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Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Israeli PM’s speech
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration’s diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to “the benefit of the doubt” as negotiators work ...
By Bradley Klapper The Associated Press FULL STORY
California GOP recognizes gay faction of party
SACRAMENTO — The California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the party’s organized gay wing that has fought years for formal acceptance. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the 38-year-old Log Cabin Republican group received overwhelming support to receive a charter at th...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
National monument supporters in California get antsy
WASHINGTON — California lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to win national monument designation for four scenic vistas in the state, from vast stretches of the Mojave Desert to redwood stands along the Pacific Coast Highway to canyons and mountains near the state’s famous wine...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
30,000 marchers mourn slain Putin foe
MOSCOW — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russi...
By Laura Mills The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraq PM promises to retake Tikrit
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the extremists. Haider al-Abadi offered no timeline for an attack on Tikrit, the hometown of the late Iraqi dictato...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Unmasked ‘Jihadi John’ loses impact
LONDON — As “Jihadi John,” he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of Islamic State and its self-declared caliphate. His professional-looking videos began wit...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sierra Leone’s vice president in quarantine for Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a Eur...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery
SYDNEY — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ah...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach. Speaking before a crowd that rallied to protest imperialism, President Nicolas Maduro said...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Astronauts take 3rd spacewalk to complete tricky cable job
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out for the third time in just over a week Sunday to complete an extensive, tricky cable job at the International Space Station. The advance work — involving nearly 800 feet of cable over three spacewalks — is needed for new crew capsule...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines
CHICAGO — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Young girl’s story may lead Idaho to OK marijuana oil
BOISE, Idaho — Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal. Her Boise, Idaho, family learn...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama invoking civil rights struggles
WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, it’s a week to invoke America’s civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation’s first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments, and will re...
By Nedra Pickler The Associated Press FULL STORY
Politics may play a bigger role in drawing congressional maps
WASHINGTON — In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries. The court hears argument Monday in an appeal by Republican lawmake...
By Mark Sherman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Vermont town could let those ages 16, 17, vote locally
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Residents of Brattleboro, Vermont, will vote on a ballot item that would let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in local elections. Vermont’s current voting age is 18, and that wouldn’t change for state and federal elections. The proposal by Brattleboro resident Kurt Daims (DIMES) ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Late-winter storms spread across areas of Southwest
LOS ANGELES — Parts of California were getting a welcome dose of rain and snow from a storm system moving through the state, while late-winter weather dumped snow elsewhere in the Southwest. The snow was well received by California and Nevada ski resorts. It began snowing in the Sierra Nevada la...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills
SACRAMENTO — Friday was the deadline for California state lawmakers to introduce the hundreds of bills that they will consider this year. They have until Sept. 11 to send the measures to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature or veto. Among the proposals: • SB3 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers tinker with Proposition 47
SACRAMENTO — Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created unintended consequences, such as reducing the number of DNA samples taken f...
By Don Thompson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Family backs mom of infant found dead along river
KNIGHTS LANDING — The family of the mother suspected in the death of her 20-day-old boy said they are supporting her. Authorities found the three-week old body of Justice Rees under heavy brush near the Sacramento River Wednesday morning. His disheveled and disoriented mother Samantha Green was f...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Netanyahu: Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel's security
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