Hundreds attend memorial service for girl killed in school

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Friends and loved ones gathered to pay tribute to a Wilmington teenager who died after being attacked inside a bathroom in her own school. Hundreds attended the memorial service for 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis, held Sunday at St. Paul UAME Church in Wilmington. Joyner-Francis died April 21 after a fight in a restroom at Howard High School of Technology. Charles Sullivan, who says he has known Joyner-Francis' family for years, said classmates of Joyner-Francis told...
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NBC's reality show The Biggest Loser turns dieting into a grueling training regime fit for gladiators. The victor this past season was Roberto Hernandez. He dropped a whopping 160 pounds to reach a body weight of 188 pounds.

In what's being hailed as a "miracle" and the "best story in sports," Leicester City, a small club from central England that started the season at 5,000-1 odds of winning the prestigious English Premier League title, has clinched the trophy.

The global refugee crisis, political strife and economic dislocation all contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom in 2015 and an increase in "societal intolerance," according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

"At best, in most of the countries we cover, religious freedom conditions have failed to improve," says Princeton professor Robert George, the USCIRF chairman. "At worst, they've spiraled downward."

One of the economic legacies President Obama hopes to leave behind is an expansion of U.S. exports.

To do that, he wants to complete one trade deal with European countries, and another with Pacific Rim nations.

But well into his final year in office, Obama is facing stiff headwinds on trade.

The European deal, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, made news on Monday...but probably not the way the White House would have preferred.

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A somber procession began on Sunday in the courtyard of the former Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in 1968. Everyone in Memphis knows about that piece of history, but until recently, folks were unaware of a massacre that happened in the same part of town 100 years earlier.

The food glitterati will gather in Chicago Monday night for the black-tie James Beard Chef and Restaurant Awards, known as the "Oscars of the food world." Most of the categories sound like industry fare: Outstanding Restaurant Design. Best Chef: Great Lakes. Best New Restaurant. Rising Star Chef of the Year. There's not much of interest for anyone outside the foodies and food world orbit. Except, that is, for a sneakily subversive category: America's Classics.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has sparked a debate about abortion in both Latin America and the United States.

The virus has been directly linked to a birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain damage. In Latin America, where many countries have strict bans on abortion, some citizens and government officials are asking whether such bans should be reconsidered, at least in infected mothers.

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Assateague seashore creates nearly $110M economic impact

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) — Assateague Island National Seashore has generated a nearly $110 million economic impact in local communities.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports ( ) the National Park Service said in its annual 2015 report that more than 2 million people who visited the National Seashore spent over $96 million in communities near the park.

Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The derailment of a CSX train in Washington, D.C. is forcing some commuters to find a different way to work.

The MARC commuter rail system said its Brunswick Line won't be operating in and out of Washington on Monday. MARC says the trains won't run past Silver Spring and it is urging commuters to consider alternatives.

Service on the Metro's red line was fully restored late Sunday. Officials say commuters will be able to use their MARC tickets to ride the Metro Monday.

Coast Guard rescues man injured off Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued a man who was injured in a personal watercraft accident near Ocean City.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that a crew from Coast Guard Station Ocean City was on patrol Saturday when friends of the injured man flagged the crew for assistance. The man had a leg injury and was showing signs of hypothermia.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Sumski says he sent two crewmen to assist the victim and bring him back to the boat.

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