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Turkey tries to shed light on White Helmets founder's death

Nov. 12, 2019 10:10 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials were performing an autopsy and other procedures Tuesday as they tried to understand how a former British officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer aid group in Syria died. James Le Mesurier's body was found near his home in Istanbul early Monday by...

Briton who helped found Syria's White Helmets dies in Turkey

Nov. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organization in Syria was found dead in Istanbul early Monday, Turkish officials and the group said. The cause of death was under investigation. James Le Mesurier's body was found near his home in the Beyoglu...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region. Packing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), Cyclone...

Trump camp using impeachment in get-out-the vote push

Nov. 9, 2019 11:36 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregory Hafen II looked out at a small group of fellow Republicans and tried to hammer home just how wronged he thinks President Donald Trump has been. The impeachment investigation in Washington is a mere political attack, he argued. "It's witch hunt after witch hunt," he said, glancing...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 7, 2019 1:14 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 6, on the death of Columbia Sportswear's chairwoman Gert Boyle: Gert Boyle's intimidating glare in Columbia Sportswear commercials will surely live on in people's memories of the company's longtime chairwoman, who died last week at age...

Suspected rebels kill 15 at southern Thailand security posts

Nov. 6, 2019 9:43 AM EST

YALA, Thailand (AP) — Gunmen in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand killed 15 village defense volunteers and wounded five security personnel in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on government forces since the separatist rebellion began 15 years ago. Blood-stained clothing found at the scene...

Steyer aide resigns after access of Harris' volunteer data

Nov. 5, 2019 1:05 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An aide to Democrat Tom Steyer in South Carolina resigned after accessing volunteer data collected by rival Kamala Harris, the billionaire activist's campaign said Monday. Last month, Dwane Sims was announced as Steyer's deputy state director in South Carolina, which holds the first...

Georgia governor unveils Medicaid plan with work requirement

Nov. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state's poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school. Under Kemp's proposal, which is more limited than other states, uninsured adults in Georgia who make...

Boy Scouts to boost annual youth fees by more than 80%

Oct. 31, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing a potentially ruinous wave of new sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America is increasing its annual youth membership fee by more than 80%. The group says the move, which has dismayed many of the Scouts' adult volunteer leaders who warn the increase is prohibitively steep for...

13 bodies found near Mexican resort of Puerto PeƱasco

Oct. 25, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Volunteer searchers found 12 skeletons and one decomposed body in a shallow pit in the desert near the Mexican resort of Puerto Peñasco. Prosecutors in the northern border state of Sonora said late Thursday that two of the bodies may be women. Tests are being conducted to determine...