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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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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. "Tonight is a very special night. Tonight, we are all witnessing history, as the nation's largest living legends take to the arena floor for their final bow," Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd. The crowd cheered as six Asian elephants entered the arena to perform in an act that had them dancing, balancing on each others' backs, sitting on their hind legs and pretending to sleep.


Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company's latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas' so-called RADAR program "spying billboards," warning the service may violate privacy rights by tracking people's cell phone data via the ad space. "A person's cellphone should not become a James Bond-like personal tracking device for a corporation to gather information about consumers without their consent," Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement ahead of a planned news conference Sunday in Times Square, where the company operates billboards.


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 principle 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 kicks off, storm ends some sets early
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day after thunderstorms forced the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to close early, thousands of umbrellas bobbed as their owners listened or danced in puddles to a 70-minute tribute to the late Allen Toussaint. Leslie Goldberg, a Chicagoan living in New Orleans, swayed to strains played by Dr. John as a light rain fell on the last day of the seven-day celebration of food, art, crafts and, of course, music. "He was a legend," she said. "I like to see how all the musicians who came to Jazz Fest interpret his music." An earlier downpour turned parts of the Fair Grounds Race Course into swimming pools for geese and forced several of the last day's acts to end their sets early.


Heat roll past Hornets in Game 7, 106-73
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade took a moment before tipoff Sunday to reflect on all that his Miami Heat endured this season. They lost Chris Bosh at the All-Star break to a blood clot for a second consecutive year, forcing them to significantly change their style of play. They handled injuries, saw assistant coach Keith Smart deal with cancer treatment that took him away from the team and reshaped their roster in free-agent deals and trades. In that moment, Wade realized how it all made his team stronger. "I'm not a prophet or anything," Wade said, "but I knew we were winning this game." How right he was.

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