• Use of batboys and girls suspended after 9-year-old's death

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during a game.

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  • Friends: Slain officer was strong, but avoided confrontation

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Slain police officer Sean Bolton's physical strength and powerful, melon-sized hands served him well in tight situations, like when he subdued two suspects at one time. Still, friends say he avoided confrontation whenever possible, and dedicated his life to protecting others.

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  • Grandma Feels Disrespected When Her Advice Is Ignored

    DEAR ABBY: Whatever happened to respecting one's elders and recognizing grandparents as head of the family? I recently returned from visiting my son, his wife and my new grandchild. My son's wife and I had many disagreements on how to care for my grandchild. Instead of respecting my years of…

    Dear Abby
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    4-Year-Old Girl Drowns While At Friend`s Birthday Party

    A birthday celebration turned tragic in Windsor, Colo., after a 4-year-old girl drowned at a family friend`s swimming pool Saturday about 7:20 p.m.

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  • Idaho woman comes under fire for celebrating her killing of giraffe

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South…

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  • Head of $11 bn Chinese state firm found hanged amid graft probe

    The head of a multi-billion-dollar state-owned Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer was found hanging in his office as anti-corruption investigators probed his firm, state media said Tuesday. Police believe Wu Shengfu, 51, the general manager of China First Heavy Industries (CFHI), killed himself,…

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  • AP Exclusive: Deaths of Yosemite jumpers remain a mystery

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — World-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter had strapped his iPhone to the back of his head and hit record before jumping from a cliff in Yosemite National Park in what was to be an exhilarating flight through a V-shaped rocky formation — a route that left little margin for error.

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  • The Freakishness of Christianity

    Evangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith. Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it’s “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really mean “conservative, Protestant, evangelical Christianity,” and this assumption inevitably frames…

    The Atlantic
  • Darren Wilson opens up a year after Michael Brown’s death

    A year after fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., the former police officer reflects on a year spent in relative seclusion.

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  • Mormons publish photos of 'seer stone' used by founder

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's push toward transparency about its roots and beliefs took another step forward Tuesday with the first published pictures of a small sacred stone it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate a story that became the basis of the religion.

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  • Are white women abandoning Hillary Clinton?

    White women are the one demographic Hillary Rodham Clinton may have thought she had locked in for her 2016 Democratic primary race. In June, 44 percent of white women had a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton, edging out the 43 percent who didn’t. By July, those numbers shifted: Only 34 percent of white…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Key senator announces support for Iran nuclear deal

    Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a co-author of the bill allowing Congress to review the nuclear deal with Iran, said on Tuesday he would support the nuclear agreement. The agreement announced on July 14 between world powers and Tehran "is a dramatic improvement over the status quo in improving…

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    70th Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing (39 photos)

    On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs, one on Hiroshima on August 6, one on Nagasaki on August 9, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used. Their destructive power was unprecedented, incinerating buildings and people, and leaving lifelong scars on survivors,…

    Yahoo News
  • Drone drops drugs in Ohio prison yard, spurring inmate fight

    MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said.

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  • American doctor defends lion hunt, says he followed rules

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An American doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he had complied with all rules and regulations, filled out all the necessary paperwork and obtained the correct permits.

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  • Boston-area police officer charged with punching handcuffed suspect

    A Boston-area police officer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of repeatedly punching a handcuffed suspect he had taken into custody and then lying about it, according to local prosecutors and police. Felix Rivera, 34, has been suspended from his position with the Chelsea police department…

    Reuters
  • Ferguson cop who killed black teen speaks out: report

    Twenty-nine-year-old Darren Wilson spoke with New Yorker magazine from St. Louis, Missouri, where he is laying low after the uproar triggered by his shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury and the federal government. In the lengthy article…

    AFP