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  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying it would create a "chaotic society" in a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub. The legislature's powerful Standing Committee...

  • Somalia: Extremists attack high security prison

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that armed men on Sunday morning invaded the Godka Jilacow prison, which also serves as a key interrogation...

  • Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five...

  • Pregnant woman in New York hamlet fatally shot

    BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — Suffolk County police say a pregnant woman was found shot outside her Long Island residence east of New York City and she was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say they responded to a call of gunshots about 8:40 p.m. Saturday and found the woman unresponsive...

  • Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year. Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks come amid a slight diplomatic warming between...

  • Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked...

  • Quinn announces opening of Algonquin bypass

    ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced that the Algonquin bypass will be opening Sept. 4 after three years of construction on the project. The bypass is a new, four-lane segment of Illinois Route 31 that aims to increase mobility in and around the Fox Valley area. The...

  • Gov. Quinn announces $14.4 million in park grants

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced $14.4 million in investments for park development and storm water management on Chicago's south side and south suburbs. Projects include a $2.1 million grant for an expansion of the Sandridge Community Center in Calumet City, a $2 million...

  • It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

    TOKYO (AP) — Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one. There are thousands, and they are ubiquitous: Long-time favorite Doraemon (who really is a cat) has a daily quiz in a national newspaper....

  • Pakistani protester dies in clashes with police

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police on Sunday clashed with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations. The violence has raised...

  • German security official warns of terror threat

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. Hans-Georg Maassen told Deutschlandfunk radio on Sunday that there was an "increased abstract threat" of attacks in Germany. Unlike...

  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese soldiers

    BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's state news agency said Sunday. The men were taken hostage when militants from Syria took over the Lebanese border town of Arsal for five days...

  • Migrant boat carrying 100 capsizes off Libya

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital. Abdel-Latif Mohammed said the coast guard found the damaged rubber boat early Sunday off the shores of al-Qarbouli, 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of...

  • Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. The Mardi Gras-themed casino is shutting down at 4 p.m. Sunday after 27 years on the Boardwalk. Owner Caesars Entertainment is closing the still-profitable Showboat to reduce the number of casinos in...

  • Modest, gradual minimum wage hike set to launch

    DETROIT (AP) — An increase in Michigan's minimum wage is set to launch, and with it comes a test of whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or neither. The first bump comes Monday, when the wage moves up from $7.40 an hour to $8.15. The 25 percent overall raise comes in...



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