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Police: No explosives found in car used in Texas attack
GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Federal agents searched an apartment in Phoenix as part of an investigation into a shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, the FBI confirmed Monday. Police officers shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Sunday night. The security officer was wounded in the shooting.


Senator: Pentagon underreports sexual assaults in military
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of sex-related crimes occurring in U.S. military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported, a U.S. senator said Monday in a scathing critique that asserts the Pentagon has refused to provide her information about sexual assaults at several major bases. The spouses of service members and civilian women who live or work near military facilities are especially vulnerable to being sexually assaulted, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in a report. Yet they "remain in the shadows" because neither is counted in surveys conducted by the Defense Department to determine the prevalence of sexual assaults within the ranks, the report said.


GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former technology executive Carly Fiorina announced she's running for president, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was set to launch his bid as well on Monday, as the Republican field of hopefuls expands once more. Both Fiorina and Carson have the potential to help the GOP win over a more diverse group of supporters in 2016. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only likely African-American. They are both also political outsiders in a field likely to be dominated by governors, former governors and senators.


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Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
LONDON (AP) - Britain's newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - seen as a tribute to Prince William's parents and grandmother. The princess is the second child of William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials said Monday.


Nepal: We will need huge foreign support for reconstruction
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official said Monday. Nepal is one of the world's poorest nations, and its economy, largely based on tourism, has been crippled by the earthquake, which left more than 7,300 people dead. While there are no clear estimates yet of how much it will cost to rebuild, it will certainly be enormously expensive.


Centenarian survives Nepal quake, worries he's testing fate
BIDUR, Nepal (AP) - It was an unlikely escape. By his own account, he should have died. But when the humble hut of stacked grey stones collapsed onto Funchu Tamang, who believes himself to be 101 years old, his daughter-in-law quickly pulled him from the wreckage. He was hit in the chest by a rock during the quake. A couple of ribs were broken, giving him trouble breathing. The next day, just when his son arrived from Nepal's northwest, Tamang was weak and delirious. "I thought my father was dead," 58-year-old Bal Bahadur Tamang said Monday. But the old man had only fallen unconscious.


In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger
CAIRO (AP) - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts. A local tribal council now administers the city.


Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces White House campaign
DETROIT (AP) - Retired surgeon Ben Carson declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, resting his longshot bid on his vision of the nation as "a place of dreams" where people can thrive when freed from an overbearing government. Carson, the only African-American in the race, spoke in front of hundreds of people at Detroit Music Hall, a few miles from a high school that bears his name. A choir singing the chorus from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" set the stage.


McDonald's to simplify structure, focus on customers
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook says he's stripping away layers of bureaucracy and increasing accountability so the company can move more nimbly to keep up with changing tastes. During a 23-minute video message posted online Monday, Easterbrook said the company's structure is "cumbersome" and said it can no longer afford its "legacy attitudes."


Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on Twitter from the International Space Station on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

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