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Published: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:18:13 GMT2017-07-21T23:18:13Z

 



Wildfire leaves "complete devastation" in rural community

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:18:13 GMT2017-07-21T23:18:13Z

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A chimney and a cinder block wall is all that's left standing among rubble that was a house Miki Crawford and her family called home for 22 years after a wildfire raced through her Northern California rural community, the former nurses' aide said Friday.



Experts: No duty for laughing teens to rescue drowning man

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:27:12 GMT2017-07-21T21:27:12Z

MIAMI (AP) - It may be reprehensible and morally outrageous, but legal experts say a group of Florida teens had no obligation to rescue a drowning disabled man they instead mocked, laughed at and recorded on a video that was later posted online. Still, authorities are pursuing possible misdemeanor charges against them for failing to report a death.



US bans travel for Americans to NKorea after Warmbier death

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:45:05 GMT2017-07-21T20:45:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - American citizens will be barred by the U.S. from traveling to North Korea beginning next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday.



Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:54:09 GMT2017-07-21T19:54:09Z

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - About 160 stocky, white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway have gathered in Florida to compete in the island city's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.



Another day, another derailment in NYC subway

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:30:16 GMT2017-07-21T19:30:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Another day, another derailment. And another round of finger-pointing on who is to blame for problems with New York City's troubled transit system.



Militants burst from tunnels, hit weak points in Raqqa fight

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:45:58 GMT2017-07-21T17:45:58Z

RAQQA, Syria (AP) - The surprise attack came before dawn. An Islamic State group militant emerged from underground right into a deserted building being used as a position by U.S.-backed Syrian forces on a front line in Raqqa. He screamed, Allahu akbar, or "God is great," and threw a bomb, killing a guard.



Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:54:07 GMT2017-07-21T14:54:07Z

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) - Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate.



Man livestreams as he speeds on beach, cursing and drinking

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:27:21 GMT2017-07-21T14:27:21Z

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A 27-year-old man broadcast live on Facebook as he sped down a Florida beach, running over beach chairs and umbrellas while drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey.



Ari Melber tries to improve a troubled time slot at MSNBC

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:27:19 GMT2017-07-21T14:27:19Z

NEW YORK (AP) - One of MSNBC's most valuable utility players, Ari Melber, gets his own regular show Monday with the assignment of shoring up a weak spot in the cable network's lineup.



Tennessee inmates get reduced sentences for birth control

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:33:19 GMT2017-07-21T12:33:19Z

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) - A program in a Tennessee county reduces inmates' jail time if they voluntarily undergo birth control procedures, in a move that has drawn criticism from the local district attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union.



Dozens of foreign workers sought for Trump's Florida clubs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:42 GMT2017-07-21T12:24:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump Organization is asking the federal government to grant dozens of special visas to foreign nationals to work at two of the President Donald Trump's private clubs in Florida, including his Mar-a-Lago resort.



Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:42 GMT2017-07-21T12:24:42Z

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's parliament has outlawed the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials.



Homeowner finds WWI artillery shell in basement

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:42 GMT2017-07-21T12:24:42Z

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York woman has found a World War I artillery shell in her basement.



Romania: Art exhibit at ex-prison show horrors of communism

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:42 GMT2017-07-21T12:24:42Z

PITESTI, Romania (AP) - An art exhibition went on display Friday at a former Romanian prison where communists tortured and killed political prisoners in a gruesome re-education program.



In South Sudan, a child soldier long thought dead comes back

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:42 GMT2017-07-21T12:24:42Z

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - She had no body to bury at the funeral, so the grieving mother kneeled in the dirt outside her small hut, recited psalms and simply traced her finger over the uneven earth.



Fault! New York town's new $3.5M tennis courts too short

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:42 GMT2017-07-21T12:24:42Z

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York town has padlocked the tennis courts in a brand new $3.5 million park because they were built improperly.



'Juice' will be loose: OJ Simpson granted parole in robbery

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:54:05 GMT2017-07-21T00:54:05Z

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) - O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.



Detained student's mother: China police want "ransom"

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:45:09 GMT2017-07-20T23:45:09Z

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The mother of an American college student arrested in central China following an altercation with a taxi driver five weeks earlier said police are demanding the equivalent of a $7,400 "ransom" for his release.



Did Japan's first lady pretend to speak no English to avoid talking to Trump?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:25:24 GMT2017-07-20T23:25:24Z

Trump describes a dinner for Group of 20 leaders that took place in Germany earlier this month and mentions that he had been seated next to Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. There had been a language barrier, Trump told Times reporter Maggie Haberman.



In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:09:09 GMT2017-07-20T23:09:09Z

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) - Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.