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FILE- In this June 29, 2017, file photo, Yingying Zhang's father Ronggao Zhang, left, and her friend Xiaolin Hou carry the banner as community members join together to walk for Yingying, a Chinese scholar who went missing three weeks ago in Urbana, Ill. Brendt Allen Christensen is to make his initial court appearance Monday, July 3, on a federal charge of kidnapping Yingying. Her body hasn’t been found. (Holly Hart/The News-Gazette via AP, File)
July 03, 2017 - 2:39 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinse scholar at the University of Illinois made his first court appearance since he was arrested last week. During the nine-minute hearing, 28-year-old Brendt Christensen did not...
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Smoke billows over the Old City after several strikes as Iraqi forces continue their advance against Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
July 03, 2017 - 1:59 pm
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Islamic State militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition unleashed punishing airstrikes and artillery fire that set dozens of buildings ablaze. At least...
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July 03, 2017 - 1:58 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A company that owns 10 Jimmy John's sandwich shops in the Twin Cities was within its rights to fire six union workers who circulated posters critical of the company's sick-leave policy, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a...
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July 03, 2017 - 1:54 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday condemned what it called an "excessive act" by Greece after Greek coast guards fired on a Turkish freighter ship near the Greek island of Rhodes. The freighter's captain, Haluk Sami Kalkavan, told Turkish media on Monday that the Greek coast guards approached...
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In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, photo, Chevrolet cars sit on the lot of a dealer in Pittsburgh. On Monday, July 3, 2017, automakers release monthly sales reports. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
July 03, 2017 - 1:53 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai all reported U.S. sales drops last month, apparently dragging the industry to its sixth straight month of declining numbers as auto sales slow from last year's record pace. Fiat Chrysler sales were down 7.4 percent, while Ford said its...
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July 03, 2017 - 1:50 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University officials worked with utilities lobbyists for weeks to draft a law uprooting the state's renewable energy research center, giving the industry cover to avoid allegations of a "power grab," newly released emails show. Iowa State announced in March that it...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, Actor Paolo Villaggio poses for photographers during the photo call of the movie Fantozzi on the occasion of its 40th anniversary from its release in the movie theaters, at Rome's Film Festival, in Rome. Villaggio died at the age of 84 in Rome, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)
July 03, 2017 - 1:49 pm
ROME (AP) — Paolo Villaggio, a comic actor whose invented workplace characters interpreted Italians' foibles, died Monday in Rome at 84. His children said Villaggio had been debilitated by complications of diabetes for some time. Widely popular in Italy, Villaggio expressed his comic qualities...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, left, appears with his wife Julie, center, and two-year-old daughter Lucy, right, moments after he was presented with the 2017 NCAA Inspiration Award, at their home in Beverly, Mass. Pete Frates, the Massachusetts man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research is back in the hospital. A Facebook post from the family of Pete Frates asked for prayers Sunday, July 2, 2017, and said he is at Massachusetts General Hospital "and battling this beast ALS like a Superhero." (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
July 03, 2017 - 12:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research is back in the hospital and is keeping his sense of humor. A Facebook post from the family of 32-year-old Pete Frates said he is...
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In a Tuesday, June 27, 2017 photo, Jude Plum with his dog Miss "P" pose for a photo at his 300-year-old log home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The home is one of Lower Merion Township's two oldest, remaining houses. For four years, he has spent untold hours and money researching and restoring this oddity right next to Bryn Mawr Hospital. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 12:12 pm
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — A man who bought a tiny dilapidated house next to his childhood home learned during renovations that the eyesore was actually a 300-year-old log cabin, making it among the oldest surviving houses in Pennsylvania. Jude Plum tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (
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This Sunday, July 2, 2017 photo provided by the West Goshen Police Department shows David Desper. Police said Desper, of Trainer, Pa., turned himself in accompanied by an attorney early Sunday and was charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangering in Wednesday's death of Bianca Roberson in West Goshen Township during a road rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane. (West Goshen Police Department via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 12:09 pm
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The family of a Pennsylvania woman who was fatally shot during a road rage confrontation says they're relieved a suspect turned himself in, but it won't temper their grief over the recent high school graduate's death. After David Desper was taken into custody by Chester...
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