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  • Egyptian Interior Ministry says gunmen kill police captain and conscript near Cairo
    Apr 20, 2014 2:46 AM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed an Egyptian police captain and a conscript on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry's media center said the joint security patrol was trying to stop a suspicious vehicle on the road to the canal city of Suez early in the morning when its occupants opened fire. Captain Ashraf Badeer al-Qazaz was killed in the firefight, along with a conscript from the central security force. The assailants managed to flee. On Saturday, a militant...

  • Once an underground phenomenon, pot holiday tries to go mainstream in Colorado
    Apr 20, 2014 2:41 AM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup at a trade center north of downtown, to 4/20-themed concerts at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater — acts include Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dog — to a massive...

  • Divers find bodies in sunken ferry as death toll tops 50; 250 still missing; kin furious
    Apr 20, 2014 2:15 AM CDT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left...

  • What's on the menu? From ribs to cupcakes, mayor spends day eating at town's 24 restaurants
    Apr 19, 2014 11:24 PM CDT

    JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry. Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP. "With one pancake," Foley said in late afternoon. "And IHOP does not want to sell you one pancake." The second-term Democrat said he's had to...

  • Today in History
    Apr 19, 2014 11:00 PM CDT

    Today is Easter Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 1914, the Ludlow Massacre took place when the Colorado National Guard opened fire on a tent colony of striking miners; about 20 (accounts vary) strikers, women and children died in the gunfire or were smothered by smoke from the burning tents. On this date: In 1314, Pope Clement V, the first of the Avignonese popes, died at Roquemaure, France. In 1792,...

  • Japan Cabinet minister visits shrine at center of controversy for honoring war criminals
    Apr 19, 2014 9:43 PM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors. Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday. "I believe that to honor those dead who gave up their lives for our country is the right thing for a Japanese to do," he...

  • Western official: US considering deploying Army company to Poland and Estonia for exercises
    Apr 19, 2014 6:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the U.S. is looking for ways to reassure its NATO allies of its strong commitment to collective defense....

  • San Francisco Chinatown probe led by FBI undercover agents leads to entrapment claims
    Apr 19, 2014 4:52 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate. The agents, posing as honest businessmen and a Mafia figure, spent freely and aggressively offered their targets criminal schemes, leading to the indictment of 29 people — including state Sen. Leland...

  • Rocky landslide slowly devours part of Wyoming resort town
    Apr 19, 2014 4:41 PM CDT

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. Workers and residents have watched helplessly in recent days as the slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards split a house in two and inched ever closer to a cluster of businesses below. Standing at the edge of the slide zone, its rocky slope rising sharply behind...

  • Michelle Obama to appear on May 7 episode of ABC country music drama 'Nashville'
    Apr 19, 2014 4:34 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville." The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell. Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, are scheduled to the visit Army base in Kentucky on Wednesday to address a jobs summit and career forum for service members, veterans and their spouses. The appearance is for the third...

  • Federal documents: GM delayed power steering recall despite thousands of consumer complaints
    Apr 19, 2014 3:45 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found...

  • In new book, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren details fight for economic fairness for working families
    Apr 19, 2014 3:05 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — At the beginning of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up. She was 12, living in Oklahoma with her family, and noticed her mother putting on a dress for a job interview to answer telephones at a local Sears store. Warren's father had had a heart attack and bills were piling up. Her mother's stubborn insistence to hold onto the family home not only sets the young girl on the path to adulthood but also lays out the larger theme...

  • Yemen military officials say US drone strike kills at least 9 al-Qaida, 3 civilians
    Apr 19, 2014 2:41 PM CDT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group. A Yemeni military official said the early Saturday strike struck a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by. A security official investigating...

  • Head of Egypt's censorship board resigns after dispute over showing bombshell's steamy film
    Apr 19, 2014 2:37 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown. The film, titled "Roh's Sweetness," had already been in theaters for over a week. It tells the story of a married woman whose husband is abroad and lives with a relative in a poor neighborhood where she becomes an object of desire and sexual obsession for men. Ahmed Awad, undersecretary to the culture minister and...

  • East Ukraine insurgents prepare for Easter, fortify barricades
    Apr 19, 2014 2:20 PM CDT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, a co-chairman of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, which is demanding broader regional powers and closer ties to Russia, vowed that insurgents will continue occupying government offices until the new pro-Western...

  • Egypt presidential hopeful el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter in 1st public appearance
    Apr 19, 2014 1:45 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. Pope Tawadros II is a strong backer of retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who removed the country's first democratically elected president last summer after a wave of popular protests. Tawadros backed the military's overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi and appeared...

  • Bombings targeting soldiers, shoppers and others across Iraq kill 16 people ahead of vote
    Apr 19, 2014 1:41 PM CDT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighborhood in the country's capital, killed at least 16 people Saturday, authorities said. The deadliest attacks struck Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora. Saturday morning, police said two bombs exploded on busy commercial streets, killing four people. That night, police said three more bomb blasts in the same area killed five people and wounded 10. No one immediately claimed responsibility...

  • Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners; fears of confrontation grow
    Apr 19, 2014 1:13 PM CDT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations. The miners already have been clashing with police while intermittently blocking traffic on the commercially vital interoceanic highway that links the Pacific coast...

  • Against backdrop of Ukraine crisis, Asia seeks Obama's assurances in land disputes with China
    Apr 19, 2014 12:24 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. Each of the four countries on Obama's itinerary — Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines — has disputes with China over islands and waters in the South and East China Seas. Their leaders will be weighing Obama's willingness to support them if those conflicts boil over. "What...

  • Nigeria preacher advising presidents is humble healer to some, controversial leader to others
    Apr 19, 2014 10:38 AM CDT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria. The preacher in a blue flowered shirt taps his microphone to announce "prophecy time." He places his hands on worshippers, who spin in circles, wave their arms in the air and finally collapse to the ground, shaking. They've been delivered. "Emmanuel!" he shouts. "Emmanuel!" the crowd echoes. A camera crew of 20 scurries around speakers branded...

  • Showdown over state, federal land rights draws armed supporters to Nevada rancher's camp
    Apr 19, 2014 9:57 AM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — To self-described militia members sleeping in wind-whipped tents, drinking camp coffee and patrolling rocky hillsides with military-style weapons, protecting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family from an overreaching federal government is a patriotic duty. "There are people out here who will sacrifice their lives and their fortunes and their sacred honor to defend them," said Jerry DeLemus, a camouflaged former U.S. Marine sergeant from New Hampshire who called himself the...

  • Showdown over state, federal land rights draws armed supporters to Nevada rancher's camp
    Apr 19, 2014 9:40 AM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A week after a tense standoff between gun-toting states' rights advocates and federal Bureau of Land Management police, self-described militia members are still protecting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada calls the armed campers "domestic terrorists." He says a federal task force was being formed to deal with the unrest. Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says those who Reid may call domestic terrorists, he calls...

  • Hawaii, a critical spot for modern US corn, becomes flash point in genetic engineering debate
    Apr 19, 2014 8:55 AM CDT

    WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over...

  • National energy boom blurs traditional Democratic-Republican battle lines across the country
    Apr 19, 2014 7:54 AM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge. Some deeply conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the drilling technique that's largely responsible for the boom. The divide is most visible among Democrats in the nation's capital, where 11 Democratic senators wrote President...

  • Ukraine's crisis: how it developed and where it is heading
    Apr 19, 2014 6:14 AM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties to a degree unseen since the Cold War. The deal Thursday in Geneva came after the four parties held talks together for the first time since Ukraine's turmoil began nearly five months ago. A look at how the Ukrainian crisis has evolved: ___ HOW IT ALL STARTED After years of preparation for a partnership agreement with the 28-nation...

  • College student fought Dutch bureaucrats to obtain justice for Amsterdam Holocaust survivors
    Apr 19, 2014 5:42 AM CDT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps. How, the survivors asked, could they be on the hook for taxes due while Hitler's regime was trying to exterminate them? A typical response...

  • Religion helps heal Cyprus' ethnic division as Muslim, Christian leaders wage quiet diplomacy
    Apr 19, 2014 5:36 AM CDT

    FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) — An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island. It came when Turkish Cypriot Umit Inatci handed the key of the church of Agios Georgios Exorinos in the medieval center of Famagusta to the city's Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Vasilios, saying: "This is not gift, it's something...

  • Senior military official urges Iranian government to name new envoy after UN pick was rejected
    Apr 19, 2014 5:20 AM CDT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Semiofficial Fars news agency also quoted Gen. Mohammad Bagherzadeh as saying Saturday that Hamid Aboutalebi should remain close to his mother because the family lost two sons during the 1980-88 war with Iraq. President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed...

  • Report: senior EU official opposes cutting back on Russian gas soon but sees need to diversify
    Apr 19, 2014 5:15 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies. Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption. In an interview with Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger conceded there's a risk of Russia cutting supplies to Ukraine, an important transit country, over unpaid...

  • In Easter message, Obama encourages Americans to recommit to loving their neighbors
    Apr 19, 2014 5:01 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. He says the common threat of humanity is a shared commitment to loving our neighbors as ourselves. He says there's no better time for people to rededicate themselves to that mission. Obama also says the Easter story is one of hope and faith that better...

  • Putin says he sees no impediments to improving relations with West
    Apr 19, 2014 4:20 AM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis. In an interview on state television shown Saturday, Putin was asked whether relations with the West would improve by the end of the year. "This doesn't depend on us, or not only on us. It depends on our partners," Putin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. "I consider that there is nothing that would impede normalization...

  • Inside the Clinton White House: Tending egos and using words of war in immigration debate
    Apr 19, 2014 3:51 AM CDT

    Glimpses into behind-the-scenes workings of President Bill Clinton's White House, as revealed in newly released documents: For Clinton's last State of the Union speech in January 2000, aides considered a long list of guests who might be cited in the address and sit near first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Among those discussed: The parents of slain gay victim Matthew Shepard because, an aide wrote, "It gets a hate crime hit." Nelson Mandela, "since he is retiring." Irish-American author Frank McCourt,...

  • A look into Clinton-era health care struggle finds parallels with Obama's later burdens
    Apr 19, 2014 3:42 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul, he told his advisers: "A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it." Later that fall, Clinton's Democrats were routed in midterm elections...

  • Analysis: Both parties hope to boost turnout this fall with doomed legislation
    Apr 19, 2014 3:24 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flip sides of the same campaign-season coin, the Republican drive in Congress to repeal the nation's health care law and the Democratic call to close the pay gap for women have much in common. Divided government assures that neither has even a remote chance of becoming law anytime soon. Instead, they figure prominently in rival strategies to maximize turnout in the fall — Democrats hoping women will vote in huge numbers, while Republicans try to stoke election year enthusiasm...

  • WASHINGTON NOTEBOOK: Clock ticking on tentative Geneva agreement for Russia-Ukraine detente
    Apr 19, 2014 3:00 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Not until the final minutes of more than seven hours of negotiating was an agreement struck in Geneva this week to calm boiling tensions along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine. But the deal won't be sealed until its terms are met, and patience is wearing thin as time runs out. Skepticism that it might work deepened Friday as pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine continued to occupy government buildings in defiance of the accord and showed no inclination to abide...

  • Latest delay to Keystone XL pipeline review won't quell political wrangling in 2014 races
    Apr 19, 2014 2:44 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. Fat chance. An indefinite extension of the government's review of the contentious oil pipeline, announced late Friday by the State Department, almost certainly pushes a final decision past the November elections, keeping the project in a politically expedient holding pattern....

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
    Apr 19, 2014 2:12 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily,...

  • Autopsy to ID dead boy; body fits description of missing Massachusetts 5-year-old
    Apr 19, 2014 1:52 AM CDT

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway. An autopsy should reveal if the child is Jeremiah Oliver, the Fitchburg 5-year-old missing for months before police learned of his disappearance and began looking for him. Jeremiah's case has led to criminal charges against his mother and her boyfriend and calls for changes within the state's child welfare agency. Three state workers...

  • HealthCare.gov users told to change passwords after government's Heartbleed probe
    Apr 19, 2014 12:16 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review...

  • Garcia Marquez's death brings back conflicted relationship with his native Colombia
    Apr 18, 2014 10:31 PM CDT

    ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual. Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in this sweltering hamlet that was the inspiration for the fictitious Macondo in "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Since the author died Thursday at the age of 87, residents and holidaymakers...

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant by global leaders, artists after death at 87
    Apr 18, 2014 10:03 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. He died...

  • Obama signs legislation aimed at blocking Iran's choice as UN ambassador from entering US
    Apr 18, 2014 9:58 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance. The unusual legislation bars anyone from entering the U.S. as a U.N. representative if they've engaged in espionage or terrorist activity and still pose a threat to U.S. security. It's aimed at blocking Hamid Aboutalebi, a...

  • NY judge declines to drop charges against brother of one-time billionaire hedge fund founder
    Apr 18, 2014 8:16 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has declined to toss out federal fraud charges against the brother of a one-time billionaire hedge fund founder, though she noted that two charges have flaws that the government must fix. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said in a ruling filed Friday that the indictment brought against Rengan Rajaratnam adequately describes the crimes against him. Rajaratnam last year was indicted in the case that resulted in an 11-year prison sentence for his brother, Raj Rajaratnam....

  • California farmers to get more water; state, federal officials ease drought-related cutbacks
    Apr 18, 2014 7:06 PM CDT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday. The Department of Water Resources said it is increasing water allotments from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent of what water districts have requested. The State Water Project supplies water to 29 public agencies serving more than 25 million Californians and irrigates nearly a million...

  • UN says 58 people killed and about 100 injured in attack on UN base in South Sudan
    Apr 18, 2014 7:06 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday. An angry mob of youths attacked the U.N. peacekeeping mission's camp in Bor in Jonglei state on Thursday where ethnic Nuers fled after fighting broke out in the country in mid-December. The U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement, said most...

  • Jet that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to Bank of Utah under trustee arrangement
    Apr 18, 2014 6:57 PM CDT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year. The Bombardier CL-600 became the subject of international intrigue after the New York Times revealed its presence in Iran at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, along with a picture of the jet, its tail number and a small American flag affixed to the side. Government officials are not saying...

  • US senator: Metro-North hit with $552,000 in safety violation fines over past decade
    Apr 18, 2014 6:56 PM CDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday. The Connecticut Democrat announced the fines for 139 violations since 2004 in his latest bid to draw attention to what he describes as a need to restore safety and reliability to the railroad. Defects and violations are commonly found during inspections and audits, a spokesman for the Federal...

  • Autopsy: Border Patrol agent shot Mexican man twice in chest after being hit by a rock
    Apr 18, 2014 6:55 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican man who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a remote mountainous area was shot twice in the chest after allegedly pelting the agent with rocks, according to an autopsy report released Friday. Two casings were recovered about 16 feet from the body of Jesus Flores, 41, whose death on Feb. 18 came amid controversy about how Border Patrol agents should respond to rock throwers. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said three rounds were missing from the...

  • New documents from Clinton White House show parallels to Obama era
    Apr 18, 2014 6:49 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul, he told his advisers: "A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it." Later that fall, Clinton's Democrats were routed in midterm elections...

  • APNewsBreak: Internal memo says Illinois Medicaid paid $12 million for dead clients
    Apr 18, 2014 6:42 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people...

  • White House issues long-awaited response to petition to deport Justin Bieber: No comment
    Apr 18, 2014 6:11 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment. Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card. That's far more than required to merit an official response through the White House's "We the People" program. The White House says it's sorry to disappoint, but it won't be commenting. It's citing a caveat that lets the White House...

  • Arizona legislators still grappling with how to regulate Uber, other ridesharing programs
    Apr 18, 2014 5:57 PM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Among the major issues left to cover at the Arizona Legislature before the session ends is how to regulate the increasingly popular ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft. The contentious debate has pitted traditional taxi companies against the new tech startups that use mobile apps to connect drivers with customers looking for a ride. The Senate on Monday is expected to debate a bill that aims to regulate Uber and others. The bill is opposed by those who say it does not hold...

  • Seattle man identifies Egyptian cleric in NY court as a 'very angry' preacher he met in London
    Apr 18, 2014 5:42 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Seattle man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago. David Smith, the second witness in a Manhattan trial expected to last a month, identified Mustafa Kamel Mustafa as he testified for the government about an effort to open an al-Qaida training camp in Oregon and about his visit to London's Finsbury Park Mosque. Mustafa, 55, is charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida before and after the...

  • Behind the scenes in the always-roiling Clinton White House
    Apr 18, 2014 5:34 PM CDT

    Glimpses into behind-the-scenes workings of President Bill Clinton's White House, as revealed in documents released Friday: For Clinton's last State of the Union speech in January 2000, aides considered a long list of guests who might be cited in the address and sit near first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Among those discussed: The parents of slain gay victim Matthew Shepard because, an aide wrote, "It gets a hate crime hit." Nelson Mandela, "since he is retiring." Irish-American author Frank...

  • Kansas students, parents not thrilled about having Michelle Obama at high school graduation
    Apr 18, 2014 5:25 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect...

  • US puts off decision on contentious Keystone XL pipeline, likely until after Election Day
    Apr 18, 2014 5:24 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust...

  • DNC outraises RNC in March, committee still has more than $14 million in red ink
    Apr 18, 2014 5:24 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt. The central party on Friday released its March financial report that shows the DNC has almost $9.8 million in the bank. The DNC debt peaked last March at $22.6 million. The DNC in March raised slightly more than the Republican National Committee, which posted a $10.2 million month. But the RNC has no debt and is sitting on $12 million in the bank. The RNC has outraised...

  • White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue
    Apr 18, 2014 4:41 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine. Japan and South Korea, two of the four countries Obama will visit next week, are eyeing the fluid developments in Eastern Europe through the lens of their own sea and air disputes with China, and North...

  • Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles; lawmakers move to tighten rules
    Apr 18, 2014 4:33 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy. The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. "We're seeing...

  • Bomb explosion in busy Cairo square kills 1 police officer, causes panic
    Apr 18, 2014 4:25 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — An explosion rocked a busy square in central Cairo late Friday, killing one police officer and causing panic, Egypt's Interior Ministry and security officials said. The ministry said the bomb detonated next to a traffic post in Lebanon Square in Cairo's Mohandessin district, killing Maj. Mohammed Gamal Eddin. A security official said the bomb was planted inside the traffic post and it exploded around 10 p.m. Cairo time. A second official, however, said unidentified assailants hurled...

  • Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules to officials as bids for US protection soar
    Apr 18, 2014 4:25 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. The chief of the asylum division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has told asylum officers that immigrants who make a "credible fear" claim, the first step in the asylum process, must have a "significant possibility" of winning an asylum case before a judge. In a Feb. 28...

  • Figures on government spending and debt
    Apr 18, 2014 4:11 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit April 17 17,465,829 Statutory debt limit suspended Total public debt outstanding April 17 17,512,421 Operating balance April 17 81,896 Interest fiscal year 2014 through March 117,724 Interest same period 2013 120,987 Deficit fiscal year 2014 through March 413,264 Deficit same period...

  • GOP eyes Montana Senate seat after Baucus' departure; Dems counter with appointed incumbent
    Apr 18, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early resignation after being named U.S. ambassador to China may have bolstered Democratic prospects of retaining the seat they've held for a century, thanks to the value of incumbency. Baucus' China appointment by President Barack Obama allowed Montana Gov. Steve Bullock,...

  • Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty in investigation of alleged misconduct
    Apr 18, 2014 3:39 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said. Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he had served since November, officials said in a statement. An investigation continued into recent allegations of an "inappropriate command climate" at the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron based at Naval...

  • Supreme Court declines to block ruling on multiple sclerosis drug in patent dispute
    Apr 18, 2014 3:39 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month. The decision is a victory for rivals challenging the patents of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., maker of the drug Copaxone. Teva claims the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wrongly overturned five of its patents for the drug. That ruling allows...

  • Little-known challenger tries to knock off Wisconsin governor without focusing on union issue
    Apr 18, 2014 3:03 PM CDT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager. For Democrats and their friends in organized labor, this race is personal. They mean to avenge Walker's evisceration of union power as he builds his resume for a possible presidential run. But for Burke, the campaign also poses an awkward challenge:...

  • Spokeswoman says Sebelius not pondering US Senate run amid speculation about return to Kansas
    Apr 18, 2014 2:34 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday. The statement from HHS spokeswoman Dori Salcido is in line with comments from Sebelius' fellow Democrats about speculation that she'd return to Kansas this year to run for the seat held by three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Sebelius served two terms as Kansas governor before joining President Barack Obama's administration five...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
    Apr 18, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily,...

  • Despite diplomatic efforts, pro-Russian insurgents refuse to leave occupied Ukraine buildings
    Apr 18, 2014 2:15 PM CDT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic told reporters the insurgents in more than 10 cities do not recognize Ukraine's interim government as legitimate and will not leave the buildings until the government resigns. He demanded that Ukrainian...

  • Court: Family of Marine who killed self may sue government; had been denied treatment at VA
    Apr 18, 2014 2:15 PM CDT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Friday that the lawsuit brought by the family of 21-year-old Cameron Anestis of Georgetown shouldn't have been dismissed. Anestis' widow, Tiffany Anestis, sued the federal government in 2011, seeking $22.5 million in...

  • Algeria's frail president wins a new term but now faces an emboldened opposition
    Apr 18, 2014 2:12 PM CDT

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation — what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the 77-year-old leader who has been in power since 1999 and deal with an emboldened opposition. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who had a stroke last year, won a staggering 81 percent of the vote in Thursday's election despite not even appearing in his own campaign. His...

  • Clock ticking for states to adopt their own insurance exchanges under Obama's health care law
    Apr 18, 2014 2:11 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges. With the chance to apply for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal help set to expire in a few months, even Obama's home state of Illinois is expressing little interest in taking the next step. The law's disastrous rollout and lingering unpopularity have made it risky...

  • Leader of the free world not enough for some countries; they want the first lady, too
    Apr 18, 2014 2:02 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. But Michelle Obama won't join her husband when he heads to Asia next week, and her absence is likely to sting, especially in image-conscious Japan. It's the first of four countries on Obama's travel schedule and one of two that are welcoming him with official state visits. "If Madame Obama could have come,...

  • Court: Family of Marine who killed self may sue government; had been denied treatment at VA
    Apr 18, 2014 1:59 PM CDT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Friday that the lawsuit brought by the family of 21-year-old Cameron Anestis of Georgetown shouldn't have been dismissed. Anestis' widow, Tiffany Anestis, sued the federal government in 2011, seeking $22.5 million in...

  • With Easter on 4/20, some pastors capitalize on pot lover's holiday to reach new audiences
    Apr 18, 2014 1:54 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a "higher" power, tutorials on how to make a joint shaped like a cross and photos of Easter baskets piled with pot-filled eggs, a handful of churches nationwide are using...

  • Obama presents Commander-in-Chief trophy to Navy football team at White House
    Apr 18, 2014 1:39 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well. The military service academies had to suspend some sporting events last fall amid budget fights in Washington. But Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel intervened to make sure Navy's match against Air Force would go on. The midshipmen won that game and later defeated Army to win the three-way race for...

  • AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline
    Apr 18, 2014 1:35 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline.

  • 57-nation OSCE to play key Ukraine monitoring role in human rights, elections, media freedom
    Apr 18, 2014 1:30 PM CDT

    VIENNA (AP) — A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground. A special team of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe "should play a leading role" in immediately implementing "de-escalation measures wherever they are needed most," according to an agreement Thursday between Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the European Union. That means...

  • Politicians, writers around the world react to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Apr 18, 2014 1:16 PM CDT

    Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez: ___ "A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos. ___ "With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young ... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come."...

  • In appeals court decision, environmental groups lose challenge to EPA cement standard
    Apr 18, 2014 1:14 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants. In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court said the emissions-related provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency standard are permissible. The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged. The appeals court...

  • National security adviser says Obama expressed disgust over anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine
    Apr 18, 2014 1:02 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust. Susan Rice is referring to leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. She says the leaflets have no place in the 21st century. Rice says Secretary of State John Kerry has forcefully conveyed that view to his Russian counterpart....

  • Syrian state TV: 14 people killed by car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs
    Apr 18, 2014 12:41 PM CDT

    BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported. The bombing occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque on the edge of Akrama after attending Friday prayers, the report said, and also wounded at least 50 people. The area, populated mainly by Alawites, members of President Bashar Assad's minority sect, repeatedly...

  • French president's top aide resigns over accusations of past conflict of interest
    Apr 18, 2014 12:13 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — The French president's top adviser resigned Friday following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande. Aquilino Morelle —Hollande's political adviser and head of his communication staff — had denied allegations by the news website Mediapart that his work for the government pharmaceutical regulator in 2007 while also lobbying for the drug industry was a conflict of interest. The report also criticized Morelle's supposed...

  • Probing Egypt's most powerful agencies, a state corruption watchdog faces heavy backlash
    Apr 18, 2014 12:09 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary. As a result, rivals have barraged him in the media, calling him a sympathizer with the Muslim Brotherhood. His insistence on going public with allegations has...

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book, 'Hard Choices,' to detail her time at State
    Apr 18, 2014 12:01 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be released June 10, will offer Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices and challenges" she faced as secretary of state and "how those experiences...

  • Hitting below the Beltway belt: A crazy season finale for 'Scandal,' TV's kookiest drama
    Apr 18, 2014 11:51 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of...

  • Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote
    Apr 18, 2014 10:44 AM CDT

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote.

  • Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote
    Apr 18, 2014 10:44 AM CDT

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote.

  • Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote
    Apr 18, 2014 10:43 AM CDT

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote.

  • UK opposition Labour Party signs up top Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod for 2015 vote
    Apr 18, 2014 10:21 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories — to help with its leader's election bid next year. Axelrod will join Labour's election campaign team as senior strategic adviser, the party said Friday, describing him as a "huge asset." Labour expects a tough campaign in the general election next May against the governing Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Although opinion polls have consistently...

  • School library named for Osama bin Laden though terror leader's image slowly fades in Pakistan
    Apr 18, 2014 9:56 AM CDT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr." Cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, a radical preacher who runs the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, wanted to honor the memory of the al-Qaida leader, killed in a May 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on his hiding place in Abbottabad, a garrison town about 125 kilometers (75 miles) north of the capital,...

  • Vintage-look electric car shown as possible alternative to horse-drawn carriages in NYC
    Apr 18, 2014 9:53 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was commissioned by NYCLASS, a group advocating for a ban on carriage horses because they say it's inhumane to have the animals toiling in an urban environment. The prototype car seats eight people and is made to look like it's from the early...

  • In surveillance documentary '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden revelations
    Apr 18, 2014 9:47 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of government documents reveals widespread domestic surveillance of Americans. Leaked revelations hit the front pages of newspapers. A powerful governmental agency is brought under scrutiny. Sound familiar? It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly...

  • Bill Clinton jokes with Kevin Spacey at Rain Forest benefit concert; Sting, Paul Simon perform
    Apr 18, 2014 8:28 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of the first half of Thursday's 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man who recently learned he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton. After Clinton praised the Rain Forest Foundation, he thanked Sting, Styler and others for their efforts for the organization. Then he acknowledged Kevin Spacey. "I know Kevin Spacey made fun of me earlier," he told the crowd. Clinton...

  • Turkish president rules out job swap with Prime Minister Erdogan in August
    Apr 18, 2014 7:21 AM CDT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signaled that he doesn't want to swap jobs with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the presidential term ends later this year. Gul said Friday he opposes a model similar to that of Russia where the president and prime minister have traded places and one has ruled in the other's shadow. Gul suggested he would not oppose Erdogan if he chose to run for president in the election in August. Erdogan has not made a decision about whether...

  • White House updating online privacy policy, says it won't share data with third parties
    Apr 18, 2014 6:40 AM CDT

    A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says. The Obama administration also promises not to sell the data of online...

  • Chinese government trade union to mediate shoe factory strike by tens of thousands of workers
    Apr 18, 2014 6:24 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute. More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas. About 1,000...

  • Dutch supreme court orders lobby group for the legalization of pedophilia banned
    Apr 18, 2014 5:02 AM CDT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court has banned a Dutch group that advocates the legalization of pedophilia. The decision Friday completes a lengthy legal process. The group, "Martijn," had argued it should be permissible to lobby for the legalization of a criminal act so long as it operated within the confines of the law. Child pornography and pedophilia are illegal in the Netherlands. Prosecutors had argued victims' right not to be confronted with the group's message outweighed members'...

  • Iran's President Rouhani underscores his outreach to West, moderate policies at army parade
    Apr 18, 2014 4:50 AM CDT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day. Referring to the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the world powers over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has shown it has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy. "During the talks, we announced...

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