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Fans relish action as Stonie musters upset

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It's not quite Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, or Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, but the ongoing rivalry between Matt "the Megatoad" Stonie and Joey "Jaw" Chestnut played out yet again at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous.

But this year, the tables turned.

Stonie defeated Chestnut, the reigning champion, in an ...Read more

Bakery ordered to pay $135,000 for denying wedding cake to lesbian couple

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The former owners of an Oregon bakery have been ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused a wedding cake, in the latest front in the battle between religious liberty and individual rights.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, who owned the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Ore., to ...Read more

Dwarf planet Ceres offers big surprises for scientists

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The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world's surface.

The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest "fossils" from the early solar system.

"I expected to be ...Read more

For many Greeks, a 'no' vote on bailout deal doesn't mean no to the EU

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ATHENS -- To the leaders of the European Union who warn that Greece might soon be expelled from their midst, Lydia Lenossi has an ancient reminder.

Remember where Europe got its name? From the beautiful princess Europa, a popular figure in Greek mythology.

"The god Zeus brought Europa on his back as a bull from Phoenicia to Crete," Lenossi ...Read more

Drug traffickers in Ecuador hide cocaine in shipments to Miami

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MIAMI -- A package arrived in Miami May 5 containing a large stainless steel mixer.

When customs officials checked the mixer they found a white liquid substance that turned out to be cocaine. In the follow-up, investigators discovered a drug-trafficking ring that intended to transport the cocaine to New York, according to federal court records....Read more

Tunisia declares state of emergency after terrorist attacks

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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- Tunisia declared a state of emergency Saturday, eight days after a gunman killed dozens of foreign tourists at a Mediterranean beach resort.

The declaration, which gives the government increased up powers to deal with suspected terrorists but also curtails to a degree the rights of citizens, is an unhappy juncture in what ...Read more

At least 55 reported killed by Boko Haram suicide bombers

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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Suicide bombings in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 55 people and injured 100 others, the local civil defense leader reported Saturday.

Several women blew themselves up in crowds that had gathered in the village of Zabarmari on Friday, shortly after an attack by members of Boko Haram, according to reports.

The local ...Read more

Girl charged in 'Slender Man' stabbing still isn't getting mental-health treatment

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Morgan Geyser spends her days in near isolation at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend, Wis., eating under a table, feeding ants and watching The Weather Channel for hours, without medication or therapy.

Psychiatric experts agree that the 13-year-old girl, charged with trying to kill a sixth-grade friend in May 2014, ...Read more

Long wait to come to America for Iraqis, Afghans who served U.S. troops

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WASHINGTON -- Frodo lived in fear for nine years.

He knew when two men showed up at his front door to threaten him in 2006 that his family would continue living in danger because of the three years he spent as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, including some of the most violent years of the war.

"(Militants) said to my parents and my ...Read more

Shark's unique trek could help save the species

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Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures.

But Jiffy Lube2's travels are making waves among scientists who study sharks.

The 140-pound mako swam 11,000 miles in the past year using a route that researchers at...Read more

Washington's wildfire season gets off to an early, unprecedented start

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WENATCHEE, Wash. -- The Sleepy Hollow fire raced down the crisp Sage Hills, straight toward the Broadview neighborhood in the apple capital of the world. Flames shot high into the night, torching 29 homes and causing hundreds of people to flee. Then the fire did something no one here had seen before.

Embers flew more than a mile the night of ...Read more

Negotiators make progress on Iran sanctions, past nuclear activity

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VIENNA -- The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency said Saturday he hopes to complete his investigation of Iran's past nuclear-energy activities by December, potentially removing a major obstacle to completion of world powers' nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

Diplomats said there has also been progress on another disputed ...Read more

Tribe's quest to gain federal recognition is rejected

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SEATTLE -- The Duwamish Tribe's decades-long quest to gain federal recognition hit a massive roadblock this week, as the U.S. Department of Interior issued its final decision denying such recognition to the tribe.

In a letter to Cecile Hansen, tribal chairwoman, the department said it had determined the Duwamish "is not entitled to be ...Read more

Donald Trump weighs in on San Francisco killing

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Donald Trump, who declared during his presidential campaign announcement that Mexican immigrants were rapists and killers, took to Twitter on Friday to use San Francisco's fatal shooting at Pier 14 to once again slam illegal immigration and call for stronger border control.

Trump tweeted out his "heartfelt condolences" to ...Read more

Eating Pop-Tarts bans 14-year-old girl from home, sheriff says

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SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. -- The parents of a 14-year-old Dalzell, S.C., girl have been charged with child neglect after authorities found the girl living in a tent a quarter mile from the family home, banished for a week as punishment, the sheriff's department said.

Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, allegedly set up the tent ...Read more

Suspect in San Francisco slaying had been deported 5 times, officials say

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A man suspected of shooting and killing a woman at a popular tourist spot in San Francisco was on probation and had been deported multiple times, officials said Friday.

Francisco Sanchez, 45, was booked into San Francisco County Jail this week on suspicion of homicide. He was on active probation for an unspecified conviction in Texas, San ...Read more

AME church official: Suggested flag swaps at S. Carolina State House not acceptable

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Replacing the Confederate flag with the South Carolina state flag or another Civil War-period flag at the South Carolina State House is not an acceptable compromise to a state leader of a major African-American church.

Two of the three bills introduced in the General Assembly to move the Confederate flag off the Capitol ...Read more

Charges possible against alleged church shooter's associates

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A joint state and federal investigation into the activities of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has widened to include other persons of interest, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing investigation.

The expanded scope of the investigation now includes people with whom Roof associated in the weeks...Read more

Miriam Schapiro, pioneer of feminist art movement, dies at 91

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When Miriam Schapiro took a break from her career as a painter and moved from New York to California in 1967, it was for her husband's job.

By the time the couple returned to New York eight years later, she had established herself as a pioneer feminist and an accomplished artist exploring forms that never had been seriously considered by the ...Read more

US stockpiles powerful bunker-buster bombs in case Iran nuclear talks fail

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WASHINGTON -- As diplomats rush to reach an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. military is stockpiling conventional bombs so powerful that strategists say they could cripple Tehran's most heavily fortified nuclear complexes, including one deep underground.

The bunker-busting bombs are America's most destructive munitions short ...Read more