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  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 7, 2013, 5:02 A.M.

    Conservatives sweep to Australia election victory

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s conservative opposition swept to power Saturday, ending six years of Labor Party rule and winning over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 7, 2013, 4:47 A.M.

    Germany joins US in blaming Assad for attack

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has joined the United States and ten other members of the Group of 20 biggest economies in blaming the Syrian government for a chemical attack against …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013, 7:10 A.M.

    Obama confident Congress will approve Syria action

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s confident Congress will authorize a military strike in Syria, and he won the support of House Speaker John Boehner, who said …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2013, 5:06 A.M.

    Al-Qaida in Iraq calls on Egyptians to fight army

    CAIRO (AP) — A leader of al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch called Saturday on Egyptians to fight their army and derided the Muslim Brotherhood as “evil” for seeking power through democracy. The …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2013, 4:51 A.M.

    India convicts youngest Delhi gang rape defendant

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian juvenile court on Saturday handed down the first conviction in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 30, 2013, 7:11 P.M.

    Syrians bracing for possible US strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Edging toward a punitive strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing “limited and narrow” action as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad’s government …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013, 7:23 A.M.

    Palestinians call off round of talks after clash

    QALANDIA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks Monday after Israeli soldiers killed three protesters during clashes following an arrest raid …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2013, 5:51 A.M.

    More armed security at schools after Newtown

    MIAMI (AP) — In the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Pembroke Pines, students returning to school this year are being greeted not only by their teachers and principal. They’re also meeting …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 2013, 10:53 A.M.

    Soldier guilty of murder for Fort Hood shootings

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013, 7:09 A.M.

    Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak released

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported by helicopter to a military hospital Thursday in Cairo, according to exclusive footage shown on a …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013, 5:05 A.M.

    Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, a …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013, 8:19 A.M.

    Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 17, 2013, 5:54 A.M.

    AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students’ and schools’ performances, …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013, 1:04 P.M.

    Obama pitches mortgage overhaul as housing rallies

    PHOENIX (AP) — President Barack Obama says taxpayers can no longer be on the hook for bad decisions by mortgage lenders. Obama says owning a home is supposed to fulfill …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013, 12:14 P.M.

    Car bombs kill 36 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings, mainly targeting markets in and near Baghdad, killed 36 people on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a surge of violence that has …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013, 11:54 A.M.

    Westerners evacuated amid terror fears in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members Tuesday in Yemen, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013, 8:05 A.M.

    Iraq sees highest monthly death toll in 5 years

    BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the U.N. said Thursday, a grim figure that shows …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013, 7:33 A.M.

    Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013, 5:53 A.M.

    Pakistani lawmakers elect new president

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of Pakistan’s election commission says lawmakers have elected ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain as the country’s new president. Fakhruddin Ibrahim says Hussain, who was nominated …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013, 3:36 A.M.

    Report: Germany rules out 2nd debt cut for Greece

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister has categorically rejected a second writedown of Greek debt. Wolfgang Schaeuble told weekly Bild am Sonntag in an interview that Greece would continue to …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013, 7:19 A.M.

    Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

    WASHINGTON — Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013, 3:38 P.M.

    Court wins drew big crowds to gay pride parades

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York and other major U.S. cities on Sunday — but this year’s pride celebrations were especially …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013, 4:22 A.M.

    Karzai: Taliban attack won’t stop peace process

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s daylight attack on Afghanistan’s presidential palace earlier this week will not deter the government from forging ahead with the peace process, President Hamid Karzai …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013, 4:19 A.M.

    Obama tells leaders to follow Mandela’s example

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world Saturday to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela’s example of country before self, as the …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013, 7:37 A.M.

    Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chanting “DOMA is Dead,” supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013, 7:36 A.M.

    Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in Calif

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013, 11:53 A.M.

    Obama aims to tackle pollution, climate change

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013, 1:48 A.M.

    South Africa: Mandela still in critical condition

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa’s president who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013, 5:53 A.M.

    Royal Navy makes traditional toasts gender neutral

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Royal Navy says it is dropping the traditional sailors’ toast to “our wives and sweethearts,” replacing the timeworn language with a gender-neutral reference to “our families.” …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013, 5:11 A.M.

    Russian NGO forcibly evicted from Moscow office

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian law enforcement officers have forcibly evicted the head of one of Russia’s leading human rights organizations and about a half dozen staff from their Moscow office. …


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