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First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet.


Neymar: World Cup dream still alive

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his World Cup dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive.


Family wants officer held accountable in beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has vowed to carry out a thorough investigation after a video emerged of one of its officers repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned down on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.


Philadelphia row home fire may have begun in couch

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fire that raced through a row of two-story homes in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday, killing three 4-year-olds and a baby and engulfing at least 10 houses, may have started in a couch on a porch, officials said.


Neymar: World Cup 'dream interrupted by one play'

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup dream was "interrupted by one play" but "is not over yet," and he hopes to be celebrating the title along with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday.


Only road onto NC island reopening after Arthur

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's popular beach towns began returning to the business of recreation Saturday, after Arthur lashed the state's coast with forceful winds and heavy rain and then churned northward without leaving a trail of significant damage.


Video purportedly shows extremist leader in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has made what would be his first public appearance, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq's second-largest city, according to a video posted online Saturday.


Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

CAMPOBASSO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.

4 kids die in sweeping Philadelphia row home fire

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fast-moving fire raced through a row of two-story homes in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday, killing four children, engulfing at least 10 houses and displacing more than 40 residents, officials said.


Palestinian teen burned to death, autopsy shows

JERUSALEM (AP) — A teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack was burned to death, an autopsy showed Saturday, as clashes fuelled by anger over the case spread into Arab Israeli towns.


Palestinians: Arab teen was burned to death

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian attorney general says autopsy results of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack show he was burned to death.


4 killed in car bomb attack in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Four people were killed Saturday when a car laden with explosives blew up near the parliament building in the Somali capital, a police official said Saturday.


Clashes spread after Palestinian boy's funeral

JERUSALEM (AP) — Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters spread from Jerusalem to Arab towns in northern Israel Saturday following the funeral of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.


Arthur weakening, downgraded to tropical storm

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — Businesses on two of North Carolina's barrier islands hoped to salvage the rest of the holiday weekend after Arthur clipped the state without causing major damage before churning north toward Canada and losing strength early Saturday morning.


Video shows California officer punching woman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has vowed to carry out a thorough investigation after a video emerged of one of its officers repeatedly punching a pinned down woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.


Neymar returns to Brazil camp in ambulance

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Neymar returned to Brazil's training camp in an ambulance after being ruled out of the World Cup because of a broken vertebra that will sideline him for four weeks.


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