The Latest: Pope asks pilgrims to pray for Syria war victims
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:36:31 -0400
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):
Turkey frees 758 soldiers after failed coup, Erdogan drops lawsuits
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:36:22 -0400
By Yesim Dikmen and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey has released more than 750 soldiers detained after an abortive coup, state media reported on Saturday, while President Tayyip Erdogan said he would drop lawsuits against people who had insulted him, in a one-time gesture of "unity". Turkey's Western allies have condemned the coup, in which Erdogan has said 237 people were killed and more than 2,100 were wounded, but have been rattled by the scale of the resulting crackdown which has targeted supporters of Fethullah Gulen. The U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Ankara of masterminding the July 15-16 putsch, denies the charges and Erdogan's critics say the president is using the purges to clamp down on dissent.
Weapon used in teen's killing was mayor's stolen gun
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:34:57 -0400
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern California say a gun stolen from Stockton's mayor was used to kill a 13-year-old boy last year.
Judge refuses to dismiss sex suit against Derrick Rose
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:29:31 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging New York Knicks player Derrick Rose and two friends drugged and gang-raped a woman.
Equal opportunity violence on HBO dramas, its boss says
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:26:06 -0400
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — HBO took a bit of heat Saturday for its shows' sexualized violence toward women.
Brazil cuts ribbon on new subway line crucial for Olympics
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:23:18 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian officials have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion in Rio de Janeiro less than a week before the Olympic Games begin.
Wizard magic: JK Rowling hopes Harry Potter play goes global
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:23:00 -0400
LONDON (AP) — London is under Harry Potter's spell once more — and J.K. Rowling hopes the rest of the world will eventually follow.
At least 16 feared dead in fiery Texas hot air balloon crash
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:20:49 -0400
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning, according to federal and local authorities. "It does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash," Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law said in a statement, according to his office. Emergency responders in Texas said the fire hit the basket portion of the hot air balloon.
Up to 16 feared dead in Texas hot air balloon crash
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:20:21 -0400
Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in central Texas on Saturday, officials said. The accident took place shortly after 7:40 am (1240 GMT), when the balloon crashed into a field near Lockhart, around 30 miles (50 kilometres) south of Austin, Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement. "When the Emergency Responders and the Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene, it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of a hot air balloon," it added in a statement posted on Twitter.
3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near Seattle; suspect in custody
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:20:05 -0400
SEATTLE (AP) — A gunman attacked a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the grandmother of one of the witnesses said.