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Iran Ex-Defense Minister staffer hanged TEHRAN — Iran’s state TV says authorities have executed a former staff member of the Defense Ministry who was convicted of spying for the CIA. The Saturday report said Jalal Hajizavar was hanged last week. The report said Hajzavar admitted in ...

Trump calls for patience on Iran

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he abruptly called off the swiftly planned military strikes on Iran because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been so out of proportion to the shootdown of an unmanned American surveillance drone. He also ...

Flights rerouted after drone struck

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners could be mistakenly attacked amid tensions between ...

Court tosses black man’s conviction over bias

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the murder conviction and death sentence for a black man in Mississ­ippi because of a prosecutor’s efforts to keep African Americans off the jury. The defendant already has been tried six times and now could face a seventh trial. The ...

A whale of a problem

PORTLAND, Ore. — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore ...

Hong Kong protests reignite

The Associated Press HONG KONG — More than 1,000 protesters blocked Hong Kong police headquarters into the night Friday, while others took over major streets as the tumult over the city’s future showed no signs of abating. The latest protest came after a deadline passed the previous day ...

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District of Columbia Democrats push $4.5B border measure WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government’s responsibility to care for tens of thousands of migrant refugees seeking ...

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Mexico National Guard deployment finished TAPACHULA — Mexico has completed its deployment of 6,000 National Guard agents to help control the flow of migrants headed toward the U.S. and filled 650 immigration agency posts to regulate border crossings, the government said Friday. The ...

Explosions, fire rock refinery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Explosions and a blaze at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast sent a fireball into the sky and shook homes before dawn Friday, though authorities reported only a few minor injuries and said the air was safe to breathe. The fire at the Philadelphia Energy ...

Cocaine haul from ship grows

PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities have upped the amount of cocaine they seized from a ship at the Philadelphia port to more than 35,000 pounds, or 15,876 kilograms, making it the largest cocaine haul in the history of U.S. Customs, authorities said Friday. They put the street value of the ...

Jim Pike, co-founder of Lettermen group

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, whose lush vocal harmonies made the Grammy-nominated trio one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1960s, has died at age 82. Pike died June 9 at his home in Prescott, Arizona, his sister-in-law Becky Pike told The ...

Court upholds cross on public land

WASHINGTON — A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very ...

Poll: Asteroids top exploration

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Scientists take peek at ‘puppy dog’ eyes

NEW YORK — What’s behind those hard-to-resist puppy dog eyes? New research suggests that over thousands of years of dog domestication, people preferred pups that could pull off that appealing, sad look. And that encouraged the development of the facial muscle that creates it. Today, ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO— June 21, 1969 Altoona Postmaster Robert W. Anthony was hosting a meeting of the Pennsylvania Chapter, National League of Postmasters at the Penn Alto Hotel over three days starting June 23, including a picnic at the Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club. Over 100 postmasters were ...

School with gay teacher cannot use Catholic name

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Archdiocese of Indianapolis says it no longer will recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic because it refuses to fire a teacher who’s in a same-sex marriage. It says a decree to be issued Friday by Archbishop Charles Thompson states that ...

Cross can stay on public land

WASHINGTON (AP) — A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices, ruling 7-2 in favor of the cross’ ...

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating fire

The Associated Press PARIS — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece ...

Trump admin sued over mine rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Wilderness Society is suing the Trump administration to try to force the release of documents on its decision to lift restrictions on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. The Trump administration last year canceled a ...

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Carnival lowers profit outlook, cites Cuba ban Shares of Carnival cruise have tumbled, with the company reporting lower quarterly profit and cutting its full-year earnings forecast partly because of the Trump administration’s decision to ban cruises between the U.S. and Cuba. Carnival ...