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  • FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014, 6:19 A.M.

    Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014, 1:26 P.M.

    Mourners urge black Americans to take action

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014, 12:54 P.M.

    Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014, 4:57 A.M.

    Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad has killed at least 11 people. A police officer says the suicide bomber …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014, 4:35 A.M.

    Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland’s long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas. Nationwide the …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014, 11:08 A.M.

    States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 2, 2014, 3:57 A.M.

    Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014, 5:03 A.M.

    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014, 5:11 A.M.

    Iraq sending 4,000 volunteers to help in Ramadi

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials are airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants …


  • MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014, 9:44 A.M.

    Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors. He also promised to …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014, 3:28 A.M.

    Pope tired but smiling amid new health concerns

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has had a busy morning of audiences amid new health concerns following his cancellation of a planned outing. The 77-year-old Francis seemed tired but …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014, 4 A.M.

    Egypt court confirms death sentences for over 180

    MINYA, Egypt (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year’s …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014, 6:54 A.M.

    French Jews leave for Israel in increasing numbers

    PARIS (AP) — Increasing numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014, 1:40 P.M.

    Uncertainty for gay couples married in Wisconsin

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge’s order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn’t address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014, 2:25 A.M.

    Obama waiting for House GOP to act on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014, 5:19 A.M.

    Obama aims to expand student loan relief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is signing an executive order that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. The measure …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014, 5:27 A.M.

    Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an “urgent,” peaceful solution to …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014, 4:47 A.M.

    NAACP selects Brooks as new president and CEO

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP on Saturday announced that lawyer and activist Cornell William Brooks would become its new national president and CEO. The selection of Brooks came as the …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014, 3:36 A.M.

    Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) — An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus’ breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014, 6:59 A.M.

    284 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014, 8:45 A.M.

    Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in …


  • MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014, 8:39 A.M.

    Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters. …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014, 9:59 P.M.

    Police: Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014, 3:44 A.M.

    Thousands of Muslims stuck in C. African Republic

    BODA, Central African Republic (AP) — There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014, 5:13 A.M.

    Stern Israeli airport security measures questioned

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jack Angelides was about to board a flight out of Israel’s international airport when he was given a curious choice that baffles him to this day. Traveling …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2014, 4:11 A.M.

    Benedict joins Francis in historic 1st ceremony

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014, 4:43 A.M.

    Mob attacks alleged gays in Nigerian capital

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to “cleanse” their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014, 5:53 A.M.

    Al-Qaida leader opposes fighting Christians

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s leader says that Egypt’s majority Muslims should not fight their Christian compatriots, even though the head of their church supported a military coup that deposed the …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 4, 2014, 5:35 A.M.

    Pope to nuns: Why aren’t you answering the phone?

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 14, 2013, 5:33 A.M.

    Kids give pope birthday cake 3 days early

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has received a candle-topped birthday cake three days early — a surprise from children at the Vatican. The pontiff turns 77 on Tuesday. The …


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