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Man accused in African lion death convicted in ’06 bear hunt

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe has a federal felony on his record related to shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, according to federal court records.
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US institute: NKorea launch site upgrade complete

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction to upgrade North Korea’s main rocket launch site now appears complete amid expectations in rival South Korea that a launch could take place in October, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.
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New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chile

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Efforts are underway to save the green chile that’s important to traditional New Mexican fare as labor shortages, a previous severe drought and competition from China, India and Mexico endanger its growth in the state.
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The Latest: Tina Fey talks ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

In this image released by Netflix, Ellie Kemper appears in a scene from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Don’t expect cursing or nudity on the second season of "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Co-creator and executive producer Tina Fey says being in the Netflix world doesn't mean she plans to go overboard, noting that many people tell her they watch the show with their children. Shooting on the second season of "Kimmy" begins next month. (Eric Liebowitz/Netflix via AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's the latest from the Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs (all times local):



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Lawyers: Convicted spy Pollard to be paroled in November

FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Lawyers for the convicted spy Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel.



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GOP on guard as Trump continues to dangle 3rd party prospect

FILE - In this July 25, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally and picnic in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The prospect that Trump might eventually leave the primaries and run for president on his own has started to cast a shadow on the race, reviving memories of Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and the chills their third-party campaigns gave to Republicans and Democrats in turn. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is running for president as a Republican, and he says that won't change — so long as he's "treated fairly."



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Iraqi militias train young teens to face the threat of IS

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015, file photo, a young Shiite volunteer militiaman stands near a vehicle on his way to the battlefield against Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, Iraq. The Associated Press has found that militia forces battling the Islamic State group are actively training children under 18 years old. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State group.



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Sen. Paul: Senate will vote on fed aid to Planned Parenthood

In this photo taken July 23, 2015, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on an effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.



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Wisconsin Assembly to approve $500 million Bucks arena deal

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, right, motions to Democratic Reps., from left: Peter Barca; JoCasta Zamarripa and Christine Sinicki at a news conference to announce a bill to pay for a new $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena will pass on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly will back a plan to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, Republican and Democratic leaders said Tuesday, casting it as a good deal for the state's taxpayers.



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NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over Islamic State

Armoured vehicles of the Turkish army patrol along the Turkish-Syrian border, in Suruc on October 8, 2014NATO strongly backed Turkey's fight against Islamic State militants in Syria at emergency talks Tuesday but some countries expressed concerns that strikes on Kurdish fighters could torpedo peace talks with the rebels. The rare meeting held at Turkey's request came as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not continue negotiations with the Kurds amid attacks on Turkish targets. Turkish jets later hit Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey after the group fired on security forces, the army said, stepping up a campaign that Ankara has launched in parallel with its strikes on IS, despite the Kurds' bitter opposition to the jihadists.



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Drugmaker Pfizer tops Street 2Q forecasts, raises forecast

FILE - In this May 4, 2014, file photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The pharmaceutical giant reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Pfizer Inc. beat Wall Street's second-quarter expectations and raised its 2015 forecast, as soaring sales for a few key products helped inoculate the world's second-largest drugmaker against a $1 billion revenue hit from foreign exchange rates and its last wave of cheap generic competition hurting former big sellers.



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‘The Martian’ to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Benedict Cumberbatch attends the premiere of "The Imitation Game" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Long considered an agenda setter for the upcoming awards season, the Toronto International Film Festival unveils the lineup on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, for their 40th annual event, running from September 10–20, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday at some of the movies and performances that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season.



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Kerry at House hearing: Nothing in Iran deal built on trust

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry pitched the administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran before a skeptical House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, pushing back against the allegation it would ease crippling sanctions forever in exchange for temporary concessions on weapons development.



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Desmond Tutu returns for treatment in South African hospital

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has returned for hospital treatment, a week after he left a Cape Town hospital following an intensive antibiotics course for an infection, his foundation said Tuesday.
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Hillary Clinton won’t take a position on Keystone pipeline

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she will not take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she becomes president, citing her work on the issue as secretary of state.



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Cat found alive aboard sunken boat pulled from Lake Havasu

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A trapped, hungry, wet and scared cat is now safe after it was found tucked away in a boat that had sank to the bottom of Lake Havasu.
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Sleeping with smartphones, and other vices

In a seven-country survey, 22 percent of respondents said they would give up sex for a weekend before parting with their smartphoneConsumers around the world admit it: they sleep with their smartphone, take it in the shower, and would rescue the device from a fire before saving the family cat. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they slept holding their handsets — with the highest percentages in India (74 percent) and China (70 percent). One in six smartphone users said they used their phones while showering, and more than half — 54 percent — said they would reach for the smartphone before saving their cat in the event of a fire.



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City not releasing 911 call in attack on Oklahoma family

FILE - In this July 23, 2015 file photo, an investigator walks past a tarp covering a body in the front yard of a house in Broken Arrow, Okla. The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says, Monday, July 27, 2015, all five members of a Broken Arrow family killed last week died from multiple sharp-force injuries, and police have said two knives and a small hatchet were found at the scene. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma city is not releasing a recording of the 911 call made from a Broken Arrow home where a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death.



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As China stocks dive, global investors worry more about yuan

By Sujata Rao LONDON (Reuters) – While local Chinese fret over the bursting of the Shanghai stock bubble, global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably. A decade after China released the yuan from its peg to the dollar, ever more international money managers no longer regard the currency as a one-way appreciation bet that will augment their returns on stocks and bonds in dollar terms. “For years, one of the arguments was that the yuan was undervalued and it would go up,” said Zsolt Papp, client portfolio manager at JPMorgan Asset Management.
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Blue Jays swoop for Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki has been chosen as an All-Star five times during his career and is widely viewed as one of the best shortstops in baseballThe Toronto Blue Jays completed a stunning swoop for Colorado Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a trade which will see Jose Reyes head to Denver. The move came ahead of Friday's non-waiver trade deadline and surprised Major League Baseball commentators who had expected Toronto to strengthen their pitching. Tulowitzki, 30, has been chosen as an All-Star five times during his career and is widely viewed as one of the best shortstops in baseball.



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Jail to release more Sandra Bland footage before her death

Malik Muhammad raises his fist during a demonstration calling for the firing and indictment of Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Katy, Texas. Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell on July 13 in the Waller County Jail, just days after being arrested by Encinia during a traffic stop. Authorities determined through an autopsy that Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say they will release more video of Sandra Bland during her three days in jail.



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Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
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US dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion

Much-loved Zimbabwean lion "Cecil", pictured on October 21, 2012, was lured outside the Hwange National Park boundaries by bait and shot by a bow and arrowA wealthy American dentist used a bow and arrow to shoot a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil, a safari industry goup said Tuesday, amid allegations that the animal had taken 40 hours to die. The lion, which was a popular attraction among many international visitors to the Hwange National Park, was lured outside the park's boundaries by bait and shot earlier this month. "The offender is a gentleman who is an American called Walter James Palmer," Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, said at a news conference in the capital Harare.



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US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September

In this June 6, 2015 photo, a customer at left pays for produce with cash to a worker at a stand at the Atlanta Farmers Market, in Atlanta. The Conference Board releases its July index on U.S. consumer confidence on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.



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NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet July 28 to determine what likely caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early.



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Tweet from Iran raises eyebrows

Regardless of the recent deal over Iran’s nuclear program, officials in Tehran are still taking sharp jabs at the United States.


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Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown

William "Bill" Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery, stands next to the church where the four sets of human where found in Jamestown, Va. A team of scientists and historians announced Tuesday, July 28, 2015, that Jamestown archaeologists have identified four sets of human remains buried in the chancel of the historic settlement's first church, including Jamestown's first Anglican minister and Capt. Gabriel Archer. (Joe Fudge/The Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.



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1 count thrown out, 2 upheld in Katrina burned body case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to grant a new trial to a former New Orleans police officer convicted for burning the body of a man shot to death by another officer after Hurricane Katrina.
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