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4 minor injuries at Spain's running of the bulls

Jul 13, 2014

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — In the seventh bull run at this year's San Fermin festival in Spain, four people have sustained cuts and bruises along Pamplona's narrow streets.

But none of the several thousand daredevils testing their bravery by running beside six fighting bulls were gored in Sunday's ...

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Heads up! Supermoon is here

Jul 13, 2014

By The Associated Press

Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter ...

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California triple homicide seen as tenant dispute

Jul 13, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man is accused of shooting and killing three people Saturday in what authorities are investigating as a possible tenant-landlord dispute, police said.

John Izeal Smith, 35, opened fire on police officers with a rifle before barricading himself inside a home in the Los ...

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Israel troops briefly raid Gaza as offensive rages

Jul 13, 2014

By KHALED KHAZZIHA and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time ...

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Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus

Jul 13, 2014

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press

ALOFI, Niue (AP) — It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean:

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Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain

Jul 13, 2014

JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press

IRAJA, Brazil (AP) — The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game ...

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Israel-NYC flight makes safe emergency landing

Jul 13, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York-bound Delta Air Lines flight from Israel declared an emergency and returned to Tel Aviv early Sunday after developing a mechanical problem, vexing passengers already on edge as Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks on the city.

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Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

Jul 12, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama.

The Republican governor says that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel's behalf and that the country no longer trusts it ...

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Media: North Korea again test-fires missiles

Jul 12, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korean and Japanese media reported, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over its failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over ongoing U.S.-South Korean ...

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Ukraine president to be at World Cup final in Rio

Jul 12, 2014

By BRADLEY BROOKS and STAN LEHMAN, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro — along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian authorities said Saturday.

An official in Brazil's government with direct knowledge ...

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UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

Jul 12, 2014

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into ...

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Man convicted of deadly attack on sleeping kids

Jul 12, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been convicted of killing a 6-year-old boy who was trying to protect his sister from a sexual assault.

Osvaldo Rivera, of Camden, was found guilty Friday of felony murder. He faces life in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 23.

Camden County authorities say ...

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Candidate scraps shotgun-blast ad against Congress

Jul 12, 2014

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Democrat running for Congress in conservative central Washington on Saturday removed an online campaign video that showed him blasting an elephant-shaped piñata with a shotgun.

The Tri-City Herald reported (http://is.gd/17w5n6 ) that the advertisement for Estakio ...

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Migrant boy buried in Guatemala hometown

Jul 12, 2014

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press

SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross into the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family.

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Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

Jul 12, 2014

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.

Morgan will continue ...

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Girl whose 6 family members were killed recovering

Jul 12, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — A 15-year-old girl suburban Houston girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she's on the road to recovery.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/W7DO9W ) reports that Cassidy Stay also thanked first responders Saturday during a ...

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Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact

Jul 12, 2014

By JOSH WOOD

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land ...

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Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

Jul 12, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years.

While the ...

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Kerry: Afghan candidates agree to audit results

Jul 12, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible.

Kerry stood with the two ...

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Districts debate merits of master's for teachers

Jul 12, 2014

By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools. The issue is stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who ...

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