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  • Turks claim record for 'world's largest Ataturk portrait'
    Turks claim record for 'world's largest Ataturk portrait'

    Thousands of people on Tuesday came together in Ankara to form the world's largest portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic who remains its number one national hero. At least 6,000 volunteers gathered outside the Anitkabir mausoleum, Ataturk's final resting place, to form the larger-than-life portrait for an event marking Turkey's Victory Day. Wearing black outfits and making a heart shape with their hands in the air, they formed the portrait as well as Ataturk's signature as they sought to set a world record. They stood still for 30 minutes under a searing sun while a helicopter carrying Guinness World Records officials hovered overhead.

  • Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs
    Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

  • Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia
    Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

    An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command's headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day.

  • Boycott talk taints Burger King deal
    Boycott talk taints Burger King deal

    Some diners object to the chain's plans to move its headquarters to Canada.

  • China’s falling real-estate prices trigger protests, clashes

    The sharp drop in China’s housing prices has reportedly led to an outburst of anger among property owners, leading to violent clashes in some cases.

  • Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues
    Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but conceded more needed to be done to regain their trust.

  • Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer
    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

  • Maidana dares Mayweather to 'fight like a man'
    Maidana dares Mayweather to 'fight like a man'

    Painting unbeaten champion Floyd Mayweather as an evasive coward in the ring, Argentine challenger Marcos Maidana called out his rival Tuesday ahead of their world welterweight title rematch next month. Mayweather, who won a majority decision over his South American rival in May, faces Maidana again on September 13 in Las Vegas for the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles. "I'm going to be on him from the opening bell," Maidana said. Mayweather, 46-0 with 26 knockouts, began his "crying" on the eve of the first fight when a protest about the lack of front padding in the gloves Maidana planned to use and has also taunted his rival as a dirty fighter who uses mixed martial arts tactics.

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