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UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that those...

 

Whooping cough outbreak worsens in southwestern Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health officials say a whooping cough outbreak has now sickened roughly 122 people in southwestern Idaho, and they're warning those numbers could increase with the start of the school year. Cases of pertussis have been found...

 

Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes

Pressure to take down America's monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn't start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive moment...

 

Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the...

 

The Latest: Firefighter killed battling California blaze

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the US West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Authorities say a firefighter has been killed battling the largest record blaze in California history. State fire officials say the firefighter...

 

The Latest: Trump denies using racial slur on tapes

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman (all times local): 10:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says he received a call from the producer of "The Apprentice" assuring him that no tapes exist of him...

 

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer...

 

The Latest: Officials say rafting group appears to be safe

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on heavy rains in Pennsylvania (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Emergency officials say they are fairly confident Monday evening that a group of rafters is safe after a report that they were missing on Lehigh River....

 

Missing Iowa woman reward fund at nearly $316,000

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — The reward fund offered for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has grown to nearly $316,000. A spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Thursday the organization has passed on more than 830 tips...

 

Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently. Two...

 

With new category, Oscars are now a popularity contest

NEW YORK (AP) — Not since Faye Dunaway shouted "La La Land!" has an Oscar announcement caused quite as much chaos as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to create a new Academy Awards category for "outstanding achievement in po...

 

Flames inch close to California homes as thousands evacuate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An intentionally set wildfire grew perilously close to homes in Southern California on Thursday as evacuation orders expanded to more than 20,000 residents, though some homeowners stayed behind to fend off the flames themselves....

 

Kavanaugh's Bush White House role emerges in new documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House were released Thursday as the Senate begins to review the judge's unusually lengthy public record for confirmation hearings this...

 

Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump's parents

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the...

 

Firefighter's wife, baby among 93 victims of Greece blaze

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime minister of Greece pledged Thursday to overhaul the national disaster response agency as authorities publicly named the people killed by the country's deadliest forest fire in decades — victims whose ages ranged...

 

Puerto Rico: 1,400 died from hurricane but toll still at 64

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due...

 

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students...

 

Paper: Judge must reject contempt effort over Parkland story

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida newspaper urged a judge Friday to reject a school board's effort to have it and two reporters held in contempt for publishing a story on the educational background of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas...

 

Trial begins for 2 men accused in death of Chicago student

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection is starting in the trial of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. Honor...

 

Handling goats on the farm, opponents on the mat

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — About 30 goats were born this year at the DeLawder's family farm alongside the Gettysburg battlefield. The babies tend to come during the winter, and the family delivers them, sometimes in the middle of the night, according t...

 

California crews scramble to keep flames from reaching homes

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters worked Friday to keep a growing Southern California forest fire that is feeding on dry brush and trees from reaching foothill neighborhoods a day after flames roared to new ferocity and came within yards of...

 

Judge rejects plea deals in deadly Oakland warehouse fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual move, a California judge on Friday rejected the plea deals of two men who were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after a 2016 California warehouse fire. As he handed down his decision, Judge...

 

President Trump's summer getaway: Don't call it a vacation

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is spending his summer vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. Wait, don't call it "vacation." Trump, who is loath to admit to sleeping — let alone taking time off — has spent his week away...

 

In book, Omarosa says Trump is a bigot, behaved 'like a dog'

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving "like a dog off the leash" at numerous events he...

 

9-year-old chess prodigy wins fight to stay in Britain

LONDON (AP) — A 9-year-old India-born chess prodigy whose fight to stay in Britain drew international attention can remain in the country, the U.K. government said Friday. Shreyas Royal, who came to Britain with his family when he was 3 years old,...

 

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