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Study looks at feasibility of suicide barrier on Coronado Bridge

SAN DIEGO — A group of San Diego residents is studying the feasibility of adding a barrier to the city’s iconic Coronado Bridge to prevent people from jumping to their deaths. Since the bridge to popular Coronado Island opened in 1969, about 300 people have committed suicide there, jumping from the 200-foot span and into […]

FAA cites fail-safe system problem in crash that killed seven

PHILADELPHIA — The manufacturer of the jet that crashed on takeoff in Massachusetts last year, killing the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people, has reported a problem with a fail-safe system that can allow the planes to reach high speeds on the runway even if they are prevented from taking off. Gulfstream […]

Inspectors trying to understand cause of spike in inmate suicides

SACRAMENTO — A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women’s prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase. Four women have killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County in the last 18 months, according to state […]

Records show arrested Uber driver has previous conviction

DALLAS — An Uber driver in Dallas who served time in federal prison on a weapons conviction has been charged with sexual assault. Dallas police have accused Talal Ali Chammout, 56, of Plano, of sexually assaulting a woman on July 25 after dropping her off at her Oak Cliff home. Chammout was convicted in 2007 […]

Tourists flock to watch new bridge under construction

ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. — Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment — all elements of one of the biggest, most […]

Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

MIAMI — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962 The Democratic presidential favorite said an opened economic relationship would bring “dignity and democracy” faster than […]

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the ground aren’t disputing the assessment, but they point to an upcoming […]

Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears

KABUL, Afghanistan — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief’s most “trusted” associates. Mullah Yacoob, Mullah Omar’s […]

Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man

BERLIN — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. The decision came more than two years after the AP published a story establishing that Michael […]

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people […]

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

DUMA, West Bank — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish […]

Zimbabwe: American lion killer’s extradition being sought

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday. In the Zimbabwean government’s first official comment on the killing of Cecil the lion, the environment, water and climate minister lashed out […]

Amazon releases digital assistant Echo

SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya’s care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon’s Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a […]

User growth, stock price slumps for Twitter

NEW YORK — Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership dragged Twitter’s stock to its lowest level in over a year Wednesday, even though the short-messaging service reported sharply quarterly higher revenue. Twitter is “not satisfied” with its user growth, co-founder Jack Dorsey, who replaced Dick Costolo as CEO earlier this month, said […]

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