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  • Obama in Israel for first trip as president

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East Wednesday, assuring Israel of the U.S. commitment to its security while cautioning that the region’s “winds …


  • Cypriot lawmakers reject deposits seizure bill

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot lawmakers on Tuesday rejected a critical draft bill that would have seized part of people’s bank deposits in order to qualify for a vital international …


  • Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the …


  • Francis turns on charm in first meeting with press

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered intimate insights Saturday into the moments after his election, telling journalists that he was immediately inspired to take the name of St. Francis …


  • Furious over sanctions, N. Korea vows to nuke US

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by …


  • Senate panel votes to approve Obama’s CIA nominee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee voted today to approve President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the CIA after winning a behind-the-scenes battle with the White House over access …


  • UK: Queen hospitalized over stomach illness

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized Sunday over an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, a rare instance of ill health sidelining the long-reigning …


  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BENEDICT’S LAST DAY AS POPE


  • Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies

    With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most …


  • Vatican blasts ‘false’ pre-conclave reporting

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect …


  • VIDEO: Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,000 injured

    MOSCOW — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring …


  • Christopher Dorner’s license found in burned cabin

    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed …


  • French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill

    PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have pushed …


  • Clear sky aids mountain hunt for fugitive ex-cop

    Searchers took advantage today of a break from recent stormy weather in their hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings, patrolling a mountain resort town …


  • Super Bowl outage traced to faulty protective device

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The failure of a device meant to protect the power supply to the Superdome caused the Super Bowl blackout, the stadium’s power company said Friday as …


  • LAPD: Ex-officer suspect in Riverside cop killing

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police launched a massive manhunt for a former Los Angeles officer suspected of going on a killing spree, slaying a couple over the weekend, opening fire …


  • Outdoor retail exec picked for Interior

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department. Obama said Jewell, president and chief executive at REI, has earned …


  • Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages …


  • FBI: Ala. man was in ‘firefight’ with SWAT agents

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before …


  • British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his …


  • FBI: Officers stormed bunker when child in danger

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the …


  • White House releases photo of Obama firing gun

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has released a photo of President Barack Obama firing a gun, two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss gun control. In a …


  • Feds: Warming imperils wolverines

    BILLINGS, Mont. — The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” is being added to the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction …


  • Police: Suicide bombing at US Embassy in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other …


  • Congress sends bill to Obama averting govt default

    WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House …


  • Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal …


  • US eyes drone base in Africa with al-Qaida in mind

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Plans to base unarmed American surveillance drones in the African nation of Niger highlight the Obama administration’s growing concern about extremist influences in the volatile region. They …


  • Hackers take over sentencing commission website

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. …


  • Thousands march for gun control in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as “Ban Assault Weapons Now,” joined a rally for gun control on …


  • Obama: U.S. ready to assist Algerian officials

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Saturday the U.S. stands ready to provide whatever assistance Algerian officials need in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack at a natural gas …


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