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Flash flood kills 5 children, 4 adults at Arizona swim hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - Adults, teens and children as young as 2 were enjoying a summer afternoon by cooling off in an Arizona creek when the gentle waters turned deadly. The group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met Saturday for a day trip along a popular swimming hole near Payson, about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) northeast of the capital. They set up lounge chairs not knowing...


Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts

Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. or conversations with any Russian officials about the U.S. election that sent Donald Trump to the White House. He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations.

1 winning Powerball ticket sold in California worth $447M

A sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million and matching all six numbers was sold in southern California and will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, lottery officials said Sunday. The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in southern California's Riverside County, about 80 miles (128.
Police find body in Thames River; likely 8th victim in London attack

Police find body in Thames River; likely 8th victim in London attack

LONDON (AP) - The Latest on the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market (all times local): 11 a.m. Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police says the body was found Tuesday downstream from the bridge.
President Trump announces immediate withdrawl from Paris climate accord

President Trump announces immediate withdrawl from Paris climate accord

President Donald Trump says the US will immediately cease 'all implementation' of the Paris climate change accord standards. “The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States,” the president said in the Rose Garden.
Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place." Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record.
Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52, rep confirms

Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52, rep confirms

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night.
Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar

Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country.
Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content following murders shown live on its site. That's on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already has for such reviews. The announcement comes from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post Wednesday.

The Latest: Fire chief struck by car included in death toll

CANTON, Texas (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The death of a north-central Arkansas fire chief struck by a vehicle while heavy thunderstorms moved through the state is being included in the state's count of weather-related fatalities, bringing the death toll to five.
United pledges to review policies on removal of passengers

United pledges to review policies on removal of passengers

CHICAGO (AP) - After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United's parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to "resolve this situation." Hours later on Monday, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as "disruptive and belligerent.
No charges against Oklahoma man who killed 3 intruders

No charges against Oklahoma man who killed 3 intruders

An Oklahoma prosecutor said Monday no charges will be filed against a 23-year-old man who fatally shot three teenage intruders in his home, but that the woman who drove them there is being charged with first-degree murder.
GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Still reeling from last week's House health care debacle, Republicans are pivoting to tax cuts and other issues but remain riven into factions and all over the map about how and when to return to their marquee pledge to eviscerate former President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul.
Newborn, toddler found stabbed to death in North Carolina

Newborn, toddler found stabbed to death in North Carolina

RADFORD, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff says a newborn and the baby's 2-year-old sister have been found stabbed to death. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin tells WRAL (http://bit.ly/2n1S80h) the bodies of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman were found Saturday in the woods near an intersection close to the city of Raeford.
Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations.

WikiLeaks CIA files: Are they real and are they a risk?

WASHINGTON (AP) - WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents that the anti-secrecy organization said were classified files revealing scores of secrets about CIA hacking tools used to break into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs.
97-year-old twins freeze to death after falling in freezing weather

97-year-old twins freeze to death after falling in freezing weather

The family of 97-year-old twin sisters who died in freezing temperatures after falling outside one of their homes says the two lived with charm, grace, kindness and style. Police say Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams died after they fell outside Haley's house in Barrington on Friday and became stranded in the frigid cold. A neighbor found them Saturday morning.
Police: Indicted Baltimore officers '1930s-style gangsters'

Police: Indicted Baltimore officers '1930s-style gangsters'

BALTIMORE (AP) - Seven Baltimore officers were so unfazed by U.S. Justice Department scrutiny of abusive policing that they kept falsely detaining people, stealing their money and property, and faking reports to cover it up, according to a damning federal indictment.

2 dead as storm lashes Southern California

A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports.
Adele sweeps Grammys Awards with 5 wins, while Bowie wins 4

Adele sweeps Grammys Awards with 5 wins, while Bowie wins 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even though Adele flubbed one of her live performances at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home all five awards she was nominated for Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.

Violent protesters block Berkeley talk by Breitbart editor

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire Wednesday night, prompting University of California at Berkeley officials to cancel a talk by a polarizing editor of Breitbart News out of safety concerns.
FALCONS-PATRIOTS: Matchups to watch in Super Bowl LI

FALCONS-PATRIOTS: Matchups to watch in Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons (13-5) and New England Patriots (16-2) will meet in Super Bowl LI in Houston. While most fans know it's Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons' offense against the Patriots' defense. It's also Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal and the Falcons' defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense.
To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which - though it's not confirmed - she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won't be the only one making a big play for attention this year.
Trump's wall met with skepticism, unease on US-Mexico border

Trump's wall met with skepticism, unease on US-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - As President Donald Trump announced his plans for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Border Patrol agents in San Diego on the lookout for drugs and smugglers drove all-terrain vehicles along a barrier that reaches 18 feet, topped by razor wire and reinforced by cameras and lighting. Mexicans shopped at an outlet mall that bumps up against the border.
Police: Protesters climb crane at DC construction site

Police: Protesters climb crane at DC construction site

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say protesters are climbing a crane at a downtown Washington construction site that's just a few blocks from the White House. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita Brown says police responded to the area of 15th and L streets in northwest Wednesday morning for a disorderly person. Police say 15th Street is closed between L and M streets.

Kyrgyzstan ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek.

LEBANON, Va. (AP) - Now, that's a lot of change. A Virginia man used 300,000 pennies to pay sales tax on two cars at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Bristol Herald Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2jlMLsp) that Nick Stafford delivered five wheelbarrows full of change, mostly pennies, at the DMW office in Lebanon, Virginia, on Wednesday. The coins weighed in at 1,600 pounds.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan named to 2016 All-Pro Team

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan named to 2016 All-Pro Team

The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team is showing off the new wave of pro football stars. Three rookies among 17 first-time selections highlight the team, including Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who is a unanimous choice as a punt returner.

The Latest: France wants UN observers in Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the conflict in Syria, where a cease-fire deal to allow evacuation of rebels and tens of thousands of civilians from eastern Aleppo is back on (all times local): 7 p.m. France's ambassador to the United Nations says international observers should monitor the safe evacuation of civilians and fighters from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Recovery begins as rains help put out Tennessee wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their own personal crises.
Police: Thief stole 86 lb. bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6M

Police: Thief stole 86 lb. bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6M

NEW YORK (AP) - Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan. The unidentified thief swiped the 5-gallon metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck's cab to reportedly retrieve his cellphone.
Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch mom, dies

Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch mom, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw.

Sister accused of killing twin in Hawaii jailed in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman who was accused of killing her twin sister by driving their vehicle off a Hawaii cliff in May was being held in a New York jail Monday after again being charged with murder. New York State Police announced over the weekend that Alexandria Duval, 38, was arrested Friday after being tracked down at an Albany home.
Samsung changes Note 7 output schedule after fire reports

Samsung changes Note 7 output schedule after fire reports

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung's crisis with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone hit a new low on Monday as the company confirmed that it has made production changes, following reports that newly released versions offered as replacements for recalled fire-prone phones have also overheated or caught fire.

Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family

A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.
Latest Snowden leak reveals multi-billion dollar

Latest Snowden leak reveals multi-billion dollar "black budget"

The latest leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden details the government’s so-called “black budget” — the multi-billion dollar budget request of America’s intelligence agencies. The 178-page document outlines federal spending on surveillance programs. Intelligence agencies requested $52.6 billion for the 2013 fiscal year.

Boston U.: Grad student killed in marathon attack

Boston University says a graduate student at the school  was one of the three people killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The female student was a female national. The Chinese Consulate in New York confirmed that a Chinese national was among those killed in the marathon bombings in Boston, but did not identify her.
Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) - A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.
American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane. American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth.
Prince fans to mark 1 year since music superstar's death

Prince fans to mark 1 year since music superstar's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose will be a time for sadness and celebration. It was a year ago Friday that the music superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where he lived.
Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

SEATTLE (AP) - A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear. Starbucks' entry into the unicorn food craze was released Wednesday and its popularity was too much for 19-year-old Colorado barista Braden Burson.
USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship

USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and died last year at age 94 has been reunited with his fallen shipmates on the sunken USS Arizona. Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful. Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on his battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.
Videos show desperation of suspect in Facebook video killing

Videos show desperation of suspect in Facebook video killing

CLEVELAND (AP) - The suspect in the random killing of a retiree posted on Facebook made his living mentoring teens in Cleveland, but his life appeared to be unraveling under the weight of gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend. Rambling videos he shared showed his despair, saying he was out of options and wanted to kill as many innocent people as he could.
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