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US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
SYDNEY (AP) - A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Air safety investigators - one of them a Boeing investigator - have identified the component found on the French island of Reunion as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, the U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing.


AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues - results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.


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Top officials critical of Ohio cop indicted on murder charge
CINCINNATI (AP) - This time, some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man came from top law enforcement and city officials. The Wednesday indictment of a University of Cincinnati police officer on a charge of murder in the traffic-stop shooting was applauded by officials in a city roiled by racial violence that erupted in 2001 after an unarmed black man was killed by Cincinnati police after a string of earlier shootings by officers.


Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan - a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations. The apparent rejection of the talks comes a day after Kabul announced the death of the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, but it was not immediately clear if the two developments were connected.


Drachma revolt adds unease to Greece's awkward alliance
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' power-sharing acrobatics look harder to perform by the day. Opposition parties are propping up his left-wing government long enough to negotiate a new bailout and keep the country in the eurozone, while senior members of his own party, Syriza, have revived a campaign to bring back the drachma.


New film highlights struggles of gay Palestinians in Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - During last summer's Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip. He thought yet again of the dichotomy of his life as a gay Arab Israeli citizen considered an outcast by the Palestinian society for his sexuality and viewed with unease by some Israelis for his brand of nationality.


Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) - Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for "human support robot," comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup.


APNewsBreak: Gov't finds health law co-ops awash in red ink
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law's public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. Under President Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 - the one in Maine - made money last year, said the report out Thursday. Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns.


Trump arrives in Scotland for Women's British Open golf
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - Presidential contender Donald Trump has arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland for the first day of the Women's British Open. On a short break from his election campaigning in the United States, the Republican landed Thursday in his private helicopter in front of the hotel at the luxurious resort he purchased last year to extend his portfolio of golf properties.

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