• Construction still underway amid Denver VA hospital storm

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Plumbers, electricians and carpenters are still at work on the Denver veterans hospital while the Veterans Affairs Department struggles to find another $830 million to finish it. Contractor Kiewit-Turner said Saturday about 600 construction workers are still...

  • Arrest of Gulf Cartel chief sparks Mexico border gunfights

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    MEXICO (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico's border with the United States. The arrested leader was identified as Jose Tiburcio...

  • Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday joined Italy in pressing the European Union to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty. While hundreds...

  • Jamaica's government organizes trade mission to Cuba

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The Jamaican government is organizing a trade mission to Cuba with representatives from 18 private sector companies. Jamaican Industry Minister Anthony Hylton says the group's members will meet with their Cuban counterparts from April 20-23 to talk about...

  • Facsimile of first Elvis recording re-released by Jack White

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After anonymously buying Elvis' first-ever recording at a January auction, Jack White is offering a limited-run vinyl re-release of "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" at his Third Man Records in Nashville. The 10-inch, 78-rpm facsimile of...

  • Last 2 Raiders giving congressional medal to Ohio museum

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — And then there were two. Although most of the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" beat long odds 73 years ago, surviving anti-aircraft fire, crashed planes and vengeful Japanese soldiers, time has been taking its own toll. Since their 70th anniversary reunion at the National...

  • Texas veterinarian fired, being investigated for cat death

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas veterinarian has been fired from her job and authorities are looking into whether animal cruelty charges should be pursued against her after she's shown in a Facebook posting holding a feral cat she says she killed with a bow and arrow. Austin County...

  • Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles...

  • Man who went on 9-day killing spree in 1977 denied parole

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A convicted California serial killer who went on a nine-day rampage that claimed the lives of four people has been denied parole and cannot reapply for seven years. Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, now 56, and his friend, Mark Titch, were convicted in 1977 after...

  • Musical chairs: Who would Shelton want in his 'Voice' seat?

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Musical chairs is a common game on "The Voice." Pharrell is sitting in a seat originally owned by CeeLo Green and once occupied by Usher, while Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in when Christina Aguilera took a hiatus from the show. Blake Shelton said he...

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