• Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war. The failure...

  • Obama's choice as ambassador to Mexico withdraws her name

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico has withdrawn from consideration. The White House says Maria Echaveste cites a prolonged confirmation process as well as her family's best interests. Obama nominated Echaveste last September. She had...

  • Police probing alleged corruption in Nevada Legislature

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of corruption in the Nevada Legislature involving an extortion attempt aimed at a Republican assemblyman who has drawn criticism from more conservative lawmakers. Assemblyman Chris Edwards of Las...

  • Kerry: 'Enormous interest' in new relationship with Cuba

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — North America has an "enormous interest" in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico. "This is an effort we believe offers the best opportunity for the...

  • DeLay: Rick Perry's White House hopes likely hurt by charges

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Saturday he can relate to any fallout from the indictment dogging former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, noting his own nearly decade-long legal fight that cost him his powerful congressional post and public career. Perry, who is...

  • AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually...

  • New York Assembly facing historic change in leadership

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead, it's looking increasingly likely that the decision will be made before Silver's resignation from...

  • Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said 29-year-old...

  • Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and...

  • Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive, face down in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said. Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. The...

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