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Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier.
Mum Brady sharp in Patriots' first padded practice
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? Two things were certain Saturday when the New England Patriots put on pads for the first time at training camp: The home fans sure do love Tom Brady, and the quarterback's suspension and court case haven't affected his accuracy.
Biden, aides talking with supporters about possible presidential run: NYT
Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Biden has said publicly he would make a decision at the end of the summer but the Times said the vice president and his associates were actively exploring getting in the race. The Times, citing several people who have spoken with him and his advisers, said the Biden camp was contacting Democratic leaders and donors who have not firmly committed to Clinton, the clear leader among the five Democrats who have entered the race, or might be concerned about her prospects.
'Finding Your Roots' to return for season 3 after PBS probe
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? "Finding Your Roots" will return for season three, but whether the celebrity genealogy series that buried an uncomfortable fact about Ben Affleck's ancestor continues after that remains in doubt, PBS' chief executive said.
Iraqi Kurds urge PKK to leave as Turkish strike toll mounts
Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties. Turkey said it had launched a probe after pro-Kurdish media reports said nine civilians had been killed in a botched air strike, as the military pressed on with its relentless air bombardment campaign against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and PKK militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey.
Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall returns from 2 Achilles operations
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? No one around the Washington Redskins harbors doubt about whether DeAngelo Hall has the know-how and competitive spirit necessary to come back from two ? count 'em, two! ? operations on a torn Achilles tendon.
Zobrist hits 2 HRs, Royals beat Jays 7-6
TORONTO (AP) ? Ben Zobrist hit two home runs, Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Obama gets early start on 54th birthday celebration
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama got a head start on turning a year older.
Firefighter died after being trapped in wind-fueled blaze
ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) ? A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California was scouting the area exploring for ways to attack it when he became trapped after erratic winds stoked the blaze, officials said Saturday.
Suspected Flight 370 wing flap arrives at French facility
BALMA, France (AP) ? A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts.
'Downton Abbey' to get a float in the 2016 Rose Bowl parade
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? Maggie Smith's character on "Downton Abbey" might find the pomp and circumstance uncomfortable, but the PBS show is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on Jan. 3.
Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped at Italian airport with $420,000 in cash
Italian police stopped American rapper Snoop Dogg at Lamezia Terme airport on Saturday for trying to board a plane with over $420,000 in undeclared cash. Travellers within the European Union must declare any amount over 10,000 euros in cash as part of efforts to combat money laundering. According to AGI, four lawyers have been assigned to the case and Snoop Dogg will be able to reclaim the rest of his money after paying a fine.
AP News Guide: Death of Taliban leader roils Afghan politics
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? The Afghan Taliban has confirmed the death of its reclusive longtime leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, after the Kabul government reported that he had been dead for more than two years. The move has led to a leadership crisis in the Taliban, as Mullah Omar's longtime deputy takes the helm over the objection of the former leader's relatives.
Q&A on possible extradition for dentist who killed lion
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Zimbabwe has called for an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage to be extradited and face as-yet filed charges. But it isn't clear whether Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old from Minnesota, can be extradited or, if so, can fight having to go back to the African nation. Palmer has said he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.
Telemundo interviews Bush on wide range of topics
MIAMI (AP) ? In his first Spanish-language television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded questions ranging from the upcoming presidential debate to Donald Trump, from Latin American foreign policy to his favorite music, and whether he had ever experienced discrimination.
Ko shares lead at Women's British Open on major debut
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) ? There's a Ko atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Women's British Open.
Fetal tissue research declining, still important
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A political battle over the use of fetal tissue in medical research has been reinvigorated by the release of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood officials. Newer, less-controversial technologies, including the ?reprogramming? of adult skin cells to create specific types of stem cells, have rendered fetal tissue less central - though still important - to medical research, they said. Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer of Advanced Cell Technology, said that much of tissue needed for research "can now be generated in the laboratory." At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, for instance, only about 10 out of 8,000 active research protocols involve fetal tissue, according to an official at the Harvard-affiliated hospital who asked to remain anonymous.
Iraqi Kurds ask Kurdistan Workers Party to 'withdraw'
BAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdistan Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group.
Syrian Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham mourns Taliban leader
A conservative Islamist rebel group in Syria, which has contested its hardline image in Western newspapers, mourned the death of the leader of the Taliban in a statement distributed online on Saturday. Ahrar al-Sham, which is widely described by analysts as an ultra orthodox Salafist group, expressed "deep condolence" in the Arabic statement for Mullah Omar, who Afghanistan said on Wednesday had died more than two years ago. The statement comes after Ahrar al-Sham wrote opinion pieces last month - one published by the Washington Post and another by Britain's Daily Telegraph - in which it presented itself as a Syrian national force, distancing itself from cross-border jihadist groups.
Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of 'provocative' attacks
By Sylvia Westall and Humeyra Pamuk BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile. Turkey began a campaign of air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq and Islamic State fighters in Syria last Friday, in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called a "synchronized fight against terror". The campaign has raised suspicions among Kurds that Ankara's real agenda is checking Kurdish territorial ambitions rather than fighting Islamic State.
Florida power company gave $1 million to pro-Bush super PAC
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light.
Egypt extends for six months military mandate in Gulf, Red Sea
The Egyptian government extended by six months the deployment of "some elements of the armed forces" outside Egypt's borders to defend national and Arab security in the Gulf, Red Sea and the Strait of Mandeb, state news agency MENA said on Saturday. Egypt is part of a Saudi-led coalition that has been targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Egypt authorized a 40-day mandate on March 26, and extended it for three months in May 3 before extending it again on Saturday following the national defense council's approval.
Yemeni vice president arrives in Aden, fighting continues in country
By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemeni vice president Khaled Bahah arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, the most senior official from Yemen's exiled government to visit since local fighters drove out the Iranian-backed Houthis. Airport officials said Bahah, who is also prime minister, was accompanied by six ministers when he flew in from the Saudi capital Riyadh, where the Yemeni government had been based since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled a Houthi advance on Aden in March. Since then, hundreds have been killed in fierce clashes between pro-Hadi fighters, backed up by air strikes from a Saudi-led Arab alliance, and the Houthis, who have struck an alliance with supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Correia at UFC 190
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) ? Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defense anywhere in the world before she moves on to her next acting job or book tour stop or red-carpet appearance.
Family feud in evidence at Bobbi Kristina funeral
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) ? The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted Saturday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency ? his fellow Democrats in Congress.
Tourists flock to gawk at massive highway bridge projects
ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. (AP) ? Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment ? all elements of one of the biggest, most expensive bridge projects the Upper Midwest has seen.
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Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) ? Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said Saturday.
Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks
CAIRO (AP) ? Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.
Man who studied Cecil the lion for 9 years talks impact
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? When Cecil the lion's carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week.
Palestinian shot by Israeli troops during protest dies
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ? An 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler died of his wounds Saturday, Palestinian health officials said.
Syrian rebel group leaves their HQ after clash with al-Qaida
BEIRUT (AP) ? Clashes between members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria and a rebel faction in the country's north believed to have been trained by the U.S. government have stopped after the rebels abandoned their headquarters, activists said Saturday.
New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban's controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win.
Feds: Action taken to fix mistakenly awarded work permits
HOUSTON (AP) ? Problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold, the Justice Department said in newly filed court documents.
Iraq's Barzani condemns Turkish bombing he says killed civilians
By Humeyra Pamuk and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region on Saturday condemned Turkey's bombardment of a village there which he said had killed civilians, and called for a return to the peace process. "We condemn this bombardment that led to the martyrdom of people from the Kurdistan region and call on Turkey not to bombard civilians again," Massoud Barzani said in a statement. A senior Turkish official told Reuters that Ankara was working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to investigate claims of civilian casualties in the village of Zargala on Friday.
Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration
Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah made a symbolic visit to the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile Saturday, two weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city. Bahah became the highest ranking official to return to the southern city since the government announced its liberation in mid-July. Bahah, who is also vice president in Yemen's internationally recognised government, fled into exile with President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his team in March when the rebels entered Aden.
Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian customs
MILAN (AP) ? Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.
Actress Charlize Theron adopts baby girl in US
Los Angeles (AFP) - South African-born actress Charlize Theron has adopted her second child, an African-American newborn named August, US media reported Saturday.
Migrant bids to reach Britain fall as security tightened
French police said Saturday around 300 migrants in Calais attempted to reach Britain via the Channel Tunnel overnight, a significant drop from previous nights after security in Calais was beefed up. On Thursday night, French authorities faced more than 1,000 attempts by migrants camped out in the port of Calais to reach the undersea tunnel.