Monday, August 31, 2015

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country - ever in his life.
MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) - A surfer escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast.
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) - Rescue crews jumped off boats and trudged through mud, rocks and uprooted trees Saturday to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months.
One of the most heinous of the endless war crimes of the Islamic State has been the systematic rape of thousands of young girls and women - who are sold as sex slaves.
MINNEAPOLIS - A current of anxiety about Hillary Rodham Clinton's agonizing summer ran through the halls of the Hilton hotel here late last week as party leaders gathered for the biannual meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
HOUSTON - Prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a sheriff's deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station.
BANGKOK - Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.
As Dan Hilferty sat in St. Peter's Square in March 2014, waiting for Pope Francis to address thousands of pilgrims, a Vatican cleric walked over to him.
CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency.
TOKYO (AP) - The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese veteran Sun Yibai doesn't have much time for the Communist Party's claim to have led China to victory against Japan in World War II.
BANGKOK (AP) - The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai police seek Thai woman and foreign man in Bangkok bombing probe.
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan Taliban have published a biography of their new leader as hundreds of insurgents meet to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing "poor national spirit" by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country's National Day on Monday.
BEIJING (AP) - Asian stocks fell Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and Japanese factory activity weakened.
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai police said Monday they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok's deadly bombing.
BANGKOK (AP) - The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) - Workers in the industrial complex had been hiding in bathrooms and closets for hours when the shooting stopped. The last of the four suspected thieves, a slightly built man in yellow rain boots, surrendered on the roof, crying out, "Jesus saves!"
BANGKOK (AP) - The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):
BEIJING (AP) - Asian stocks fell Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and Japanese factory activity weakened.
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai police say they found bomb-making material in another Bangkok apartment.