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Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks
LONDON (AP) - Britain and the EU haven't even begun divorce talks but they are already bickering, as political and economic shockwaves from the British vote spread around the world. EU diplomats meeting in Berlin told Britain to hurry up and trigger the formal exit process - something the U.K. has said won't happen for several months. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said "there is a certain urgency ... so that we don't have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences." Meanwhile, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said her semi-autonomous administration would start immediate talks with the EU to ensure Scotland could remain in the bloc despite the U.K.-wide vote to leave.

The Latest: Danish PM urges EU to pay attention to skeptics
Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen says Britain's exit "will echo for years to come and change the Europe as we know it." He says "the EU must stay away from areas where countries do it best themselves" and pay attention to popular skepticism across the continent. After a government meeting Saturday to discuss the British vote, he wrote on Facebook that the government's priority was "to defend Danish interests in the upcoming divorce." Loekke Rasmussen said Friday the Scandinavian country that joined the European Union in 1973 at the same time as Britain, has "no plans to hold a referendum on this basic matter."

Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United Kingdom's stunning vote to leave the European Union was driven by much of the same sentiment that fueled Donald Trump's insurgent march toward the Republican presidential nod: A rejection of economic globalization and the elites who favor it by those who feel left behind. Many economists warn that the British vote to leave the EU, dubbed "Brexit," could cripple that nation's economy - just as many say Trump's ideas would stifle U.S. growth or even trigger another recession. Millions of voters have defied those concerns. The Brexit vote and Trump's widespread support reflect a sweeping rejection of expert opinion in advanced countries.

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Now that Britain wants out, EU must figure out how to do it
BRUSSELS (AP) - Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the bloc's first order of business is figuring out how to get rid of it. Surprisingly, that's a tall order. Britain seemingly has the luxury to pick and choose when to start the laborious, intricate process of disengagement from the 28-nation group, which is expected to take years. EU leaders exhorted Britain on Saturday to activate as soon as possible Article 50 of the EU's governing Lisbon Treaty, which contains the exit clause and is the key to let the EU get on with its political life. "There is urgency.

British brace for economic repercussions of EU exit decision
LONDON (AP) - The British were warned for weeks that a vote to leave the European Union would result in economic pain. Now they'll find out whether it will. U.K. financial leaders are scrambling to reassure households, businesses and investors that they can contain the doom and gloom they had predicted in case of a British exit, or Brexit. The pound plunged to its lowest level in over 30 years on Friday, raising concerns about price inflation, and shares in the U.K.'s biggest banks and real estate builders posted double-digit declines as economists predicted the country would fall into recession.

In need of help, Trump finds few willing to work for him
WASHINGTON (AP) - To compete against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has finally conceded, he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. Yet he's finding that many of the GOP's most experienced political aides just aren't willing to work for him. From Texas to New Hampshire, well-respected members of the Republican Party's professional class say they can't look past their deep personal and professional reservations about the presumptive presidential nominee. There are exceptions, but many operatives who best understand the mechanics of presidential politics fear that taking a Trump paycheck might stain their resumes, spook other clients and even cause problems at home.

2 dead, several hurt after Fort Worth dance studio shooting
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas authorities say two people are dead and several others injured following a shooting outside a nonprofit dance studio in Fort Worth. Fort Worth Police Spokesman Daniel Segura says in a statement Saturday that East Division officers responded to reports of a shooting at Studio 74's Fort Worth address. He says arriving officers discovered one victim dead outside the studio. Several others were shot and transported to hospitals. Segura says one victim died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. No further information was immediately available. An investigation is ongoing. Studio 74's website says the facility brings "dance programming to underserved communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds."

Crews rescue the stranded in West Virginia flooding; 23 dead
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - All Karol Dunford has left is a dirty nightgown, caked in mud from the floodwaters that ravaged her West Virginia town and killed at least 23. She lost the trailer where she lived for 30 years. She lost her wheelchair, her medicine and her best friend, a little Chihuahua named Frankie. As the deluge swamped southeast West Virginia on Thursday evening, Dunford, 71, sat immobile in her wheelchair in her living room as the pitch-black floodwater rose past her ankles, to her knees, up to the armrests. She talked to her daughter, Randee Suzer, on the phone.

Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Pope Francis heads to Armenia's genocide memorial for a prayer service, fresh from his ad-libbed declaration that the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide." Francis is due to lay a floral wreath at the memorial Saturday and greet descendants of the Armenian orphans who were taken in by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s and housed at his summer residence south of Rome. Francis drew a standing ovation upon his arrival Friday in Armenia when he denounced what he called the ideologically twisted, planned "genocide" of Armenians starting in 1915. His prepared speech had avoided using the politically-charged term, which Turkey rejects.

Elderly couple dead, 80 homes burn in California wildfire
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - A vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said. The two were outside their house when they were overcome with smoke, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a Friday evening news conference on the fire that has burned nearly 47 square miles and forced the evacuation of 1,500 homes near Lake Isabella, a popular recreation area east of Bakersfield. The names of the two dead, whose bodies were found Friday, have not been released. The sheriff said his department hasn't been able to search very extensively and would be looking through burned homes with cadaver dogs seeking more possible victims.

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