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Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France
PARIS (AP) - A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday the debris found on the French island of Reunion will be sent for investigation to the French city of Toulouse, the center for European aviation.


AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues - results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.


Top officials critical of Ohio cop indicted on murder charge
CINCINNATI (AP) - This time, some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man came from top law enforcement and city officials. The indictment Wednesday of a University of Cincinnati police officer on a charge of murder in the traffic stop shooting was applauded by officials in a city roiled by racial violence that erupted in 2001 after an unarmed black man was killed by Cincinnati police after a string of earlier shootings by officers.


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Afghan Taliban: 'family' of Mullah Omar confirm his death
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness. The statement, emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday, didn't say when he died.


Confederate flags placed at Ebenezer church near MLK Center
ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities and police are investigating after four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. Officer Gary Wade says a maintenance worker discovered the flags at 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the National Park Service, which operates the nearby King Center. Wade says no one saw who placed the flags, which weren't stuck in the ground but instead set neatly on top of it. He says there's at least one security camera for the area. Authorities are reviewing footage.


Lawyer: No charge yet for 2nd Zimbabwe lion killing suspect
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe prosecutors Thursday are still trying to figure out how to charge one of the suspects in the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist that has outraged animal lovers. Walter James Palmer, who has kept a low profile in the face of protests at his clinic, is being sought for questioning by Zimbabwe authorities but according to the U.S. embassy in the capital Harare, there is no information about any extradition request.


Hope for miracle dims but search goes on for missing boys
TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) - Families hoped for a miracle even as science nagged that one was improbable and rescue crews went into a seventh day of searches Thursday for two teens missing at sea. Though it seemed unlikely a medley of agencies would continue their hunts much longer, the Coast Guard, which is leading the effort, insisted it remained an "active and open" case now focused off the South Carolina coastline.


Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid. Seventeen-year-old Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press Wednesday that she wished dispatcher Matthew Sanchez had done more to help after her friend Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot in June while watching friends play cards inside a home. He later died.


Jon Stewart signing off 'Daily Show' fake newscast for real
NEW YORK (AP) - After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his Peabody Award, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Who could blame him for wanting to depart "The Daily Show" on this high note?


AP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects.

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