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Minneapolis area nurses back to work following strike

Thousands of nurses returned to work Sunday at five Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis area following a seven-day strike mainly over the cost of their health insurance. The Minnesota Nurses Association and its 4,800 members began their strike June 19 after failing to negotiate a new three-year contract with ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

Israeli official: Reconciliation deal reached with Turkey

Israel has reached a reconciliation deal with Turkey to end a bitter six-year rift between the Mideast powers, an official said Sunday. Relations between the former close allies imploded in 2010 following an Israeli naval raid that killed nine Turkish activists, including a dual American citizen, who were on a ...

This image made from Associated Press video shows, Iraqi soldiers carrying an Iraqi flag to hoist on buildings after a senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants, in Fallujah, Iraq, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Video via AP)

Fallujah fully liberated from IS group, Iraqi commander says

Five weeks after a military operation began, a senior Iraqi commander declared Sunday that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from the Islamic State group, giving a major boost to the country's security and political leadership in its fight against the extremists. Recapturing Fallujah, the first city to fall ...

Turkey uses tear gas to break up gay pride gathering

Police in Istanbul used tear gas and detained activists who gathered Sunday to issue a statement to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their rally in the city. At least 19 activists were rounded up, organizers said. Dozens of activists assembled on Istanbul's main pedestrian street to publicly read ...

The Latest: 200 structures now destroyed in California fire

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local): 10:42 a.m. Fire officials say 200 homes and other buildings have now been destroyed in a deadly wildfire burning in central California. The Kern County Fire Department reports that firefighters were making progress Sunday in establishing a perimeter around ...

The Latest: Italy: 3,324 migrants rescued from Mediterranean

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local): 7:40 p.m. The Italian coast guard says it has coordinated the rescue of 3,324 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, as Libya-based smugglers exploited a spell of good weather and calm seas to launch boats full of migrants toward Italian shores. The ...

FILE - In this May 2, 2016, file photo, Tyka Nelson, center, the sister of Prince, leaves the Carver County Courthouse in Chaska, Minn., where a judge confirmed the appointment of a special administrator to oversee the settlement of the late entertainer's estate. A hearing will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis about the procedures for determining who stands to inherit part of Prince's estate. Prince died in April of an accidental drug overdose, and no will has been found. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota judge to hold 2nd hearing in Prince estate case

A hearing will be held in suburban Minneapolis regarding the procedures for determining who stands to inherit part of Prince's estate. Prince died in April of an accidental drug overdose, and no will has been found. The twice-divorced musician's parents are dead and he didn't have any known children, but ...

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., second from left, accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, listen to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, following their policy luncheon.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention

Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump's presidential campaign before the party's national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination. His campaign chairman said Sunday there's a hiring spree in 16 ...

University of Toledo students dig into prehistory

They had dug and sifted through earth for four weeks, with two more to go, but they did not complain. "I love every second of it," said Michael Campbell, 34, of Toledo, a recent University of Toledo graduate on his first archaeological dig. "This is something I wanted to do ...

Items owned by gangster 'Whitey' Bulger fetch $100K at sale

A rat-shaped pencil holder and a sterling silver "psycho killer" skull ring were among the belongings of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger that pulled in more than $100,000 at a court-ordered auction to raise money for his victims. Hundreds of items belonging to Bulger and his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, were ...

A Somali security man stands looks at the wreckage of a pickup truck near Nasa-Hablod hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, June 26, 2016. Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel attacks in Mogadishu, one that began with a powerful explosion at the entry gate. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somali minister among 15 killed in extremist attack on hotel

A Somali Cabinet minister is among the 15 killed in an Islamic extremist attack on a hotel in the capital, police say. Four attackers also died in the assault which was claimed by al-Shabab, Somalia's militant rebels who are allied to al-Qaida. State Minister for the Environment, Buri Hamza, was ...

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows fake Oxycodone pills that are actually fentanyl that were seized and submitted to bureau crime labs. Street fentanyl is increasingly dangerous to users, with thousands of deaths in recent years blamed on the man-made opiate. But police say officers are at risk, too, because the drug can be inhaled if powder becomes airborne, or it can be absorbed through the skin. Fentanyl is sometimes placed in tablets of counterfeit prescription drugs, but also comes in the form of patches, powder and even sprays. (Tommy Farmer/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP)

Fentanyl worries changing way narcotics officers operate

The street version of fentanyl blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans is also threatening police officers, forcing changes in long-standing basics of drug investigations, from confiscations to testing and undercover operations, law enforcement officials say. Overdose deaths have surged as drugs such as heroin, cocaine and counterfeit prescription ...

In this photo released by the Italian police Sunday, June 26, 2016, is portrayed Ernesto Fazzalari, Italy’s No. 2 fugitive, a convicted ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate boss feared as a ‘’merciless killer,’’ who was captured Sunday as he slept in his bed in a hideout in the rugged Calabrian mountains after 20 years on the run, police and prosecutors said. (Italian Police/HO Photo via AP)

Italian police capture fugitive mob boss sought for 20 years

Italy's second most sought-after fugitive, a convicted, ruthless 'ndrangheta crime syndicate boss, was captured Sunday as he slept in his bed in a hideout in the rugged Calabrian mountains, police and prosecutors said. Ernesto Fazzalari "went from his sleep to the handcuffs of the Carabinieri" paramilitary police after 20 years ...

The Malta flagged cargo ship named Baroque, a post-Panamax vessel, arrives to the Agua Clara locks on a test of the newly expanded Panama Canal in Agua Clara, Panama, Friday, June 24, 2016. The canal's expansion project will be officially inaugurated on Sunday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes

Amid exploding fireworks and waving flags, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday entered the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for international shipping. Several tug boats pulled "Cosco Shipping Panama" ...

German lawmaker temporarily detained at Istanbul gay parade

A prominent German lawmaker was temporarily detained at a gay street parade in Istanbul. The German news agency dpa reported the Green Party lawmaker Volker Beck, an outspoken activist for gay rights, was detained Sunday when he wanted to speak publicly at the end of the gay, lesbian and transgender ...

Strong earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan, no injuries reported

A strong earthquake has hit southern Kyrgyzstan, but emergency officials say there are no immediate reports of any damage or injuries in the remote corner of the Central Asian nation. The emergency situations ministry says the earthquake that struck at 5:17 p.m. (1117 GMT) on Sunday had a magnitude of ...

A group of migrants eat a hot meal as they rest aboard the 'Aquarius' rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday June 25, 2016, as more than 600 migrants are aboard the ship rescued by SOS Mediterranee and the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The organizations cooperate during search and rescue operations for migrants and refugees from boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

30 African migrants overcome high border fence, reach Spain

Up to 30 migrants from Africa have reached the Spanish border town of Melilla after climbing the fence that separates the European country from neighboring Morocco in North Africa. The ones that made it all the way to the local immigrant center on Sunday chanted "Victory!" Up to 90 other ...

Purdue University launches program to combat student debt

Purdue University is enrolling the first round of students in a program that aims to combat student debt for those who promise to pay a share of their future earnings for a certain number of years after they graduate. Students who opt to participate in the program, called "Back-a-Boiler," enter ...

Academic declares victory in Icelandic presidential election

Historian and associate university professor Gudni Johannesson has declared victory in Iceland's presidential election, with early results showing him capturing 39 percent of the vote to beat eight other candidates. The 47-year-old independent candidate was ahead of businesswoman Halla Tomasdottir, who had an estimated 30 percent support from Saturday's vote. ...

Kasich signs executive orders to aid low-income families

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has signed executive orders to help low-income families, fund after-school programs and expand access to addiction treatment. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/28UPdRq ) Kasich authorized spending $1 million on a statewide program providing after school programs for low-income children. The governor also issued an order ...

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