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  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday. In the first official estimate of the Ukrainian turmoil's...

  • UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands can't be met with existing funds. Since December nearly 200,000...

  • NY National Guard soldier charged with rape

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    KINGSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have charged a member of the New York Army National Guard with raping a woman, and investigators say others have come forward claiming they were attacked by the same man. The Washington County Sheriff's Office tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls...

  • Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign legislation that will require health insurance plans to provide coverage for some services for children with autism, starting next year. Brownback scheduled a Wednesday morning signing ceremony at the...

  • Once-conjoined twins set to leave Texas hospital

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Conjoined twins separated last summer are set to be released from a Dallas hospital that's been their home since birth. Officials at Medical City Children's Hospital say the 9-month-old boys born joined at the abdomen are to be released Wednesday to a local inpatient...

  • Filipino positive for MERS virus home from UAE

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino health worker who tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has arrived home from the United Arab Emirates, Philippine officials said Wednesday. It's the first known case of the deadly virus in the country. Health...

  • New USD men's hoops coach hires 3 assistants

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — New University of South Dakota head men's basketball coach Craig Smith has named three assistants, from schools in North Dakota and Colorado. Austin Hansen spent last season as an assistant coach at Northern Colorado. Gameli Ahelegbe (ga-ma-LEE'...

  • Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense. Following the tough cross-examination of...

  • Train derails in northeast India, injuring dozens

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, injuring dozens of passengers. The engine and nine of the train's 13 coaches jumped the track near the Jagiroad station, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam...

  • France targets welfare for big spending cuts

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit. Manuel Valls on Wednesday detailed the government plan to cut 10...

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