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Searchers scour beaches in hopes of unlocking MH370 mystery
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) - Searchers are scouring the Reunion coastline in hopes of finding more debris that officials hope will unlock the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Philippe Sidam, head of an association that maintains the Bois Rouge beach near where the aircraft wing was found Wednesday, says the ocean currents bring all kinds of debris. He displayed a laundry bottle from Indonesia, 6,700 kilometers (4,100 miles) away, as an example.


Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq's collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria, particularly squeezing its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa. But intelligence analysts see the overall situation as a strategic stalemate: The Islamic State remains a well-funded extremist army able to replenish its ranks with foreign jihadis as quickly as the U.S. can eliminate them. Meanwhile, the group has expanded to other countries, including Libya, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Afghanistan.


IOC chooses 2022 host city, winner to be announced Friday
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The IOC selected a host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, with the winner to be announced later at an official ceremony. Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, were the only two candidates in the voting by the International Olympic Committee.


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More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle
WASHINGTON (AP) - The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions say the big cats have been in big trouble for years.


Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
DUMA, West Bank (AP) - Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, hurling fire bombs inside and setting off a blaze that killed a toddler and critically wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident a "terror attack," while the Palestinians blamed Israel for allowing such violence to go unchecked in the West Bank.


Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant
SEATTLE (AP) - Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. One waitress is saving for accounting classes and finding it easier to take weekend vacations, while another server is using the added pay to cover increased rent.


WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
TOKYO (AP) - The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it says shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies. The documents include what appear to be five U.S. National Security Agency reports, four of which are marked top-secret, that reveal internal Japanese discussions on international trade and climate change policy.


Federal judge takes nuanced approach in US terrorism cases
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before - a young Somali-American who hadn't previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group. The 6-foot-5 Davis, who can make defendants fidget with his long, drawn-out silences, stressed the gravity of the charges and tried to gauge whether this particular young man was truly dedicated to jihad or simply misguided and a possible candidate for rehabilitation.


Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots
CHIRAN, Japan (AP) - As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms. "Remembering that still makes me tremble," said Chino Kuwashiro, now a tiny 86-year-old with a stooped back. "We waved and waved until we couldn't see them anymore. Why did we have to endure such sorrow?"


Greek bailout talks to shift gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund began an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion). The envoys held a first meeting with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos following talks during the week in Athens between lower-level officials on reforming the tax system and labor market regulations.