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Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living...

As Israel peace talks teeter, Palestinian factions vow unity

Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip forged a new reconciliation agreement on Wednesday, angering Israel at a time when US‑brokered peace...

New Georgia gun laws allow arms in schools, airports

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Under a law just signed by Georgia's governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings...

France, US back sanctions against South Sudan

France and the United States called for the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against South Sudan over spiraling violence in the country's civil war,...

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...

Houston the calm face of Flight 370 search

He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern...

 

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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...

AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Wednesday, April 23rd: Eastern Ukraine Standoff Continues; The Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies; Obama visits famous Tokyo sushi restaurant; Volcanoes...

New Pictures of Ship That Sank in 1888

Federal researchers have released new images of the City of Chester, a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888. Researchers recently found the...

 

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Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

CHICAGO (AP) — A life‑sized bronze statue of esteemed movie critic Roger Ebert will be unveiled outside the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual...

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....

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis.

A spokeswoman for the "Tron: Legacy" actress confirms the couple welcomed son...

Summer movie preview: 10 anticipated indies

NEW YORK (AP) — More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this...

 

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Canada moves ahead of US in phasing out old oil rail tank cars

Canada announced a unilateral three‑year phase‑out of older oil tanker rail cars on Wednesday, moving ahead of the United States after last year's derailment in...

Germany's private sector expands faster in April: PMI

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's private sector expanded faster in April, recovering from a slight slowdown in growth in March, as both manufacturing and services industry...

Goldman loses four Asia prime brokerage execs to rivals

HONG KONG (Reuters) - At least four mid‑level executives are leaving Goldman Sachs Group's <GS. N> Asia prime brokerage unit to join rival banks, people...

US, euro zone activity up; China decline slows

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - The U. S. manufacturing sector expanded in April and the euro zone private sector started the second quarter on its strongest...

Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement....

France, US back sanctions against South Sudan

France and the United States called for the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against South Sudan over spiraling violence in the country's civil war,...

Conservative Koch‑backed group uses soft touch in recruiting Hispanics

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The conservative advocacy groups backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are known mostly for spending millions of dollars...

Obama not hopeful North Korea will change soon

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will shift away from its irresponsible behavior in the near future.

Obama says...

 

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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,...

Cara Delevingne models YSL's new Couture Palette makeup line

The luxury brand has chosen the British supermodel -- a frequent Yves Saint Laurent ambassador -- to represent its new Couture Palette collection, which includes...

Judge releases tape of would‑be assassin's exam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial...

Afghan guard shoots dead 3 foreigners in hospital

Police in Afghanistan say a security guard has opened fire in a Kabul hospital, killing three foreigners and wounding one other person.

District Police Chief...

Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later

The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to...

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after her factory collapsed. One year on,...

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...

The Samsung Galaxy S5, a smartphone for the one percent?

In its first week on sale the latest Samsung flagship smartphone accounts for almost one percent of all Android phones in use globally.

The handset,...

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...

Soviet space capsule up for sale in Belgium

For those who have everything, how about a Soviet‑era space capsule dating back to the 1970s, when it carried three cosmonauts into space?

German firm...

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...

WHO hits back at vaccine deniers

The World Health Organization hit back on Wednesday against vaccine deniers who claim that immunisation is pointless, risky and that the body is better off...

Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide

Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels...

US astronauts to step out on spacewalk for repairs

Two US astronauts are preparing to step out on a brief spacewalk Wednesday to install a backup computer at the International Space Station after one...

 

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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...

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 --...

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...

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

NEW YORK (AP) — Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions...

 

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Heat and Blazers go up 2-0, Texan series squared

LeBron James was again to the fore as Miami beat Charlotte on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA first‑round playoff series, while...

Benzema strike gives Real advantage over Bayern

Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema's first‑half goal gave them a 1-0 first‑leg...

Jackets, Blackhawks and Stars all win at home

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus, Chicago and Dallas all capitalized on home‑ice advantage to win series‑squaring games in the NHL playoffs on Wednesday.

Both Columbus...

Fu ends Gould world championship jinx

Hong Kong ace cuesman Marco Fu set up a second round clash with former world champion Shaun Murphy at this year's snooker world championships with...

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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