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Bust of Orville Wright found on North Carolina beach

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a bust of Orville Wright that was stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the North Carolina coast has been found. A news release from the park service Tuesday says a visitor to the beach at Kill Devil Hills called authorities in Dare […]
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Rights groups call on Egypt authorities to free journalist

NEW YORK (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International are calling for the Egyptian government to release a journalist who they say has been detained by security officials, and investigate allegations that she has been beaten and tortured in custody. The groups said Esraa Abdel Fattah, a writer and human rights activist […]
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Chicago officer convicted of murder resigns from department

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald has resigned from the department. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Jason Van Dyke formally resigned last week. The department moved to fire Van Dyke for shooting the 17-year-old McDonald in 2014. The process that began in 2015 was […]
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Schilling won’t run for Arizona congressional seat

PHOENIX (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he’s decided not to run for Congress. Schilling told a Phoenix sports radio station Tuesday that he decided not to run because of “things that have been said and done” to his wife and children since he announced he was thinking about challenging Democratic Rep. […]
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Sondland prepared to deny he was warned about Ukraine work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, is prepared to tell lawmakers this week that top White House national security officials never personally raised concerns with him about his dealings with Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine, a person familiar with his account told The Associated Press on Tuesday. That statement would […]
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Astros fan arrested, accused of slapping Yankees fan at ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — An Astros fan is facing an assault charge after being accused by authorities of slapping a New York Yankees fan after the two got into an argument at Houston’s Minute Maid Park during the second game of the American League Championship Series. James Dinkins was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after police […]
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California oil facility fire prompts warnings to residents

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — A fire at an oil storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency Tuesday afternoon that led authorities to order about 12,000 people in two communities to stay inside with all windows and doors closed. Thick plumes of black smoke and flames filled the skyline around […]
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Iowa man sues Minnesota police, alleges internal bleeding

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An Iowa man who was arrested by Minnesota police in January has sued the city and its department, alleging his encounter with an officer and civilian who was riding along left him with four broken ribs and internal bleeding. Kelvin Rodriguez, 33, of Sheldon, Iowa, filed his excessive force lawsuit Monday […]
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Police K-9 in Georgia shot, suspect dead

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia are investigating a shooting that left a suspect dead and a police K-9 injured. DeKalb police say the K-9, named Django (JANG-oh), was shot Tuesday in a townhome community near Stone Mountain and rushed into surgery. Authorities say he is in stable condition. A suspect, whose name […]
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Woman shot by former Olympian berated with online comments

LONG VALLEY, N.J. (AP) — A woman who was shot twice in the chest by a former Olympic equestrian athlete said her recovery has been overtaken by brutal online comments blaming her for the attack. Lauren Kanarek told The New York Times that the first thing she saw after her first week of recovery from […]
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3 Ecuador opposition lawmakers seek refuge at Mexico embassy

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country’s subsiding upheaval. Opposition legislators Luis Fernando Molina, Soledad Buendía and Carlos Viteri were at the embassy Tuesday, according to Mexico’s government. Efforts to contact the three were unsuccessful. None of […]
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Oklahoma regent resigns over role representing drug maker

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of the board that oversees Oklahoma’s 25 state colleges and universities is stepping down after facing criticism over his role representing drugmaker Johnson & Johnson in its legal fight with the state over the opioid crisis. Attorney Andrew Lester announced his resignation on Tuesday from the nine-member Oklahoma State […]
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Serial stowaway held without bond for violating probation

CHICAGO (AP) — A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights is being held without bond for her latest attempt at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. In March, Cook County Circuit Judge Peggy Chiampas sentenced Marilyn Hartman to 18 months of probation for trespassing after she tried to board an airliner at O’Hare bound […]
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Organizers of popular Iowa bike ride cut ties with newspaper

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of the popular summer bike ride across Iowa are cutting ties with its longtime sponsor, the Des Moines Register, amid backlash over the newspaper’s handling of a story. The four staff members who work full-time running the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa resigned on Tuesday. The group […]
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Synagogue attack defendant says offer of plea would end case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lawyers for the man accused of shooting to death 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year said in a filing Tuesday that the case would be over if federal prosecutors had accepted his offer to plead guilty in return for life-without-parole. Lawyers for Tree of Life shooting defendant Robert Bowers made […]
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Turkish bank charged with evading US sanctions on Iran

NEW YORK (AP) — A major Turkish bank has been criminally charged in an indictment with participating in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. The charges against Halkbank, a state-owned bank, were announced Tuesday by federal authorities. In a release, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman says senior bank officials designed and carried […]
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Gina Rodriguez apologizes for singing N-word lyric

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Rodriguez has apologized for singing along on her Instagram story to a Fugees verse that includes the N-word. The “Jane the Virgin” actress deleted the short video she posted Tuesday and replaced it with her apology, but not before memes and other backlash ensued. Rodriguez said in her apology she’s […]
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Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s sophomore drama “A Million Little Things,” reality show “Shark Tank” and the Fox first-responders drama “9-1-1” have something in common that they can take pride in. Over the first three weeks of the television season, they are the only three of 49 prime-time shows returning to ABC, CBS, NBC and […]
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US officials say they’ll carry out Lithuanian’s extradition

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say they are proceeding with the extradition of a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago after the Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal. A Tuesday court filing by Chicago federal prosecutors says there are no longer any hurdles to extraditing Neringa Venckiene (vehn-KEE’-ehn-nay). The high court announced its […]
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School suspends girls, says rape-awareness note was bullying

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she’s taking the school district to court. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School outside Portland, has been […]
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Sentencing delayed for LSU student convicted in hazing death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a former Louisiana State University student convicted in the hazing death a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge. The Advocate reports 21-year-old Matthew Naquin was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for negligent homicide in the 2017 death of 18-year-old Max Gruver of Roswell, Georgia. […]
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New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years

A new study finds that the opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion over the past four years. The Society of Actuaries released its report Tuesday. It found the highest cost was in lost earnings for those who died in the crisis. Next was health care, a cost borne largely by Medicaid and Medicare. […]
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Appeals court to hold rehearing on Trump hotel lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel that threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday to hold a hearing before the full court of 15 […]
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Formosa Plastics agrees to pay $50M for Texas Gulf pollution

POINT COMFORT, Texas (AP) — Formosa Plastics Corp. has agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations that a company plant in Texas spilled tons of pellets into waterways near the Gulf of Mexico. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on Tuesday announced the agreement involving the Formosa plant in Point Comfort. A judge in Houston will […]
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Rapper, actor Ludacris now resident artist at Georgia State

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper, actor and entrepreneur Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can add artist-in-residence to his resume as he takes on the position at Georgia State University. News outlets report the university announced Tuesday that Bridges will mentor students and work with professors at the Creative Media Industries Institute this fall. The Atlanta-based artist and former […]
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Mysterious fire burned in soil at California gas facility

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California utility is trying to find the source of a small ground fire at its large natural gas storage facility. A Southern California Gas Co. spokesman said the fire extinguished Tuesday did not appear to come from natural gas stored deep underground at Aliso Canyon outside Los Angeles. Chris Gilbride […]
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Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Syria’s Kurdish fighters, America’s longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works for more than a year. Fearing […]
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Trump’s lawyers ready for Supreme Court in tax record fight

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers are saying they’ll immediately go to the Supreme Court if an appeals court in New York says his tax returns can be released to state prosecutors. The lawyers notified the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan Tuesday that they’ll need time to appeal if the […]
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Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meeting

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island’s north. Automatic weapon fire and screams could be heard in videos circulating on social […]
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Missouri appeals court overturns $110 million talc verdict

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court has overturned a $110 million verdict in a case alleging that Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder caused a Virginia woman’s ovarian cancer. The appeals court ruling Tuesday reversed a 2017 judgment on behalf of Lois Slemp. She is among many women whose lawsuits have claimed […]
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