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Turkish lawmakers give leader Erdogan sweeping new powers
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey will be able to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees without parliamentary approval under a three-month state of emergency approved Thursday by lawmakers following last week’s attempted military coup. Parliament voted 346-115 to approve the national sta...
By Suzan Fraser and Sarah El Deeb The Associated Press FULL STORY
Analysis: Is Turkish leader transforming a nation?
ISTANBUL — The stunning sweep of Turkey’s crackdown following an attempted coup last week forces questions about how far President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will go in a tense, conspiracy-fueled country. While the purges may be designed to derail any future insurrections, there are increasing concern...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Black therapist says police shot him while his hands were raised
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. — A black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic man in the middle of the street says he was shot by police even though he had his hands in the air and repeatedly told them that no one was armed. The moments before the shooting were recorded on cellphone video and show Cha...
By Terry Spencer The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mosquito control officials: Even Zika suspicions are costly
MIAMI — Florida mosquito control officials worry they won’t be able to keep up their efforts to contain the bugs that carry Zika without federal funding, even as concern mounts that the first infection from a mosquito bite on the U.S. mainland is near. On Thursday, fogging trucks drove through ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. government is suing to stop two major health insurance mergers, a move regulators say is needed to protect Americans from potential cost hikes and lower quality care. The Department of Justice said Thursday that the combinations of Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Still-low mortgage rates ushering new refi wave
The last time Mark McCollam refinanced the loan on his three-bedroom house in Los Angeles, he figured mortgage rates would only head higher from there. He was wrong. Not that he’s complaining. The aerospace engineer recently refinanced again, lowering his mortgage rate by 1 percentage point to 3....
By Alex Veiga and Josh Boak The Associated Press FULL STORY
Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any
WASHINGTON — Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form. For three years, scientists have been looking for dark matter — which though invisible, makes up more than four-fifths of the universe’...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Oregon man sentenced in celebrity hacking case
LOS ANGELES — A man who admitted hacking hundreds of email accounts and stealing explicit photos from several unidentified celebrities was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced Andrew Helton of Astoria, Oregon, to the prison term and t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California wants people to prove they are not lobbyists
SACRAMENTO — California’s top political watchdog led her peers in approving a rule Thursday aiming to crack down on people who fail to disclose efforts to influence government officials. Lobbyists are required to register with the state if the amount they make for communicating with state offic...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California court denies push for payment during tunnel tests
SAN FRANCISCO — California officials don’t have to pay property owners to access their land to conduct preliminary testing before deciding whether to move forward with a $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels to supply drinking water for cities and irrigation for farmers, the Califo...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brazil nabs 10 IS backers in Olympics anti-terror swoop
RIO DE JANEIRO — Ten Brazilians who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group were arrested Thursday, authorities announced, describing them as “amateurs” who discussed on social media the possibility of staging attacks during next month’s Olympics. Justice Minister Alexandre d...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S., allies say they’re at key moment in fight against IS
WASHINGTON — The United States and its anti-Islamic State coalition allies said Thursday they’ve reached a key moment in their campaign to defeat the extremist group, despite several months of limited ground gains and major terrorist attacks. After two days of talks in Washington, a joint state...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Nice truck attacker had accomplices
PARIS — The truck driver who killed 84 people on a Nice beachfront had accomplices and appears to have been plotting his attack for months, the Paris prosecutor said Thursday, citing text messages, more than 1,000 phone calls and video of the attack scene on the phone of one of five people facing ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Woman uses dummy passenger with briefcase in carpool lane
DIX HILLS, N.Y. — Authorities in New York say a woman has been ticketed for driving in a carpool lane with a fake passenger — who even had a briefcase. The driver was pulled over during Thursday morning rush hour on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills. Suffolk County police say the woman wa...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Stubbornness pays off for coffee-serving man and his mule
BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho man and his mule who serve coffee to hikers and bikers in remote areas of the popular Boise foothills trails have sidestepped federal regulatory rules by getting permission from three private landowners. The Idaho Statesman reports in a story Thursday that Matt Bishop and ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California police dog dies in overheated patrol car
PORTERVILLE — Authorities say a police canine in Central California died in an overheated patrol car when a malfunction caused the air conditioner shut off. KFSN-TV in Fresno reported Thursday that the dog named Idol was part of the Porterville Police Department. Porterville is small community b...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Old lobster spared the pot, will retire to Maine aquarium
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — It’s not common for senior citizens to move from Florida to Maine, but Larry the Lobster’s life depends on it. The decadesold, 15-pound lobster has been spared from the kettles of a Sunrise, Florida, restaurant and will head to the Maine State Aquarium for retirement....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man lassoes bear with head stuck in big plastic container
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado bed and breakfast owner armed with just a length of rope helped save a black bear with a giant plastic container stuck on its head. Jim Hawkins got his lasso around the animal’s midsection on the first throw. He said Thursday that he and the bear “did a r...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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