• Vatican's finance czar defends spending by his office

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months. Australian Cardinal George Pell's office has been insisting on a spending review elsewhere in...

  • Report: Egypt court declares Hamas a 'terrorist' group

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has declared Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, a "terrorist organization." The short report Saturday by MENA said the Court For Urgent Matters, presided over by Judge Mohamed el-Sayed, issued the ruling...

  • Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments. ___ "Mr. Nemtsov will be remembered as a fearless advocate of...

  • Buffett reflects on his firm's success and strength

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says his company delivered another strong year, with $19.9 billion in profits, and he believes Berkshire Hathaway will continue thriving thanks to its collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments. Buffett's annual letter to...

  • GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner's weakness in...

  • New England editorial roundup

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The Daily News of Newburyport (Mass.), Feb. 27, 2015 Thirty years ago, few people outside the realms of academic research or the government had heard of something called the Internet. Now, it's hard to imagine how we could get by without it. The leap in little more than 25 years from...

  • BC-GLF--LPGA Thailand

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Stacy Lewis held on to lead Amy Yang by one stroke at the LPGA Thailand despite a dismal third-round 73 on Saturday. Leading overnight by three shots, after a second-round 64, Lewis had three straight bogeys in the front nine before the American fired a...

  • Russian investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life. A...

  • Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year. Voting proceeded smoothly in the mountain kingdom, one of the few...

  • 3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days. The 18-year-old man, who cannot be named under a court order, reportedly is the younger brother of Omar El-Hussein,...

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