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After court drama, US state to have two executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two condemned inmates at the center of Oklahoma's now‑resolved legal confusion will be put to death Tuesday, the state's first double...

Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18

Opposition activists say Syrian government airstrikes on a vegetable market in a rebel‑held town in the northern Aleppo province have killed at least 18 people...

North Dakota finds more radioactive oil waste

North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste...

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives‑laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the...

Angry scenes as Chinese MH370 relatives meet airline staff

A meeting between relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 and Malaysia Airlines staff descended into chaos Thursday, with police stepping in to separate...

Debris found on Australian beach not from MH370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau ruled out Thursday any link between material found on a beach in southwestern Australia and the missing Malaysia Airlines jet....

Washed up debris being examined for connection to MH370

Authorities are examining material that has washed ashore south of Perth to identify if it is related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight...

Australia says cost not a concern in MH370 search

Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini‑sub plumbing the depths of the Indian...

 

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AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Thursday April 24th: Ukraine's military launches operation in Eastern Ukraine; Three American doctors are killed in Kabul; Obama continues state...

Today in History

Highlights of this day in history:Eight US servicemen killed in Iran; Easter Rising begins in Ireland; Ottoman empire begins mass deportation of Armenians;Leftist students hold...

Oregon Gay Marriage Ban Goes to Court

Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples urged a federal judge to strike down Oregon's voter approved ban on same sex marriage. State attorneys are...

 

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'X‑Men' director to miss film launch, slams sex claims

US filmmaker Bryan Singer said Thursday he will not help promote the release of his latest "X‑Men" blockbuster next month, to keep the launch free...

Miley Cyrus postpones US tour

Miley Cyrus is postponing her U. S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August....

Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pop legend Paul McCartney is set to return to Candlestick Park to offer a swan song to the San Francisco 49ers'...

Vanska returns as Minnesota Orchestra music head

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska is returning as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The orchestra's board said Thursday that Vanska will lead...

 

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FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U. S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential...

LME copper rises on supply‑demand hopes

Copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) has closed higher as investors saw an improved supply‑demand outlook for the metal....

US new home sales dive to eight‑month low in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U. S. single‑family homes tumbled to their lowest level in eight months in March, dealing a setback to the...

Spain's CaixaBank reports profits halved

Spanish lender CaixaBank posted Thursday a first‑quarter net profit of 152 million euros ($210 million), a 54.6-percent drop from the figure at same time last...

Proposed US rules leave open Internet fast lanes

Internet fast lanes that seemingly run counter to the concept of "net neutrality" would be allowed under rules proposed by US regulators eager to keep...

Bolivia fires hundreds of protesting soldiers

Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 low‑ranking soldiers who had been protesting for equal treatment in the country's armed...

Campaign 2016: Texas Governor Perry says he needs prep

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016....

Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy

She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her...

 

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Performing dogs go big after $1 million TV prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A million dollars will change you.

Since a father and son took their 10 flipping, twirling dogs from the center ring...

Creative hobbies lead to better job performance

Looking for ways to become more effective or improve your problem‑solving skills at work? According to a new study, it may be worth trading your...

Arianna Huffington to write well‑being content for Westin Hotels

Westin Hotels has tapped media mogul Arianna Huffington to serve as an ambassador for the professional and work pillar of the brand's wide‑sweeping well‑being movement,...

Lucey tops in Iowa's 'Beautiful Bulldog' event

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lucey is a slobbering 18-month‑old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.

Winning a pageant before...

Basketball star Wells settles suit against Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit...

Bolivia fires hundreds of protesting soldiers

Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 low‑ranking soldiers who had been protesting for equal treatment in the country's armed...

Postal workers unions protest Staples program

CONCORD, N. H. (AP) — Postal workers in cities big and small around the country have fanned out to protest a deal that puts postal...

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives‑laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the...

Samsung apps a turn‑off according to report

The company might well be the world's most popular Android handset maker, but when it comes to offering its consumers apps they value, Samsung still...

Review: 'Hearthstone' card game is the real deal

Video game publishers don't take many risks with their most popular franchises.

You know exactly what you are going to get from a new "Call...

Some notable social media gaffes, missteps

A feel‑good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted...

Apple TV getting ready for prime time

The next‑generation miniature set‑top‑box, which could be unveiled as early as this June, looks set to feature Siri‑like voice commands and games console features and...

Water picture improves for some California towns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number...

Uruguay to limit pot buyers to 10 grams a week

Uruguay is still writing the rules for its legal marijuana market, two weeks overdue now, and President Jose Mujica has asked that no details be...

Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up...

Policeman guns down three at Kabul hospital

An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity, killing three Americans in the latest deadly attack...

 

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Five things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Tavern on the Green, closed since the previous operators lost their lease and declared bankruptcy in 2009, reopens...

From gardens to museums, five free things in Glasgow

The image of Scotland's largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone....

Part of Florida history to step back into spotlight

Hidden behind live oaks and magnolias near the Florida Governor's Mansion, a historic house that symbolizes much of the state's terrible past and transformation will...

Rome braces for pilgrim crowds at pope saints ceremony

Rome is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of foreign delegations visiting the Vatican on Sunday for an historic event --...

 

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Basketball star Wells settles suit against Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit...

Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis

Substitute Lima scored six minutes from the end to give Benfica a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Europa League first‑leg semifinals on Thursday....

I'm still Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong says

Lance Armstrong, in a rare interview, says he still considers himself a Tour de France champion despite his spectacular fall from grace for using performance‑enhancing...

Sevilla takes 2-0 lead against Valencia in Europa

Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored within four minutes of each other as Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League...

US woman says beau stole her dog, TV on first date

No stolen hearts on this first date. Instead, a New Jersey woman says a man she met on a dating website stole her dog and...

Canadian woman's letter arrives after 45-year delay

A 45-year‑old letter arrived in the mailbox of a Canadian woman, who received the correspondence from her younger sister decades after it was sent, Canadian...

California customers hit with $4000 Del Taco bill

What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers....

Boy survives five‑hour flight in plane's wheel well

A US teenager was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a bone‑chilling, low‑oxygen flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well, authorities...

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