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Deaths of 19 firefighters prompt few changes

PHOENIX (AP) — It was the worst loss of life for U.S. wildland firefighters in eight decades, a tragedy that killed 19 members of a Hotshot crew during an out-of-control inferno in a brush-choked canyon.


Libyan militant in federal law enforcement custody

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Washington says a Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks is in federal law enforcement custody and there is heightened security at the city's federal courthouse.

High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.


AP PHOTOS: Die-hard fans bring color to World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — They flock to games with faces painted and draped in flags. They hold up signs and wear funny hats. They chant and sing until they're hoarse. They're the traveling fans, and they're helping give the World Cup the feel of Carnival.


Russia accuses US of fueling Ukrainian crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Saturday accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union.


US takes gay rights global, despite unsure welcome

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home.


Iraqi parties pursue talks that could oust Maliki over insurgency

Party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisive rule after a top Shi'ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country.


Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.


Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Thailand's junta-leading Army Chief has dismissed allegations he plotted to seize power for years before May's coup, issuing an apparent rebuke to the leader of the protests that crippled the former government. "It is not true" General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said, addressing accusations that he had discussed uprooting the divisive Shinawatra clan from politics with firebrand protest chief Suthep Thaugsuban. Supporters of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra have blamed a coalition of establishment-linked forces -- including the army and judiciary -- for colluding to overthrow the government, the second such army putsch in eight years. He has imposed martial law on the kingdom, suspended the constitution, muzzled dissent and detained or arrested hundreds of people -- mainly supporters of the former government.


Venezuela blackout hits much of country

A power plant failure knocked out electricity across a big swath of Venezuela on Friday, darkening the lights at a nationally televised presidential ceremony and forcing a suspension of subway and train services around the country


Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.


VA review finds 'corrosive culture’

A review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concluded that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.


Arizona tourists, residents evacuate near wildfire

Communities mostly populated with summer homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders because of a wildfire in northeastern Arizona's White Mountains, but authorities say the flames have moved into thinned or previous burned parts of the forest.

6 killed in fiery crash in Kentucky

A station wagon lost control on a busy highway, crossed the median and plowed head-on into a minivan, sparking a fiery crash that killed six people — including three children — in central Kentucky.


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