'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat

LOWELL, Mass. — They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere.

Flash flood kills 5 children, 4 adults at Arizona swim hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. — Adults, teens and children as young as 2 were enjoying a summer afternoon by cooling off in an Arizona creek when the gentle waters turned deadly. The group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met Saturday for a day trip along a popular swimming hole near Payson, about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) northeast of the capital. They set up lounge chairs not knowing an intense thunderstorm was dumping heavy rainfall just upstream in the Tonto National Forest.

American scholar jailed in Iran is innocent, professor says

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Chinese-American graduate student at Princeton sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for allegedly “infiltrating” the country and sending confidential material abroad is innocent of all charges against him, his professor said Monday.

Arab gunmen kill 2 Israeli policemen at Jerusalem shrine

JERUSALEM — Arab assailants struck at ground zero of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Friday, opening fire from inside a major Jerusalem shrine and killing two Israeli policemen before being shot dead.

Court: Commissioners' prayer practice violated Constitution

RICHMOND, Va. — Elected officials in North Carolina violated the Constitution by opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case that could end up in the Supreme Court.

Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica

LONDON — A vast iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie has broken off from a key floating ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists said Wednesday.

 

Bad behavior is trending online, inspiring it in real life

LOS ANGELES — Young children know that name-calling is wrong. Tweens are taught the perils of online bullying and revenge porn: It's unacceptable and potentially illegal. But celebrities who engage in flagrant attacks on social media are rewarded with worldwide attention.

Sporadic clashes in Iraq's Mosul after victory declaration

MOSUL, Iraq — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared “total victory” over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.

16 killed in fiery Marine plane crash in rural Mississippi

ITTA BENA, Miss. — A Marine Corps refueling plane crashed and burned in a soybean field in the Mississippi Delta, killing all 16 military members aboard in a wreck that scattered debris for miles and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside.

Afghan students denied US visa to attend robot competition

KABUL, Afghanistan — Six female students from war-torn Afghanistan who had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition in the U.S. this month will have to watch via video link after their visa applications were denied — not once, but twice.

Spyware in Mexico targeted international experts

MEXICO CITY — Investigators said Monday that targets of high-tech spying in Mexico included an international group of experts backed by the Organization of American States who had criticized the government's probe into the disappearance of 43 students.

WV reliance on Obama law makes it tough for GOP senator

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia likes to say it's “almost heaven.” Less idyllic is the spot its Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito, is in as she decides whether to back her party's effort to bulldoze Democrat Barack Obama's health care law.

Trump confronts Putin on election hacking in first meeting

HAMBURG, Germany — At long last face to face, President Donald Trump confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin directly on Friday over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, as the two leaders sought to use their historic first meeting to move past the issue and forge closer cooperation on Syria.

Police: 4 children, man found dead after reported stabbing

LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Police found four young children and a man apparently stabbed to death in a home outside Atlanta and took the mother into custody early Thursday. An adult described as the ...

Analysis: Despite test, North Korean ICBM likely years away

TOKYO — Despite North Korea's claim its intercontinental ballistic missile launch shows it can attack targets anywhere it wants, experts say it will probably be years before it could use such a weapon in a real-world scenario.

 

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