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  • Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region. Arab leaders taking...

  • 2 dead after small plane crashes near Pennsylvania airport

    WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A small plane crash near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport Sunday took the lives of the only two people aboard the aircraft, authorities said. Emergency officials said the crash was reported just after 1:30 p.m. near Brandywine Airport, located about 20 miles west of Philadelphia. The Federal Aviation Administration...

  • More restrictive spring break pondered after party shooting

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control. The raucous parties in the spring break capital of Panama City Beach have had politicians, police and...

  • Montana ski area back in operation after Saturday evacuation

    RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A southern Montana ski area resumed normal operations Sunday and weather conditions improved, allowing firefighters to attack wildfires that ignited the previous day in the state and northern Wyoming. "With the spring conditions, the snow is pretty good," Jeff Carroll, spokesman for the Red Lodge Mountain, said Sunday...

  • Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing in bad weather at the Halifax airport, skidding off a runway, shearing off its nose and crumpling an engine. The airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to hospitals for observation and treatment of minor injuries. The airline said Flight AC624, an Airbus 320 that left...

  • French conservatives win key local voting, gov't left loses

    PARIS (AP) — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the "lies, denial and impotence" of France's governing Socialists after estimates showed his conservative party and their allies chalked up wins across France in Sunday's local elections that saw the left lose nearly half of its councils. The far-right National Front edged forward in its bid...

  • Police: 2nd body found 3 days after NYC blast

    NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers found a second body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan's East Village, police said. The names of the two dead were not immediately released; a medical examiner was to determine the identifications. Authorities had been looking for signs of two...

  • Indiana governor: New law 'not about discrimination'

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it. Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to discuss the measure he signed last week...

  • Nigerians vote Sunday despite violence, technical hitches

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call. Two electoral workers were killed Saturday in Boko Haram's campaign to disrupt the elections, chairman...

  • Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis. The harsh response...

  • Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France. The town of Montabaur has been rattled by the revelation...

  • LA light rail running after hitting car; driver gravely hurt

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trains were again running by the University of Southern California early Sunday, a day after a light rail train slammed into a car injuring 21 people, including the train operator and the driver, who was in critical condition. The Metro Expo Line train was heading east toward downtown shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday when...

  • Uzbekistan's election sees turnout at 91 percent

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's election commission said 91 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion. The 77-year-old Karimov has led the former Soviet republic in Central Asia since the late 1980s and ruthlessly quashed all...

  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appeared genuine and...

  • Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge

    MISSION, Texas (AP) — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly discovery last month is part of a...

  • Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes

    VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Police departments nationwide are being asked to issue more tickets for violations at railroad crossings because of recent crashes in New York, California and North Carolina. After a fiery train-car collision killed six people in New York in February, Metropolitan Transportation Authority police are issuing summonses at...

  • Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday. Iran's potential movement on enrichment reflected the intense pressure to close a...

  • Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

    SECO, Ky. (AP) — Mines built this company town. Jack and Sandra Looney hope vines — the wine grapes growing on a former strip mine in the hills above — will help to draw visitors here. Their Highland Winery — housed in the lovingly restored "company store" — pays tribute to coal-mining's history here, as do their signature wines: Blood, Sweat...

  • UN warns emergency fund for Palestinians in Syria near empty

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just four percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinians has been funded so far this year, threatening the viability of a cash assistance program that UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness described on Sunday as a "lifeline" for refugees. He said the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine...

  • Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her...

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