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City leaders talk 2024 with US Olympic Committee

City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

APNewsBreak: Study recommends inmate immunity test

Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

US Sen. Joe Manchin sued by brother over loan

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.

Obama's UN envoy takes lead role in plane response

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration's case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors.

States' use of execution drugs varies widely

The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question and answer look at how the disparity came about and why, following more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same three-drug mixture.

Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

Three heavily armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on a recent afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats as the men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others, and a crew of troopers peeked through the tall reeds on the U.S. side for whatever load had just been deposited.

Zimmerman says he'll appeal NBC lawsuit dismissal

George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters.

In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

New photos show wandering wolf OR-7 has 3 pups

New photos show that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.

Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in Midwest

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin.

US rig count up 12 to 1,883

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883.

Ex-Nevada lawmaker sentenced in California chase

A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly was ordered to two years and eight months in prison, although a judge ruled he's already fulfilled his sentence.

Earthquakes jolt 4 different areas of Alaska

Earthquakes jolted four different parts of Alaska on Friday.

Feds probe Dodge Charger alternator complaints

The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.

Venezuela official seeks immunity in Aruba ruling

A judge in Aruba was expected to rule Friday on whether the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant will remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug charges.

W.Va. board suspends clinic operator's license

A West Virginia board Friday suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where investigators found syringes were being reused. It was the second disciplinary action involving the doctor's license within a decade.

Lyft says it's starting New York City service

The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft planned to start limited service in New York City on Friday night after reaching agreement with officials to resolve regulatory issues that prompted a lawsuit by the state.

Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings

Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.

Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo

With the president of Congo coming to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit, hundreds of frustrated American families are hoping he can be persuaded to lift a suspension that has stalled efforts to adopt children from his troubled country for the past 10 months.

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