered the traditionally male...

Foreigners evacuated amid Libya violence

Tripoli's Mitiga airport faces increased traffic as embassies pull their staff out of Libya amid security fears. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Cannabis clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam

A faint smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.

World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When...

Google Street View takes visitors to Dollywood theme park

After Disneyland Paris and Legoland California, country crooner Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood has become the latest tourist attraction to be...

 

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McGinley pulls out of US PGA with shoulder injury

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has pulled out of next week's U. S. PGA Championship with a shoulder injury, the Irishman said on Monday.

Kazakhstan wants Tour de France

After Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said Monday.

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.

Atletico to sign France winger Griezmann

(Reuters) - Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are set to sign France World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad provided he passes a medical...

Cat fans lap up feline film festival

A traveling film festival which focuses solely on felines is prowling dozens of cities across the United States. (July 22)

Giant anteaters kill two hunters in Brazil

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat and the growing risk of...

Police puzzled by dolls left on porches in California city

Police said on Thursday they were investigating porcelain dolls that had been left on the doorsteps of at least eight homes in a Southern California beach...

Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the...