Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday June 26th, 2015 at 8:41 AM - NATO Commander Says Putin Not Done in Eastern Ukraine - WSJ

NATO Commander Says Putin Not Done in Eastern Ukraine

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The top military officer for NATO said he sees evidence that Russia is building an effective supply system to strengthen its ability to conduct military operations inside Ukraine, and is watching for further moves by Moscow.

Iran Leader's Terms Complicate Talks as Deadline Nears

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asserted himself ahead of the June 30 deadline in an apparent bid to extract more concessions from the Obama administration and its negotiating partners in talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

EU Leaders Agree to Relocate 40,000 Migrants Who Landed in Italy, Greece

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European Union leaders agreed to distribute 40,000 asylum seekers who landed in Greece and Italy across the rest of the bloc.

French Chemical Factory Hit by Terror Attack

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A chemical factory in southeastern France was targeted in a suspected terrorist attack, leaving at least one person dead, two police officers said.

Austria, Belgium Criticize EU Migrant Pact

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Some European leaders have criticized a voluntary agreement by European Union members to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers across the bloc, unhappy that it falls short of a broader, binding deal advocated by some countries.

Deadly Blast Hits Kuwait Mosque

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the explosion at the Imam Sadiq mosque.
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Creditors' economic plan for Greece is illiterate and doomed to fail ... 

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Russian 'troll factory' sued for underpayment and labour violations ... 

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The agency, located in the north of Russia's second-largest city, is blamed by observers for doing the Kremlin's dirty work on the internet, polluting news websites with inflammatory comments and manipulating social networks  ...

Serial Killer Fears As Six Ohio Women Vanish

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The bodies of four women have been found in waterways around Chillicothe in the last year, while two others are still missing.

Latest In A Series Of Attacks In France

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From the Charlie Hebdo massacre to opportunistic assaults on soldiers - a recent history of Islamist terror attacks in France.

Was Attack On Factory The Work Of Islamists?

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While the attack would appear to be the work of Islamist militants, little is known about the motives of those responsible.

Attack On Tourist Hotel In Tunisia - Reports

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An attack has been reported on a tourist hotel in the Tunisian town of Sousse, which is popular with British holidaymakers.
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Kobani residents flee as Isis attacks Syrian border town – video

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Residents flee Kobani after a new attack by Islamic State militants. Thursday's early morning siege was Isis's first advance on the Syrian border town since the Kurdish People's Protection Units militia and an alliance of rebels seized back control in January. Dozens of civilians have reportedly been killed in Thursday's attack Continue reading...

Italian mafia’s cocaine trafficking leaves trail of drug devastation among poor of Brazil – video 

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The all-powerful Calabrian crime syndicate 'Ndrangheta has forged a deadly network of drug trafficking routes through Brazil – 80% of all cocaine arriving in Europe comes through the country's Santos port. To mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we hear from the anti-'Ndrangheta experts risking their lives to speak out against the syndicate, and take to the streets of Brazil's Crackolândia districts, where crack addiction is destroying lives Continue reading...

French factory attack: suspect killed and arrests made – live updates - The Guardian

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French factory attack: suspect killed and arrests made – live updates
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French president François Hollande says Friday's attack on a gas factory near Lyon, in which a man was decapitated, is undoubtedly a terror attack. Speaking from Brussels, Hollande says the two men who targeted the Air Products company in ...
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Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

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Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting 

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A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit by Pope Francis. About 15,000 people are expected to attend lectures and take part in workshops during that five-day event in September, aimed at strengthening sacred family bonds. The pontiff will visit during the last two days of the meeting. Zlatica Hoke reports.

US Human Rights Report Highlights Role of Terror Groups, Conflicts, Corruption 

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The U.S. government's 2014 report on human rights practices highlights terror groups, rising conflict, and corruption and poor governance as key problems around the world. But it also cites some progress. VOA's Mary Alice Salinas has more on the State Department's annual report released on Thursday.
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Bomb Strikes Shiite Mosque in Kuwait - New York Times

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Bomb Strikes Shiite Mosque in Kuwait
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KUWAIT CITY — A bomb has exploded in a Shiite mosque in the Kuwaiti capital. The bomb struck the Imam Sadiq Mosque in a busy area of Kuwait City's al-Sawabir district. Witness Abdullah al-Saffar was at the mosque at the time. He says the explosions ...
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Consoler-in-Chief: Obama Again Comforts Nation After Shootings - NBCNews.com

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Consoler-in-Chief: Obama Again Comforts Nation After Shootings
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It has become a grim repeat performance. Tragedy strikes and a somber President Barack Obama seeks to give voice to a grieving nation and offer solace. The president will once again try to comfort a country in mourning as he delivers the eulogy for Rev.
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At least 19 killed in gun attack on Tunisian tourism hotel: official - Reuters

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At least 19 killed in gun attack on Tunisian tourism hotel: official
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TUNIS At least 19 people have been killed after at least one gunman attacked a Tunisian tourist hotel in the popular resort of Sousse, an interior ministry official said on Friday. Related Coverage. › Casualties in attack on Tunisian beach hotel, at least one ...
State news: Terrorists attack a Tunisian hotel, casualties reportedCNN
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Palestinian Shot After Opening Fire at Israeli Army - New York Times

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Palestinian Shot After Opening Fire at Israeli Army
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli army says it has shot a Palestinian after he opened fire at Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint in the West Bank. According to the army, a Palestinian car approached the checkpoint in the Jordan Valley and a gunman from inside ...
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China Slams US Human-Rights Record in Annual Report - NBCNews.com

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China Slams US Human-Rights Record in Annual Report
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BEIJING — China accused the United States on Friday of being "haunted by spreading guns" and racial discrimination, in its annual tit-for-tat rebuttal to U.S. criticism of China's human rights record. In a lengthy report carried by the official Xinhua news agency, ...
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Consoler-in-Chief: Obama Again Comforts Nation After Shootings - NBCNews.com

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Consoler-in-Chief: Obama Again Comforts Nation After Shootings
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It has become a grim repeat performance. Tragedy strikes and a somber President Barack Obama seeks to give voice to a grieving nation and offer solace. The president will once again try to comfort a country in mourning as he delivers the eulogy for Rev.
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Palestinian Shot After Opening Fire on Israeli Forces in West Bank - New York Times

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Palestinian Shot After Opening Fire on Israeli Forces in West Bank
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian man was shot after he opened fire on Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank early Friday, the Israeli Army said. Continue reading the main story. Related Coverage. Palestinians mourned members of the Nigim family ...
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Man decapitated in suspected 'Islamist attack' at French factory - USA TODAY

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Man decapitated in suspected 'Islamist attack' at French factory
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At least one person has died and several people were hurt after an attack on a gas factory near Grenoble , central France, on Friday. French media reported that the person killed may have been decapitated and that the attacker was reportedly carrying an ...
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European Union Comes Up With a Plan to Ease Migrant Crisis

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European Union member states will take in 40,000 migrants from the Middle East and Africa currently in Italy and Greece, according to a leaked plan that emerged Thursday.
According to a draft communiqué seen by Reuters, European leaders will enact a two-year plan for volunteer EU countries to temporarily spread a total of 40,000 migrants across multiple nations. The final statement will propose creating criteria to determine which countries will participate and how many refugees each will accept. The document stops short of creating national quotas for each country.
The agreement is intended to alleviate pressure on asylum infrastructures in Greece and Italy that are buckling under the record high volume of migration across the Mediterranean Sea. At least 153,000 people have sought refugee in Europe this year, and almost 2,000 have died making the dangerous trip.

Why the Nuclear Experts Who Sent an Open Letter to Obama Are Really Talking to Iran 

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Much is made of how skillful the Iranians are at negotiating—and they are. But the Americans aren’t bad either, at least by the evidence of the latest news from the nuclear talks: an open letter signed by 18 former U.S. officials and experts, including five former advisers to President Obama, warning the president against accepting a deal that fails to include certain vital elements, such as inspections of Iranian military bases and ensuring that relief from sanctions comes only after Iran complies with an agreement.
It’s not the kind of thing you see much in American foreign policy—a group advisory like this, setting out red lines and reminding the nation’s leader of his obligations. You do, however, see it all the time somewhere else—in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran’s news media is lousy with these things: Sober, sage proclamations directed to the pinnacle of the political leadership. People talk about the opacity of Iran’s governing structure, and it’s true that between the Council of Guardians, the Assembly of Experts and the Expediency Council—just to name three of Iran’snon-elective bodies —there are more moving parts than a Rube Goldberg mousetrap. But that doesn’t mean things are opaque—just complicated. Ultimate power may rest with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but his own political survival requires consultations with the groups and individuals who make up his own political base, and a sound reading of the larger Iranian society that ultimately will find a way to hold him accountable. So decisions by Iran’s leaders often take a long time to gestate, and sometimes even longer to emerge.
But that process is more public than you’d think for an official theocracy. Iran has a lot of newspapers, several TV stations and its share of news sites. Most may be linked to the state, but they fairly throb—or pulse, at least—with the words of a governing structure talking to itself. Most of the chatter is in Persian, of course, but it’s all public. That means it has to be read, and the State Department has people just across the Persian Gulf, in Dubai, to follow a lot of it. State quietly pays people in Iran to translate even more, so that folks back in Foggy Bottom can read it too. (“Intelligence” is a sexy word, but the CIA itself says that up to 95 percent of what it knows it finds out by reading the papers—known in the spy game as “OSINT,” for Open Source Intelligence.)
The point, though, is not what American officials read, but what Iranian officials read: “The Public Statement on U.S. Policy Toward the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Endorsed by a Bipartisan Group of American Diplomats, Legislators and Experts,” the heading of the open letter compiled by the impressive, and impressively bi-partisan group assembled by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank. It’s the kind of discourse that speaks to Iranians, relatable and familiar. Which is fortunate, because while its authors addressed it to President Obama, the real audience was Khamenei and the rest of the government of Iran.
The June 30 deadline for a final nuclear pact is just days away, and Khamenei on June 23 delivered a speech that cast the entire enterprise into doubt—reinforced the next day with a helpful chart listing “Major Red Lines in Nuclear Negotiations,” posted on Twitter with the words “Red Lines” in red type. His timing was impeccable. The Leader pounced six days after Secretary of State John Kerry showed a bit of weakness, suggesting publicly that in a final deal Iran might not have to account for past research on a nuclear weapon.
Knowing when to exploit an opening is, of course, one mark of a formidable negotiator. But another is speaking to the other side in a language it understands—which is exactly what the U.S. side is doing with its own Open Letter.
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Chaos at French Port as Migrants Continue to Storm Trucks Headed for the U.K. 

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In chaotic scenes over the past week, hundreds of migrants in the northern French port of Calais have been trying to jump onto trucks bound for the U.K.
The migrants, most of whom had fled war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, took advantage of a strike by French MyFerryLink workers on Tuesday. The striking workers forced the port and the Channel Tunnel, which links France to the U.K., to close, causing long tailbacks of trucks on highways around Calais.
Footage shows migrants desperately trying to board the vehicles, sometimes jumping onto moving trucks, breaking locks or attempting to hold onto the underside of the carriages.
“Drivers were unable to open their windows or leave their vehicles for fear of either being threatened or would-be stowaways getting on board,” Don Armour, the Freight Transport Association’s international manager, told the Guardian.
There are believed to be about 3,000 migrants living in a squalid makeshift camp near Calais. They are determined to reach the U.K., where they say they’ll have the chance of a better life.
On Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron called the scenes in Calais “totally unacceptable” and vowed to work more closely with French authorities. U.K. ministers are considering sending extra border-control officials, sniffer-dog teams and equipment to strengthen fences around the port and rail crossings.
But several of the city’s politicians have accused the British government of not doing enough to calm the situation. Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, said the city had been “sacrificed” by the British and Europe, reports the Guardian.
The chaos in Calais comes as European Union leaders struggle to decide what to do with huge waves of migrants entering Europe via risky sea journeys across the Mediterranean.
At heated talks in Brussels on Thursday night, E.U. leaders agreed to relocate 40,000 migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece, plus a further 20,000 currently in camps outside the E.U., to member states over the next two years, reports the BBC.
But there would not be mandatory quotas for taking in refugees, the leaders said.
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Suspected Islamist Attack in France Leaves One Dead Several Injured 

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A body of a decapitated man was found close to the entrance to Air Products and his head was was found nearby. A flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has also been found. One man has been arrested.
The company produces gas and chemical products.
The arrested man is said to be in his thirties and well known to the French internal security service. Bernard Cazeneuve, the Minister for the Interior has arrived at the scene of the explosion.
A French security official told the Associated Press that two attackers arrived in a car, bearing banners written in Arabic, and set off an explosion.
The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ordered that security should be increased in the Rhône-Alpes region where the incident happened.
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AP Top News at 2:27 p.m. EDT

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, as opponents contended.
Hundreds attend 1st funeral for church shooting victimsCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Police officers stood guard and checked bags as hundreds of people filed into a church Thursday for the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church. The increased security comes amid a heated debate over the Confederate flag and other symbols of the Confederacy around the South and elsewhere. A monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis had the phrase "Black Lives Matter" spray-painted on it Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, the latest of several monuments to be defaced around the country.
Arrested prison guard denies knowing of inmates' escape plotPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and even access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. As the search for the convicts entered its 20th day, Gene Palmer, 57, awaited arraignment Thursday on charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. He was released from jail on $25,000 bail after his arrest Wednesday night.
Conservatives to the rescue: Obama's health care, trade winsWASHINGTON (AP) - Cracking the often-lamented partisanship of Washington, a Republican-led Congress and a conservative Supreme Court chief justice delivered back-to-back victories for President Barack Obama's ambitious trade and health care initiatives. The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, thus salvaging Obama's top domestic policy achievement. A day earlier, Republican leaders helped maneuver legislation that gives Obama greater power to negotiate international trade deals, and rescued a key item of his second-term agenda.
AP sources: Christie to announce presidential run on TuesdayNEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is joining the 2016 presidential race and will make an official announcement Tuesday at his old high school, two people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. The Republican leader of a Democratic stronghold has been laying the groundwork for a White House run for months. In 2012, he decided against seeking the GOP nomination and challenging President Barack Obama.
BEIRUT (AP) - Islamic State militants launched major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday after a string of recent setbacks, storming government-held areas in a mostly Kurdish city and setting off deadly car bombs as they pushed into a border town they were expelled from six months ago. The two-pronged counteroffensive left dozens of people dead or wounded. On one front, Islamic State fighters advanced early in the morning into the northeastern city of Hassakeh, long split between Syrian Kurds and government forces, capturing parts of it.
Watchdog blames IRS incompetence for lost tea party emailsWASHINGTON (AP) - Investigators are blaming two IRS workers at a computer center in West Virginia for erasing thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal, impeding congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative political groups. The workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.
Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedureTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked the state's first-in-the-nation ban on an abortion procedure that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus, concluding that it would likely present too big an obstacle for women seeking to end their pregnancies. Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks ruled in a lawsuit filed this month by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center, representing two Kansas abortion providers, argued that the law would force women to undergo riskier procedures or forgo abortions.
Defense begins case in Colorado theater shooting trialCENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes began presenting their case Thursday, hoping to show he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 others at a packed movie premiere in July 2012. Defense witnesses will offer a less emotional and more clinical assessment of Holmes after two months of often-gruesome testimony from prosecution witnesses, including many visibly wounded victims.
Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump commentsNEW YORK (AP) - Univision is dropping the Miss USA pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants. The company said Thursday it would pull the plug on its Spanish-language coverage of the pageant July 12 by its UniMas network. It also has severed its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant, due to what it called "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe.

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AP Top News at 6:31 p.m. EDT

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Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fightWASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans. Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, or in the words of a dissenting justice, SCOTUScare, Obama's signature domestic achievement is, as the president himself put it, "reality."
Contours of Obama's legacy form with help of unlikely alliesWASHINGTON (AP) - Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with the help of unlikely allies in Congress and the Supreme Court. Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the high court preserved Obama's signature health care law Thursday, hours before a Republican-controlled Congress paved the way for an Asia-Pacific trade pact at the center of the president's international agenda. The Supreme Court also handed Obama a surprise win by upholding a key tool used to fight housing discrimination.
The Latest: Cuomo: prison break probe could lead to reformPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The latest on the hunt for two inmates who escaped from a maximum-security prison (all times local): ---
Hundreds attend 1st funerals for church shooting victimsNORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance's favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their seats Thursday in a crescendo of music at the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church. People stood to clap, nod and sway - some closing their eyes under the exertion of the cathartic singing. Ushers walked through the aisles with boxes of tissues for people to dab their tears. An organ, drums and bass guitar provided the rhythm.
AP sources: NJ Gov. Chris Christie entering 2016 raceNEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. The Republican leader of a Democratic stronghold has been laying the groundwork for a White House run for months. In 2012, he decided against seeking the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama, and focused on his duties in the state and planning a re-election campaign.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. As the search for the convicts entered its 20th day Thursday, Gene Palmer was released on $25,000 bail after his arrest on charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct.
State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cacheWASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department has been unable to find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. The emails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and include scant words written by Clinton herself, the officials said. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, the officials said.
Islamic State militants attack 2 cities in northern SyriaBEIRUT (AP) - After weeks of setbacks, militants from the Islamic State group launched swift counteroffensives Thursday on predominantly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens and setting off car bombs, activists and officials said. The two-pronged attack on the northeastern city of Hassakeh and the border town of Kobani came two days after an Islamic State spokesman acknowledged that the group might lose some battles but would not be defeated. The spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, had urged militants to strike back at their foes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and "shake the ground beneath them."
Irate French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against UberPARIS (AP) - French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem. Travelers going to and from the airport were forced to walk alongside highways with their bags, while others, including singer Courtney Love, had their cars set upon by striking taxi drivers.

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AP Top News at 10:44 p.m. EDT

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10 Things to Know for FridayYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. SUPREME COURT SAVES OBAMACARE
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box but says he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. As the search for the convicts entered its 20th day Thursday, Gene Palmer was released on $25,000 bail after his arrest on charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct.
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing biasWASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing law allows people to challenge lending rules, zoning laws and other housing practices that have a harmful impact on minority groups, even if there is no proof that companies or government agencies intended to discriminate.
Haiti: Dominican deportations causing 'humanitarian crisis'PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti's prime minister warned Thursday that the Dominican Republic is creating a humanitarian crisis with its crackdown on migrants, noting that 14,000 people have crossed the border into Haiti in less than a week. "That is massive," Prime Minister Evans Paul said during a meeting with reporters to talk about the issue. He said the number included both people being deported and those leaving voluntarily. He said many of them should be considered Dominican citizens.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. The emails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and include scant words written by Clinton herself, the officials said. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, the officials said.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. Christie, however, insisted the reports were premature, telling listeners on his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show Thursday evening, "There's been absolutely no final decision made by me."
The Latest: Pint-sized star makes big splash at NBA draftThe Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local): 10:15 p.m.

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AP Top News at 2:50 a.m. EDT

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Coverage worries persist amid relief over health care rulingCHICAGO (AP) - Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Many consumers expressed somewhat conflicting views: They were happy their monthly premiums would continue to be affordable but exasperated by the coverage the policies purchased on the new health care exchanges provide.
Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen statesST. LOUIS (AP) - Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings. The graffiti reflects the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America, more than a week after a white gunman shot and killed nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
Prison guard: 'Did not know' he made inmates' escape easierPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A prison guard who admitted giving two inmates tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box says he didn't know the killers planned to break out, and investigators say they have no reason to believe he was knowingly involved in the plot. Gene Palmer was released on $25,000 bail Thursday after his arrest on charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct.
EU leaders agree to relocate 40,000 migrantsBRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders agreed Friday to relocate 40,000 refugees from Italy and Greece to other EU countries over the next two years, in an effort to share the burden of a growing migrant crisis. EU President Donald Tusk said the agreement was reached after an overnight summit to show "solidarity with frontline countries."
Fed agency: 9 people on plane die in crash on Alaska cliffANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - All nine people aboard a sightseeing plane died in a crash Thursday in southeast Alaska, authorities said, but stormy weather prevented the immediate recovery of the bodies. "We have nine fatalities," said Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office.
Baseball squad makes history with first openly gay proSONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country Thursday night when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to a 7-0 victory during his first start with the 22-man team that is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs. The right hander struck-out 11 players and allowed three hits over nine innings.
Bristol Palin says she's pregnant for second timeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Bristol Palin, who launched an abstinence campaign after giving birth as an unwed teenage mother, announced Thursday she is pregnant with her second child out-of-wedlock. The disclosure came a month after her wedding with Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer was called off.
Big nights for the biggest markets in NBA draftNEW YORK (AP) - From coast to coast, the NBA draft was a big night for the biggest markets. The Los Angeles Lakers tabbed their next potential superstar in D'Angelo Russell. The New York Knicks landed a pair of players in the first round, selecting Kristaps Porzingis and later acquiring the rights to Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant.

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AP Top News at 6:57 a.m. EDT

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THE LATEST: French president refers to terrorist attackPARIS (AP) - The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local): ---
Thousands expected for Obama's tribute to Charleston victimsCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The first black president of the United States is coming to Charleston to eulogize the victims of a mass shooting at a historic African-American church - a tragedy that one civil rights activist said was a sign of "how far yet" the nation has to go to put racial tensions behind it. Thousands of mourners were expected to gather Friday to hear President Barack Obama pay tribute to the pastor and eight parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The nine were slain at the church during a Bible study session last week in what authorities are investigating as a racially motivated attack.
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African migrants find shelter in EU heart after hard journeyBRIETLINGEN, Germany (AP) - Hilarion Charlemagne presents his tattered sneakers as a badge of honor. Worn bare and fraying, they tell the tale of his journey across two continents that often felt like it might never end. Charlemagne has finally arrived in his promised land - and can feel the soil of Germany through the holes in his heels. "I won't be needing these shoes much longer," said the 45-year-old teacher, who has spent four years traveling from his native Ivory Coast through the Sahara, Asia Minor and the Balkans to reach this moment of safety and hope.
Recovery efforts resume Friday for 9 killed in Alaska crashANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska emergency crews will attempt Friday to recover the remains of eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot who were killed when their sightseeing plane crashed in a remote and rugged area of southeastern Alaska. Wind and rain prevented any recovery after the wreckage of the aircraft was found Thursday against a granite rock face, 800 feet above a lake.
Univision drops Miss USA pageant over Trump commentsNEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump's fledgling GOP presidential bid quickly led to business fallout for him, with Univision saying it will drop the Miss USA pageant from its UniMas network and cut all ties with Trump over comments on Mexican immigrants. The company said Thursday it was canceling its Spanish-language coverage of the pageant July 12. It also has severed its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant, because of what it called "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Baseball history was made in Northern California when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to a 7-0 victory Thursday night during his first start with the 22-man team that is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs. The right hander struck-out 11 players and allowed three hits over nine innings.
AP PHOTOS: Years of revolt, turmoil haunt Egypt's childrenCAIRO (AP) - In Egypt, the years of turmoil following its 2011 uprising have seen revolutionary graffiti fade away as the country slowly tries to move on, but hidden scars remain for children who grew up during the chaos and lost loved ones. The grief touches children of all kinds in this country, cutting across Christian and Muslim families, the sons of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group to the daughters of police officers and soldiers. And how they process the sorrow varies widely.

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Islamic State attack on Syria's Kobani kills 146: monitor

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - An attack by Islamic State fighters on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village has so far killed at least 146 civilians, the second-biggest massacre by the hardline group in the country, a conflict monitor said on Friday.
  
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China military to investigate who owns its land

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military has launched a three-year project to try to work out who owns the land it uses after finding that a quarter of it lacked ownership documents, which has led to disputes with civilians, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
  

Putin out to seize control of Ukraine, says Kiev defense chief

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KIEV (Reuters) - The West should not drop its guard over Ukraine, the country's defense minister said on Friday, saying a build-up of Russian forces in support of separatists showed President Vladimir Putin was bent on seizing control of the country.
  

Mixed Feelings In Macedonia As A Russian Orthodox Church Rises 

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A Russian Orthodox church under construction in Macedonia is one of several that have been built or planned in Europe in recent years. Beneath talk of spiritual ties, there is concern that Moscow could use such churches to advance its temporal interests.

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