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July 1, 2014 - 3:41pm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor on Tuesday signed the U.S. territory's first balanced budget in more than a decade amid an economic slump that has concerned U.S. investors.

The $9.6 billion budget was approved on the same day the fiscal year began, with the island's House of Representatives approving the final version late Monday after legislators warned just days ago about a $200 million gap.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla noted...

July 1, 2014 - 3:03pm
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SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Belgium captain Vincent Kompany will start the World Cup match against the United States after struggling with a groin strain for several days.

Up front, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has picked teenager Divock Origi to start as center forward in place of Romelu Lukaku, who disappointed in the two games he started.

The U.S. made two changes from its 1-0 loss to Germany. Geoff Cameron, who started the first two games in central...

July 1, 2014 - 2:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A convicted match-fixer denied a report in a German magazine Tuesday that he predicted the result and details of a World Cup game.

Cameroon's football federation said it was investigating the match-fixer's allegations of corruption involving its World Cup squad and that seven of its players could have been bought.

Der Spiegel magazine claimed that Wilson Raj Perumal — the best-known match-fixer in football— accurately predicted...

July 1, 2014 - 2:06pm
1 week 5 days ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — His family says a Nigerian politician who made front-page news when he was discovered drugged in a crate at a British airport has died in London.

The family said Umaru Dikko, 78, died at his London home Tuesday after suffering successive strokes.

Dikko made headlines around the world in 1984 when he was found in a crate marked for Lagos at London's Stansted Airport. He was assumed to be the victim of a kidnap plot by Nigeria's...

July 1, 2014 - 1:58pm
1 week 5 days ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's intelligence service says it is seeking a Norwegian-born Muslim believed to have joined rebel ISIL fighters in the al-Qaida breakaway group in Syria.

Spokesman Martin Bernsen says the agency wants to question Bastian Vasquez, who earlier was suspected of threatening the lives of the Norwegian prime minister and members of the royal family before he fled the country.

Bernsen told the AP on Tuesday that Vasquez was suspected of...

July 1, 2014 - 1:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The World Health Organization says West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 467 lives as the death toll continues to climb in all three countries reporting cases.

In a statement Tuesday it said 759 people have been infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The new numbers include suspected, probable and laboratory-confirmed cases. Their release comes on the eve of a two-day regional meeting in Ghana to improve efforts to...

July 1, 2014 - 1:36pm
1 week 5 days ago

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A dozen Protestants have been sentenced for their roles in the mob slaying of a Catholic man outside his Northern Ireland home.

The 49-year-old victim, Kevin McDaid, was fatally beaten when Protestants invaded a Catholic neighborhood in the mostly Protestant town of Coleraine in May 2009. A neighbor, also attacked, remains disabled after spending four weeks in a coma.

Under terms of a plea-bargain agreement, charges...

July 1, 2014 - 1:31pm
1 week 5 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The embattled Vatican bank is heading into a new round of turmoil, with the resignations of its president and board expected soon as Pope Francis mulls how to reform the institution blamed for some of the Vatican's biggest financial scandals, news reports and people familiar with the decisions said Tuesday.

It was this time last year that the top two managers at the Institute for Religious Works were forced out after a Vatican monsignor with millions...

July 1, 2014 - 1:00pm
1 week 5 days ago

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland prosecutors say they have dropped murder charges against a man in connection with an Irish Republican Army killing of a prison officer.

Lawyers for 33-year-old Sean McVeigh announced Tuesday they will sue Northern Ireland's police and prosecution office over his two months' imprisonment awaiting trial.

McVeigh was arrested in February in the November 2012 killing of 52-year-old guard David Black, who...

July 1, 2014 - 12:48pm
1 week 5 days ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hungary says it will go ahead and build its part of Gazprom's South Stream gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe, despite U.S. and EU objections to the project.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday in Serbia that "those who say we shouldn't build South Stream should make an alternative proposal about how we could live without energy."

Orban added that "we are going to build the South Stream."...

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