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  • Once expelled by France, Cohn-Bendit gets French nationality

    8 minutes ago

    (AP) PARIS (AP) — German Green party politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, once known as the youthful firebrand "Dany the Red," has been granted French citizenship — nearly a half-century after being expelled from France during the May 1968 student uprising. Cohn-Bendit, in ...

  • B.B. King Homecoming festival honors memory of blues legend

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    (AP) JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of music fans are expected to let the good times roll Sunday at the 35th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival, a free gathering that the legendary bluesman started in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. Performers ...

  • Woman chains herself to Shell ship in bay north of Seattle

    12 minutes ago

    (AP) BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has no plans to remove a woman who has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans. The activist attached herself to ...

  • Thiem wins 1st career title by beating Mayer in Nice final

    16 minutes ago

    (AP) NICE, France (AP) — Dominic Thiem held his nerves to win his first ATP tour title on Saturday as he completed a tight 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in the final of the Open de ...

  • B.B. King family group to challenge blues legend's executor

    17 minutes ago

    (AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer representing a group of B.B. King's heirs says they'll challenge the blues legend's will and the actions of his longtime business manager-turned executor of his affairs. Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer (droh-HO'-bit-zer) issued a statement early ...

  • Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil wins Geneva Open title

    19 minutes ago

    (AP) GENEVA (AP) — Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil won the revived Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (4), 6-4. The 27-year-old Bellucci's fourth career ATP title was his third in Switzerland. He also won on ...

  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

    26 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a fire on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast is out. Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the fire in Breton Sound was extinguished around 6 a.m. Saturday. The fire had been ...

  • Alitalia calls 24-hour strike 'disrespectful' of passengers

    29 minutes ago

    (AP) MILAN (AP) — Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24-hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago. Alitalia said ...

  • Bringing in the snoek, one of South Africa's staple fish

    32 minutes ago

    (AP) LAMBERT'S BAY, South Africa (AP) — The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, to bring in the day's catch in the early afternoon. The long, thin silver snoek fish is one of South ...

  • Athletics place Coco Crisp on DL with cervical strain

    36 minutes ago

    (AP) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville. The moves were announced before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. ...

  • Latest on Cleveland verdict: 'Hands up, don't shoot'

    43 minutes ago

    (AP) CLEVELAND (AP) — 11:50 a.m. At least 30 protesters have gathered at the Cleveland courthouse where a patrolman was acquitted in the deaths of two unarmed suspects who were killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. About an equal ...

  • Obama includes Vice President Biden in regular golf game

    39 minutes ago

    (AP) POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — A surprise player has joined President Barack Obama's regular weekend golf game: Vice President Joe Biden. The White House says the Nos. 1 and 2 leaders of the free world teed off Saturday at TPC Potomac ...

  • California governor pitches amnesty on traffic debt for poor

    45 minutes ago

    (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for Californians who can't afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court penalties. The push by the Democratic governor spotlights growing concern among lawmakers and court administrators ...

  • Andretti family brushes off so-called curse at Indianapolis

    50 minutes ago

    (AP) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The roar rose from the crowd with the simple introduction of one of the Indianapolis 500's all-time stars. "The great Mario Andretti!" With that, thousands of fans before Friday's final race practice stood at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ...

  • Senate Republicans block changes to NSA surveillance

    54 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration ...

  • Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

    54 minutes ago

    (AP) LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as the small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba. They are among a group of ...

  • Stosur wins first title this year in Strasbourg

    1 hour, 7 minutes ago

    (AP) STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Third-seeded Samantha Stosur rallied to beat Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Strasbourg International on Saturday, claiming her first title of the year. The 26th-ranked Stosur, a former French Open runner-up, is ...

  • Somalia: 18 killed in extremist attack in rural Somalia

    1 hour, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali military official says dozens of Islamic extremists attacked two towns in southern Somalia early Saturday and clashed with government troops in which 18 militants and soldiers were killed. Mohamed Abdullahi, a Somali military commander in ...

  • Hunter-Reay forgotten champion as Indianapolis 500 looms

    1 hour, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Ryan Hunter-Reay stood in Victory Lane after a thrilling last-lap duel with Helio Castroneves, he had a hard time describing just what winning the Indianapolis 500 meant to him. "I'm a proud American boy," Hunter-Reay said ...

  • Sensation of 'Dope' continues at Cannes Film Festival

    1 hour, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) CANNES, France (AP) — A year ago, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa was struggling to find financing for his film after studios in Hollywood passed on it. Now, he's sitting in a restaurant at Cannes riding the sensation of "Dope," his comic ...

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