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Survivor, shaken, describes plunge off bridge in Italy

Aug. 17, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — One survivor of the Genoa bridge collapse was in his car as it plunged 45 meters (150 feet) to the ground along with falling sections of highway and concrete. He says he immediately understood that the structure was collapsing. "It came down, everything, the world came down," said...

Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

Aug. 17, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the mourners who walked under a hot sun behind a flower-decked gun...

The Latest: Italy bridge survivor describes 'unreal silence'

Aug. 17, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on this week's bridge collapse in Italy's Genoa (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him. A trained firefighter, he understood immediately that the structure...

2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

Aug. 16, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed. Dominic Ragucci had thought that the body of brother Emil was swept out to sea during a battle on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. On Tuesday, the...

Italy lowers confirmed death toll to 38 in Genoa collapse

Aug. 16, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — The death toll from the collapse of a highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa that is already confirmed to have claimed at least 38 lives will certainly rise, a senior official said Thursday. "Unfortunately, the toll will increase, that's inevitable" as rescuers continued to search...

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

Aug. 16, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan's Shiites mourned their dead and held funeral services Thursday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the horrific suicide bombing in Kabul that targeted a Shiite neighborhood the previous day, killing 34 students. Grieving families gathered to bury...

WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

Aug. 16, 2018 1:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Nancy Kragh grew up without her father, who was among 400 prisoners of war killed when a ship taking them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed. On Wednesday, she and other family members of prisoners on that ship dedicated a memorial stone to their loved ones. The marker lies within a...

The Latest: POWs killed on Japan ship honored with memorial

Aug. 15, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a new memorial marker honoring World War II prisoners of war (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Dozens of relatives of Allied servicemen who were killed in January 1945 as prisoners of war held by Japan are dedicating a memorial stone to their loved ones. The memorial at a national...

The Latest: Crowd protests death penalty at Nebraska Capitol

Aug. 14, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska's first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Death penalty opponents protested Nebraska's execution of its longest-serving death row inmate at a rally outside the state Capitol. The event drew more than 150 people early Tuesday evening, hours after...

UConn scraps plan to move memorial for club seats

Aug. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn has postponed plans to put a club for season ticket holders inside its football stadium, because it would have displaced a memorial statue to slain player Jasper Howard. Spokesman Pat McKenna says the school had planned to move the statue from behind the west end zone to another...