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Final preparations begin for Eurovision Song Contest

VIENNA (AP) — Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest — except for the weather. As organizers test stage installations and make other final preparations for Saturday’s event, cold and rain are gripping Vienna. Continue reading

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

Partners Adrian, left and Shane, arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015. Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution. Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment should be approved by the required majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. Continue reading

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra’s museum

FILE – This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East’s most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. Continue reading

Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack

By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more “black days” loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom. Friday’s attack was the kingdom’s deadliest militant assault since a 2004 al-Qaida attack on foreign worker compounds, which sparked a massive Saudi security force crackdown Continue reading

Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. Continue reading

Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble

By LISA LERER, MATTHEW LEE and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server. Continue reading

Deadline near, Senate faces last-minute vote on Patriot Act

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. Continue reading

Congress’ familiar path: short-term solutions

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When senators left town after approving a brief extension of the nation’s highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, lawmakers often keep the program alive temporarily and revisits the problem later. Records show that the two-month rescue of the highway trust fund is Congress’ 33nd short-term patch of that program since 2008. Continue reading

California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it’s becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered. The combination of sunlight and waves Friday helped evaporate and dissolve some of the oil that blackened beaches and covered wildlife in thick goo after a pipeline on shore leaked up to 105,000 gallons on the Santa Barbara coast Tuesday. Federal regulators ordered Plains All American Pipeline to drain the pipe that leaked, test the metal in the damaged section of pipe, and complete a series of steps before it can ask to resume pumping oil through the pipe to inland refineries Continue reading

B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta. Continue reading