• Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — He's been called the Evil Genius, and he's been fined for spying on an opponent. And now there are questions about deflated footballs. Any visual portrait of Bill Belichick likely has him wearing a hoodie — and a scowl. Many of his media duties are marked by terse...

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame sponsorships falling

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NASCAR Hall of Fame's sponsorship revenue has dropped sharply in the past few years. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1z6wQC4 ) reported that sponsorship revenue has dropped from $1.5 million in 2012 to $110,000 for the new budget year starting...

  • New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group. The audio message, read in...

  • Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to jointly demand that China stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the credibility of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations could...

  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said. The U.N. chief will be encouraging...

  • Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's abilty to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate. No winner is expected Thursday: Polling is expected to last at least until Friday or...

  • Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on. Civil aviation chief...

  • Stig Bergling, Soviet spy who fled from Swedish prison, dies

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who sold secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and brazenly escaped while serving a life sentence for espionage, has died. He was 77. Bergling's death was first reported Thursday by Swedish newspaper Dagens...

  • Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. The...

  • Attacks kill 9 people in Iraq

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say bombings and a shooting have killed nine people, including three soldiers, around Baghdad. Police officials say the first attack took place Thursday when gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on soldiers manning a checkpoint in Baghdad's western...

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