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German leader says talks on British EU exit needn't be nasty

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LONDON -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Saturday urged her fellow European Union leaders to react cautiously to Britain's vote to leave the EU, breaking with fellow European leaders who seek a swift and decisive divorce with Britain.

"It should not take ages, but I don't think there's any reason to get a cramp now pushing for a short time ...Read more

17 die in attack on hotel in Somalia

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 17 people were killed and 20 people were wounded Saturday in an attack on a hotel in the Somalian capital Modadishu, police and medical officials said. The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility.

A car bomb Saturday afternoon outside the heavily guarded Naasa Hablood hotel, which is popular ...Read more

3-year-old held alone in immigration detention

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WASHINGTON -- A 3-year-old boy from El Salvador was held for several days at a Pennsylvania family detention center without his mother, said the mother and boy's attorney.

The boy had been held at the Berks County Residential Center from Wednesday until Saturday when immigration lawyers interceded on his behalf. He was there alone while his 21-...Read more

2.1 million Britons join online petition urging 2nd vote on leaving EU

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LONDON –– More than 2.1 million people joined an online petition by Saturday urging the government to hold a second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

The petition to Parliament said the government should "implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60 per cent, based a turnout less than 75 per cent...Read more

Investment advisers weigh in on Britain's exit from EU

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Britain's vote to leave the European Union is evidence we're living in an increasingly uncooperative world, Los Angeles money manager Jeffrey Gundlach said. That's why he's betting on gold, short-term bonds and other assets seen as safe havens, rather than on stocks.

Gundlach, chief executive of DoubleLine in Los Angeles, said in February that...Read more

Scotland to talk with EU about protecting its place in bloc

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LONDON -- Scotland's government will open talks with the European Union after Britain's vote to leave the bloc, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Saturday.

"Cabinet agreed that we will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the...Read more

EU founders pressure Britain to leave quickly

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BERLIN –– Top European diplomats called on Britain Saturday not to delay its exit from the European Union, saying that negotiations must start as soon as possible and Prime Minister David Cameron should step down sooner than planned.

Britain must invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty "as soon as possible" to trigger talks on Britain's ...Read more

Experts examine debris that might be from Malaysian airliner lost in 2014

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Experts are examining a piece of debris found in Tanzania that is suspected to be part of the Malaysia Airlines plan that disappeared in 2014, the Malaysian transport minister said on Saturday.

The debris is so far the biggest fragment linked to the Beijing-bound jet said Liow Tiong Lai.

"If it is confirmed that the ...Read more

Moody's cuts Britain's credit-rating outlook to 'negative'

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LONDON ––Credit-rating agency Moody's Investors Service cut Britain's outlook from "stable" to "negative" on Saturday after the country's vote to leave the European Union.

The vote and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron will have "negative implications for the country's medium-term growth outlook," U.S.-based Moody's said. "...Read more

Clinton is content letting Trump dominate news cycles

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is getting trounced by Donald Trump when it comes to sheer volume of media coverage, and that's just fine with her.

The presumptive Democratic nominee and her advisers are betting that when it comes to Trump, there is such a thing as bad publicity. Their theory is that the wall-to-wall attention Trump has received,...Read more

Analysis: Rubio has big advantages, but faces many challenges in seeking re-election

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Democrats were eagerly anticipating this year's U.S. Senate race in Florida, hoping they could score a much-needed pickup. Republicans were nervous, fearing a major loss.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio upended the race and changed the political calculus when he announced -- barely 48 hours before Friday's deadline -- that he'd ...Read more

In presidential vote, Haiti's most important figure may be elections chief

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti --In Haiti, where the presidential election has been so fraught with problems that it will be rerun in October, the man in charge of making sure the votes count says the biggest change from the previous election will be how poll watchers are accredited.

Blank accreditation cards that allowed nearly 1 million poll watchers ...Read more

Fateful O'Hare Airport pizza meeting sealed Brexit vote deal, British press says

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CHICAGO -- If you're looking for something to blame for the chaos unleashed on world markets Friday by Britain's vote to leave the European Union, consider Chicago pizza -- at least if you believe the British press.

London's Financial Times and other British media reported that during a meeting at a pizzeria at Chicago's O'Hare International ...Read more

Lead exposure soared after kids in Flint started drinking tainted water, CDC says

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After residents of Flint, Mich., started drinking water from the Flint River in April 2014, the chances that young children would have dangerous levels of lead in their blood increased by nearly 50 percent, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers examined blood test results from more than 7,000...Read more

Kansas lawmakers pass school finance plan; Gov. Brownback says he will sign

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Gov. Sam Brownback says he will sign a school finance bill that passed both chambers of the Kansas Legislature on Friday night with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The plan was crafted after a coalition of Republicans balked at leadership's original plan, which would have imposed a 0.5 percent cut to all school districts' ...Read more

Woman barred from therapy pool because she has HIV, lawsuit claims

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An Iraq War veteran in York County, Pa., has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that she was denied a type of physical therapy because she has HIV.

The woman, whose lawsuit was filed under the pseudonym Bonnie Jones, said she sought help from OSS Orthopaedic Hospital in York for chronic spine pain and limited range of motion. She said the pain ...Read more

Doctor who treated Orlando victims addresses Islamophobia in wake of attack

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Dr. Joseph "Joey" Ibrahim was making his rounds at Orlando Regional Medical Center this week, checking the dozen remaining victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and bracing for more fallout, for more talk in the media about Muslim extremists.

Ibrahim's father was a Muslim immigrant, just like the father of shooter Omar Mateen. Ibrahim isn't ...Read more

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In Silicon Valley, Obama says young startup executives are the antidote to a global divide

SAN FRANCISCO -- As global markets recoiled from Britain's decision to leave the European Union, President Barack Obama told a group of budding entrepreneurs that it was their job to bring the world closer together.

Speaking to crowd of nearly 2,000 ...Read more

Workplace lawsuit against Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth settled

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CHICAGO -- A potentially politically embarrassing civil lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth, alleging workplace retaliation during her time as head of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, was settled Friday for $26,000 from the state of Illinois, with no finding of wrongdoing.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's ...Read more

US in diplomatic talks with Venezuela while backing recall referendum

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WASHINGTON -- The reopening of diplomatic talks with Venezuela won't clash with the Obama administration's support of a recall referendum that could oust President Nicolas Maduro, a top U.S. diplomat said Friday.

Thomas Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, described Wednesday's talks with Maduro as a first step ...Read more