Saturday, July 4, 2015

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China's treatment of its minority Muslim Uighur community.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii on Friday after a record five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.
TOKYO (AP) - A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A joint state and federal investigation into the activities of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has widened to include other persons of interest, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing investigation.
WASHINGTON - Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man is being detained in a mental health facility after authorities say he told a security guard he planned to kill President Barack Obama.
SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) - The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road - a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have "unrestricted" respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered.
BERLIN (AP) - The upstart Alternative for Germany party has replaced its euroskeptic leader with a conservative from the east who wants to place greater emphasis on immigration.
BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group has released a video showing the killing of some 20 government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.
VIENNA (AP) - World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi authorities say bombings targeting public places have killed 15 people in and around Baghdad.
LONDON (AP) - A small group of neo-Nazis have staged an anti-Semitic rally in London, but were hugely outnumbered by counter-demonstrators.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse.
MADRID (AP) - Spanish police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising jihadi terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Barack Obama on Independence Day and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States can work together to find solutions to international problems.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China's treatment of its minority Muslim Uighur community.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbia has asked Russia to veto a British U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s a genocide.
MADRID (AP) - Spain's meteorological agency on Saturday warned people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over the coming days, amid a lingering European heat wave.