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Two million dollar bag with extraordinary history sold at auction

By Megan Palin A plain, cream coloured bag with nothing inside but an extraordinary history has been sold at auction for more than $NZ2 million.The bag was used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon...

After alleged AlphaBay kingpin found dead in Thai jail, authorities announce huge dark web takedown

By Nick Whigham To the outside world, Alexandre Cazes was living the perfect life full of luxury cars and plenty of cash. That is, until he was found dead in a Bangkok prison cell.The 25-year-old Canadian was living in a villa...

Earthquake kills two, injures many in Turkey, Greek islands

At least two people have been killed and a number have been injured in a powerful earthquake that rattled Greek islands and Turkey's Aegean coast.An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.7 has struck off the Turkish coast, triggering...

Justine Damond's shooter officer Mohamed Noor cast out by Minneapolis Police Department

By Liz Burke The head of the Minneapolis Police Department has made a surprising admission about the affect of the police shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond on the city.In her first public appearance since the Saturday...

Teens who filmed and mocked drowning man 'unlikely to face charges'

WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT BELOW A group of teens who callously filmed and refused to help as a man drowned in a pond are unlikely to face any charges, Florida police have confirmed.They filmed the man fighting for his life...

'That's unbelievable': Pilot makes emergency landing between cars on highway

A pilot is being hailed a hero after calmly making an emergency landing on a Long Island highway - including passing under an overbridge.The small plane nearly clipped at least one car on the highway after being forced to land due...

'I dispatched both of them': Police body camera video shows Minneapolis cop shooting dogs

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Police body camera footage emerged on Thursday showing a Minneapolis officer shooting two dogs in a woman's backyard and then apologising to the sobbing owner.The two Staffordshire terriers named Ciroc...

$274m ice seizure: Three Australians planned to fly planeload of drugs across Pacific

By Mark Morri and Andrea Hamblin Three Australian men face the prospect of life in prison if convicted over an alleged A$255 million drug scheme using a small plane to take a bumper payload of the killer drug ice 13,000km...

British woman is sentenced to a year in jail for having consensual sex with a man during a trip to Dubai

By Kelly Mclaughlin A British woman and Pakistani man have been sentenced to one year in prison for having an affair while on a trip to Dubai.The pair had met on Facebook and been in contact for three years before she flew to...

Drug dealer calls cops to report stolen stash and cash

A Florida drug dealer ended up calling the police when his own stash of cocaine was stolen from his car.David Blackmon, 32, of Fort Walton Beach called the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office on Sunday morning claiming someone had...

Woman who tricked friend into sex by pretending to be a man using fake penis jailed for six and a half years

By Nicola Harley A woman who used a plastic penis to dupe her girlfriend into believing she was actually a man has been jailed as the judge told her "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction".Gayle Newland cried in the dock as...

Greg Sargent: Trump's deeply worrisome interview reveals a lawless president

President Donald Trump's extended, rambling new interview with the New York Times provides perhaps the clearest picture yet of his conviction that he is above the law - a conviction, crucially, that appears to be deeply felt on...

Lucy Lawless: This fight is making us sick

By Lucy Lawless The boat is rocking and rolling inexorably towards its destination high in the Arctic Circle.I wake from deepest slumber at 7.01am, exactly the same time as yesterday.Breakfast is meager on a GP boat, which is...

O.J. Simpson granted parole after nine years in jail

Orenthal James Simpson will soon be a free man. Again. A four-member parole board in Carson City, Nevada, voted unanimously today to curtail his 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming from a...

OJ Simpson will be released on parole after nine years behind bars

OJ Simpson will be released on parole in October after serving 9 years behind bars for Nevada armed robbery.A Nevada parole board decided that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after...

Heartwarming moment firefighters revive a dog rescued from burning home

This is the moment firefighters revived a dog after pulling him from a house fire.Jack appeared lifeless as a firefighter rescued him from his owner's home on Wednesday in Bakersfield, California.The poor dog had inhaled smoke...

Indian court denies abortion for 10-year-old girl raped by uncle

By Derek Hawkins A court in India on Tuesday ordered a 10-year-old girl whose parents say she was raped and impregnated by her uncle to carry her foetus to term, ruling she is too young and her pregnancy too advanced to have an...

The Latest: California blaze rages near Yosemite park

FRESNO, Calif. " The Latest on wildfires burning in the west :____8:15 a.m.A stubborn wildfire burning in the rugged mountains outside Yosemite National Park has placed nearly 1,500 structures under threat...

Trophy hunter kills Cecil the Lion's son Xanda

By Peta Thornycroft One of Cecil the Lion's cubs has been shot dead by a big game trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, just two years after his father was killed in similar circumstances.The 6-year-old lion named Xanda, who was in his prime,...

The Latest: Senator wants Trump Jr. to testify before recess

WASHINGTON " The Latest on investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia :12:50 p.m.The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he wants President Donald Trump's son and...

Texas ex-officer says shooting that killed teen justified

DALLAS " A white former suburban Dallas police officer says in a court filing that his actions were justifiable when he fired into a moving car carrying five black teenagers, killing one of them.Former Balch Springs officer...

The Latest: Search resumes for body of Arizona flood victim

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. " The Latest on deadly flash flooding in Arizona :8:41 a.m.Dozens of searchers are again combing an Arizona riverbed, looking for the body of a 27-year-old man missing since flash...

The Latest: Pence says voter commission will be nonpartisan

WASHINGTON " The Latest on the President Donald Trump's voter integrity commission :11:38 a.m.Vice President Mike Pence says the President Donald Trump's voter integrity commission will perform a "nonpartisan"...

Court to review detention of ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands " International Criminal Court appeals judges have ordered a new review into whether former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues...

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

NEW YORK " The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams.Benjaminson's appointment to the position of...

Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

DENVER " One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams.They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries of President Barack...

Portugal to limit eucalyptus groves to reduce wildfires

LISBON, Portugal " Portuguese lawmakers have agreed on new measures to help contain the fires that race through the country's forests each summer, after one wildfire last month that killed 64 people.After weeks of discussion...

US stocks keep rising as health care companies lead the way

NEW YORK " U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday morning as gains in health care and media companies put major indexes on track to set more records. Drugmaker Vertex Pharmaceuticals is surging on positive results from potential treatments...

New app reveals little-known history of Rio de Janeiro port

RIO DE JANEIRO " Rio de Janeiro's port area may be one of the city's most inviting spots since being renovated for the Olympic Games last year. But while the area is home to attractions that include two museums and an aquarium,...

Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates " Saudi Arabia says a woman detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge.Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young woman for wearing "immodest...

APNewsBreak: Bad track caused Penn Station derailment

NEW YORK " A report shows that a faulty track condition caused a recent train derailment at New York's Penn Station in an area where Amtrak is performing repairs this summer.The document obtained by The Associated Press from...

Trump's voter fraud commission meeting for the first time

WASHINGTON " President Donald Trump's voter integrity commission is meeting Wednesday for the first time amid outrage over its request for extensive personal voter data.The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity...

5 killed in Salem witch hunt remembered on 325th anniversary

SALEM, Mass. " Five women hanged during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts are being remembered on the 325th anniversary of their deaths.Salem planned a Wednesday ceremony at Proctor's Ledge where Sarah Good, Elizabeth...

Saudi Arabia says woman detained after wearing miniskirt in viral video has been released without charge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates " Saudi Arabia says woman detained after wearing miniskirt in viral video has been released without charge.

Prosecutors file murder charges against IS killings suspect

BERLIN " German prosecutors have filed murder charges against a man accused of participating in the killing of six captives of the Islamic State group in Syria.Harry Sarfo, a 28-year-old German, was convicted last year by a...

Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda, 93, is hospitalized

JOHANNESBURG " Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country's independence leader and former longtime president, is hospitalized.State broadcaster ZNBC reported Wednesday that Kaunda was admitted Tuesday evening...

Queen Elizabeth visits Canada House to mark confederation

LONDON " Queen Elizabeth II marked Canada's 150th birthday with a visit to Canada House in central London, where she was given a sapphire brooch Wednesday to celebrate her sapphire jubilee.The queen was joined by her husband...

Grenada airport, businesses reopen as tropical storm fizzles

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada " Grenada's airport and businesses have reopened with authorities reporting no damage or flooding from Tropical Storm Don.The National Disaster Management Agency says the eastern Caribbean island did not...

Iran's president says his country will 'stand up to' US

TEHRAN, Iran " Iran's president said Wednesday that his country will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that Washington imposes on the Islamic republic.Hassan Rouhani's remarks came a day after...

Markets Right Now: US stocks open higher

NEW YORK " The latest on developments in financial markets :9:35 a.m.Stocks are rising further in morning trading as health care companies, banks and consumer companies all gain ground.Vertex Pharmaceuticals...

Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on US flights

MEXICO CITY " Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country.Mexico's Transportation Department says...

Germany summons Turkish envoy over human rights activist

BERLIN " The German government summoned Turkey's ambassador on Wednesday to demand the release of a jailed trainer of human rights activists, and said the foreign minister was interrupting his vacation for consultations on relations...

Ukraine, Georgia denounce pro-Russian separatists

MOSCOW " Ukraine's leader says Ukraine and Georgia will coordinate their efforts to reclaim areas captured by pro-Russian separatists.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was speaking Wednesday during his visit to Georgia,...

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. ready to testify in Senate

WASHINGTON " The Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump's eldest son during the 2016 election campaign said she's ready to testify before the U.S. Senate and "clarify the situation behind this mass hysteria."Donald...

German government set up diesel summit with auto bosses

BERLIN " The German government has invited leading automakers to a meeting next month to discuss how to reduce diesel emissions.Transport Ministry spokesman Sebastian Hille said Wednesday the CEOs of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche,...

Turkey changes justice, defense ministers in cabinet shuffle

ANKARA, Turkey " Turkey's prime minister has announced a cabinet reshuffle, replacing or swapping 11 ministers in the 26-member council of ministers.The announcement on Wednesday comes months after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Turkish prime minister announces cabinet reshuffle, names new justice and defense ministers

ANKARA, Turkey " Turkish prime minister announces cabinet reshuffle, names new justice and defense ministers.

Meet Gov. Phil Scott, stock car racer

BARRE, Vt. " When Vermont's governor drives into the pits at a racetrack, he gets treated like any other stock car racer.Gov. Phil Scott is now in his 27th year of racing at the popular Thunder Road racetrack. Over that time...

Less than one aircraft carrier - the cost of North Korea's nukes

By Eric TalmadgeWhen North Korea decided to go nuclear, it committed to a huge investment in a programme that would bring severe sanctions and eat up precious resources that could have been spent boosting the nation's quality of...

5 questions about the brain cancer diagnosed in US Senator John McCain

By Laurie McginleyGlioblastoma, the cancer with which US Senator John McCain has been diagnosed, is a highly lethal malignancy that killed Senator Edward Kennedy and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice-President Joseph Biden. Here...