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Officers who stopped Christchurch shooting suspect get award

Oct. 15, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The two New Zealand police officers who managed to arrest a man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques were given a bravery award on Wednesday. During the attack seven months ago, the officers rammed the suspect's car off the road in the city of Christchurch and dragged...

American prosecutor slain in Pacific nation of Micronesia

Oct. 15, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Friends said Tuesday that lawyer Rachelle Bergeron planned to soon return to the U.S. after a challenging stint prosecuting criminals on the Pacific nation of Micronesia, but she was shot and killed as she returned home from a run with her dog. Bergeron's husband was inside...

In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

Tough guys: Rugby players not flustered by massive typhoon

Oct. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Rugby players don't scare easily. Not even when there's a super typhoon heading for them. Some of sport's toughest guys are waiting for the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis, which is bearing down on Japan and its ongoing Rugby World Cup and set to arrive during a weekend of crucial games. Two...

Walmart promotes Sam's Club CEO to top role at US stores

Oct. 10, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it is promoting the president and CEO of its Sam's Club division to lead the company's namesake stores in the U.S. John Furner, 45, will succeed Greg Foran, who was in that role for five years and spearheaded a turnaround at Walmart's U.S. division, company's largest with more...

AP Explains: Streaming of German synagogue attack on Twitch

Oct. 10, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue livestreamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games....

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...

Rugby World Cup cancels 2 games ahead of expected typhoon

Oct. 10, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Well before a potentially devastating typhoon was expected to hit Japan, it ruined Italy's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal ambitions and the hopes of one of the sport's longest-serving veterans. It was still bright and sunny in Tokyo on Thursday when tournament organizers took the unprecedented...

The Latest: Samoa makes two changes for Ireland match

Oct. 10, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 21 at the typhoon-affected Rugby World Cup (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Samoa has made two changes for its final Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Ireland in Fukuoka on Saturday. The changes from the lineup which lost 38-19 to Japan last Saturday are in the forwards, where...

2 dead in attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur

Oct. 9, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. The attacker shot at the door of the...