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Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served

DURANT, Miss. — In the rural Mississippi community they served, two nuns found slain in their home "would do anything for anybody," friends said. The women, ...

FDA recommends screening blood donations for Zika

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday took the radical step of recommending that blood donations in all 50 states and U.S. territories ...

Stanford sex assault judge exits crime role

SAN FRANCISCO — A judge whose sentencing of a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault touched off a national ...

Dozens treated for heroin overdoses in 4 states

CINCINNATI — Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least ...

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with station science, gear

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins ...

Obama expands marine protected area

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and ...

Louisiana pets await reunions, homes

LIVINGSTON, La. — Two weeks ago, fast-rising floodwaters forced many south Louisiana homeowners to leave their beloved pets behind as they boarded rescue boats or ...

Middle East
Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb

DARAYA, Syria — Buses, ambulances and trucks lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb on Friday to evacuate rebels and civilians under ...

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 11 police; 78 wounded

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish militants on Friday attacked a police checkpoint in southeast Turkey with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least 11 police officers and ...

World
Kurdish militants claim truck bomb attack in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — A Kurdish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station Friday in southeast Turkey, killing at least ...

Key court overturns burkini ban in France

PARIS — After a month of intense national scandal and heightened international outrage, France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, on Friday overturned the burkini ...

Aftershocks shake central Italy as search persists

AMATRICE, Italy — Strong aftershocks continued to strike central Italy on Friday, as rescue crews began to lose hope of finding additional survivors two days ...

Trial of Brazil president heated

RIO DE JANEIRO — A trial against Brazil's president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of the ...

Japan's military starts training for overseas missions

TOKYO — In a further shift in Japan's pacifist postwar security policy, the military will begin training to carry out new missions overseas. Defense Minister Tomomi ...

Top French court rules Burkini bans violate basic freedoms

PARIS — France's top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding ...

Somali extremists attack beach restaurant killing 8

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia police say that security forces have ended an overnight siege of a beach restaurant by al-Shabab gunmen in which eight people ...

Flood waters stabilize in India, but thousands evacuated

VARANASI, India — About 3,000 people were evacuated in India's remote northeast after a lake created by an earlier landslide threatened to collapse and flood ...

American University in Kabul starts repair work after attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — After a deadly attack this week, the American University of Afghanistan says it has started repair work at its sprawling campus on ...

Italy earthquake death toll rises to 267

AMATRICE, Italy — Italy's civil protection agency has increased the death toll from Italy's earthquake to 267. The number of injured being treated at hospitals ...