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  • 'Uncontacted' Amazon People Treated for Flu
    'Uncontacted' Amazon People Treated for Flu

    Advocates for indigenous tribes and Brazilian officials are worried that a group of people in the Amazon who had been living in isolation from the outside world may have contracted the flu — a potentially deadly disease that these individuals had never been exposed to before. On three separate occasions, they voluntarily made contact with Ashaninka people in the village of Simpatia, just across the border in western Brazil's Acre state, said Fiona Watson, a researcher and field director with the advocacy group Survival International, who spoke with Brazilian officials who went to the region. But representatives from Brazil's Indian Affairs Department, or FUNAI, noticed that the group of seven showed signs of influenza during their visit on June 30, Watson said.

  • How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry
    How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:

  • Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing
    Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent

    (Reuters) - The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the center of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent said on Wednesday. Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program "American Top 40," was moved to Canada by his wife, his agent Don Pitts said, after being kept at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. Candace Corkum, administrative manager for the funeral home, confirmed on Friday that Kasem's body was no longer at the facility. Kasem had been the focus of a dispute between his three children from his first marriage - Kerri, Julie and Mike - and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

  • Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
    Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire.

  • Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours
    Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

    PHOENIX (AP) — A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.

  • This Couple Spends Their Free Time Mocking Abortion Protesters
    This Couple Spends Their Free Time Mocking Abortion Protesters

    A hipster pro-choice couple from North Carolina created a Tumblr blog dedicated to making fun of pro-life supporters protesting outside of abortion clinics.

  • What really happened to MH17? Russia's media have the answer

    In the days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, Russian state-owned media outlets have produced alternative explanations for what happened. While the Western world blames Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, Russian media, including private outlets, have explored other possibilities – from the totally outrageous to the outwardly plausible. In all their scenarios, the Ukrainian government is responsible. This claim was easily debunked: Family members confirmed dropping off passengers before the flight, and social media postings had a matching timeline. 

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