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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015

U.S. stock rally fizzles at close; Dow down 204 points

A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street’s losing …


Kerry calls for democracy as US flag rises in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — U.S. Marines raised the Stars and Stripes over the newly reopened American Embassy in Cuba on Friday as Secretary of State John Kerry made an unprecedented call …


America celebrates Fourth with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music. Here are …


Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the …


NY Gov. Cuomo: Captured convict ‘critical but stable’

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in “critical but stable” condition at an Albany hospital, New York …


Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 37 people — …


Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other …


THE LATEST: Company: All workers accounted for after attack

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local): ___


The Latest on prison escape: Armed officers resume search

12:20 p.m. (EDT) Corrections officers in helmets and body armor are searching houses near the northern New York prison where two killers escaped, along with state police and dogs.


‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists …


Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national …


IS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and …


Harvard study: Millennials believe US justice system unfair

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University survey released Wednesday found that nearly one in two millennials believe America’s criminal justice system is unfair and few believe protests triggered by the …


US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2015

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams …


Salvage crew at Fla. site of helicopter crash that killed 11

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A salvage barge moved off the Florida Panhandle coast to lift the wreckage of a shattered Black Hawk helicopter from the waters, days after seven Marines …


AP Analysis: In fractured Israel, all electoral bets are off

JERUSALEM (AP) — Deeply divided and foul of mood, Israelis are headed toward what seems like a referendum on their long-serving, silver-tongued prime minister, the hard-line Benjamin Netanyahu. But with …


Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?


Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit …


In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …


On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of …


Police storm Paris grocery where gunman holds 5 hostages

PARIS (AP) — Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. A woman was …


American, South African hostages killed during rescue attempt

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Yemen, a turbulent …


Taliban raid foreign guesthouse in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a foreign guesthouse near parliament in the Afghan capital Saturday, the latest assault targeting foreigners as NATO troops withdraw from …


N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A North Korean student with family ties to the regime has escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding. A …


Germany marks 25 years since Berlin Wall’s fall

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and the start of the …


Another peace deal forged in South Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Leaders of two warring sides in South Sudan agreed to another peace deal early Saturday after two days of talks convened in an atmosphere of …


Ballot measures: California next for pot activists

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America’s drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation’s capital approving recreational pot use. …


India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to …


Army troops isolated after Africa duty tour

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are being isolated at the base in Italy upon returning from serving in West Africa to help with …