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U.S. military trains eclectic group of anti-ISIS fighters
NORTHERN SYRIA — Barcham Zana knows her enemy. It is the Islamic State, which she calls “darkness.” Islamic State militants killed two cousins, she said. For her, the group is not an abstract threat. The 20-year-old spoke through a Syrian interpreter at a rudimentary training camp surrounded...
By Robert Burns The Associated Press FULL STORY
Decades after death in WWII, a son of New Orleans comes home
NEW ORLEANS — More than seven decades after being killed during World War II, Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating finally came home to his native New Orleans after his remains were discovered on the Pacific island where he died in 1942. It’s a journey long in the making. Keating’s nephew, Nadau “du T...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama dines with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain for series
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama dined in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose “Parts Unknown” food travelogue is one of the network’s most popular nonfiction series. Bourdain met with Obama to discuss the purpose of Obama’s trip to Asia and his interest...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama signs bill striking offensive ethnic terms from U.S. law
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed a bill striking from federal laws certain outdated and offensive terms once used to describe minority groups. Obama signed the bill Friday in the Oval Office, the White House says. The bill, which passed the House and Senate without opposition, remo...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Clinton: Trump may ‘bankrupt America’ like his companies
DETROIT — Hillary Clinton said Monday that Donald Trump’s economic policies would lead to lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt — warning unionized workers that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee could “bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies.” “Ask yourself,...
By David Eggert The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sanders: Democratic convention could be ‘messy’
LOS ANGELES — Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be “messy” as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added, “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.” The Democratic presidential candidate said in an i...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officer cleared of all charges in Freddie Gray case
BALTIMORE — Prosecutors failed for the second time in their bid to hold Baltimore police accountable for the arrest and death of Freddie Gray when an officer was acquitted Monday in the racially charged case that triggered riots a year ago. A judge cleared Officer Edward Nero of assault, reckless...
By Juliet Linderman The Associated Press FULL STORY
California Senate backs limits on Coastal Commission talks
SACRAMENTO — The state Senate is backing legislation to limit private conversations between members of the California Coastal Commission and developers, advocacy groups or others with an interest in their decisions. The bill approved Monday stems from the commission’s controversial decision ea...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Governor endorses Democratic Senate candidate Kamala Harris
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is endorsing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris barely two weeks before California’s June 7 primary election. Brown said during a brief appearance Monday that Harris is strong, intelligent, experienced and is doing a great job as state attorney general....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fighters from Iraqi Shiite group Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada gather near Falluja, Iraq
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister hailed “big successes” Monday by government troops after launching an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but the operation promises to be one of the toughest challenges yet for the country’s struggling security forces. Troops recaptu...
By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Susannah George The Associated Press FULL STORY
Couple credits cat with alerting to fire in Vegas-area home
LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas-area couple is crediting their cat to alerting them to a fire in their home. KTNV-TV in Las Vegas reports that a fire broke out at a home in the Summerlin community around 2 a.m. Sunday. The husband and wife told fire officials they were asleep when they got woken up by ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Spanish priest pleads for divine intervention to repair road
MADRID — A Spanish priest says he has given up hope that local authorities in his parish of Xestoso in the northwest of the country will fix the potholes in the roads so he has asked for divine intervention. Luis Roldan Patino celebrated Mass on a pitted road Sunday and splashed holy water t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Massachusetts man runs for 10,000 consecutive days
SAUGUS, Mass. — A Massachusetts man who made a resolution on Jan. 1, 1989, to run every day is still going strong — 27 years later. Saugus resident Lenworth “Kip” Williamson recently ran for the 10,000th consecutive day. The 57-year-old General Electric Co. engineering manager tells The Da...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police smile at ‘Cops Suck’ tattoo across man’s knuckles
BANGOR, Maine — A police officer in Maine is getting a laugh out of a man’s tattoo that says, “Cops Suck.” The Bangor Police Department on Monday posted a Facebook photo of the man holding out his fists with letters tattooed on his knuckles next to a smiling officer. The photo has more than...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officers chase geese off freeway as fast as they can waddle
OAKLAND — California Highway Patrol officers say they recently led “the world’s slowest pursuit” on Interstate 80 near Oakland. Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said that officers were responding to a Sunday call about “felonious fowl” — that is, a flock of baby geese that had wandered onto t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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