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early count puts bill english ahead in new zealand election

auckland, new zealand (ap) — early vote counts on saturday night in new zealand’s general election showed prime minister bill english’s national party ahead but not by enough to form a government without help from other parties. that means new zealanders may need to wait for days or weeks before knowing who their next leader […]

move over, bud: czech firm makes diy backyard breweries

prague (ap) — it has never been so easy to start your own beer company. a czech firm is selling professional beer-making sets that fit in a backyard but can produce commercial quantities of brew. the mobile breweries sold by well service are a far cry from the kits typically made for home use. they […]

danes arrest man for allegedly sending drones, cameras to is

copenhagen, denmark (ap) — a copenhagen court has jailed a man for 25 days under denmark’s anti-terror laws for allegedly shipping drones, components for unmanned aerial vehicles and infrared cameras that were bound for the islamic state group in syria and iraq. police say the 28-year-old man was held on “strong suspicion” of taking part […]

on the road: nobel laureate soyinka to teach in south africa

johannesburg (ap) — nobel laureate wole soyinka says being an itinerant teacher has become “a way of life” as he takes up a post as visiting professor at the university of johannesburg. the 83-year-old nigerian playwright and author told students and journalists at the south african university on friday that the benefit of encountering different […]

britain hopes for brexit progress; eu leaders cautious

london (ap) — britain and the eu are preparing to head back to the brexit negotiating table after a speech by prime minister theresa may that received a cautious welcome from the bloc’s leaders. may offered friday to keep paying the eu and following its rules during a two-year transition period after the u.k. formally […]

china’s official xinhua news agency says a magnitude-3.4 earthquake has been detected in north korea

seoul, south korea (ap) — china’s official xinhua news agency says a magnitude-3.4 earthquake has been detected in north korea.

duterte says he became local millionaire due to inheritance

davao, philippines (ap) — the philippine president says he became a local millionaire at a young age due to inheritance but reiterated he has no unexplained wealth as alleged by his leading critic. president rodrigo duterte gave some details of his personal assets in a dinner with journalists friday where he repeated a pledge to […]

spain saves 64 migrants from 2 boats crossing mediterranean

madrid (ap) — spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved 64 migrants from two small boats trying to make a perilous sea crossing from africa to europe. the rescue service says one of its boats intercepted 28 migrants on friday near alboran island, which lies in the western mediterranean sea east of the strait […]

south korea says natural north korea earthquake detected

seoul, south korea (ap) — south korea’s weather agency says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in north korea around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural. an official from seoul’s korea meteorological administration said saturday’s quake was detected in an area around kilju, in northeastern north […]

florida museum of natural history celebrates 100 years

gainesville, fla. (ap) — the concept of how the florida museum of natural history wanted to celebrate its 100th year loomed in the back of employees’ minds for years. until, it was decided that each area would put up its finest work from the last 100 years and create one big exhibit, which is called […]

man with missing wife indicted on stolen coins charge

west palm beach, fla. (ap) — a florida man who reported his new wife missing while sailing in the caribbean this spring has been formally indicted on a charge related to thousands of dollars in stolen gold and silver coins. federal court records show lewis bennett was charged tuesday with transporting stolen property. he faces […]

drug dealer gets 20 years for customer’s fatal overdose

orlando, fla. (ap) — a florida drug dealer has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his customer’s fatal overdose. court records show that 25-year-old hugo margenat-castro was sentenced thursday. he pleaded guilty in march to conspiring to distribute heroin and distributing fentanyl causing death. authorities say margenat-castro advertised selling heroin on social […]

how easy is it to skirt pa. gun laws? a rural murder case

fawn grove, pa. (ap) — in the middle of the night, saybah harris received a text message. it was a photo of an ambulance with a simple description: it’s foday. her only son. in september of last year, 31-year-old foday cheeks was shot several times in his southern york county home. he died. a woman […]

pittsburgh police roll out neighborhood policing program

pittsburgh (ap) — under a gray sky that threatened rain, pittsburgh police officer gabriel figueroa strode across four sets of railroad tracks in east allegheny and followed a narrow dirt path into a thick patch of trees and bushes. sandwiched between the tracks and interstate 279, the well-trodden path was smothered with trash of all […]

phillies players say spanish translator is clutch for team

allentown, pa. (ap) — in a game against with the rival new york yankees in 2014, boston red sox manager john farrell strolled out of his dugout to alert the umpire to a foreign substance on yankees pitcher michael pineda’s neck. when the substance turned out to be pine tar, pineda was not only ejected […]

prison phone call costs, contract questioned

york, pa. (ap) — with her fiance serving nine months in york county prison, keena minifield faced tough financial choices. some weeks, that strain meant deciding between filling up her gas tank or a 20-minute phone call with her imprisoned betrothed. “there were many times when i didn’t think i could afford it,” minifield said […]

state college assistant coach making ‘awesome’ impact

state college, pa. (ap) — on a sweltering summer evening, stanley hamilton ran through one drill after another on the state college area high school track, bolting out of the starting blocks or gliding over a series of hurdles. a little earlier, rachel wylie bounced on one leg between hurdles after clearing each one, then […]

3 appointed to uofa tech parks board

tucson, ariz. (ap) — the university of arizona has appointed three new members to oversee its technology parks. the new appointees are jan lesher, tom mcgovern and duff hearon. they were elected to the campus research corporations’ board of directions. the crc is a non-profit that helps the uofa in developing, operating, leasing and promoting […]

$9.1m project to deliver more water to navajo communities

greasewood, ariz. (ap) — work has started on a $9.1 million project to improve access to water in several navajo communities. navajo president russell begaye signed legislation last year to fund dozens of water and sanitation projects across the reservation. officials gathered in greasewood on friday for a groundbreaking ceremony for one of the projects. […]

from desert wheat in arizona to pasta in italy

casa grande, ariz. (ap) — italian pasta chefs are known for crafting dishes that are as much local culture as they are food. what is less well-known is that arizona’s desert durum wheat is a common ingredient in italian pasta. arizona plant geneticists have spent decades developing the desirable durum through seed breeding. by combining […]