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chinese legal activist released at end of 4-year prison term

beijing (ap) — a chinese legal activist who founded a loose network of socially conscious citizens was released from prison saturday at the end of a four-year sentence, his lawyer said. xu zhiyong helped found the new citizens movement, which at the time organized monthly dinners to discuss china’s constitution and other legal issues. zhang […]

turkey marks 1 year since july 15 coup attempt quashed

istanbul (ap) — turkey is commemorating the first anniversary of quashing last summer’s coup attempt with events over the weekend in istanbul and ankara. thousands are expected at “national unity marches” in the two cities, and speeches are planned in parliament and at an iconic istanbul bridge. turkish soldiers attempted to overthrow the government and […]

lobbyist at trump meeting says he’s not with russian intel

washington (ap) — the russian-american lobbyist who attended a meeting at trump tower last year is a former military officer who has attracted congressional scrutiny over his political activities and has been shadowed by allegations of connections to russian intelligence that he denies. rinat akhmetshin confirmed his participation in the meeting to the associated press […]

white house says budget deficit to be $99b higher this year

washington (ap) — the white house says worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. that’s a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago. the report from the office of management and budget comes on the heels of a rival congressional budget office […]

house using appropriations bill to work on guns, churches

washington (ap) — out of the spotlight, a house panel has taken steps to help victims of gun violence, allow robust politicking from the pulpit, and prevent doctors in the district of columbia from helping terminally ill people commit suicide. the republican-led house appropriations committee passed a $20 billion spending bill thursday to fund the […]

new gop health care bill will determine winners, losers

washington (ap) — republicans’ latest health care plan would create winners and losers among americans up and down the income ladder, and across age groups. it would give consumers more responsibility for their insurance choices, a goal long held by conservatives who argue that’s key to a true health care market. younger adults and healthy […]

heller facing hot seat on gop health care bill decision

carson city, nev. (ap) — health care legislation is hanging by a thread in the senate, and no one is under more pressure than republican sen. dean heller of nevada. heller was already seen as the most endangered gop incumbent senator in next year’s midterm elections. he is the only one running for re-election in […]

indonesia limits access to telegram app, readies total ban

jakarta, indonesia (ap) — indonesia says it’s blocking web versions of the encrypted telegram instant messaging app and will block the app completely if it continues to be a forum for radical propaganda and violent militants. the ministry of communications and information technology said in a statement friday evening that it has asked internet companies […]

new boy muppet in afghanistan promotes gender equality

kabul, afghanistan (ap) — last year, afghanistan’s version of “sesame street” introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative muslim nation. now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women. zeerak, whose name means “smart” in afghanistan’s two official languages, […]

chinese legal activist released at end of 4-year prison term

beijing (ap) — the lawyer of a chinese legal activist says he has been released from prison at the end of a four-year sentence imposed on him after he founded a loose network of socially conscious campaigners. xu zhiyong helped found the new citizens movement, which at the time organized monthly dinners to discuss china’s […]

honolulu high-rise fire that left 3 dead like ‘horror movie’

honolulu (ap) — karen hastings was in her 31st floor honolulu apartment when she smelled smoke. she ran out to her balcony, looked down, and saw flames five floors below her. “the fire just blew up and went flying right out the windows,” the 71-year-old hastings said of the first moments of the high-rise blaze […]

james paxton, robinson cano help mariners return from all-star break with win over white sox

paxton gave up two runs over six innings, and cano hit a three-run homer as the mariners opened a series in chicago with a 4-2 win.

hawaii dad, mom, grandma accused of starving girl to death

hilo, hawaii (ap) — a hawaii father, mother and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl. police on hawaii’s big island on friday arrested 49-year-old kevin lehano (leh-hah-noh), 33-year-old tiffany stone and 59-year-old henrietta stone. hawaii county prosecuting attorney mitch roth, reading from a grand jury indictment, says they are accused […]

coroner: ‘the walking dead’ stuntman dies after on-set fall

atlanta (ap) — a stuntman for “the walking dead” has died after falling on the georgia set of the hit television show. it’s the first on-set death in the u.s. in nearly three years. john bernecker, 33, died about 6:30 p.m. wednesday at an atlanta hospital after falling on the show’s set in senoia, about […]

teams looking to boost lineup have options on trade market

teams looking to boost their offense have plenty of options on the trade market. need a slugger? the nl east has a few. need a catcher? a two-time all-star could be on the move again. veterans, role players, pinch-hitters are all available at the right price before the july 31 non-waiver trade deadline. most read […]

14 years after 1st wimbledon win, federer eyes 8th vs. cilic

london (ap) — much has changed for roger federer since he played in, and won, his first grand slam final at wimbledon in 2003. first of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the all england club — with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man […]

leading off: bumgarner back from crash, all-stars aplenty

a look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ bum is back giants ace madison bumgarner returns to the mound for the first time since a dirt bike accident led to a sprained ac joint in his pitching shoulder and bruised ribs. the left-hander made four starts, going 0-3 with a 3.00 era, […]

lighting should have made pilots aware of potential disaster

investigators looking into the frighteningly close call involving an airliner that nearly hit planes on the ground at san francisco international airport will try to determine why the pilots made such a rookie mistake and nearly landed on a busy taxiway instead of the runway. the air canada plane with 140 people aboard came within […]

russian-american lobbyist says he was at trump son’s meeting

washington (ap) — a prominent russian-american lobbyist and former soviet military officer said he was at a meeting between a russian lawyer and president donald trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman last year, adding a new wrinkle to the trump team’s evolving explanations about the june 2016 session. rinat akhmetshin confirmed his involvement to the […]

doj appeals judge’s travel ban ruling to supreme court

washington (ap) — the trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the united states, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the supreme court. u.s. district judge derrick watson had ordered the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in […]