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Forgotten for decades, fallen soldier finally honored
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Carroll Heath didn't have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn't around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he's beli...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas
DUBLIN — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country...
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170 kids on their own among migrants to arrive in Indonesia
KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, wh...
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Catholics organize to promote pope’s climate change message
NEW YORK — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholi...
By Rachel Zoll The Associated Press FULL STORY
Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held. The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this ...
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Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; 100s of homes gone
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A f...
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Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi
WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration’s ...
By Ken Dilian The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ex-Pakistani PM: Son’s kidnappers want militants released
MULTAN, Pakistan — The captors of a former Pakistani prime minister’s son demanded the release of several al-Qaida prisoners in exchange for his release, the former premier said Sunday. Yusuf Raza Gilani said he spoke by phone for eight minutes to his son Ali Haider, who he believed was being ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pipeline that leaked wasn’t equipped with auto shut-off
LOS ANGELES — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline sk...
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Dead juvenile gray whale found on Sonoma Coast
SANTA ROSA — The carcass of a 28-foot juvenile gray whale washed up on the Sonoma Coast Friday night or Saturday morning. The whale was discovered ashore on Portuguese Beach as the northern migration for gray whales draws a close, reports the Press Democrat. The whale was decomposing and seeme...
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Drought forces landscapers to adapt
SANTA ANA — The drought that’s gripping California is beginning to reshape the landscaping industry. The Orange County Register reports Sunday that smaller landscaping companies are worried about lost business as customers rip out their lawns and plant drought-tolerant gardens. But others are a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success
TRENTON, N.J. — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would ma...
By Bruce Shipkowski The Associated Press FULL STORY

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