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Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Alejandro Valverde of Spain won his second Tour of Catalonia on Sunday. Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh stage, perfectly timing his final sprint at a hilltop overlooking Barcelona. He finished the weeklong race more than one minute ahead of Alberto Contador and Marc Soler, who closed out the all-Spanish podium.

Will NYC invite the 'Fearless Girl' to stay on Wall Street?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever? That's the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation.

The Latest: Socialist leader in Bulgaria votes for "change"

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- The Latest on Bulgaria's election Sunday: (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Bulgarians are headed to the polls for the third time in four years in an early vote that could tilt the European Union's poorest member closer to Russia. Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova, whose party wants EU sanctions lifted against Russia imposed after it annexed Crimea in 2014, says Sunday that she voted "for a change.

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk, evacuates residents

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday following reports that a dam contested by U.S.-backed forces upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse, activists reported. The militants said coalition airstrikes had weakened the Tabqa Dam, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Raqqa, and that the water level behind the dam was rising.

Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own.

GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington

The Republican Party of "no" for Democrat Barack Obama's eight years is having a hard time getting to "yes" in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington, they are pitted against one another and struggling for a way to govern.

The Latest: Activists say IS evacuating Raqqa over dam fears

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has ordered an evacuation from its de facto capital, Raqqa, following warnings that the Tabqa Dam upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse. The activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says civilians are fleeing Raqqa en masse. It says the militants are warning residents that the dam is out of service, weakened by U.S.

Russia says oil cuts may be extended amid high compliance

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Russia's energy minister says there's "94 percent" compliance on a six-month oil production cut among OPEC members and non-cartel nations, as well as discussions about continuing the cuts to boost crude prices. Alexander Novak made the comments Sunday in Kuwait at a compliance meeting. Russia's TASS news agency quoted Novak as saying discussions on extending the cuts continue. OPEC agreed in late November to cut its production by 1.

Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US firms

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Sunday it has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors will not be eligible for visas. The move is seen as a response to U.S.

Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas. Spain's civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas. Among the real bananas, police found 57 fake bananas made of resin that were stuffed with 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of cocaine.

The Latest: Police: Only 1 shooter in deadly club attack

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Latest on the nightclub shooting in Cincinnati (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Police are now saying only one shooter was responsible for the deadly Cincinnati nightclub assault. Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate says in a tweet there was only one reported shooter but police are still investigating.

Stefan Kraft clinches WCup title with win in final event

PLANICA, Slovenia (AP) -- Stefan Kraft clinched his first overall ski jump World Cup title with a victory in the final event of the season on Sunday. The Austrian had an 86-point overall lead over second-placed Kamil Stoch of Poland and needed just one jump in Sunday's race on the flying hill in Planica because the second round was cancelled due to high winds. He jumped 250.0 meters in the first round for 244.

Wave of corruption protests sweeps Russia; Navalny arrested

MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of people crowded into Moscow's Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, part of a wave of demonstrations taking place throughout the country. Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is leading the opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was arrested while walking from a nearby subway station to the demonstration, according to Associated Press journalists at the scene.

Antonio Banderas says he's recovered from a heart attack

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that "I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn't serious and hasn't caused any damage." Banderas says he underwent a procedure to introduce three stents in his arteries, adding that "it hasn't been as dramatic as some have written.

Cheryl and partner Liam Payne announce birth of first son

LONDON (AP) -- Former Girls Aloud star Cheryl and her partner Liam Payne of One Direction fame have announced the birth of their first child. Cheryl said on Instagram Saturday night that their son was born Wednesday and has not been named. She says "although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival.

Shooting at Cincinnati nightclub kills 1, injures several

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Gunfire erupted inside a crowded nightclub early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others. There was no indication the shooting at the Cameo club was terrorism related, police said. Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a tweet that the motive was still unclear. Authorities also didn't immediately have any suspects in the 1:30 a.m. shooting on a busy weekend night.

Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics

PARIS (AP) -- French voters just won't tolerate corruption in politics anymore -- that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country's powerful security minister. It's a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed endemic and politicians untouchable, even when they were accused of shocking scandals.