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Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small...

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...

Obama says more sanctions are 'teed up' for Russia

Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of...

Classes resume at South Korean school scarred by ferry disaster

Senior classes resumed Thursday at the South Korean high school devastated by the loss of around 250 students in a ferry disaster that has made...

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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AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Thursday April 24th: Obama continues state visit across Asia; Death toll rises to 160 in sunken South Korean ferry disaster;...

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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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...

In US coming out party, Bollywood finds curious fans

Teresita Alonso had never watched an Indian film until she browsed the home‑order television service Netflix and, noticing the favorable reviews, took a chance on...

 

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.33 pct

Average U. S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week with the spring home‑buying season beginning....

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...

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

Orders to U. S. factories for long‑lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals...

China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography

China's official news agency says authorities plan to revoke two crucial publication licenses for web giant Sina.com because pornographic content was found on its sites....

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....

'Pact with Hamas kills peace' - Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Palestinian moves to form a unity government with Hamas were "a giant leap backward" for the peace...

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....

Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels

Russia ordered new military exercises on the border of Ukraine Thursday and warned of "consequences" after Kiev launched a deadly assault against pro‑Kremlin rebels occupying...

 

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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...

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...

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...

Ex‑Marine sentenced to die in sailor's slaying

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal jury sentenced an ex‑Marine to death on Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, one among a...

Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels

Russia ordered new military exercises on the border of Ukraine Thursday and warned of "consequences" after Kiev launched a deadly assault against pro‑Kremlin rebels occupying...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events....

Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA

Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow‑Russian Anastasia Pavlychenkova....

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...

Nishikori reaches quarterfinals at Barcelona Open

Fourth‑seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-4 Thursday....

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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