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August 16, 2016 - 12:36pm
1 week 4 days ago

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Alberta government says an online video showing a black bear being killed by a spear is unacceptable and it plans to ban the practice.

The video posted in June on the YouTube account of Josh Bowmar, who runs an Ohio-based fitness company, sparked outrage before it was made private. By the time it was removed from public view on Monday it had garnered more than 208,000 views.

The 13-minute video shows Bowmar launching a...

August 16, 2016 - 12:26pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' intellectual property organization says China has joined the world's top 25 most innovative economies for the first time.

The finding is part of an annual report — the Global Innovation Index — jointly sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, and INSEAD, a leading international graduate business school.

Francis Gurry, director general of WIPO, says China has made...

August 16, 2016 - 12:24pm
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's culture minister says less than one-tenth of the public funds needed to buy a nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi have been raised.

Corina Suteu said on her Facebook page Tuesday that 562,000 euros ($635,000) have been donated by the public since the campaign started in March. Some 6 million euros needs to be raised by Sept. 30 when the public campaign ends.

Romania's government will pay 5...

August 16, 2016 - 12:13pm
1 week 4 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they've arrested a man believed to have sold the weapon and ammunition used by a depression-plagued teenager who went on a rampage at a Munich mall that left nine people dead.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old German was arrested in the western city of Marburg.

The Munich shooter, identified only as 18-year-old David S., opened fire with an illegal Glock 17 pistol on July 22, killing nine people and wounding dozens of...

August 16, 2016 - 11:46am
1 week 4 days ago

PARIS (AP) — A Tesla electric car caught fire during a promotional tour in southwest France, and those aboard escaped unharmed.

Tesla said in a statement that it is "working with the authorities to establish the facts" about Monday's fire in Bayonne.

The driver was quoted in local newspaper Sud Ouest as saying he answered a Facebook ad offering test drives of the Model S sedan. The driver said he saw smoke, and the three people aboard got out before...

August 16, 2016 - 11:27am
1 week 4 days ago

HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish prosecutor on Tuesday brought charges of aggravated rape against six members of the Cuban national volleyball team, which lost their games at the Rio Olympics with a depleted team.

Prosecutor Leena Koivuniemi said all six have denied the charges and were being held by the police until the court case. If convicted, they face maximum eight-year prison sentences.

Eight Cuban players were initially arrested in early July...

August 16, 2016 - 11:08am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's best-known radical Muslim preachers, Anjem Choudary, has been convicted of encouraging support for the Islamic State group.

Choudary and co-defendant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman were convicted last month, but the verdict could not be reported until Tuesday because of court-imposed restrictions.

The 49-year-old firebrand has been one of the best-known faces of radical Islam in Britain for years, leading groups under names...

August 16, 2016 - 11:05am
1 week 4 days ago

PRAGUE (AP) — Police say a helicopter has crashed in western Czech Republic, killing two people on board.

Spokeswoman Hana Stefflova says the crash occurred at about 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) on Tuesday in a field near the village of Kaznejov, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of the capital Prague.

Stefan Livinka, spokesman for the regional firefighters said the two killed were the only ones on board the helicopter.

Another police...

August 16, 2016 - 10:42am
1 week 4 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — Airstrikes launched by the United States have hit an Islamic State group vehicle and four militant positions in Libya, raising to 48 the number of U.S. airstrikes against the extremist group since Washington launched its anti-IS campaign in Libya on Aug. 1.

In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command says it conducted the strikes in the coastal city of Sirte "at the request of, and in coordination with," Libya's United Nations-backed government....

August 16, 2016 - 10:38am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — A British woman who sent her life savings to a con man she met on an online dating site has been convicted of money-laundering for unwittingly passing money to him from other victims.

Sherroll Foster sent 65,000 pounds ($84,000) to a man she knew as Mark Hamilton. He said he was a businessman who needed extra money to release 4 million pounds in gold deposits in Ghana.

Foster drained her bank account, used credit cards and got loans to...

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