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Last moments of Kenya attack victims revealed at memorial

Jan. 22, 2019 10:17 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hiding from gunmen in an office building, a group of people heard gunshots getting louder and the clatter of a weapon being run along the metal banister of a staircase, according to a survivor of an Islamic extremist attack in Kenya last week. Then a gunman opened the door of the room...

Shutdown and disunity themes of MLK celebration in Atlanta

Jan. 21, 2019 6:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown was held Monday morning in Atlanta at a church called King's "spiritual home." King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in her remarks that the annual service at Ebenezer...

Trump marks MLK day with memorial visit

Jan. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence on a frigid and windy day. The two laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial, then held a brief...

Church service gives thanks for missing teen's safe return

Jan. 21, 2019 10:30 AM EST

CAMERON, Wis. (AP) — Residents of two Wisconsin communities gathered for a church service to give thanks for the safe return of a 13-year-old girl who was abducted after her parents were fatally shot at their home. Jayme Closs escaped from the man accused of holding her captive for nearly three months on...

Polish PM calls for respect in public life after mayor slain

Jan. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on politicians and public figures Sunday to make the public debate more respectful after the slaying of Gdansk city mayor which raised calls for national reconciliation. Morawiecki said that the death of Pawel Adamowicz...

Unclaimed veterans buried with dignity, thanks to strangers

Jan. 20, 2019 11:17 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the flags were removed from the caskets and folded with military precision, there were no family members there to receive them. So, the banners were passed, hand-to-hand, through the crowd. Some mourners wept as they clutched the flags briefly. Others kissed them. But the three...

Archbishop calls for unity at slain Polish mayor's funeral

Jan. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic archbishop and other speakers at the funeral Saturday of slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz urged an end to the political and social divisions in Poland, targeting some of their comments at the country's ruling right-wing party. Top Polish and European officials and...

'Perfect cop': Thousands mourn rookie California officer

Jan. 18, 2019 9:47 PM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A young Natalie Corona would run around the house in police gear and loved watching the show "Cops." She always knew she wanted to be a police officer, her sister said Friday. Even before Corona joined the force a few months ago, she posted a Facebook tribute to the men and women who...

Strangers rally to attend funeral for veteran who died alone

Jan. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EST

NORTH HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Although an Army veteran had no family with him as he died last month, hundreds of strangers came together Friday for his funeral with military honors thanks to the work of a volunteer. Peter Turnpu, 77, died at his New Jersey home from natural causes. He had no known...

The Latest: Service for fallen officer ends with procession

Jan. 18, 2019 4:18 PM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for a rookie police officer in California (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Thousands of uniformed officers are leaving the memorial of a young California police officer who was killed on duty. Natalie Corona was a Davis police officer who was shot and...