• Syrian rebels capture main border crossing with Jordan

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels and members of al-Qaida's local affiliate have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts. Ahmad al-Masalmeh, a Syrian opposition activist based in the southern city of Daraa, says militants...

  • Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 54 dead

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 sank early Thursday morning in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 54 crew members were killed, rescue workers said. Emergency services in Kamchatka, citing the head of the rescue...

  • School threats by text, phone apps frustrate schools, police

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Threats against schools don't just come written on bathroom walls these days. They are spread using smartphone apps, social media and Internet phone services. These anonymous reports of bombs or other threats of violence are forcing school evacuations and responses...

  • Drought: California taking sweeping steps to conserve water

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the...

  • Sen. Harry Reid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A very public spat between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats is dashing the party's hopes for a drama-free succession in the wake of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's retirement. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York are longtime colleagues and...

  • Things to know about California's drought and water cuts

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought. Here are key things to know about...

  • Key provisions of California's new water cuts

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought. Here's a look at Brown's plan for achieving an overall...

  • Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act. The 32-page "2014 Sage-Grouse...

  • Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-gay. A day after...

  • 'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm. Now, the dog that defied death is recovering with the help of...

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