Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing BAGHDAD (AP) - Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days - a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people. The country's political crisis intensified Saturday when hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down walls and poured into the zone that is home to the seat of the Iraqi government and most foreign embassies. Loudspeaker announcements on Sunday evening urged protesters to leave peacefully. When the call came, hundreds calmly packed up and left, carrying flags and overnight bags away with them.
US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria GENEVA (AP) - Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome. At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic State group, and Secretary of State John Kerry has appealed once more to his Russian counterpart for assistance in containing and reducing the violence, particularly around city of Aleppo. "We are talking directly to the Russians, even now," Kerry said on his arrival in Geneva as he began talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
10 Things to Know for Monday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. AGAINST LONG ODDS, US PUSHES TO RENEW SYRIAN CEASE-FIRE At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic State group. 2. WHY PROTESTS IN BAGHDAD RAISE WIDER SECURITY FEARS Instability in the Iraqi capital pulls security forces away from the front-line fight against the Islamic State group. 3. PUERTO RICO SAYS IT WON'T MAKE NEARLY $370 MILLION IN BOND PAYMENTS The default is by far the largest by the U.S. territory, which has been struggling under the weight of $72 billion in debt that its officials say it cannot pay.
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Puerto Rico won't make $370 million in debt payments Monday SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico's government will not make nearly $370 million in bond payments due Monday after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt crisis. Garcia said Sunday that he had issued an executive order suspending payments on debt owed by the island's Government Development Bank, a default that will likely prompt lawsuits from creditors and could be a prelude to a deadline to a much larger payment due July 1. The governor said Puerto Rico can't pay the bonds without cutting essential services.
Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists. "This is a very emotional time for us," Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd as the performance came to an end in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday. He called the six Asian elephants beloved members of the circus family and thanked the animals for more than 100 years of service. "We love our girls.
Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong. But off stage, something was different. Prince began wanting meals that were easier to digest and was fighting off waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs, the musician's personal chef told The Associated Press. A law enforcement official has told the AP that investigators are looking into whether Prince, who was found dead at his home on April 21, died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.
Trump gets outside help for potential GOP convention battle WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump has a Plan B if he's faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he's called "corrupt." While the billionaire businessman might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next five weeks of voting, he and his allies are simultaneously undertaking a parallel effort in case he falls short. Outside groups, including one led by longtime Trump political ally Roger Stone, and a loose collection of colorful supporters such as "Bikers for Trump" are organizing ahead of the July convention in Cleveland. They're soliciting money to pay for their transportation and housing, and they're already trying to influence the mood of the convention with a social media campaign saying that anything short of a Trump nomination would be "stealing." "Our principal focus right now is Cleveland," Stone said of his group, called Stop the Steal.
1st cruise from a US port in decades leaves Miami for Cuba MIAMI (AP) - Passengers set sail Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. seaport for the communist island nation. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival's Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand, will also visit the ports of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on the seven-day outing. Several Cuba-born passengers, among hundreds of others, were aboard, it said. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea, a rule that threatened to stop the cruises from happening.
Jazz fest's last day finishes soggy, but strong NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Wind, rain and a lightning strike beside the stage where Bonnie Raitt was singing didn't stop the soggy last day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival from rollicking to a close. Lightning hit the scaffolding for a giant TV screen showing fans the close-ups of Raitt and the band performing "Keep Your Mouth Shut." People nearby jumped backward at the bright flash at the screen's top outer corner. Then came a thunderclap, sounding like a brief explosion. Raitt kept singing and her band played on. A day earlier, thunderstorms had canceled the headliners' performances. "I'm still wondering why the facilities manager hasn't pulled them off," said Christy Gross of New Orleans shortly after the lightning strike.
Warriors whip Portland at home in opener of West semifinals OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense. With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Their supporting cast came through in the clutch, too. Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as his fellow "Splash Brother" watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors dominated once more without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.