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Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

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Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the... More>>

Classes begin at SKorean school full of mourning

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Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up... More>>

Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

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Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. More>>

Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

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Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an... More>>

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

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The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. More>>

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

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The pine tar on Michael Pineda's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees. More>>

Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

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The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in... More>>

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday... More>>

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

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Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the... More>>

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

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The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons,... More>>

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

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By The Associated Press Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. More>>

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

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The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance... More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death

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Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago, a former soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing. More>>

Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

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Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. More>>

Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

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There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance. More>>

Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

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Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue. More>>

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned Video included

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Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. More>>

Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

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Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. More>>

Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case

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Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out. More>>

Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

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Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without... More>>

Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

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An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. More>>

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

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The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian - if party operatives' spin is to be believed. More>>

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

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Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press... More>>

Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

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Jodie Foster is a married woman. More>>

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

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The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made... More>>

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

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A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a... More>>

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

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What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth. More>>

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

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A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. More>>

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

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John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. More>>

France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad

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France wants to deter youths from joining the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from... More>>

Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

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Dutch, British and Danish jets scrambled Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bombers approached their airspace over the North Sea. More>>

AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

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EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun. More>>

9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI

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As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said. More>>

Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

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The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the... More>>

Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

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Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. More>>

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

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By TOM MURPHY and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder... More>>

Snowden installed as University of Glasgow rector

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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been installed as the official representative of students at the University of Glasgow. More>>

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

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Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. More>>

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay,... More>>

SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

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The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for... More>>

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

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Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

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A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

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As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the... More>>

Pujols 1st to hit HRs No. 499, 500 in same game

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Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499. More>>

Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

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Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal. More>>

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

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Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests. More>>

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

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The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. More>>

Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

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Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday who was convicted of killing a farming couple in 1993 as part of a plot to steal their cows. More>>

Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

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On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of... More>>

Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

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Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the... More>>

Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

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An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise - literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant... More>>

Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

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Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in... More>>

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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Sherpa guides were leaving Mount Everest's base camp on Wednesday as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced that they were canceling their climbs this... More>>

SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher Video included

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The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to... More>>

Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

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President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the... More>>

Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure Video included

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A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight... More>>

'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

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The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then... More>>

Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date

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A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online. More>>

Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite

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Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly. More>>

Mayor's menu filled up: 1 day, 24 restaurants

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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. More>>

5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay

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Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping... More>>

Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

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Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft... More>>

Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

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Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen. More>>

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

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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... More>>

Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

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The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states. More>>

Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

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An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark... More>>

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

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A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing... More>>

Easter morning delivery for space station

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Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. More>>

Navalny's conviction in Russia a chilling message

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A Moscow judge on Tuesday left open the possibility of jailing President Vladimir Putin's main critic for years, a sign of Putin's increasingly hard-line rule against opponents. More>>

Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

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By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years on Tuesday for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist. More>>

David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

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It's some feat to turn one of the world's most storied and valuable sports brands into a mere also-ran in the space of 10 months. More>>

Ukraine orders 'anti-terror' operation to resume

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Ukraine's acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country's east, and the Defense Ministry says a military aircraft was struck by gunfire over one of the tensest cities in the region. More>>

In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

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When armed men seized the police station in this eastern Ukrainian city, mayor Nelya Shtepa declared she was on their side. She changed her story a few days later. Then she disappeared - the victim of an apparent abduction... More>>

Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

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Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal. More>>

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

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Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business Tuesday, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the U.S.'s Eli Lilly & Co. that... More>>

Drones unearth more details about Chaco culture

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Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New... More>>

Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear

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On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They've known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Icefall in 1921, insisting it was... More>>

A bipolar doctor probes the brain on 'Black Box'

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ABC's brainy new medical drama "Black Box" does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. More>>

Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

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Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. More>>

Profiles of some of SKorean ferry's dead, missing

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A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret. More>>

1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration

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Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience. They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came... More>>

5 potential replacements for Moyes at Man United

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A look at five potential full-time replacements for David Moyes as Manchester United manager after his firing on Tuesday: More>>

No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

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His death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in Poland. His beatification, an explosion of pride and jubilation. But days before John Paul II is to be declared a saint, many of his countrymen are greeting the landmark... More>>

American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

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A year ago, an injured Meb Keflezighi watched the Boston Marathon from the stands at the finish line on Boylston Street, leaving five minutes before the bombs went off. More>>

US weighs curbing deportations

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Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. More>>

Fugitive in '81 Pennsylvania death nabbed in Texas

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A disabled 78-year-old church deacon living quietly in East Texas was arrested Monday by federal agents who said he committed a murder 33 years ago and 1,300 miles away. More>>

Death count in ferry sinking tops 100 Video included

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One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South... More>>

Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

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Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate... More>>

Stowaway teen forces review of airport security Video included

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A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the... More>>

Thousands line up to bid goodbye to Garcia Marquez

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With two heads of state and thousands of tearful admirers, Mexico bid farewell on Monday to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time. More>>

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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

Woodson, Corbin fired: Adelman decides to retire

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By The Associated Press Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin lost their jobs, and Rick Adelman decided it was time to walk away from his. More>>

In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon

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Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves. More>>

Man dies after being shot at federal courthouse Video included

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Defendant Siale Angilau was listening to a witness describe gang initiation rituals on Monday when authorities said he grabbed a pen, rushed toward the witness and lunged at him. More>>

US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

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Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for... More>>

MARATHON WATCH: Silence, then exultation in Boston

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By The Associated Press A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. For further updates, visit http://bigstory.ap.org. More>>

US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

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The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons. More>>

Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

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Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern... More>>

As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

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After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. More>>

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

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Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as... More>>

Supreme Court considers juice label dispute

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Count Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy among consumers who feel misled by a beverage called "Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices." More>>

Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

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Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the... More>>

Michelle Obama: 'splurging is the key to life'

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Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. More>>

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

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About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a... More>>

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Video included

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A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. More>>

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again

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Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings. More>>

NY court: US must release targeted killings memo

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The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior... More>>

John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

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Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as... More>>

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. More>>

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

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Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. More>>

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

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From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing... More>>

High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet Video included

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Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their... More>>

Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea. More>>

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

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Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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

White House updating online privacy policy

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By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer 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... More>>

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

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A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. More>>

16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight Video included

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A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen,... More>>

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

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Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official... More>>

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

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The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb. More>>

Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

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There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry - just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl... More>>

Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained Video included

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A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. More>>

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

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Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the... More>>

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

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As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires... More>>

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many... More>>

10 Things to Know for Monday

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

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

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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... More>>

On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

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In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston. More>>

Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs beat Mavs 90-85

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The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory. More>>

Police: Man pelted woman at egg decorating party

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Pittsburgh police say a man threw hardboiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party, then tried to attack police. More>>

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

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Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. More>>

AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events Video included

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By The Associated Press From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event - the crucifixion... More>>

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

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Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil... More>>

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

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Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state... More>>

Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen Video included

The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot - the second time in less than three years the city has gone to... More>>

Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain

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A Spanish businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain, officials said Sunday. More>>

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

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Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists. More>>

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels. More>>

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter Video included

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Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the... More>>

Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

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President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays. More>>

Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

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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. More>>

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts Video included

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It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck? More>>

Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

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Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine? More>>

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

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Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. More>>

Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

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Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback. More>>

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed... More>>

Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry Video included

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After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the... More>>

Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

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The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. More>>

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

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John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. More>>

Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

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Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan. More>>

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

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A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the... More>>

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

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Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. More>>

SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

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A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. More>>

Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

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On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. More>>

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

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The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. More>>

Hometown favorite wants to win Boston, for Boston

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Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday. More>>

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets

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Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. More>>

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

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Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too... More>>

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

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The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox... More>>

APNewsBreak: Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder

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A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report. More>>

Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

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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. More>>

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

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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... More>>

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

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Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war. More>>

Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

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Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind... More>>

MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

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Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life - and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing... More>>

Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

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It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria. More>>

Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant Video included

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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,... More>>

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

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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... More>>

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

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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... More>>

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

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Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday. More>>

Detroit gains home-ice advantage, tops Boston 1-0

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At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made his best save of the game. At the other, Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal. More>>

Prosecutor says mate steering waters for 1st time

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A prosecutor says that the third mate steering a South Korean ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time. More>>

4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

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By The Associated Press Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of... More>>

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    Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

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    Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the...More >>
  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

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    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-04-24 06:35:29 GMT
    Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. "Organic" sales - measured by operations held in both years, stripping out...More >>
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  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

    Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:55:34 GMT
    Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.More >>
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  • Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

    Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

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    A technology committee is poised to make a final recommendation for the future of Cover Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange.More >>
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  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

    Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:45 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:45:16 GMT
    Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that...More >>
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  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:54 AM EDT2014-04-24 04:54:29 GMT
    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.More >>
    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.More >>
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  • Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

    Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 06:44:40 GMT
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.More >>
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.More >>
  • Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death

    Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 06:44:38 GMT
    The Army already looked into allegations that Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera killed two unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007. Commanders gave him a letter of reprimand.More >>
    The Army already looked into allegations that Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera killed two unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007. Commanders gave him a letter of reprimand.More >>
  • Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

    Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-04-24 06:35:57 GMT
    A technology committee is poised to make a final recommendation for the future of Cover Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange.More >>
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