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AP PHOTOS: Balkans hit with record flooding

This image made available by the Serbian police shows the flooded area in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 18, 2014. In Serbia, more than 20,000 people have been forced from their homes. Officials there fear more flooding later...
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Turkey prosecutor: 3 face charges in mine disaster

Miners close an entrance to their coal mine in Soma, Turkey, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Eighteen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency reported Sunday.(AP Photo/Depo...

Carpenter wins Indy 500 pole for 2nd straight year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter won the Indianapolis 500 pole for the second straight year, posting a four-lap average of 231.067 mph. He was the last of the nine fastest qualifiers to hit the track Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He knocked off James Hinchcliffe...
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Obama Cabinet may be boost for rising Texas mayor

FILE – In this May 27, 2009 file photo, Julian Castro, left, mayor-elect of San Antonio, pauses during a visit with his brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, right, in the Texas House of Representatives, in Austin, Texas. President Barack Obama’s expected...
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‘Godzilla’ opens with smashing $93.2 million

This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from “Godzilla.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from “Godzilla.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) This image released by...
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Studies: Wildfires worse due to global warming

Fire engulfs a structure during a wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Escondido, Calif. One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes, trigging thousands of new evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Fire...
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Frustration grows over $3.4B settlement delay

FILE – A Feb. 6, 2002 file photo shows National Congress of American Indians President Tex Hall, left, with Elouise Cobell of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, center, and Jimmy Goddard, from the same tribe, on Capitol Hill. Settlement payments among hundreds of thousands of...
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CANNES WATCH: ‘Expendables’ boost Nigerian girls

From left, the cast of The Expendables Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, and Mel Gibson hold up banners reading, “Bring back our girls”, part of a campaign calling for the release of nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls being held by Nigerian Islamic extremist...
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Chicago puts home runs leader Abreu (ankle) on DL

Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu breaks his bat as he flies out to left field against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu breaks his bat as he flies out to...

Burning bread crumbs send plane back to Boston

BOSTON (AP) — The smell of burning bread crumbs has forced a Miami-bound American Airlines flight to return to Boston. An airlines spokeswoman says Flight 1532 took off from Boston’s Logan International Airport at 6:36 a.m. Sunday, but passengers soon began smelling...