- Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.
- AP investigation prompts new round of slave rescues
Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea.
- Campus officer pleads not guilty in traffic stop shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail.
- Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.
- Greek bailout talks to shift gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund begin an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion). Greece needs the money to keep paying its debts and remain in the euro currency.
- Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.
- Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban
Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan.
- Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade
JERUSALEM (AP) — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said.
- Kazakh PM: Almaty 'is not a risky choice' for 2022 Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.
- No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.
- Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota.
- Blue Jays land Price in Toronto's 2nd big trade of week
DETROIT (AP) — Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.
- Dodgers bolster pitching in huge deal with Braves, Marlins
ATLANTA (AP) — The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leaders on Thursday.
- Gomez traded to Astros after Mets deal falls through
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Woods gets hot after bad start, shoots 68 at Quicken Loans
GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods took a conservative 3-wood off the first hole Thursday in the Quicken Loans National when many players were hitting driver. No matter — he still pull-hooked it into the gallery, hit his second shot into a greenside bunker and lipped out a 5-footer for par before slamming his putter against his bag.