Monday, August 3
MISSING MALAYSIA PLANE
UPDATE: Investigators for missing Malaysia flight meet in Paris
PARIS (AP) — French and Malaysian investigators are meeting in Paris with a judge after the arrival of a wing fragment many hope will solve the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Experts are trying to determine whether the part comes from the plane, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It was found on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion and returned to the French mainland.
Air safety investigators, including one from Boeing, have identified the component as a flaperon from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official has said. Flight 370 is the only missing 777 and many are convinced the flap comes from the ill-fated jet.
Obama to unveil final power plant emissions limits today
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing ahead with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants.
The plan calls for stricter carbon dioxide limits on states: a 32 percent cut by 2030 instead of the 30 percent Obama proposed last year.
Opponents plan to sue immediately, and to ask the courts to block the rule temporarily.
Many states have threatened not to comply. But it will be up to Obama's successor to implement his plan.
Showdown in Senate over Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's likely to be a Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood.
Conservatives have long targeted the group, which provides health services, family planning and abortions in clinics across the country.
A vote Monday proposes shifting Planned Parenthood money to other health care providers.
This latest battle was prompted by a series of videos that have focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.
Afghan government says it won't separately deal with Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.
The statement from President Ashraf Ghani's office also says it will not accept any "parallel political structure" opposed to the Afghan government. That refers to the Taliban, who still call themselves the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."
Fledgling peace talks between the Taliban and the government halted last week when officials announced Taliban figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar had died in April 2013.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor took over as leader of the Taliban, but relatives of Mullah Omar have contested his appointment, demanding a full vote of the group's militants as their nearly 14-year insurgency continues.
NEW: Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to take Sinjar from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region says that Iraqi Kurds must maintain control of areas in northwestern Iraq, including the city of Sinjar, after they are recaptured from Islamic State militants.
Massoud Barzani also says Sinjar will remain a Kurdish province under the Iraqi federal government.
His speech today marked the anniversary of the fall of Sinjar to the Islamic State group, which forced tens of thousands of people from Iraq's Yazidi minority to flee into the mountains. The incident prompted the U.S. to launch airstrikes against the militant group.
Other Kurdish groups, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and the People's Protection Units claim Sinjar as part of their territory. Iraqi, Syrian and Turkish Kurds currently fight alongside each other to reclaim Sinjar.
Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops have rescued 178 people from Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country.
The Nigerian army says more than 100 of those freed are children and nearly 70 are women.
The Nigerian Air Force reports killing "a large number" of militants. Last week the army rescued 71 kidnapped people.
UPDATE: Kerry pushes Iran nuke deal with wary Arabs in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making the Obama administration's case for the Iran nuclear deal to wary Arab officials in Qatar.
Kerry is meeting today with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member bloc of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab nations that fear Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region.
His talks with top diplomats from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates follow a May meeting that President Barack Obama hosted for Arab leaders at Camp David. At that meeting, Obama promised them enhanced security cooperation and expedited defense sales to guard against a potential Iranian threat.
Kerry has acknowledged concerns about Iran's behavior but says it would be easier to deal with if Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon.
Police ID suspect in killing of officer; manhunt underway
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee are hunting for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who came upon a drug deal when he stopped to investigate an illegally parked car Saturday night.
Police say 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, who was on supervised release after serving a federal sentence for robbery, shot Officer Sean Bolton following a scuffle.
Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire has charred some 84 square miles north of San Francisco, and fire officials say scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds forecast into Monday could create more of a danger.
The blaze, in the Lower Lake area, already has destroyed 24 homes and 26 outbuildings and is threatening another 6,300 homes.
There are numerous wildfires burning in Northern California, as well as in Washington state and Oregon.
CHURCH EXPLOSIONS NEW MEXICO
Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are working to determine who planted explosives at two churches in southern New Mexico.
Two small blasts went off just 20 minutes and a few miles apart in Las Cruses — one outside Calvary Baptist and another outside Holy Cross Roman Catholic.
No one was injured and each building sustained minor damage.
Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting lion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July.
Parks and wildlife management authorities say Jan Casimir Seski shot the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange National Park, without approval and on land where it wasn't allowed.
Seski is a gynecological oncologist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Photographs on safari outfitters and bow-hunting sites show him standing next to slain animals including elephants and a hippo.
Seski didn't respond to messages left by The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean authorities say they'll seek the extradition of Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer, alleging he lacked authorization to kill "Cecil," a lion that was lured out of Hwange park.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS-MISSING ATHLETE
Albanian athlete missing from Special Olympics games
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are asking for the public's help in finding an Albanian athlete who disappeared after participating in the Special Olympics in Los Angeles.
Police say 44-year-old Andi Gusmari was last seen Saturday night at the University of Southern California.
Investigators say he's 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes.
He was wearing a red shirt that says "Albania" on the back of it. Gusmari was a bowling competitor and has a speech impediment. He does not speak English.
Most picky eating harmless but it can signal emotional woes
CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers say a very small percentage of kids who are picky eaters may have emotional troubles that should be checked out.
The study, by researchers at Duke University's medical school, suggests that preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat are more likely to have underlying anxiety or depression. That's about 3 percent of young children.
And moderately picky kids, about 18 percent of children, are two times more likely than other children to develop anxiety symptoms.