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200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast
ZUWARA, Libya (AP) - Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe. An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw workers removing bodies from the water, and pulling a flooded boat into the harbor that contained several drowned victims floating face down. At least one victim, a man, was wearing a life vest. They were put into body bags and lined up on the waterfront.


The Latest: Red Crescent: At least 105 dead in sea off Libya
GENEVA (AP) - Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe. ---


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Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as 'professional victim'
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The man who was news director during Vester Flanagan's rocky tenure at Virginia station WDBJ-TV described him as someone who constantly saw himself being victimized by others. Dan Dennison described Flanagan, who shot and killed a reporter and a cameraman on live television Wednesday, as a "professional victim" during his time at the station before being fired in 2013.


Vatican says ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Friday as he awaited trial, the Vatican said. In a statement, the Vatican press office said preliminary checks on Jozef Wesolowski, 67, "indicated that the death was from natural causes."


Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy
KENEMA, Sierra Leone (AP) - Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day.


Clinton quietly trying to discourage Biden from a 2016 bid
WASHINGTON (AP) - In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy. As Biden ponders a challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination, she has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in the early-voting contests of Iowa and South Carolina and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in the effort to throw cold water on a possible Biden bid.


Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier
MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) - Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascades off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream. What little snow from last winter is already gone, so ice is melting off the glacier at a rate of nearly three inches a day this summer, he said.


Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side.


India's river waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival
NASIK, India (AP) - It's just water. But to the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water is reverential. It's a way to cleanse themselves of sin, to come close to God, to immerse themselves in a tradition that dates to antiquity. They have come to this city from across India and around the world. Entire villages arrive together, and their parties often last through the nights. Thousands of mystics gather.


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