Thursday, July 30
MISSING MALAYSIA PLANE
Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
SYDNEY (AP) — Has part of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane been found? Malaysia's deputy transport minister says it's "almost certain."
The large piece of a plane wing washed up on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean.
Air safety investigators say it's a "flaperon" from a Boeing 777 wing. The part is being sent to France.
Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The Malaysia flight is the only Boeing 777 that's missing.
MISSING MALAYSIA PLANE-FAMILIES
Families wait once again for word on missing Malaysia plane
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Some relatives of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight say they want "100 percent" proof before they'll believe that the part of a plane wing that washed up on an island near Madagascar is from Malaysia Flight 370, that disappeared more than 16 months ago.
Chinese engineer Wang Zheng, whose parents were on the flight, says the plane debris found may finally rule out that missing passengers might still be alive.
MISSING TEEN FISHERMEN
Hope for miracle dims but search goes on for missing boys
TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard insists that the case of two 14-year-old Florida boys missing at sea remains "active and open."
Officials say the decision on how long to continue looking for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos is a mix of "art and science," juggling the knowledge of how long people can survive adrift with unknowns on whether the boys had flotation devices and drinking water.
The boys were last seen last Friday as they set off on their fishing trip. Their capsized boat was found Sunday.
Ohio police officer indicted for murder during traffic stop
CINCINNATI (AP) — A fired University of Cincinnati police officer is scheduled to appear in court today for the fatal traffic stop shooting of a motorist.
Officer Ray Tensing claimed he was dragged by 43-year-old Samuel DuBose's car, after stopping him July 19 for not having a front license plate.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters scoffed at Tensing's claim and accuses the officer of "purposely" killing DuBose, who was shot in the head.
City officials released police bodycam footage of the incident.
Hunter dentist in seclusion
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known, protected lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe is telling his patients to find another dentist.
Walter James Palmer has become a target of outrage from across the world. And he remains secluded in the face of protests Wednesday at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense condemnation online.
In Zimbabwe, a hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court Wednesday on allegations they helped Palmer kill the lion.
Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.
The spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province says the strikes happened last night and no civilians were wounded.
The U.S. military in Afghanistan is confirming what it calls a "kinetic strike" against "individuals threatening the force."
RIO 2016-FILTHY WATER
AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games.
An Associated Press analysis of water quality has revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues.
Some competitors already training in Rio have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.
Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — On Friday, the International Olympic Committee chooses between Beijing and Almaty (ahl-MAH'tee), Kazakhstan, for the 2022 Winter Games.
It's a contest between China, the world's most populous nation and a rising global giant with a huge economy, against a young country and former Soviet republic in Central Asia that is hoping to establish itself as a player on the world stage.
Beijing is the strong favorite as it bids to become the first city to host both summer and winter games.
Senate to vote on 3-month extension to highway bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate faces a Friday deadline to shore up federal highway aid.
The Senate plans to take up a House-passed bill today that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29 and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion.
That's enough money to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states through mid-December.
Right now, authority for the Transportation Department to process aid payments to states is slated to expire at midnight Friday.
CALIFORNIA GIRL KILLED
Teen charged in death of 8-year-old to appear in court
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged with the murder of an 8-year-old neighbor in their Santa Cruz, California artist community is scheduled to appear in court today.
Police say Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured Madyson Middleton into his family's apartment from a courtyard where she had been riding her scooter over the weekend.
Once inside, he allegedly tied her up, sexually assaulted and killed her.
BOY KILLED-TEEN CHARGED
NEW: Police charge teen in killing of 1-year-old boy in New York
MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl is accused in western New York of strangling a 1 ½-year-old boy.
Authorities have charged the teen with manslaughter in the death of 21-month-old Joshua Jock Jr. in the town of Harmony.
Officials say the toddler died Monday between 11 p.m. and midnight at a day care where the owner also lives. Someone called 911 and reported that the toddler was unresponsive.
Authorities say the only people home at the time were the teen, the boy and a 1-year-old girl, and that they all are related.
DRAG RACING-DEADLY CRASH
NEW: Police: Drag racing crash kills 3, injures 1 in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia say three people are dead and one person is in critical condition following an apparent drag racing crash.
The crash happened late last night in Northeast Philadelphia. Police say the car was speeding around a sharp turn when it clipped a curb and went out of control.
The car hit a tree and split in two.
Two women and a man were pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
US economy likely rebounded to solid growth rate in spring
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a terrible winter, the economy is improving, with a solid rebound in the spring expected to be followed by stronger growth in the second half of the year.
That's the view of many economists who think a steadily improving job market will give households more income to spend and boost consumer spending, which drives about 70 percent of the economy.
The government this morning issues its first of three estimates of economic growth in the April-June quarter, as measured by the gross domestic product.
HOME RENTAL PRICES
US home rental prices climb again in June
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June.
But there are signs of slowing momentum around New York, Los Angeles and Washington.
Real estate data firm Zillow says that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3 percent in June from a year ago, roughly matching the same pace as in May.
Rents continue to jump at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, California.
OCEAN OIL SLICK
California beaches remain open as source of oil slick sought
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — California beachgoers are being told to avoid tar balls along the Santa Barbara shoreline as the Coast Guard tries to track down the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick that floated up 1,000 yards from the sand.
Authorities say the three-mile sheen is harmless to people and beaches remain open.
But health officials are telling people to avoid contact with the oil, which is expected to gradually disperse.