• Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for fellow Republicans who control Congress: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke critically of his party's leaders in Washington on Thursday during a turn before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As he spoke...

  • Lawyer for Al-Jazeera journalist blasts Canadian government

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — The lawyer for a Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist criticized the Canadian government Thursday for not doing enough to secure his release from Egypt. Mohamed Fahmy is out on bail awaiting retrial after more than a year behind bars in Egypt on terrorism-related charges....

  • Puerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican officials sought Thursday to convince U.S. legislators that the island's financially struggling public corporations should be allowed to restructure their debt under the federal bankruptcy code. The push comes after a federal judge ruled that...

  • UN envoy heads to Damascus to pursue Aleppo truce plan

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says its special envoy to Syria is heading to Damascus on Saturday to meet with senior government officials on key details of a proposed six-week suspension of government airstrikes and artillery shelling in the country's largest city, Aleppo. U.N....

  • Migrants in Puerto Rico illegally can now open bank accounts

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows migrants living without legal permission in the U.S. territory to open bank accounts and order checks. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Thursday that the law will give migrants financial stability. He...

  • Victory for Argentine leader as judge rejects cover-up case

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the...

  • Costa Rica says Romanian hanged himself on airline flight

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Authorities in Costa Rica say an autopsy has confirmed that a Romanian man hanged himself in an airliner's bathroom on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia. Costa Rica's Office of Judicial Investigation said Thursday that the man died of "asphyxia by...

  • 2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darted through the streets of Sun...

  • Woman knocked out in Seattle "drive-by egging"

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say a woman was knocked unconscious when she was pelted by an egg in a so-called drive-by egging. Detective Patrick Michaud says the egg hit the woman right behind the ear and knocked her out on Tuesday night. Her friends caught her before she fell to the...

  • Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shyk) is dead in what police are describing as an "apparent suicide" at his suburban St. Louis home. The shooting occurred just minutes after Schweich had called The Associated Press to invite a reporter to his home for an...

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