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Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided
ATHENS, Greece — Costas Christoforidis hasn’t decided how to vote in Sunday’s referendum on a bailout deal for Greece’s troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn’t sure what he’s voting for. “If it’s saying ‘No’ to austerity, then it’s a ‘No’ from me to...
By Derek Gatopoulos and Costas Kantouris The Associated Press FULL STORY
Boko Haram guns down 97 in Nigerian mosques
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday. The attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came the day after the Islam...
By Haruna Umar The Associated Press FULL STORY
California delays plan to replace statue of soon-to-be saint
SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker announced Thursday that he is delaying a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Rev. Junipero Serra with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol, succumbing to criticism from Roman Catholics ahead of Pope Francis’ planned visit to the United St...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Parolee arrested in murder of S.F. woman at Pier 14
Police have arrested a man on probation out of Texas who is suspected of murdering a 32-year-old woman in broad daylight near the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday. San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed on Pier 14, just off Embarcadero in the city’s South Beach ...
Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Gov. Brown approves removing ‘lynching’ from California law
SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he has signed legislation removing the word “lynching” from the state’s criminal code following the arrest of a black activist at a Black Lives Matter protest. The Democratic governor signed the bill by Sen. Holly Mitchell wit...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fewer residents admitted to University of California
SAN FRANCISCO — Fewer California high school students have been offered admission to University of California campuses for the fall, officials reported Thursday, while the number accepted from outside the state and abroad has again increased. A total of 92,324 students — 58 percent of those who...
By Lisa Leff The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sanders raises $15 million after launching presidential bid
WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama draws sharp contrasts with the ‘mean’ Republicans
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with “mean” Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. “They’re good peop...
By Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press FULL STORY
How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bure...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
With social media tease, Wisconsin’s Walker jumps into 2016
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday. Having spent the past several months traveling the country, speaking to co...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama’s counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism
WASHINGTON — At the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again. The CIA launched a drone strike last month on a Yemeni beach at three men it determined were al-Qaida militants. One of them ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Family sues after California frat pledge died on hazing hike
LOS ANGELES — The family of a California college student who died during a grueling fraternity hike sued the organization and the school on Wednesday, saying the young man’s death was senseless and easily preventable. Armando Villa, who attended California State University, Northridge, died a y...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Cat rescued from engine of pickup truck after 28-mile ride
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — A cat has been rescued from the engine of a pickup truck after a 28-mile ride from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Unbeknownst to the driver, the orange and white feline had crawled into the engine compartment. It was taken on a ride Thursday from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pennsylvania racetrack cancels races due to running deer
ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania thoroughbred track has canceled its racing card for a second day as officials deal with deer running onto the track during races. The Erie Times-News says one deer ran onto the track at Presque Isle Downs & Casino on Sunday, cutting in front of the lead horse during the...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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