• Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic militants

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, he wasn't easily deterred. The Minnesota man emptied his bank accounts last May and planned to fly to Syria via San Diego, federal officials say, but his family confronted him and he set his...

  • Arkansas cities push back against laws cast as anti-gay

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections. The moves range from one city asking...

  • Man faces disorderly conduct charge for threatening officer

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The brother of an unarmed woman killed in a hail of police gunfire after a 2012 high-speed chase has been charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly making a death threat against the Cleveland officer standing trial for the shooting. A court security guard...

  • AP Newsbreak: No federal protection for bistate sage grouse

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Interior Department will not order Endangered Species Act protection for a type of sage grouse found only in California and Nevada. The move comes months before the federal agency decides whether other sage grouse in 11 Western states are threatened or...

  • World stocks rally on China measures, earnings

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Tuesday, boosted by optimism over recent market reforms in China as well as corporate earnings from U.S. and European companies. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 11,946.03, while benchmarks in London and Paris were...

  • Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in...

  • Protest held in Ethiopia over killings by Islamic extremists

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Hundreds of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa protested the killings of dozens of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic extremists in Libya while parliament weighed a response to the killings. The killings have roiled this predominantly Christian country in East Africa....

  • 126 migrants reach Greek shores, a day after fatal sinking

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have picked up more than 120 migrants who illegally entered the country by sea on three separate vessels, a day after a yacht with 90 people on board foundered just off the island of Rhodes, drowning three. The Merchant Marine Ministry says 42...

  • Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to an international conference and the United States....

  • Cops: Woman arrested at JFK hid cocaine in girdle, underwear

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities quickly found out why an arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International was so nervous: She had four pounds of cocaine hidden in her girdle and underwear. Authorities said Monday that 70-year-old Olive Fowler seemed nervous when she arrived in New York...

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