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  • Ohio patrolman acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine…

  • Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The commander of international forces in Afghanistan says the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there. General John F. Campbell said on Saturday the…

  • Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war

    Veterans of the Iraq War watched in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distanced themselves in recent days from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. Some veterans say they long ago concluded…

  • UN envoy: IS poised to become ‘serious threat’ in Libya

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State extremists can pose “a very serious threat” to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North…

  • Pence passes up presidential bid, but future still cloudy

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision not to fulfill the political buzz and chase White House dreams in 2016 doesn’t necessarily clear up questions about his future. Pence plans to formally announce his…

  • What will get Europe’s economy rolling again?

    SINTRA, Portugal (AP) — What’s behind Europe’s sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going? The European Central Bank convened prominent economists Thursday through Saturday to…

  • Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As…

  • Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund

    BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies. The Geneva-based U.N. agency has come under criticism for reacting too slowly…

  • Congo electoral commission updates voter list

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s national electoral commission has updated the country’s electoral list ahead of local and provincial elections later this year, the commission said. Nearly 200,000 voters who had been omitted from 2011…

  • After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of…

  • UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to…

  • Greece will not accept ‘humiliating’ terms, premier says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told leaders of the governing Radical Left Coalition that Greece is ready to accept a “viable and long lasting” deal with its lenders, but not on…

  • Hurricane-prep sales tax break starts Monday in Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break starting Monday. A sales tax holiday will spare residents…

  • Congress’ familiar path: short-term solutions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers. When senators left town early Saturday after approving a brief extension of the nation’s highway and transit aid, they were…

  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year’s elections. It’s not the uninsured, but rather the…