4 July 2014

Iraqi Kurdish leader urges independence referendum

Iraqi security forces celebrate after clashes with followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi, in front of his home in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
With large parts of Iraq in militant hands, a top Kurdish leader called on regional lawmakers Thursday to lay the groundwork for a referendum on independence, a vote that would likely spell the end of a unified Iraq.

Unfinished overpass in World Cup plan falls; 2 die

Fire department personnel work to retrieve a car from underneath a collapsed bridge in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in the Brazilian World Cup host city. The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which was part of the World Cup infrastructure plan but, like most urban mobility projects related to the Cup, was not finished on time for the event.
An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in this World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car in an embarrassment for a country that has been basking in praise for what has mostly been a smoothly running soccer tournament.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Family and friends of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted, mourn over the grave of Eyal Yifrah, during their funeral in Modiin, Israel, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The three teenagers were found dead in the West Bank after a two week search and crackdown on the Hamas militant group, which Israeli leaders have accused of abducting and killing the young men.

Neymar and Rodriguez to duel in World Cup quarters

Brazil's Neymar cools himself up with water during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Brazil striker Neymar and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez have led their teams to the World Cup quarterfinals, dominating the attention and the scoring.
The 22-year-old stars will go head-to-head when Brazil plays Colombia on Friday, when only one will get the chance to continue his run at the tournament.

ON THIS DAY: West Germany wins 'Miracle of Bern'

In this July 4, 1954 file photo, West Germany's Helmut Rahn, center with arms raised, celebrates after equalising in the World Cup soccer final match against Hungary, at Wankdorf Stadium, in Bern, Switzerland. On this day: West Germany comes back from 2-0 down to beat Hungary 3-2 and win its first World Cup.
On July 4 in history: West Germany surprises Hungary to win 1954 World Cup in Bern, Switzerland; Romario and Bebeto link up for Brazil to beat U.S. on Independence Day at Stanford in 1994.

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Inika McPherson goes over the bar to win the women's high jump with a leap of 6 feet 6 3/4 inches at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships, Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.

Fraud, sex, post-it art: Google cuts search links

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Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The U.S. internet giant said Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results.