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Iraq forces look to claw back city from insurgents

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by tanks and helicopter gunships have started battling insurgents in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, one of two major cities seized by Sunni militants during a rapid advance across the north earlier this month.


Child dies when Italian ice shop door falls on her

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop Saturday afternoon, killing a 3-year-old girl.


Tartt, Goodwin awarded Carnegie medals

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since researching her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Goldfinch," Donna Tartt is back in Las Vegas.


Seoul: North Korea fires more short-range missiles

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles.


GM crash victim payment plan won't have limit

DETROIT (AP) — When Kenneth Feinberg announces the terms of General Motors' plan to pay victims of crashes caused by bad ignition switches, he'll have an open wallet.


Mars 'flying saucer' splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings rocketed high over the Pacific on Saturday and deployed a novel inflatable braking system, but its massive parachute failed to fully unfurl as it descended to a splashdown.


Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty before judge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics appeared briefly for the first time in an American courtroom, pleading not guilty Saturday to a terrorism-related charge nearly two weeks after he was captured by special forces.


Warrant: Man did Web search on kids dying in cars

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man charged with murder after his 22-month-old son died in a hot SUV searched online for information about kids dying in cars and told police he feared it could happen, according to documents released Saturday as the boy's family held his funeral in Alabama.


Benghazi attacks suspect pleads not guilty

A Libyan militia leader pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court on Saturday to a terrorism charge in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Ahmed Abu Khatallah was transferred to the U.S. District Court in Washington on Saturday morning from a Navy warship where he had been held since his June 15 capture by U.S. special operations forces in Libya. He was charged at an afternoon hearing with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists resulting in death in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi. The Sept. 11, 2012, attack triggered a political firestorm for President Barack Obama, with Republicans accusing his administration of misrepresenting the circumstances and of lax protection for diplomats.


Bosnia marks end of Europe's violent century

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Artists and diplomats declared a new century of peace and unity in Europe on Saturday in the city where the first two shots of World War I were fired exactly 100 years ago.


Iraq forces launch push for insurgent-held city

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government launched its biggest push yet to wrest back ground lost to Sunni militants, as soldiers backed by tanks and helicopter gunships began an offensive Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit.


BRAZIL BEAT: How to watch Brazil-Chile at work

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Security staff at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife were faced with a terrible reality: They were working while Brazil was playing at the World Cup.


Pro-Russian rebels free 4 OSCE observers

MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday released a second team of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who had been held captive since the end of May, the organization said.


US man rows across Atlantic, reaches Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three times, Victor Mooney tried to row across the Atlantic. Three times he failed. One boat sank. Another lost its freshwater system. A third sprang a leak and left him drifting on a life raft for two weeks. As he planned for a fourth attempt, his wife made it clear it would be the last.


Arizona wildfire passes lines; shelter opens

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews are hoping that lighter winds on Saturday will spur progress against a wildfire that has charred more than 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains and prompted crews to set up a shelter for evacuees.


Saturday court appearance set for Benghazi suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics awaited his first court appearance Saturday amid heightened security at a federal courthouse.


From Morocco to Jakarta, Muslims mark Ramadan

BEIRUT (AP) — Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam.


Saturday court appearance for Benghazi suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks faces his first court appearance Saturday amid tight security at the federal courthouse in Washington, the U.S. attorney's office said.


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