Ferguson attorney: Brown family settlement $1.5 million

ST. LOUIS  — The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents, the city attorney said Friday.

Suicide car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 11, wounds 20

QUETTA, Pakistan  — A suicide car bomber struck near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 20, officials said. A breakaway Taliban faction later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdown

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A top Al-Jazeera official on Friday denounced demands to shut down the network by countries involved in a dispute with its host nation Qatar as an attempt to suppress free expression.

Indian troops kills 3 rebels, protester in disputed Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India  — Government forces killed three suspected Kashmiri rebels in fighting in the disputed region Thursday and fatally shot a rock-throwing protester during an ensuing rally demanding an end to Indian rule, officials said.

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

LONDON  — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca ...

Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.

White House to negotiate tax overhaul behind closed doors

WASHINGTON — The White House plans to privately negotiate a massive overhaul of the tax system with Republican leaders in Congress, possibly giving rank-and-file members little if any say over the finished product, according to a top aide to President Donald Trump.

 

Current, former US officials detail Russian cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — Current and former government officials painted a sinister portrait Wednesday of Russian cyberattacks on the United States aimed at interfering in the U.S. presidential election last year. Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the campaign in an effort to undermine the legitimacy of the American political process, they said.

Report: 3,300 dead since central Congo conflict began

KINSHASA, Congo — More than 3,300 people have been killed in the volatile Kasai provinces of central Congo since August, according to a document released Tuesday by the Catholic church, as the U.N. called for an international investigation.

Neighbors: Alleged mosque attacker made anti-Muslim slurs

LONDON — Neighbors and acquaintances described the man who allegedly attacked a group of Muslim worshipers as an unemployed lout who was drinking heavily and making anti-Muslim remarks in the days before the attack — details to be closely examined as the investigation widened Tuesday.

UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

LONDON — British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

Lawyer says Trump not under investigation despite Tweet

WASHINGTON  — A member of the president's outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a “witch hunt.”

Amazon buying Whole Foods, making strong move into groceries

NEW YORK — Online juggernaut Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, a strong move to expand its growing reach into groceries. Amazon.com Inc. will pay $42 per share ...

Uncertainty over Islamic State leader's fate after airstrike

BEIRUT  — Uncertainty and confusion surrounded the fate of the head of the Islamic State group Friday as Russia announced it may have killed him in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group's self-declared capital in Syria, but U.S. officials said there was no definitive proof of his death.

AP poll: Just 1 in 5 support Trump's move to fire Comey

WASHINGTON  — A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll released Thursday shows. Just one in five support his decision to oust James Comey from the FBI.

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