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The Latest: US military confirms rocket near embassy in Iraq

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:30 a.m. The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there…

Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black…

Trump denies plans to fly migrants from border to Florida

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied reports that hundreds of migrants would be flown from the Mexican border to Florida and other areas in the U.S. interior to lessen the workload at crowded Border Patrol facilities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, also on Sunday, acknowledged that federal officials did initially alert…

Texas church opens new sanctuary 18 months after massacre

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church began a fresh chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Parishioners, elected leaders and relatives of those…

UAE energy minister hints at support for oil production cuts

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' energy minister said Sunday he does not think oil producing nations should relax the production cuts currently in place. Suhail al-Mazrouei spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Saudi Arabia of the world's major oil producers. His comments suggested there's support within the…

Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, lining up with the EU

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, official results showed. The Federal Chancellery said provisional results showed nearly 64% of voters nationwide agreed to align with European…

James Gunn says he's a better person after being fired

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been a roller-coaster year for James Gunn, who was fired from "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" over old tweets in July, and rehired this March. But the writer-director who shepherded the first two "Guardians" films to critical and box office success said the experience has been an educational one.…

UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants' rights

ROME (AP) — The Italian interior ministry vowed Sunday to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N. human rights investigators said it violated international law. Ministry officials said the security decree was "necessary and urgent" and was expected to be approved…

Sudan's military council resumes talks with protesters

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's ruling military council resumed meetings with protesters on Sunday to discuss the country's political transition after talks were halted for three days while roads were cleared outside the main sit-in in the capital, Khartoum. The two sides have held several rounds of talks since the military overthrew President Omar al-Bashir…