Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:19:22 -0400
A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs battled in the jungles in what is considered Latin America's last major civil armed conflict. "The end of the conflict has arrived!" President Juan Manuel Santos exulted on his Twitter account Friday, after signing a decree to halt military operations against the FARC.
Donaldson hits three HRs, Blue Jays beat Twins 9-6
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:17:18 -0400
Josh Donaldson had his first career three-homer game, Troy Tulowitzki also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Pope mulls Italy quake visit as survivors dig in
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:16:15 -0400
Pope Francis said Sunday he wanted to visit the quake-hit villages of central Italy, as survivors and rescue workers dug in for the long haul with colder weather approaching. Speaking to worshippers in St Peter's Square in Rome, Francis said he wanted to visit those hit by Wednesday's deadly earthquake which brought devastation to a string of mountain villages in a remote area straddling the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions. With hopes of finding anyone else still alive fading fast, rescue workers and survivors were turning their attention to the future as temperatures start to fall.
Longtime Associated Press TV columnist Jerry Buck dies at 85
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:12:49 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) — William G. (Jerry) Buck, a columnist who chronicled the television industry for The Associated Press in New York and Los Angeles, died Friday at age 85.
Few contenders, more pretenders in NFC
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:11:51 -0400
The last four teams to play for the NFC championship have the same goal: Super Bowl or bust.
Politicos spar over ethics surrounding Clinton Foundation
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:10:00 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats sparred Sunday over whether Hillary Clinton crossed ethical lines during her tenure as secretary of state by talking with people outside the government who had contributed to her family's philanthropy foundation.
Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:59:45 -0400
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.
Police sergeant who filmed himself taking pot is released
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:42:09 -0400
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico police sergeant accused of unwittingly recording himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend has been released from jail.
Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:40:42 -0400
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.
Anti-burkini law in France would worsen tension: interior minister
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:38:42 -0400
A law banning the full-body "burkini" swimsuit in France would stoke tensions between communities and would be both unconstitutional and ineffective, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview published on Sunday. France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday against a decision to ban the burkini by the mayor of the resort town of Villeneuve-Loubet. The ruling may set a precedent for the dozens of French towns that have also ordered burkini bans.