- Fires keep tourists away from California's Big Sur coast
Blazes have destroyed dozens of homes in several Western states and scared away tourists from California's dramatic Big Sur coast, which is near a wildfire burning in hard-to-reach forested ridges that fire crews will likely be battling for another month.
- Court rules for middle school, officer in teen's burp arrest
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps.
- 'Game of Thrones' to end after season 8, but 7th still ahead
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — HBO has confirmed what "Game of Thrones" fans never wanted to hear: The fantasy-thriller phenomenon will be coming to an end after Season 8.
- Brazil cuts ribbon on new subway line crucial for Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's highest officials celebrated the completion of a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion that will play a crucial part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday just days before the games are set to kick off.
- Hot air balloon catches fire, crashes in Texas; 16 feared dead
At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning in one of the deadliest balloon accidents on record. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred near Lockhart, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Austin and that at least 16 people were on board the balloon. Emergency responders in Texas said the fire hit the basket portion of the hot air balloon.
- Clinton campaign: no evidence computer systems were compromised
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign said on Friday that an analytics data program maintained by the Democratic National Committee and used by the campaign was accessed as part of a hack, but outside experts have found no evidence that its internal systems have been compromised. (Reporting by Amanda Becker; Writing by Eric Walsh)
- Heck, yeah! Rednecks hold their blanking Summer Games
HEBRON, Maine (AP) — There were no world-class athletes or top-notch sporting venues, but there was cold beer, barbecue and a muddy tug-of-war Saturday at the event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics.
- 2 Russian swimmers file appeals against Olympic ban
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Russian swimmers filed an appeal Saturday against their exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, claiming the ban is "invalid" and "unenforceable."
- 1 killed, 2 seriously injured when bus skids off Norway road
- Nationals acquire Melancon from Pirates
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Washington Nationals found their reliable new man for the ninth inning, acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
- Police officer shot dead in lengthy Armenia stand-off
A group of hostage-takers locked in a protracted siege with police in Armenia shot dead an officer Saturday, as thousands of protesters took to the streets to call on President Serzh Sarkisian to step down. "A sniper opened fire from inside the police station and killed a police officer... who was sitting in a car parked 350-400 metres (yards) away," police spokesman Ashot Aharonyan wrote on Facebook. Armenia has been in turmoil since a group of anti-government gunmen stormed a police station in the capital Yerevan on July 17, demanding the release of opposition leader Zhirair Sefilyan and taking several hostages.
- Bryant singles to stop Miley's no-hit bid
- FAA warned of potential for many hot air balloon deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning about a potential for high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations.
- Donald Trump attacks Muslim father's convention speech
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — With 100 days left before the fall election, Hillary Clinton's campaign bus wound its way through Donald Trump's America as the Republican nominee picked a new fight with the bereaved father of a Muslim Army captain.
- Bryan brothers withdraw from Rio Games, cite health priority
Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns.
- Ariya Jutanugarn takes Women's British Open lead
- Justice Department to review fatal Arizona police shooting
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department announced this week it will investigate the fatal shooting of a Navajo woman by an Arizona police officer.
- Fighting between rival Tuareg groups kills 6 in NE Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Fighting broke out Saturday in northeastern Mali between a coalition of Tuareg rebels and a Tuareg group allied with the government of this West African country, killing at least six people.
- Hundreds protest death of black man after Canadian police arrest
By Patrick Doyle OTTAWA (Reuters) - More than 500 people rallied in Canada's capital on Saturday to protest the death of a mentally ill black man following an arrest, marching against what they see as race-based police brutality in a country that prides itself for being tolerant. Abdirahman Abdi, 37, died on Monday after witnesses told local media he was beaten by Ottawa police officers who responded to calls of a disturbance. The march is expected to end at a police station, though organizers have said they would respect the wishes of Abdi's family for the event to be peaceful.
- Chiefs sign LT Eric Fisher to contract extension
- Pope condemns 'wave of terror,' urges young people to shun indifference
By Philip Pullella and Wojciech Zurawski KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday condemned the "devastating wave of terrorism" and war that has hit the world and urged a huge crowd of young people not to be indifferent to the suffering of others. The pope, who ends his five-day trip to Poland on Sunday, made an unscheduled stop at the church of St. Francis of Assisi in Krakow to recite a prayer for peace. From the church Francis went to a large field outside the city where he addressed hundreds of thousands of young people in Krakow for an international gathering of Catholic youth.
- 3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near Seattle; suspect in custody
SEATTLE (AP) — A gunman attacked a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the grandmother of one of the witnesses said.
- Putin tests West's sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia
VRSIC, Slovenia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone Saturday on a visit to Slovenia, shaking hands and honoring dead soldiers as he tested Western resolve in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine.
- Storms halt PGA as Mickelson predicts record low
Thunderstorms halted Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship before the leaders could tee off, but not before early results sparked talk of a major record-low 62 at rain-softened Baltusrol. Robert Streb, who matched the all-time major record low Friday with a seven-under par 63, and fellow American Jimmy Walker shared the lead on nine-under with top-ranked defending champion Jason Day of Australia and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo. Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson predicted the all-time major low-round record of 63, achieved 30 times by 28 different golfers, will fall this weekend at Baltusrol.
- Sushi restaurant workers tested for Hepatitis A
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A sushi restaurant employee believed to have been infected in a hepatitis A outbreak on the island of Oahu is recovering while almost all other staff members are cleared for work.
- May worried by China investment, intervened to delay Hinkley
By Kate Holton and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May was concerned about the security implications of a planned Chinese investment in the new Hinkley Point nuclear plant and intervened personally to delay the project, a former colleague and a source said on Saturday. The plan by France's EDF to build two reactors with financial backing from a Chinese state-owned company was championed by May's predecessor David Cameron as a sign of Britain's openness to foreign investment.
- Judge refuses to dismiss sex suit against Derrick Rose
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging New York Knicks player Derrick Rose and two friends drugged and gang-raped a woman.
- A-Rod back in lineup at DH, looks to snap 2-for-22 slump
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is back as the New York Yankees' designated hitter for the first time in a week, looking to snap his struggles at the plate.
- Koch donors gather for weekend retreat
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist and conservative benefactor Charles Koch is hosting hundreds of the nation's most powerful political donors this weekend in Colorado.
- Turkey frees 758 soldiers after failed coup, Erdogan drops lawsuits
By Yesim Dikmen and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey has released more than 750 soldiers detained after an abortive coup, state media reported on Saturday, while President Tayyip Erdogan said he would drop lawsuits against people who had insulted him, in a one-time gesture of "unity". Turkey's Western allies have condemned the coup, in which Erdogan has said 237 people were killed and more than 2,100 were wounded, but have been rattled by the scale of the resulting crackdown which has targeted supporters of Fethullah Gulen. The U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Ankara of masterminding the July 15-16 putsch, denies the charges and Erdogan's critics say the president is using the purges to clamp down on dissent.