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Peru inmates exchange life of crime for sewing designs

May. 31, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The agile hands of men who once worked as pickpockets, hit men and drug traffickers are these days dedicated to a much more docile task: Cutting and sewing fabrics to create fashionable clothes at a workshop in the prison where they are serving time. The inmates at San Pedro de...

Police hunt suspect after explosion in French city of Lyon

May. 25, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — French police on Saturday hunted a suspect believed to have deposited a paper bag containing a device that exploded Friday, wounding 13 people on a busy pedestrian street in the city of Lyon. France's counter-terrorism prosecutor, Remy Heitz, said an investigation has been opened for...

Police arrest suspect in naked break-ins of 2 Missouri homes

May. 20, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police in central Missouri say they have arrested a suspect after reports that a naked man broke into two homes. Interim Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said the man got into homes about a half-mile apart early Saturday. He said police believe he tried to enter other homes. In both...

Soccer referee dies after collapsing at match in Bolivia

May. 19, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A 31-year-old referee soccer collapsed during a Bolivian league match high up in the Andes and died after being taken to the hospital. The match between the Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero clubs was played at Municipal Stadium in El Alto, which sits about 3,900 meters (12,795...

In Cannes, 'Les Miserables' rings alarm for Paris suburbs

May. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — More than 150 years after Victor Hugo's classic novel, a French film titled "Les Miserables" gives a gritty, modern view of the Paris suburbs where Jean Valjean first met Cosette. Ladj Ly's "Les Miserables," which premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, contains no singing or...

Yellow vest anger burns in France, fueled by Notre Dame fire

Apr. 20, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protesters set fires Saturday along a march through Paris to drive home their message to a government they believe is ignoring the poor: that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem France needs to solve. Like the high-visibility vests the...

Anger followed Notre Dame grief for yellow vest protesters

Apr. 19, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger. Some of the activists, whose violent protests against inequality have been shaking up France for months, said they cried in front of their...

The Latest: Police eye electrical short in Notre Dame probe

Apr. 18, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A French judicial police official said investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing...

Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Apr. 18, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark. A judicial police official told The Associated Press...

Lockdown: Notre Dame's neighborhood isolated since fire

Apr. 18, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The neighborhood around Notre Dame Cathedral is usually buzzing with tourists all year. Now the shops and cafés are empty and the streets eerily quiet. Since Monday's fire, half the island in the middle of the Seine has been closed to visitors. Residents who have the right to cross the...