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In an IS training camp, children told: Behead the doll

In an IS training camp, children told: Behead the doll

SANLIURFA, Turkey (AP) — The children each received a doll and a sword. Then they were lined up, more than 120 of them, and given their next lesson by their Islamic State group instructors: Behead the doll.
A 14-year-old who was among the line of abducted boys from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority said that at first, he cou ... (full story)


Sharks, fascinating and scary, capture our attention

Sharks, fascinating and scary, capture our attention

AVON, N.C. (AP) — It's the golden hour, right before sunset, when the light is soft and pretty. The landscape looks like a postcard. Tourists stroll, kids run.
No one is in the water. No one wants to be a feast for a shark.
"This is a very sharky place," mused 56-year-old John Kane as he stood on the Avon Pier ... (full story)


AP Exclusive: Gulf oil wells lingering with temporary seals

AP Exclusive: Gulf oil wells lingering with temporary seals

Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing, an investigation by The Associated Press shows.
It is not clear how many incompletely sealed wells may have leaked &m ... (full story)


China rounds up rights lawyers in latest crackdown

China rounds up rights lawyers in latest crackdown

BEIJING (AP) — Four men already had been convicted of murder in southeastern China when a fifth person confessed to the crime. But when lawyers demanded to review case documents to clear the men's names, the court stonewalled. So the lawyers unfurled banners outside the venue.
They protested for days, alongside social activ ... (full story)


Counterfeiter evades US lawsuits and gets green card

Counterfeiter evades US lawsuits and gets green card

SHANGHAI (AP) — This could be the story of an American dream. An immigrant family builds a successful business and buys a four-bedroom house in a quiet neighborhood with good schools for their young son. But not all is as it seems on the steep, curving streets of San Diego's Rancho Penasquitos.
A 45-year-old Chinese woman, ... (full story)