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50 bodies found in Iraq, raising sectarian worries

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.


Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving US

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S., a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries.


American, Spaniard gored at Spain's San Fermin

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Fighting bulls gored an American and a Spaniard in a hair-raising third running of the bulls Wednesday at Spain's San Fermin festival.


VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.


Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border

For President Barack Obama, the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws.


Obama edges into tight Colorado Senate race

DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama is headlining his first fundraiser for a Senate Democrat in danger of losing this fall, taking a more direct role in the fight over who will control Congress for the remainder of his presidency.


Government made $100B in improper payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.


Typhoon Neoguri leaves 2 dead, heads north from Okinawa

Torrential rains from a weakened but still dangerous typhoon battered Japan's Okinawa islands on Wednesday, leaving two dead and threatening widespread flooding as the storm headed for the nation's main islands. Typhoon Neoguri, a super typhoon as it bore down on Okinawa this week, had winds gusting up to 162 kph (100 mph) on Wednesday, but weather forecasters said the major concern now was rain, especially as parts of the westernmost main island of Kyushu have already been hit by heavy rain over the last week. Authorities warned of record rainfall in Okinawa as rivers in some areas overflowed. "Given the situation, there is still potential for some serious damage," an official from the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference.


Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.


Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in central New York said four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region.


Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

N.Y., car service Uber reach price limit deal

The car service Uber has agreed to limit prices during emergencies, natural disasters or other unusual market disruptions consistent with New York's law against price gouging, the company and state attorney general said Tuesday.


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