• Putin confident on economy, offers to mend ties with West

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has weathered the worst of its economic troubles and is on the road to recovery, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in TV show, offering to normalize ties with the West if it treats Moscow as an equal partner and not a "vassal." He also...

  • Deployment of US missile defense considered for South Korea

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China should not be concerned if the U.S. deploys an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter the threat from a nuclear North Korea, a U.S. military commander said Thursday. Commander of U.S. forces in Korea, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, told a...

  • Spacecraft circling Mercury will crash into planet April 30

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After years of orbiting Mercury, NASA's Messenger spacecraft will crash into the planet at the end of this month. NASA announced Messenger's impending demise Thursday. But instead of mourning, scientists and engineers celebrated the success of this first...

  • Thousands flee as IS group advances on Iraq's Ramadi

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi with little more than the clothes on their backs, officials said Thursday, as the Islamic State group closed in on the capital of western Anbar province, clashing with Iraqi troops and turning it into a ghost...

  • US, Romanian hold air exercises to reassure eastern Europe

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    CAMPIA TURZII, Romania (AP) — Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs have been deployed for months of military exercises involving the U.S. and Romanian air forces designed to reassure eastern Europeans who fear Russian influence in the region. Some 350 U.S. and 300 Romanian...

  • DPS: Finish criminal investigation and clear our name

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Going on the attack over a controversial private defense contractor on the Texas-Mexico border, state officials Thursday challenged public corruption prosecutors to finish a criminal investigation and clear their name. The request came in a letter from Department...

  • Homeland Security chief: Focus on morale hurts morale

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday with a message for lawmakers: Stop focusing on low morale at my agency — you're only making it worse. Johnson met with the chairman and top Democrat of a House subcommittee on...

  • Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage. Before baby Orion could be treated for croup, the hospital had to...

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A roundup of recent Colorado editorials The Aurora Sentinal, April 16, on Rep. Mike Coffman's proposal regarding cost overruns at the VA Medical Center: Not only does the badly mistreated taxpayer buck not stop at the desks of leaders of the Veterans Administration, it gets passed...

  • US: Growing China, Russia military activity in Asia-Pacific

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Wednesday that major land reclamation by China at outposts in the South China Sea could allow it to exert more influence over the contested area and deploy military assets such as long-range radar and advanced missile...

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