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Bond set at $1M for Ohio cop accused of killing driver

CINCINNATI — A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a man he pulled over for a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and was out of jail on bond less than eight hours later.

Ray Tensing, 25, killed Samuel DuBose, 43, …


MH370 Hunt: Professor's Model a Year Ago Showed Debris Could Reach Reunion Island

An oceanography professor predicted a year ago that debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could reach Reunion Island off the southern tip of Africa.

Charitha Pattiaratchi of the University of Western Australia drew up maps showing how Indian Ocean currents could carry debris from the lost plane …


As Greek Deal Settled, Top European Politician Was Absent

Of all the actors who fathered the provisional deal that has for now kept Greece inside the eurozone, one senior European Union politician was surprisingly absent from the endgame of the negotiations.

A self-proclaimed “friend” of Greece and a veteran of eurozone politics, European Commission …


Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli …

Gay Pride

Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, reportedly name new leader

(CNN) — Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will be the Taliban's new leader following the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

The news was confirmed in a statement Friday by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

The statement, which was translated from Pashto, said Mansour, who had been a close …

South Asia

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30

LUMLE, Nepal (Reuters) - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said.

The landslides struck the villages near the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (77 …


Senate Passes a Highway Bill, but Only for Three Months

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved a stopgap three-month spending bill to finance federal highway and transportation projects until the end of October, leaving some frustrated lawmakers lamenting that important projects will be stalled.

But there were few alternatives given that a day …


Possible Clue to Missing MH370 Heading to France

Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled.

Philae, which is part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, used two separate instruments …

Space Science

A Psychologist as Warden? Jail and Mental Illness Intersect in Chicago

CHICAGO — Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, who runs the sprawling Cook County Jail here, has an indelible childhood memory of police officers pounding on the aluminum walls of the family’s double-wide trailer home in North Carolina, rifling through cupboards and drawers, and arresting her father on charges …


California Beats Water Conservation Goal Despite Hottest June Ever

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday.

Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets.

Brown …


Chinese general Guo Boxiong accused of corruption

Former high-ranking Chinese army figure Guo Boxiong has been expelled from the Communist Party in a corruption probe.

Action against Gen Guo had been expected for several months, following the downfall of two other senior military figures with whom he served.

Gen Guo is accused of using his influence …


US judge rules Greenpeace in contempt for Oregon protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangling from a bridge in Oregon continue to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic.

There was no sign that the protesters were …

Portland, OR

FBI Struggling to Hire Cyber Experts Due to Low Pay: Watchdog

The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats. As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had …


Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.

Almost half of the world's known salamander species live in North America, and many are already …


New Study Blames Chinese Grandparents For Obese Kids

China is already the second fattest country in the world

Chinese children raised by their grandparents are twice as likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

China is already the second …


Spain cracks down on brothel's donations to police force

Spain’s Guardia Civil police force will no longer accept donations from a brothel in Navarra, even if the money is put towards a good cause, the country’s minister of the interior has said.

The unusual funding arrangement came to light earlier this week when the citizen group Observatory Against …


John H. Gibbons, science adviser to Congress and Clinton, dies at 86 - The Washington Post


Former Illinois congressman pleads not guilty to tax charges in latest case

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mel Reynolds, a former Illinois congressman who has faced numerous legal troubles over the years, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said.

Reynolds, 63, indicted last month, …


Dominican Resort’s Fate at Center of Debate Over Haitians and Immigration

CABARETE, Dominican Republic — Just a few kilometers down the road, in the center of Cabarete, the tourism industry pulses with life: Beachfront restaurants dish up offerings as varied as ceviche and pizza, tourists cart surfboards and sport fanny packs, and combed white sand as clean as a crisp …

Caribbean Travel

Man stabs people at gay pride march in Jerusalem for second time

A religious protester armed with a knife has run amok during Jerusalem’s gay pride march, stabbing six people – one woman seriously – in the worst incident of homophobic violence in the city in a decade.

According to eyewitnesses, the attacker – named by a police spokesman as Yishai Schlissel – had …

Gay Pride

911 dispatcher hangs up on caller, victim dies

A 911 dispatcher hung up on a caller who was reporting that her friend was shot -- an action that the Albuquerque fire chief called "unforgivable." The shooting victim eventually died. CNN affiliate KOAT reports.


Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials

SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday.

Forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which …

Middle East

US to deliver F-16 aircraft to Egypt

Washington to deliver eight aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, US embassy in Cairo says in a statement.

The United States will deliver eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, the US embassy in Cairo said in a statement, part of a military package that had been …

Middle East

3,000-acre wildfire north of Napa Valley prompts evacuations

A destructive wildfire burning north of Napa Valley has scorched 8,300 acres, damaged multiple outbuildings and forced 650 people to flee their neighborhoods, officials said Thursday.

Water-dropping aircraft and firefighters on the ground are working around the clock to douse fast-moving flames and …

San Francisco Bay Area

Russia vetoes U.N. tribunal to investigate MH17 crash in Ukraine

(CNN) — Russia has blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.

Russia was alone in the 15-member council in voting Wednesday in New York against the …


Nigeria, Cameroon pledge coordinated Boko Haram fight

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Nigeria's president is promising deeper collaboration with its neighbors in the fight against Islamic extremism after a two-day visit to Cameroon.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari headed home Thursday after meeting with his counterpart for two days of talks focused …

Boko Haram

Walter Palmer faces threat of US prosecution over Cecil the lion shooting

Both US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Attorney’s office examining complaint by Minnesota congresswoman Betty McCollum

Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, is facing the threat of prosecution in the US, the Telegraph has learned.

Officials in the US Fish and Wildlife Service and …


Greek PM suggests party referendum to overcome split in Syriza

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for his Syriza party to hold an emergency congress next month to overcome divisions but said a snap party referendum would be acceptable if leftist dissenters wanted a quicker solution.

In a speech to Syriza's central …

EU Referendum