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AP Top News at 4:09 p.m. EDT

Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) - A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the missing, after a year and a half of grieving and frustration at a lack of answers, despite a wide, deep and expensive multinational search effort in the southern Indian Ocean, the China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.


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.


Jurors instructed on reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial received instructions Thursday before their next round of deliberations to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders. The lengthy instructions were the last step before closing arguments in this phase of his sentencing, which focused on Holmes' childhood, his mental illness, his connections to people who love him and other potentially mitigating factors that would reduce his "moral culpability" and make him worthy of their mercy.


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Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty to murder in traffic stop
CINCINNATI (AP) - A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing appeared at his arraignment wearing a striped jail suit, with his hands cuffed behind him. He was indicted Wednesday in the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose, of Cincinnati, during a traffic stop.


Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar's deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader, two Taliban figures told The Associated Press, saying the seven-member council had met in the Pakistani city of Quetta.


Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade
JERUSALEM (AP) - Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into the march's leaders and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said. Police said the attacker, Yishai Schlissel, who was arrested at the scene for Thursday's attack, had been released from prison just three weeks ago, after serving a sentence for stabbing several people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005.


Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church
ATLANTA (AP) - Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church. It was the latest provocative act involving the Civil War-era symbol since nine black church members were gunned down during Bible study in South Carolina, and it happened in the heart of an area devoted to the slain civil rights leader, near his birthplace, his crypt and a center devoted to preserving his legacy.


Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall. The $350 billion long-term bill was approved Thursday on a 65-34 vote with bipartisan support. It would make changes to highway, transit, railroad and auto safety programs, but its sponsors were only able to find enough money to pay for the first three years of the six-year bill.


Zimbabwean baffled by foreign concern for killed lion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States - much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal - most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern. The discovery that Cecil, the star of Zimbabwe national park had been lured out and killed by American bow hunter Walter James Palmer has resulted in online anger and protests at his dental clinic.


Fire chief: More training planned after dispatcher hung up
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - All Albuquerque Fire Department employees in emergency situations will undergo additional training after a dispatcher told a 911 caller trying to help a teenage shooting victim to "deal with it yourself." The department will start giving crisis intervention training to all firefighters and dispatchers next week, Fire Chief David Downey told reporters Wednesday. A department spokeswoman said she was not sure if some employees had previously received the training.