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Heavy clashes as Iraqi forces push into IS-held Fallujah
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour counterattack by the Islamic State group on Tuesday, a day after entering the southern part of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. A leading aid group meanwhile raised alarm over the unfolding "human catastrophe" in Fallujah, where an estimated 50,000 people remain trapped, and renewed calls on warring parties to open up safe corridors for civilians to flee. The dawn attack unfolded in Fallujah's Nuaimiya area, most of which was captured by Iraqi troops the previous day, two special forces officers told The Associated Press.


Trump details fundraising for veterans' charities
NEW YORK (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump provided details Tuesday of the charities that received millions of dollars from a veterans' fundraiser he held earlier this year following sustained pressure from media outlets trying to account for the promised funds. Trump told reporters at a news conference in New York that his fundraiser, held in boycott of a Fox News presidential debate, raised $5.6 million, responding to questions about the amount raised and how those funds were directed. "The money's all been sent," Trump said at a press conference at Trump Tower Tuesday morning, where he criticized the press for making the money an issue.


UN: 880 killed in Mediterranean shipwrecks over last week
GENEVA (AP) - Survivors' accounts now indicate the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed at least 880 lives in the last week as unseaworthy, overcrowded smuggling boats capsized and sank under the weight of their human cargo, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. The deadliest known tally in over a year could foreshadow disasters ahead in the next few months during the region's traditional summer-fall spike in human trafficking as the weather and water grow warmer. UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said this year is proving to be "particularly deadly" on the Mediterranean, with some 2,510 lives lost compared to 1,855 in the same span a year ago.


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Wal-Mart seeks overseas success by going native in China
SHENZHEN, China (AP) - Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs - were they bulging? "When I come here, I have a look," she said. "If it's good, then I will buy it. If it's only cheap, I won't buy it." In American Wal-Marts, customers don't get to fondle their fish. But America is not China, as the world's biggest retailer has learned. If the Arkansas-based company wants to win over foreign consumers, it has to shed some of its American ways, and cater to very different customs and conventions that are fast changing.


Watchdog group wants Cincinnati Zoo held responsible
CINCINNATI (AP) - An animal protection watchdog group Tuesday called on federal authorities to hold the Cincinnati Zoo responsible for the death of an endangered western lowland gorilla. The zoo's director, Thane Maynard, said Monday it remains safe for its 1.6 million annual visitors despite a weekend tragedy in which a gorilla was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit. But, he added that a review is underway to determine any improvements that can be made. Maynard said the powerful gorilla was agitated and disoriented by the commotion during the 10 minutes after the boy fell and that the zoo stands by the decision to shoot 17-year-old Harambe.


Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts
TVER, Russia (AP) - Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: "Squeeze Russia out of yourself!" For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more than two years in prison. As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative. Here the Kremlin's interests coincide with those of investigators, who are anxious to report high conviction rates for extremism.


Wanted Taiwanese fugitive dies in car accident in California
BEIJING (AP) - A former tycoon wanted on allegations of embezzlement and fraud in Taiwan has died in a car accident in California, the island's foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday. He had been hiding for years in the United States. The official Central News Agency said Wang You-theng, former chairman of the China Rebar Group, was killed in a Friday morning crash on a highway in West Covina, California. His wife was injured but was in stable condition, the report said. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang confirmed the report when reached by telephone, but did not provide further details. Wang founded Rebar in 1959 to build steel beams and made a fortune from the business, but when Rebar sank into financial difficulties in 2006, Wang fled Taiwan and eventually arrived in the United States, where he had lived as one of the most wanted fugitives by Taiwanese authorities.


AP-NORC poll: Americans want nomination system changed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Bernie Sanders' pitch for changing the way presidential candidates are chosen appears to have broad public support. As the tortured primary season concludes, Americans say in a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that they have little faith in the Democratic or Republican system for selecting a presidential candidate. They prefer open primaries to those that are closed to all but party members, like primaries instead of caucuses and oppose the party insiders known as superdelegates, who have a substantial say in the Democratic race. "It's kind of like a rigged election," said Nayef Jaber, a 66-year-old Sanders supporter from San Rafael, California.


After San Bernardino, counselor faces other side of crisis
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mandy Pifer drove to the Los Angeles Police Department last week and prepared to face a fresh wave of grief. Pifer, a crisis counselor, has spent the last six years comforting people in the aftermath of death. The woman whose sister killed herself with an electric chainsaw. The 8-year-old girl who found her mother shot to death on their couch. The grief she was preparing to encounter was her own. Nearly six months ago, her boyfriend Shannon Johnson was among the 14 killed in the San Bernardino attack. Grappling with the anguish, she left counseling to mourn, retreating into her Koreatown apartment filled with their photographs.


Adele calls out fan for filming show instead of watching it
VERONA, Italy (AP) - Adele wants concertgoers to look at her with their own eyes instead of through a camera lens. A video posted by a fan on Twitter shows the 28-year-old British singer singling out a woman at a concert, asking her: "Could you stop filming me with that video camera? Because I'm really here in real life, you can enjoy it in real life rather than through your camera." Adele added: "This isn't a DVD, this is a real show." She said she'd really like those in the crowd to enjoy it "because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in." She then rolled her eyes and turned around.

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