British politics in disarray; Scotland hopes to block Brexit LONDON (AP) - Britain faced unending political chaos Sunday as Scotland's leader declared the Scottish parliament might try to block Britain's exit from the European Union and lawmakers in the opposition Labour Party revolted against their chief for his lackluster efforts to convince British voters to stay in the bloc. On the continent, European leaders stepped up the pressure on Britain to begin its extrication from the 28-nation EU immediately rather than wait several months as British Prime Minister David Cameron prefers. Cameron, head of the failed 'remain' side in Britain's historic referendum, announced Friday that he will step down by October and will not take part in the negotiations with the EU.
British expatriates fear for their future after UK vote BENIDORM, Spain (AP) - Tad Dawson's pub in this Spanish vacation town was doing a brisk business in the summer sun. The only dark clouds he saw were coming from the bar's TV, tuned to a British news channel. Inside the Yorkshire Pride were many British tourists watching the screen as their prime minister announced his resignation Friday after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. Dawson, a 51-year-old Englishman who has lived in Spain since the 1990s, admits the decoupling of Britain from the EU other 27 member nations has him spooked. His future is suddenly uncertain. "We're very scared because I've been here 23 years.
For Trump and Brexit voters, echoes of the same frustrations MAYBOLE, Scotland (AP) - At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence lost amid a globalized world. It's the same kind of feeling that Donald Trump rode to become the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S., where he campaigns to put "America first" and "make America great again." "I love to see people take their country back. And that's really what's happening in the United States," Trump told reporters this weekend during a visit to his golf resort in western Scotland. The anxiety that drove the stunning "Brexit" decision has been brewing for at least a decade in the United Kingdom, as waves of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe arrived as the global economy plunged into recession.
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At gay pride parades, large crowds and increased security NEW YORK (AP) - With a moment of silence followed by the roar of motorcycles, New York City's gay pride parade kicked off Sunday, a celebration of barriers breached and a remembrance of the lives lost in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida. Crowds of onlookers stood a dozen deep along Fifth Avenue, many waving rainbow flags. Some spectators held up orange "We are Orlando" signs, and indications of increased security were everywhere, with armed officers standing by. An announcer in a pickup truck introducing state officials and guests also shouted out, "Love is love! New York is Orlando!" in memory of the 49 people killed two weeks ago in Orlando.
Owners of AR-style firearms defend their weapon of choice ATLANTA (AP) - Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago. "Quite honestly, I was scared of it," she recalls. But as soon as she fired it, she became a fan. "You know some of these people that are fearful, it's just because they don't have knowledge," she said. "We call it furniture - it's got all the accessories on it that make it look a little intimidating. But once you shoot it you realize it's so much fun." Butler, of Huntsville, Alabama, started Shoot Like a Girl, an outfit that seeks to introduce and inspire women to participate in shooting sports.
Primary odd couple pushes to unite Democratic party WASHINGTON (AP) - It seemed like a surprising party of two. There was Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's top campaign aide, known for his calm temperament and fiercely disciplined ways, and Jeff Weaver, a combative political fighter often called Bernie Sanders' alter ego, sharing a Friday night dinner at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, Vermont. But over the long months of a frequently contentious primary, the two rival Democratic campaign managers struck up an unusually friendly relationship, founded on exhaustion, goofy jokes and a shared affection for their home state of Vermont. They talk almost daily, text frequently and email often.
Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS BAGHDAD (AP) - A senior Iraqi commander said the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS control, the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told The Associated Press. Al-Saadi said the operation, which began in late May, "is done and the city is fully liberated." The Iraqi army was backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and paramilitary troops, mostly Shiite militias. "From the center of al-Julan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi people and the commander in chief...and declare that the Fallujah fight is over," he told Iraqi state TV, flanked by military officers and soldiers.
Obama OKs federal aid for West Virginia; at least 24 dead CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - With the missing accounted for in all but one county, West Virginia on Sunday turned its attention to recovery after disastrous floods killed at least 24 people and rendered many more homeless. The deluge tore through roads and bridges and knocked out utilities that still haven't been restored in some communities. Federal money will be part of the rebuilding equation. Sunday marks the first day people can apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid in the three worst-hit counties. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration still believes there are people missing in Greenbrier County, and the death toll there rose by one Saturday, chief of staff Chris Stadelman said.
Italian police capture fugitive mob boss sought for 20 years ROME (AP) - Italy's second most sought-after fugitive, a convicted, ruthless 'ndrangheta crime syndicate boss, was captured Sunday as he slept in his bed in a hideout in the rugged Calabrian mountains, police and prosecutors said. Ernesto Fazzalari "went from his sleep to the handcuffs of the Carabinieri" paramilitary police after 20 years on the run, Col. Lorenzo Falferi told reporters in Reggio Calabria. Reggio Calabria Prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho described Fazzalari as "a merciless killer" and a protagonist of the 1991-1992 turf feud between 'ndrangheta clans that bloodied the Taurianova town area of Calabria in the "toe" of the Italian peninsula.
Past few days 'difficult' for former Tennessee coach Summitt KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pat Summitt's family said Sunday that the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women's basketball coach as her Alzheimer's disease progresses. Amid reports of Summitt's failing health, her family issued a statement asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. It also asked for privacy. The statement was posted on the Pat Summitt Foundation's website and was issued by Erin Freeman, a spokeswoman for the Summitt family. Former Tennessee player Tamika Catchings was flying to Knoxville to visit the coach instead of returning to Indiana with the WNBA's Fever.