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5 of the best new products debuting at Outdoor Retailer Show

Carter Williams,  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:42am

Outdoor Retailer Show kicked off Wednesday with all sorts of gear and gadgets perfect for outdoors and recreation. It was also the debut for many new products — from water filtration to portable solar panels — destined for shelves or online markets.

Muslim prayers end peacefully at Jerusalem mosque

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:41am

Prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque ended peacefully Friday amid two weeks of unrest over security at a major holy site in Jerusalem, Israeli police said, but violence flared in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed after he attacked soldiers.

77-pound tortoise back with NY family after wandering away

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:55am

The owners of a 77-pound tortoise found on the side of a Long Island road in New York have claimed their wayward, slow-moving pet.

Lawyer: Ex-priest shouldn't have been released from prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:44am

A notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was released from prison Friday morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s.

Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in Iraq

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:10am

High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group's leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.

Romanian Orthodox priest removed for suspected sex grooming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:51am

Romania's Orthodox Church has voted to defrock a priest who is suspected of trying to sexually corrupt a teenager — a rare case of a cleric being disciplined for alleged sexual misdemeanors.

South Korean leader adopts dog saved from possible slaughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:10am

South Korea's president has kept a campaign promise by adopting a shelter dog rescued from possible slaughter in a country where eating dogs is still popular.

Brazil church rejects abuse claims detailed in AP stories

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:11pm

One of Word of Faith Fellowship's two churches in Brazil has rejected claims made by former members that they were subjected to physical and verbal abuse at the hands of ministers and that young congregants were sent to the mother church in North Carolina and forced to work without pay.

Public lands enthusiasts march, sing and chant at state Capitol

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:14pm

In a show of support for public lands, about 3,000 people marched from the Salt Palace Convention Center to the state Capitol and held a rally afterward. More than a half dozen speakers extolled Utah's landscapes and said they must be protected.

What does the word healthy actually mean?

Paige Smathers, Contributor  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:07pm

The word healthy has been oversimplified and misused by media and so-called health gurus, and the word is practically meaningless to us now. No wonder we're confused about what the word healthy actually means.

‘Wildlife are really resilient:’ Collared big game animals safe after Brian Head Fire

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:31pm

While the Brian Head Fire torched more than 100 square miles, cost $34 million to fight and forced some 1,500 people from their homes last month, one demographic has been surprisingly resilient: the wildlife.

Department of Justice, agency clash over Civil Rights Act

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:43pm

A federal appeals court in New York City is getting conflicting advice from the government over whether a civil rights law covers sexual orientation.

North Dakota woman who threatened Muslims hugs one of them

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all "expressed their sincere regrets" about the incident and apologized, Fargo's police chief said Thursday.

The Latest: Woman who yelled at Muslims hugs 1 of them

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:29pm

The Latest on a North Dakota woman who was shown in a video threatening Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot (all times local):

Kansas' Brownback still touts tax cuts as he heads to exit

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:11pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wishes Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses and defended the now-repealed policy that critics said did not work.

Authorities: Man robs bank, then gets naked and throws money

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:14pm

Authorities in Florida say they arrested a man who robbed a bank, stripped naked and ran down the street throwing stolen money — a spectacle that he somehow thought would jump-start his career as a comedian.

Hobby has travelers looking for spots where 3 states touch

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:03pm

Brian Butler is a tripointer.

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

Ilan Ben Zion and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:12pm

Violence returned Thursday to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clashed with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack there.

The Latest: More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:52pm

The Latest on developments on a contested shrine in Israel (all times local):