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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

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)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

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an event to announce a major reconstruction project of New York's LaGuardia Airport in New York CityVice 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

FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, actor Ben Affleck testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee hearing on diplomacy, development and national. security. "Finding Your Roots" will return for season three, but whether the celebrity genealogy series that buried an uncomfortable fact about Affleck's ancestor continues after that remains in doubt, PBS' chief executive said.(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)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

A member of the PKK walks past graves at a cemetary on July 29, 2015 deep in the Qandil mountain, the PKK headquarters in northern IraqTurkey 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

Washington Redskins corner back DeAngelo Hall, center, rides the exercise bike during the teams NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)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

Kansas City Royals' Yordano Venture pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Toronto. (Jon Blacker /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTORONTO (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

President Barack Obama boards Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, for a short trip to Camp David, after playing golf. In what has become an annual birthday tradition, the president started celebrating on Saturday by taking a trio of friends from his Hawaii childhood for a golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base. The group then will spend the night at the secluded Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)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

Members of the media watch as a white van, accompanied by police motorcycles and a police car transporting what is believed to be debris from a Boeing 777 plane that washed up on an Indian Ocean island, arrives at Direction Generale de L'armement (DGA) facilities in Blagnac , near Toulouse, south-western France, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. A piece of plane wing that could be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 arrived Saturday in Toulouse, France, for inspection by military aviation experts.The 6-foot-long part, wrapped in a box and shipped as cargo, was flown from the small island of Reunion, near Madagascar. (AP Photo/Fred Lancelot)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

US rapper Snoop Dogg performs on stage in Uppsala, Sweden on July 25, 2015Italian 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

Graphic shows gives some information on the top leaders in the Taliban; 2c x 4 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 114 mm;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

Oppah Muchinguri, theZimbabwean Minister of Environment, Water and Climate addresses a press conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, July, 31, 2015. Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday. "Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's environment, water and climate minister, told a news conference. "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable." (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)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

In this photo taken K=June 15, 2015, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stands on the stage before announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, at Miami Dade College in Miami. In his first Spanish-language television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded a wide range of questions, from the upcoming GOP debate to Donald Trump, from Latin American foreign policy to his taste in music, and whether he had ever experienced discrimination. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)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

Inbee Park of South Korea plays her shot from the rough on the 5th during the third day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)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

A woman sits with a sign showing a baby as she attends a "Women Betrayed Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood" at Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy 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

Turkish military vehicle stands next to Turkish-Syrian border as Kurdish Syrian refugees gather near town of SurucBy 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

FILE - In this July 27, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Orlando, Fla. The largest Florida corporate donor to a ?super? political committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush?s presidential run is NextEra Energy, the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)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

Yemen's Vice President Khaled Bahah talks to reporters upon his arrival at Aden airportBy 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

FILE - This July 15, 2015, file photo shows mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey working out at Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, Calif. Rousey's star power grows with each month, and the UFC's dominant bantamweight champion could have held her next title defense anywhere. She chose to travel to Bethe Correia's native Brazil for UFC 190 on Saturday, Aug. 1, just so she can embarrass the challenger in front of her home fans. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)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

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bobbi Kristina, who dreamed of growing up to achieve fame like her mother, died in hospice care July 26, 2015, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. For Houston fans, the scene was grimly similar to the way her megastar mother had died three years earlier. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)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

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. gestures as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency _ his fellow Democrats in Congress. Grijalva said the administration?s robust selling of the deal strengthens the Democratic stance on Capitol Hill. "We don?t? need to be an island right now," said Grijalva, who has pledged to support it.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)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

In this July 22, 2015 photo, people on the top deck of a river boat view piers toward the Minnesota side for the mile-long St. Croix Crossing bridge linking Minnesota and Wisconsin near Stillwater, Minn. Three times a month, 350 or more people head out on the 90-minute tours, with adults paying $10 apiece for the chance to view one of the biggest and most expensive bridge projects in Minnesota history. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)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.


The Latest: Memorial service for Bobbi Kristina Brown ends

The body of Bobbi Kristina Brown is removed from the hearse before a funeral service on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Alpharetta, Ga. Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. (AP Photo/Johnny C. Clark)2 p.m. (EDT)


Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing

In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe?s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn?t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)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

In this photo taken Nov. 9, 2014 photographer Brent Stapelkamp, front right, with colleagues in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Stapelkamp, a lion researcher and part of a team that had tracked and studied Cecil the lion for nine years darted him and attached a collar last year. He was probably the last person to get up close before Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed the now-famous lion with the bushy black mane and, aided by a Zimbabwean professional hunter, cut off its head and skin for trophies. (AP Photo/Derek Whalley)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

Palestinian demonstrators throw stones toward Israeli army soldiers during clashes at the entrance to Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Tensions remain high after suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death. The child's 4-year-old brother and both his parents were also seriously wounded. The attack drew Palestinian anger and widespread Israeli condemnation. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)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

An Afghan store clerk waits for customers at a news stand where local papers carry headlines about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)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 pictured during a session of parliament in Yemen's capital Sanaa on December 18, 2014Yemeni 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

FILE - In this March 20, 2015 file photo, rapper Snoop Dogg takes part in the "Keynote Conversation with Snoop Dogg" at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Italian financial police said they stopped the rapper at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 with $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be transported across EU borders undeclared. The incident comes less than a week after Snoop Dogg was briefly stopped in Sweden on suspicion of drug use after a concert near Stockholm. (Jack Plunkett/Invision via AP, File)MILAN (AP) ? Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.


Actress Charlize Theron adopts baby girl in US

South African-US actress Charlize Theron poses as she arrives for the screening of the film "Mad Max : Fury Road" during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 14, 2015Los 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

A French gendarme films migrants trying to enter the Eurotunnel in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on July 31, 2015French 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.


 
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