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  • Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal alternative in the 2016 presidential race. Major speeches this week to the NAACP and the Urban League will...

  • Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine. Israel declared that Ben-Gurion Airport was safe and said there was no reason to "hand...

  • End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David. Police in riot gear and soldiers with Kalashnikov assault rifles stood on side streets as dozens of...

  • Puerto Rico police probe deaths of 16 cats, dogs

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in Puerto Rico have launched an investigation into the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs found near a bridge where dozens of animals were thrown to their deaths seven years ago in a case that sparked international outrage. Animal activists found the bodies of 11 cats and five dogs strewn underneath a...

  • Physician detained for defaming Ecuador president

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Authorities in Ecuador say prominent physician Carlos Figueroa has been detained near Quito and sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa. The arrest was confirmed Tuesday on the Interior Ministry's Twitter account. Figueroa, opposition congressman Clever Jimenez and his adviser...

  • Qatar, Saudi rulers meet on Gaza cease-fire talks

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A senior Saudi official says Qatar's emir has flown to Saudi Arabia and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts to end the war in the Gaza Strip. The crown prince and deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia also attended Tuesday night's surprise meeting with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the...

  • Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers. There have been messages posted on social networking sites urging people to attack circuses, Armando Cedeno, the head of the nation's circus owners association, said at a demonstration by circus...

  • Exxon Mobil says it'll follow new anti-bias rules

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it will comply with the new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, while still sidestepping the question of whether it will formalize that by changing the language of its corporate policy. Following President Barack Obama's signing of an executive order...

  • Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report....

  • Suspect arrested in bomb scare on Louisiana campus

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man arrested for phoning in a fake bomb scare that led to the evacuation of a 15-acre university campus last week unsuccessfully attempted to rob a bank the same day, authorities said Tuesday. Devin Haywood called television station KATC about 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday and claimed he had placed two explosive devices at...

  • New York police eye retraining after custody death

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is revamping its training on the use of force amid outrage over the death in police custody of a man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the nation's largest police force will be retrained following last week's death of Eric Garner. A widely...

  • Bomb talk suspect to plead to immigration charge

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man in Connecticut who authorities say expressed interest in using remote-controlled toy airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building is expected to plead guilty to an immigration charge. El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, 27, is expected to enter a plea to perjury Thursday, federal public defender Paul Thomas...

  • Obama on fundraising trip to West Coast

    SEATTLE (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama landed Tuesday in Seattle at the start of a three-day West Coast trip, where he'll also visit San Francisco and Los Angeles and plans...

  • Man charged in Oklahoma with child abuse in Kenya

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been charged with sexually abusing boys and girls while volunteering at an organization in Kenya that assists neglected children. Matthew Lane Durham, of Edmond, is accused of engaging in sex acts with as many as ten children aged from 4 to 10 years while volunteering at Upendo Children's Home in...

  • New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    BOSTON (AP) — A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a college police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number....

  • Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child-welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve. Mississippi was rated the worst state for overall child well-being, largely because of...

  • Woman convicted of starving 10-year-old stepson

    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas jury took less than an hour to find a woman guilty Tuesday in the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson. The Dallas County jury found Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, guilty of intentional serious injury to a child in Johnathan Ramsey's death. Jurors begin hearing testimony Wednesday morning in the sentencing...

  • Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to proceed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs. The court ruled in favor of the state of Arizona in the case of Joseph Wood, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged...

  • Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of people crossing the border illegally. The arrests,...

  • Jurors start considering Ventura defamation case

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for Jesse Ventura asked a federal jury Tuesday to award the former Minnesota governor millions of dollars in damages for what he claimed is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle. Ventura testified during the two-week trial that Kyle fabricated a passage in his 2012 best-seller "American...

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