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European peace activists march against Trump's NATO visit

BRUSSELS (AP) — European activists protested Saturday against U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming appearance at NATO, marching through Belgium's capital to plead for less military spending and more public money for schools and clean energy. The...

 

Behind Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory, an unconventional crew

NEW YORK (AP) — A campaign manager who moonlights as an energy healer. A photographer who sings in a heavy metal band. A Muslim progressive activist who runs a cooking blog in her spare time. These are some of the political outsiders who helped...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's half-truths on court case, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gloated about a court case that didn't offer him the vindication he implied in his triumphant tweet. That capped a week of distortions, half-truths and swerves in his declarations on the economy, North...

 

Pope denounces 'murderous indifference' by powers in Mideast

BARI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the "murderous indifference" that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, calling out global powers for seeking power and prof...

 

Analysis: Trade rocks already unstable US-China relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's trade battle with China will exacerbate relations with Beijing that are already fraying on several fronts as the U.S. takes a more confrontational stance and an increasingly powerful China stands its...

 

Reward rises to $20K for info leading to stolen artifacts

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The reward for information leading to the recovery of more 260 artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park decades ago has been increased from $15,000 to $20,000. Dr. Jim Knight, professor emeritus of anthropology a...

 

Getting first farm job not as easy as it used to be

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Whether pulling weeds, picking berries or driving machinery, many people found their first job on a farm. For Umatilla County kids, farm labor has been one of many options for making money in the summer, but the way young...

 

Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida's not quite Jurassic Park, but it's getting close. Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of...

 

'What's up, guys?' Suspect accused of taking meth to K-9 car

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Police say a man who brought drugs with him when he opened a car door and found himself facing a drug enforcement squad simply uttered an expletive and added, "What's up, guys?" Then he got arrested. Citing a statement...

 

New wildfires sweep through California, burning homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes. In...

 
 By TALES AZZONI    Sports    July 8, 2018

Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to World Cup semifinals

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nyet this time. Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. The overachieving hos...

 

After talks, NKorea accuses US of 'gangster-like' demands

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a dose of harsh reality to Donald Trump, bashing hopes for a quick denuclearization deal in a pointed rebuke to the president's top envoy while accusing the U.S. of making...

 
 By STEVE DOUGLAS    Sports    July 8, 2018

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful...

 

Anti-violence protesters shut down part of Chicago freeway

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of anti-violence protesters marched along a Chicago interstate on Saturday, shutting down traffic to draw attention to the gun violence that's claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods and...

 

Thai officials aim to rescue kids from cave before rain hits

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Worried that heavy monsoon rain could soon make the job even more difficult, Thai officials said Saturday that they may need to quickly rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave by helping them...

 

Insider attack kills US service member in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a U.S. service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan. A Saturday statement by the Resolute Support Mission said that...

 

Senate's McConnell on mission to reshape the courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was upbeat the night after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court. The Kentucky Republican had already led the Senate in confirming more circuit court...

 

Family of Thai boat disaster victims reveals ominous video

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — The family of a Chinese woman and her two children who were among the victims of a tourist boat disaster off the Thai resort island of Phuket shared ominous video of the chaotic scene on the boat before it capsized, and...

 

Heartbreaking scenes described in Thai boat sinking; 41 dead

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Divers who entered the wreck of a tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket described heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers, as the search continued...

 

South Korean women protest against 'spy cam porn'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Korean women gathered in Seoul on Saturday to demand stronger government action to fight the spread of intimate photos and video taken by hidden cameras, which they say has women living in constant...

 

4 hospitalized after Pamplona's running of the bulls

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — A man who was gored and three others who were trampled in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival were hospitalized Saturday, officials in the Spanish city of Pamplona said. Among those receiving...

 

Tulsa public schools to spend $6.2M to maintain staff levels

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Public Schools system will spend $6.2 million in reserve funds to offset declining state aid as the district faces decreasing enrollment. Early estimates for the 2019-20 school term show even more of a decline in...

 

Books sale Thursday at closed St. Gregory's University

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Thousands of rare and historical books from a now-closed university in Oklahoma will be offered at auction on Thursday. The Oklahoman reports the books from the library at St. Gregory's University include centuries-old...

 

Tulsa business helps man facing arrest for late DVD rental

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A business has helped an Oklahoma man who had been facing a more than $200 fine and a warrant for his arrest for an overdue movie rental he had forgotten about after becoming homeless. Tulsa television station KTUL reports...

 

Oklahoma City costume designer preps for busy summer shows

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Before mother and daughter can switch bodies and outfits in Disney's "Freaky Friday," before the cast of "Hello, Dolly!" can put on their "Sunday clothes," and before the former bandmates in "Mamma Mia!" can pull out their old...

 

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