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Woman in sex offering, death case released from prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 09:36 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman is free after serving a three-year prison sentence for luring a co-worker to her apartment in 2012 as a sex offering to her domineering boyfriend, then helping him dispose of the co-worker's body after authorities say he strangled and raped her.

Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons says Kathryn "Kat" McDonough was released from the Goffstown women's prison at 12:05 a.m. Saturday.


Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 09:14 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination's ban on same-sex relationships.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church's Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.


8 years after hope and change, voters are angry, anxious

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 07:55 AM

ARVADA, Colorado (AP) — Eight years ago, Barbara Conley was one of the millions of Americans swept up in Barack Obama's promises of hope and change when he accepted the Democratic nomination at a packed stadium a few miles from her home in the Denver suburbs.

But those optimistic days are almost unrecognizable to Conley now.

With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton preparing for their own nominating conventions, Conley is filled with so much frustration at the candidates that she can't even imagine voting in November.


NAACP kicks off annual civil rights convention in Cincinnati

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 07:41 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials of the NAACP opened their annual convention in Cincinnati, just two days ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Leaders of the nation's oldest civil rights organization on Saturday morning thanked the city of Cincinnati and the community for the warm welcome before a ribbon-cutting that officially opened the 107th NAACP convention.

The convention will include a long list of speakers, workshops and entertainment, running through Wednesday. Attendance is expected to be around 5,000.


World leaders voice support for Turkey, condemn coup

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 07:15 AM

World leaders expressed support for Turkey and its democratic institutions on Saturday after the government quashed an attempted military coup.

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Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Turkish authorities must do their utmost to ensure "respect for the rule of law, of fundamental rights and of parliament's role" following the failed military coup.


Serbia to send army, police on borders because of migrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 05:44 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia says it will deploy joint army and police patrols on the borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to curb illegal entry of migrants and people smuggling.

Serbia's move comes days after EU member Hungary started applying harsher border control rules that include sending migrants back across the border to Serbia.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that "Serbia cannot be a parking ground for people from Afghanistan or Pakistan whom no one else in Europe wishes to accept."


AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 05:36 AM

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's gallery features images of a 4-year-old girl who was badly burned in a massive suicide truck bombing in Karada, Iraq; an aunt crying after viewing the body of Alton Sterling, who was shot in an encounter with police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and a woman with an infant takes cover in the doorway of U.N. offices as fighting starts in the capital of South Sudan.


New 9/11 document reveals no smoking gun of Saudi complicity

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 03:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi officials hope the release of top secret pages of an early congressional inquiry into 9/11 will end allegations about Saudi complicity in the attacks.

Those who pushed for Friday's release of the last chapter of the 2002 congressional report say it's only the beginning.

The document says the hijackers received help from individuals who "may be" connected to the Saudi government, but offers no definitive proof.


Political outsider Trump introducing insider Mike Pence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 03:28 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — His running mate largely unknown to the public, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is introducing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a steady conservative with governing experience inside and outside of Washington.

Trump and Pence will appear together Saturday morning at a midtown Manhattan hotel, an unofficial kickoff event to the Republican National Convention two days before it opens in Cleveland.


Peaceful remembrance for man killed by police in Baton Rouge

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 12:06 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A black man killed by police in front of a convenience store was remembered as the "meaning of Southern hospitality" and a good man whose death at the hands of two white police officers "woke up Baton Rouge and America."

Family, friends and activists gathered at Southern University, a historically black college in Baton Rouge, to both pay their respects to 37-year-old Alton Sterling and call for justice in his July 5 death.


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