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

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.

turkey marks 1 year since july 15 coup attempt quashed

turkey is commemorating the first anniversary of quashing last summer's coup attempt with events over the weekend in istanbul and ankara.

pick six: praise for jason isbell, regina marie williams, 'motown,' more

pick six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.

twin cities area book events july 16-23

dave page: “f. scott fitzgerald in minnesota.” 2 p.m. today. central library, 90 w. 4th st., st. paul; 7 p.m. wed. common good books, 38 s. snelling av., st. paul.

wine of the week: rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016

rodney strong charlotte’s home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016

germany confirms that 2 germans killed in egypt stabbing

the german government has confirmed that two german tourists were killed in a knife attack at a hotel in the popular egyptian red sea resort of hurghada.

summaries of british opens held at royal birkdale

a capsule look at the nine previous british opens held at royal birkdale:

timeline of key moments in british open golf championship

a look at some of the anniversaries this year at the british open:

cueto leaves with blisters as giants beat padres 5-4

just as they're getting ready to welcome back madison bumgarner, the san francisco giants could be losing johnny cueto for at least one start.

new boy muppet in afghanistan promotes gender equality

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.

3 dead in fire at honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

at least three people died and 12 were injured friday in a fire at a honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and hundreds fled the giant condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors.

analysis: slow leak of russia news flooding white house

as air force one flew home from europe, news was set to break about a meeting that donald trump's eldest son had with a kremlin-connected lawyer, promising yet another round of unwelcome headlines about the president and russia. and that happened twice within a week.

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

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.

moore, augustus power lynx; mercury star griner injures knee

maya moore and seimone augustus each scored 19 points, and the minnesota lynx built a big first-half lead in coasting to an 88-71 victory over the phoenix mercury on friday night.

indonesia limits access to telegram app, readies total ban

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.

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

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 latest: us appeals travel ban ruling to supreme court

the latest on a judge's decision on president donald trump's travel ban (all times local):

span, posey lead giants to 5-4 win against padres

denard span singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and buster posey homered an inning later for the san francisco giants, who held on to beat the san diego padres 5-4 friday night in a matchup between two of the worst teams in baseball.

hennepin county library scraps plan to renovate every 12 years

renovating libraries based on the building’s use could be more efficient and possibly less expensive over time, officials said.

burnsville apartment project spells legal trouble

project has been planned since 2004, but a nearby strip mall is objecting.