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Gunmen storm cafe in Bangladesh capital Dhaka, take diners hostage
04:15 PM, 07.01.2016

Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard after gunmen stormed a restaurant in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic district early on July 2, 2016Gunmen stormed a crowded restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday night, taking dozens of people hostage and triggering a deadly firefight with police, witnesses and officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Dhaka's upmarket Gulshan diplomatic quarter in which two police officers were killed. Police said the men appeared to be Islamist militants.


 
US auto sales rise in June but pace slows
04:13 PM, 07.01.2016

GM, the largest US automaker, struggled again as it pivots away from sales to businesses, such as rental fleets, to focus on retail salesChicago (AFP) - Buoyed by robust demand from US consumers for crossover SUVs and trucks, automakers reported strong June sales in those categories Friday, while overall sales figures pointed to a cooling market.


 
Gunmen attack cafe in Bangladesh capital, Italians among hostages
04:12 PM, 07.01.2016

Bangladesh Border Guards are seen near Gulshan restaurant following a gunmen attack in DhakaBy Serajul Quadir and Sanjeev Miglani DHAKA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a restaurant popular with expatriates in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Friday night and took around 20 people hostage, including several foreigners, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Security officials said two police officers had been killed, but denied a report by Islamic State that 24 people were dead in the assault. Italian and Indian nationals are among the hostages, said a duty officer at the Rapid Action Battalion's (RAB) control room, adding that gun battles had stopped.


 
Former seminary student sentenced for seeking infant sex
04:08 PM, 07.01.2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Ohio seminarian was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 years in prison for trying to adopt or purchase infants from Mexico to sexually molest them.

 
Dead whale stuck on Los Angeles beach ahead of holiday
04:06 PM, 07.01.2016

Lifeguards tie a dead humpback whale's tail after it washed ashore at Dockweiler Beach along the Los Angeles coastline on Friday, July 1, 2016. The whale floated in Thursday evening. It is approximately 40 feet long and is believed to have been between 10 to 30 years old. Marine animal authorities will try to determine why the animal died. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reeking carcass of a dead humpback whale was stuck on a popular Los Angeles County beach Friday as Fourth of July weekend crowds began arriving.


 
The Latest: Clinton to campaign next week in Atlantic City
04:04 PM, 07.01.2016

In this photo taken May 5, 2016, former President Bill Clint speaks in Portland, Ore. while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The former president spoke with Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an impromptu meeting in Phoenix, but Lynch says the discussion did not involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):


 
AP Sources: Memphis lands Parsons with 4-year, $94M deal
04:01 PM, 07.01.2016

The Memphis Grizzlies have landed one of the NBA's best recruiters in free agent forward Chandler Parsons. They hope they won't need those skills when it comes to Mike Conley.

 
US says up to 116 civilians killed in counterterror strikes
03:59 PM, 07.01.2016

US says up to 116 civilians killed in counterterror strikesWASHINGTON (AP) — Peeling back some of the secrecy of America's drone strikes on suspected terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said it has killed up to 116 civilians in counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and other places where the U.S. is not engaged in active, on-the-ground warfare.


 
Delight as jazz giants return to small Swiss town of Montreux
03:56 PM, 07.01.2016

Legendary American jazz musician Charles Lloyd, who headlined the first festival in Montreux in 1967 performs on stage at the opening of the 50 edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival on June 30, 2016The legendary American musician was back on stage at the opening of this year's Montreux Jazz Festival, half a century after he headlined the first festival in the idyllic Swiss town in 1967. "Duke Ellington was one of the people that wrote a letter to the US immigration to allow me to stay in America," he said.


 
CDC: Amoeba didn't die in whitewater center's murky churn
03:54 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this April 12, 2012 file photo, water rushes along the course at the National Whitewater Center at dusk on the first day of competition in the canoe slalom Olympic trials, in Charlotte, N.C. The chlorination and filtration systems at the artificial water rapids course where Olympic kayakers train were inadequate to kill a rare, brain-attacking organism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, July 1, 2016, after an Ohio teenager died from the amoeba. (Robert Lahser/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chlorination and filtration systems at an artificial water rapids course where Olympic kayakers train were inadequate to kill a rare, brain-attacking organism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said after an Ohio teenager died from the amoeba.


 
Sleeping driver, terrified granny among Tesla Autopilot users on YouTube
03:53 PM, 07.01.2016

The Tesla Model S version 7.0 software update containing Autopilot features is demonstrated during a Tesla event in Palo AltoA sleeping driver and a terrified granny are among the many people who appear in popular YouTube videos using the Tesla Autopilot technology - and not always using the system as intended. Many are not "screaming granny" videos, but the more whacky ones often get far more clicks than the straightforward videos.


 
DVD player found in Tesla car in May crash: Florida officials
03:53 PM, 07.01.2016

A Tesla Model S with version 7.0 software update containing Autopilot features is seen during a Tesla event in Palo AltoA digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when its driver was killed in a collision with a truck in May, Florida Highway Patrol officials said on Friday. "There was a portable DVD player in the vehicle," said Sergeant Kim Montes of the FHP in a telephone interview. A lawyer for a truck driver involved in the accident with the Tesla told Reuters his investigators had spoken to a witness who said the DVD player was playing a "Harry Potter" video after the accident, but the lawyer was unable to verify that beyond the witness account.


 
Tesla crash raises concerns about autonomous vehicle regulation
03:53 PM, 07.01.2016

The radar technology of a Tesla Model S containing Autopilot features is pointed out during a Tesla event in Palo AltoThe fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S in Autopilot mode has turned up pressure on auto industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology is deployed safely. Shares of Tesla and Mobileye NV, the maker of the camera vision system used in the Model S, rose on Friday as analysts said the accident was likely a short-term setback. On Friday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said U.S. traffic deaths rose by 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015 - the highest annual tally since 2008 and biggest single-year jump since 1966.


 
The Latest: Experts ID dead whale that washed onto beach
03:52 PM, 07.01.2016

A dead humpback whale lies washed ashore at Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles on Friday, July 1, 2016. The whale floated in Thursday evening. It is approximately 40 feet long and is believed to have been between 10 to 30 years old. Marine animal authorities will try to determine why the animal died. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a dead humpback whale that washed onto a Los Angeles County beach (all times local):


 
Death sparks 'Autopilot' car probe; man had speeding tickets
03:48 PM, 07.01.2016

In this 2015 photo provided by his neighbor, Krista Kitchen, Joshua Brown stands by his new Tesla electric car near his home in Canton, Ohio. Brown died in an accident in Florida on May 7, 2016 in the first fatality from a car using self-driving technology. According to statements by the government and the automaker, his vehicle's cameras didn't make a distinction between the white side of a turning tractor-trailer and the brightly lit sky while failing to automatically activate its brakes. (Krista Kitchen via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver's history of speeding further complicates the question.


 
Gingrich, Christie lead Trump list of vice presidential options
03:48 PM, 07.01.2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appear together at a fundraising event in LawrencevilleBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie top Donald Trump's short list to be his vice presidential running mate, sources said, but the candidate is casting a wide net that also includes several U.S. senators and other governors. With less than three weeks to go until his formal nomination at the Republican National Convention as the party's candidate in the Nov. 8 election, Trump's search for a No. 2 has intensified. Other names to watch include U.S. Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Governors Mike Pence of Indiana and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Republicans close to the campaign said this week.


 
The Latest: Canadians sign Radulov; Leafs quiet on Day 1
03:44 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this No.v. 28, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres goalie Chad Johnson blocks a shot against the Nashville Predators during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Calgary Flames have agreed to a one-year contract to sign free-agent goalie Chad Johnson. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Flames have not announced the agreement reached shortly after the NHL's free-agency period opened on Friday, July 1,2016. .(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File0The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):


 
U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war zones
03:41 PM, 07.01.2016

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone flies over Creech Air Force Base in Nevada during a training missionBy Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government accepted responsibility on Friday for inadvertently killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not at war, a major disclosure likely to inflame debate about targeted killings and use of drones. President Barack Obama's goal for the release of the numbers, which are higher than any previously officially acknowledged but vastly below private estimates, is to create greater transparency about what the U.S. military and CIA are doing to fight militants plotting against the United States. "The numbers reported by the White House today simply don’t add up and we're disappointed by that," said Federico Borello, executive director for the Center for Civilians in Conflict.


 
4 children fatally stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody
03:40 PM, 07.01.2016

Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies work the scene where four young children were fatally stabbed at the Greens of Irene apartment, Friday, July 1, 2016 in Memphis, Tenn. Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody for questioning. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody for questioning. She has not been charged.


 
In VP search, Trump and Clinton eye different priorities
03:28 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this June 10, 2016, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., departs the Washington home of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Washington. Donald Trump wants a running mate who has what he lacks — political experience. Clinton is putting a premium on diversity as she searches for a No. 2. Yet the presidential rivals are running strikingly similar processes for tapping their vice presidential pick. Warren is thought to be a top contender for Clinton. (AP Photo/Paul Holston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump wants a running mate who has what he lacks — political experience. Hillary Clinton is putting a premium on diversity as she searches for a No. 2.


 
Robson-Kanu fires Wales to historic Euro 2016 semi-final
03:27 PM, 07.01.2016

Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu (L) celebrates after scoring a goal with Gareth Bale (R) during the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium, on July 1, 2016Hal Robson-Kanu scored a sensational goal as Wales came from behind to stun Belgium 3-1 in Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final in Lille and reach their first major tournament semi-final. Radja Nainggolan gave Belgium a 13th-minute lead, but Ashley Williams equalised before a dazzling strike from Robson-Kanu, whose contract with English second-tier club Reading expired on Thursday, and a late header by substitute Sam Vokes earned Wales a historic victory. Wales talisman Gareth Bale will now go head-to-head with his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo when the tournament's last British representatives face Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday.


 
Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages
03:25 PM, 07.01.2016

Facebook plans to use multilingual posts to improve machine translation capabilities with the aim of one day removing language barriers across the social networkFacebook on Friday began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer. The leading social network first made the "multilingual composer" tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service. "Page authors and other people on Facebook can compose a single post in multiple languages, and the viewers who speak one of those languages will see the post in their preferred language only -- allowing people to more easily interact with their diverse audiences," the company said.


 
Serena survives at Wimbledon, racket doesn't; Djokovic down
03:25 PM, 07.01.2016

Serena Williams of the U.S smashes her racket after losing her first set to Christina McHale of the U.S during their women's singles match on day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON (AP) — Dismayed at dropping the first set after being a single point from taking it, Serena Williams sat in her Centre Court sideline chair and cracked her racket against the turf once, twice, three times, four.


 
Lawyer: Woman required to tell Cosby she was talking to cops
03:23 PM, 07.01.2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers argued on Friday that a woman accusing him of sexual assault had to notify him before she spoke to police last year under the terms of their confidential civil settlement.

 
Gay Talese will promote new book, backs off earlier comments
03:23 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2013, file photo, author Gay Talese attends the Esquire 80th Anniversary and Network Launch Event in New York. A day after saying he would not promote "The Voyeur's Motel" because he felt he'd been deceived by the story's key source, Talese said he will be promoting it and will make changes to the text if needed. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Gay Talese has disavowed his disavowal.


 
AP Source: Sabres sign free-agent Okposo to 7-year contract
03:22 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this March 31, 2016, file photo, New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) battles along the boards for the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray (27)during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York. The Buffalo Sabres have signed Okposo to a $42 million, seven-year deal, agent Pat Brisson confirmed Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once Lightning captain Steven Stamkos took himself off the free-agent market, the Buffalo Sabres turned to Plan B: Kyle Okposo.


 
Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom
03:19 PM, 07.01.2016

An aerial photo shows blue-green algae enveloping an area along the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Fla.,Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Officials want federal action along the stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast where the governor has declared a state of emergency over algae blooms. The Martin County Commission is inviting the president to view deteriorating water conditions that local officials blame on freshwater being released from the lake, according to a statement released Wednesday. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP)STUART, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency to help businesses harmed by the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida's southern rivers and beaches.


 
Woman added this week to FBI's 'most wanted' list arrested
03:13 PM, 07.01.2016

This undated photo from the FBI shows Shanika Minor of Milwaukee. The FBI said Friday, July 1, 2016, that Minor, who was added to its "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list this week, was arrested Friday in North Carolina. Minor is accused of fatally shooting Tamecca Perry and her unborn child last March in Milwaukee. (FBI via AP)MILWAUKEE (AP) — The FBI says a Milwaukee woman added to its "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list this week has been arrested in North Carolina.


 
Judge lets new painkillers lawsuit against NFL teams proceed
03:13 PM, 07.01.2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court.

 
Leading WI GOPers split with Ryan, Walker over convention
03:09 PM, 07.01.2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top Wisconsin Republicans with significant roles in this month's GOP national convention are splitting with their state's highest profile politicians, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker, in an internal fight over how delegates should vote at the gathering.

 
U.S. House Republican gun bill draws the ire of Democrats
03:06 PM, 07.01.2016

Assault rifles are displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in PhoenixBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday introduced a measure intended to prevent gun sales to people on government watch lists, only to draw demands from Democrats for stronger proposals and a warning of possible new protests. A week after Democrats ended a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to call for gun legislation after the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, said lawmakers will vote next week on a measure giving government authorities three days to convince a judge that someone on a terrorism watch list should not be allowed to obtain a firearm. "It is a responsible measure that confronts this threat while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.


 
US auto sales hit record in first 6 months
03:05 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this Thursday, June 5, 2014, file photo, a row of 2014 Lincoln MKX SUVs are lined up on the lot of the dealership in Wexford, Pa. On Friday, July 1, 2016, automakers report sales. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they still set a record in the first six months of this year.


 
Cameron's potential successors push for Brexit delay
03:05 PM, 07.01.2016

Home Secretary Minister Theresa May is now leading five candidates vying to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned after losing the referendum on EU membershipThe favourites to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron pushed Friday for a delay in initiating Britain's talks to leave the EU as French President Francois Hollande insisted "Brexit" cannot be cancelled or delayed. In further signs of economic fallout from last week's shock vote, the government also warned it would likely abandon a key promise to achieve a budget surplus by 2020, while no-frills airline EasyJet announced contingency plans to ensure its European operations after Brexit. Britain has been plunged into extraordinary political turmoil since Britons voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union, with the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour party in disarray and the country deeply polarised.


 
Woods to sit out British Open and miss another major
03:04 PM, 07.01.2016

FILE - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods stands on the 18th green during a trophy ceremony for Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament winner Billy Hurley III in Bethesda, Md. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)TROON, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods is out of the British Open, the first time he has sat out three majors in one year.


 
Italians among hostages in Dhaka cafe attack: source
03:03 PM, 07.01.2016

Italian nationals are thought to be among the hostages taken by gunmen who stormed a cafe popular with foreigners in the capital of Bangladesh on Friday, a source at the Italian foreign ministry said. The source said it was not clear how many Italians may be involved. Gunmen stormed a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka on Friday night and took about 20 people hostage, including several foreigners, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

 
California governor signs stringent gun bills, vetoes others
02:59 PM, 07.01.2016

Gov. Jerry Brown, left, discusses a bill under consideration for his signature with Tom Dyer, his chief deputy legislative affairs secretary Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown spent his day reviewing some of the dozens of pieces of legislation approved by lawmakers before they left for a one month summer vacation. The governor is expected to act on several gun control measures approved by lawmakers in the next few days. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to strengthen gun laws that are already among the strictest in the nation.


 
U.S. factory data, auto sales improve, construction spending slips
02:57 PM, 07.01.2016

A construction worker on a building site in downtown Los AngelesU.S. factory activity expanded at a healthy pace in June as new orders, output and exports rose, new industry data showed on Friday, providing another sign that U.S. economic growth was regaining its footing after weakness early this year. Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler reported June sales gains of 6.4 percent and 6.5 percent, but General Motors, Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen all sold fewer vehicles. The weaker construction data could prompt some economists to trim back their second-quarter growth estimates and could help reinforce the Federal Reserve's view that there is currently too much uncertainty over global and U.S. growth to raise interest rates in the near term.


 
Royal Troon votes to admit female members
02:56 PM, 07.01.2016

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Royal Troon voted overwhelmingly Friday to admit female members for the first time in the club's 138-year history.

 
Djokovic facing Wimbledon humiliation as Sunday play confirmed
02:56 PM, 07.01.2016

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts while playing US player Sam Querrey during their men's singles third round match at Wimbledon on July 1, 2016World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic was facing Wimbledon humiliation on Friday before rain saved him from his worst defeat at the tournament since 2008. Three-time winner Djokovic, who is halfway to the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years, dropped the first two sets of his third round clash against American 28th seed Sam Querrey 7-6 (8/6), 6-1. Djokovic, who has an 8-1 record over Querrey, has made at least the quarter-finals on his last seven visits to Wimbledon since losing to Marat Safin in the second round eight years ago.


 
Gove, candidate to lead Britain, says no article 50 this year
02:56 PM, 07.01.2016

Leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove said he did not expect Britain to trigger article 50, the mechanism for leaving the European Union, this year. Gove made the comment during a news conference setting out his plans should he win the contest to lead the ruling Conservative Party and become the next prime minister.

 
 
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