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BERLIN | German police, city officials probed over Italian mob ties

BERLIN  — Prosecutors in western Germany say they are investigating five current and former police and municipal officials on suspicion that they passed information to Italian mobsters or their helpers. The dpa news agency reported that prosecutors in Duisburg said Thursday the five include two police officers and an employee of Wesseling, a town outside … Continue reading BERLIN | German police, city officials probed over Italian mob ties

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Merkel still plans to meet with Putin at G20

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina  — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 7:55 a.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel still plans on meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina despite her delayed arrival. Merkel’s arriving later than intended because a technical issue … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Merkel still plans to meet with Putin at G20

BERLIN | German leader Merkel on her way to G20 after plane problem

BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is finally on her way to Argentina for the Group of 20 summit after a technical problem with her plane forced her to change plans and stay overnight in Bonn. Merkel’s office says she and a small delegation, including the finance minister took a different government plane to Madrid on … Continue reading BERLIN | German leader Merkel on her way to G20 after plane problem

LONDON | Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman

LONDON — Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in 2002 in the European nation. Three doctors from East Flanders are being investigated on suspicion of having “poisoned” Tine Nys in 2010. The 38-year-old had been diagnosed … Continue reading LONDON | Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman

Singh settles anti-doping lawsuit with PGA Tour

Vijay Singh has settled his lawsuit against the PGA Tour over how it investigated his use of deer antler spray, ending more than five years of litigation less than a week before the case was to go to trial in New York. Terms of the settled announced Tuesday were not disclosed. “I’m very happy for … Continue reading Singh settles anti-doping lawsuit with PGA Tour

ISTANBUL | Turkey keeps 1 activist under arrest, releases 12 others

ISTANBUL— Turkey’s official news agency says one person has been kept in custody in an investigation over allegations of supporting mass anti-government protests in 2013 with links to a prominent philanthropist. Anadolu Agency reported early Sunday that Yigit Aksakoglu, who works at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, has been arrested. Aksakoglu is also the country representative of … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey keeps 1 activist under arrest, releases 12 others

LONDON | ‘Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

LONDON — Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland. The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft” about what was called “unusual air activity” on Friday. “The report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation … Continue reading LONDON | ‘Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

BOSTON | The Latest: Worker: Bulger prison switch a ‘death sentence’

BOSTON— The Latest on the killing of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (all times local): 4:19 p.m. A prison workers’ union official says sending Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger to a troubled federal penitentiary in West Virginia was like giving him a “death sentence.” Jose Rojas represents workers at the Florida prison where Bulger … Continue reading BOSTON | The Latest: Worker: Bulger prison switch a ‘death sentence’

PITTSBURGH | The Latest: Authorities identify synagogue shooter

PITTSBURGH — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. “I was heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue today,” Netanyahu said in a video message posted on Twitter … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | The Latest: Authorities identify synagogue shooter

NEW YORK | MoviePass parent plans to spin it off into separate company

NEW YORK— The parent company of MoviePass says that it plans to spin off the discount movie ticket subscription service into a separate public company. Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. said Tuesday that the new subsidiary will be called MoviePass Entertainment Holdings Inc. and be a film production, marketing and exhibition company. Helios and Matheson … Continue reading NEW YORK | MoviePass parent plans to spin it off into separate company

NEW YORK | MoviePass operations under investigation by NY AG

NEW YORK  — The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass discount service for theater tickets is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors. Parent company Helios and Matheson of New York said in a prepared statement that it is aware of the investigation, but that it believes, “our … Continue reading NEW YORK | MoviePass operations under investigation by NY AG

AMSTERDAM, N.Y | Calls for new regulation mount as limo crash victims mourned

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — The day after a mourning community said last goodbyes to eight of 20 victims of a limousine crash — four sisters and four other relatives — the Senate’s top Democrat called on federal regulators to formulate new safety standards for the vehicles. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday pointed to glaring gaps in … Continue reading AMSTERDAM, N.Y | Calls for new regulation mount as limo crash victims mourned

BOSANSKI BROD, Bosnia-Herzegovina | Bosnia oil refinery blast kills 1, injures 10

BOSANSKI BROD, Bosnia-Herzegovina— An explosion at a Russian-owned oil refinery in northern Bosnia has killed one worker and injured 10, the company running the complex said Wednesday. The blast rocked the neighborhood around the refinery in Bosanski Brod late Tuesday and was heard on the other side of the border, across the Sava river in … Continue reading BOSANSKI BROD, Bosnia-Herzegovina | Bosnia oil refinery blast kills 1, injures 10

Special FBI team helping probe deadly South Carolina attack

A special FBI team that investigated the slayings five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas last year is helping local authorities gather evidence in what’s described as an ambush attack that killed one South Carolina law enforcement officer and wounded six others. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott … Continue reading Special FBI team helping probe deadly South Carolina attack

MEMPHIS, Tenn. | ATF: Hundreds of guns stolen in Memphis seized near Chicago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities say. Authorities seized about 365 Ruger .22-caliber and .380-caliber firearms after police officers responded to a call about suspicious activity in the southern Chicago suburb of … Continue reading MEMPHIS, Tenn. | ATF: Hundreds of guns stolen in Memphis seized near Chicago

BEIJING | China orders actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine

BEIJING— Chinese media say tax authorities have ordered X-Men star Fan Bingbing to pay taxes and fines worth hundreds of millions of yuan but would spare her from criminal prosecution. The official Xinhua News Agency’s announcement Wednesday ended months of speculation over the fate of the actress since she disappeared from public view in June … Continue reading BEIJING | China orders actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh case unfolds as DeVos readies sexual assault rule

WASHINGTON — Choking back tears, she testified that he sexually assaulted her. Defensive and angry, he swore that he did not. The dramatic Senate testimony last week by Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos considers new guidelines that could drastically change the way allegations of sexual … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh case unfolds as DeVos readies sexual assault rule

WASHINGTON | Death of US diplomat in Madagascar being investigated

WASHINGTON— The State Department says the death of an American diplomat in Madagascar is being investigated by U.S. and local authorities. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the foreign service officer was found dead inside the officer’s residence in the capital of the Indian Ocean nation off the East Coast of Africa. Nauert says the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Death of US diplomat in Madagascar being investigated

BERLIN  | German police question suspect in girl’s 2001 disappearance

BERLIN  — German authorities say they may have made a breakthrough in their investigation of the mysterious 2001 disappearance of a 9-year-old girl. Bavarian officials said Friday that a 41-year-old man has told them he buried the remains of Peggy Knobloch, who disappeared on the way home from school and whose remains were found in … Continue reading BERLIN  | German police question suspect in girl’s 2001 disappearance

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa to probe state dealings with German firm SAP

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has ramped up an anti-corruption drive, authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national water department’s dealings with German software firm SAP. Ramaphosa’s office said Thursday that new inquiries will look into public and private sector involvement in the awarding of tenders and contracts. It says the … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa to probe state dealings with German firm SAP

LONDON | Resignation of once-towering Salmond leaves Scotland reeling

LONDON  — Scotland’s governing Scottish National Party was reeling Thursday after the resignation of Alex Salmond, the former leader who built the separatist party into a major political force and took the country to the brink of independence from the United Kingdom. Salmond quit the party he led for two decades late Wednesday amid an … Continue reading LONDON | Resignation of once-towering Salmond leaves Scotland reeling

NEW YORK | Dylan Farrow to publish 2 young adult fantasy novels

NEW YORK— Dylan Farrow is getting into the book business by releasing two young adult novels. The story is set in a fantasy world where those in control of society use magic to change the truth. The first book, “HUSH,” will hit stores in fall 2020. The series will be published by Wednesday Books, which … Continue reading NEW YORK | Dylan Farrow to publish 2 young adult fantasy novels

JABLANICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2 killed, 1 injured in train collision in Bosnia

JABLANICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Two freight trains collided head-on in southern Bosnia early Thursday, killing two people and seriously injuring one more. Police said the crash occurred at the train station in the town of Jablanica. Bosnian media said a fourth person, an engine driver, was unhurt after jumping from one of the trains moments before … Continue reading JABLANICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2 killed, 1 injured in train collision in Bosnia

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian minister: Hundreds involved in riot police attack

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s interior minister says hundreds of protesters attacked riot police during an anti-corruption demonstration that left 450 people injured. Speaking for the first time since the Aug. 10 protest, Carmen Dan said Sunday the ministry had identified up to 1,000 people who committed acts of violence during the protest. Citing a 90-page … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian minister: Hundreds involved in riot police attack

PULA, Croatia | UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia

PULA, Croatia — Croatia’s coast guard says a British woman has been saved after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night after she fell from a cruise ship. The unidentified woman was taken to a hospital Sunday in the town of Pula and is believed to be out of danger. The woman fell … Continue reading PULA, Croatia | UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia

MINNEAPOLIS | The Latest: Union head: Minneapolis shooting justified

MINNEAPOLIS  — The Latest on the release of body-camera video in the June fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The head of the Minneapolis police union says body-camera video proves two officers were justified in using deadly force in the fatal shooting of a black man. Lt. … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | The Latest: Union head: Minneapolis shooting justified

SALT LAKE CITY | Free-range parenting laws letting kids roam could catch on

SALT LAKE CITY | April 10, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids. F ree-range parenting is the concept that … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Free-range parenting laws letting kids roam could catch on