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Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of... More>>

Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia

Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. More>>

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposé about Hollywood's culture are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. More>>

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken... More>>

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original. More>>

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil... More>>

Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack

Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said. More>>

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. More>>

Little government response to bombing a year later

A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that... More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defense's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the... More>>

Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel... More>>

Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days. More>>

Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

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At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours. More>>

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections. More>>

Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. More>>

AP Photos: Colorado hosts its own fracking boom

Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver. More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's... More>>

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of... More>>

Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters. More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: More>>

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong. More>>

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon. More>>

Hopes high Negro Leagues stadium makes comeback

The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium. More>>

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. More>>

Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. More>>

Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage

Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. More>>

Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a... More>>

West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there. More>>

Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and... More>>

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. More>>

uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing... More>>

Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city

A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the... More>>

NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering... More>>

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. More>>

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities. More>>

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned... More>>

Man charged with marathon hoax is held on bail

The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance. More>>

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own... More>>

Algerian election faces disaffected populace

The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians. More>>

Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he... More>>

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. More>>

Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude. More>>

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. More>>

NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. More>>

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. More>>

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate... More>>

Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. More>>

A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers... More>>

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. More>>

Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. More>>

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism... More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses. More>>

If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S.... More>>

Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person. More>>

Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message

In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him... More>>

Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device,... More>>

Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane

When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors. More>>

2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two... More>>

New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. More>>

Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to... More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More>>

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past... More>>

Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist... More>>

Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance. More>>

AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into... More>>

Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths

Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman's life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns. More>>

Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that... More>>

5 Things to Know about Tax Day

By The Associated Press The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears. More>>

Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to... More>>

Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who... More>>

Germany's Merkel calls Putin to discuss Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russia's President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine. More>>

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health:... More>>

Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. More>>

Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged he... More>>

Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas... More>>

US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths Video included

A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. More>>

Hockey title puts tiny Union on the sports map

After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its president, Stephen Ainlay, couldn't resist a little cheerleading. More>>

UN court upholds Mladic charges at trial midpoint

The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal has refused to throw out any charges against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic at the midway stage of his war crimes trial. More>>

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now. More>>

Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. More>>

Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the... More>>

Fires still besiege Chile port; 15 dead, 500 hurt Video included

Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families... More>>

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More>>

Egypt: El-Sissi in final step to run for president

Egypt's former military chief on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required, his campaign... More>>

Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

The fuel is local, but the matches are Russian. That in a nutshell is how the insurgency threatening the survival of Ukraine as a unified state is increasingly unfolding. More>>

Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence Video included

Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. More>>

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his... More>>

Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. More>>

Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's... More>>

Putin to Obama: Russia not behind Ukraine protests

The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has urged President Barack Obama to discourage the Ukrainian government from using force against protesters in the country's east. More>>

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by... More>>

Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of... More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. More>>

French school carries out DNA dragnet in rape case

French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school - including boys as young as 14 - as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus. More>>

Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers... More>>

APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday. More>>

Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims Video included

President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers. More>>

UN climate report balances science and politics

After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take... More>>

Prosecutor's unrelenting questions to Pistorius

The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Monday to question nearly every aspect of the Olympian's story surrounding his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. More>>

False leads in search for missing jet

By The Associated Press If the signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are truly from the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, they ultimately will close the book on a frustrating long list of... More>>

Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. More>>

MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest

Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the... More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

President Obama attends 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in "A Raisin in the Sun" are hard to come by, but one man managed it - President Barack Obama. More>>

Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox win GLAAD Media Awards

Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block. More>>

Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year. More>>

Bubba goes green for the 2nd time at Augusta

Bubba Watson scooped up his son, hugged his wife and took off down the ropes along the 18th green, high-fiving the patrons at Augusta National. More>>

Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

To Louisiana voters accustomed to tawdry scandals involving elected officials, disappointment with an eye toward forgiveness is the prevailing sentiment about their new congressman, caught on video embracing an aide... More>>

Supremacist ID'd as suspect in Kansas attacks Video included

The man accused of killing three people Sunday in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the... More>>

10 Things to Know for Monday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: More>>

'Hunger Games' top winner at MTV Movie Awards

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned the prize for best film at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, besting even top Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave." More>>

Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found

A Utah woman accused of killing several babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered seven tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. More>>

'X-Men' clip teased at MTV Movie Awards

Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards. More>>

Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east

Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite... More>>

Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

One of golf's most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That's just fine with Bubba Watson. More>>

Chile fire toll: 12 dead; 2,000 homes destroyed Video included

A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful Chilean port city and stubbornly burned out of control in places more than 24 hours later, killing 12 people and destroying at least 2,000 homes. More than... More>>

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans... More>>

Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub... More>>

NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in bus crash

Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people... More>>

Abdullah, Ghani lead in partial Afghan vote tally

Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan's presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote. More>>

No cellphone, no problem at tradition-rich Masters

No cellphones. No video screens. No electronic scoreboards. More>>

Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far "unsubstantiated," adding that the United States was trying to establish what... More>>

High fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts

It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees. More>>

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely. More>>

Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political... More>>

Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners - and relief isn't likely anytime soon. More>>

Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by... More>>

Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Vatican, Holy Land mark Palm Sunday

By The Associated Press Around the world, Christians are marking Palm Sunday with waving fronds, processions and prayer. More>>

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has... More>>

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. More>>

Fliers' thoughts, from 'no fear' to 'it's scarier'

The Indonesian mother of three had flown without her kids before, but this was the first time she gave her eldest a to-do list in case something happened on the flight she and her husband were taking. More>>

Feds release cows gathered in Nevada roundup

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has... More>>

Pacquiao beats Bradley by decision in rematch

Nearly two years later, Manny Pacquiao finally got the decision most people thought he deserved the first time against Timothy Bradley. More>>

Iran rejects naming new UN envoy after US refusal

Iran rejected naming a new diplomat Saturday to represent it at the United Nations, with one lawmaker urging the Islamic Republic to stand up to "bullying" from the U.S., which has rejected granting its pick a visa. More>>

NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying... More>>

Long hunt for missing jet looms as pings go silent

After a week of optimism over four underwater signals believed to be coming from the missing Malaysian plane, the sea has gone quiet and Australia's leader is warning that the massive search will likely be long. More>>

Spieth, Watson tied for lead at the Masters

Even without golf's biggest star, this suddenly is shaping up as a Masters for the ages. More>>

Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country... More>>

Uniformed men occupy Donetsk police HQ

Men in the uniforms of Ukraine's now-defunct riot police on Saturday occupied police headquarters in Donetsk, the eastern city that is one of the flashpoints of a wave of pro-Russia protests, hours after armed men... More>>

Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right. More>>

In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran's envoy to UN

In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran's controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw... More>>

AP photographer captured humanity amid chaos Video included

Hundreds of mourners packed a church in central Germany on Saturday to remember Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan last week after a life spent between the chaos of... More>>

Couple: Truck was on fire before deadly bus crash

A tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median and crashed into a tour bus, killing 10 people, according to a couple whose car was sideswiped by the big rig. More>>

Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women - a leading election-year issue for Democrats. More>>

Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war

The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated... More>>

AP Interview: Adam Schantz, US Navy plane searcher

Every day from the Perth airport and a nearby military base, about a dozen planes from several countries take flight to search for debris from missing Flight 370 - so far without success. The U.S. Defense Department alone... More>>

Dreams dashed in fatal college tour bus crash

It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650... More>>

Heat back atop East, beat Pacers 98-86

For most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers. More>>

Ripples of Nevada range showdown spreading in West

Images of a forced cattle roundup on a rural Nevada range sent ripples through the West on Friday, prompting elected officials in several states to weigh in, militia members to mobilize and federal land managers to reshape... More>>

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. More>>

Searchers race to find jet; no new signals heard

With no new underwater signals detected, the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet resumed Saturday in a race against time to find its dying black boxes five weeks after families first learned their loved ones... More>>

NC inmate charged in kidnapping of DA's father

A North Carolina inmate described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang faces a federal kidnapping charge after authorities say he used a mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's... More>>

2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source:... More>>

Bubba keeps it simple and builds a 3-shot lead

Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket. More>>

Borgata casino lawsuit: Gambler cheated, won $9.6M

An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat. More>>

Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers. More>>

New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. More>>

Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions... More>>

Eisenhower Tree missed, but scores same

Trees don't get eulogized. This one did, more than once. More>>

4 years after spill, questions on long-term health Video included

When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in... More>>

Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing

For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the family's... More>>

Prosecutor challenges Pistorius' story of killing

What exactly was Oscar Pistorius doing in the moments before he fatally shot his girlfriend in his home? More>>

Rwanda orphans school teaches unity post-genocide

Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi. More>>

Ukraine PM: Regions should have more powers

Ukraine's prime minister went on a charm offensive Friday as he visited the country's southeast, pledging to give regions more powers and to defend the rights of Russian speakers. More>>

'King Charles III' puts British monarchy onstage

A new play about Britain's future king is getting rave reviews. Once it would have been theatrical treason. More>>

Pistorius trial: The points of contention

Did Reeva Steenkamp scream before she was killed by Oscar Pistorius or was she silent? Was the duvet thrown on the floor by lovers fighting or by the police? A look at the main points of contention at Pistorius' murder... More>>

Social challenges as Saudis draw throne's future

While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are raising the most sensitive matter of all in the kingdom, questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to... More>>

Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of bread

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. More>>

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the... More>>

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