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  • Jordan committed to anti-IS coalition, despite hostage drama

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan remains "as committed as ever" to a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, the kingdom's foreign minister said Sunday, amid heightened fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the militants. Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh spoke a day after another Islamic State hostage, Japanese...

  • Hungarians protest against premier's dealings with Putin

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanded the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government Sunday, a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the "Spring Comes, Orban Goes" rally outside parliament. Orban's Fidesz party easily won three elections last year but its...

  • Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt Sunday after President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi approved his deportation. He was arrested along with two colleagues, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed, in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights groups. His two colleagues remain in prison....

  • Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter

    CAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups. Australian Peter Greste was whisked away on a flight to Cyprus. His release came as a welcome...

  • France offers support for Greece amid bailout tensions

    PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government is offering support for Greece's efforts to renegotiate debt for its huge bailout, amid renewed fears about Europe's economic stability. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is holding talks with European counterparts to push for new conditions on debt to creditors who bailed out Greece to save the...

  • Rights group: Egypt covering up protester deaths

    CAIRO (AP) — Rights group Amnesty International on Sunday accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week. The London-based Amnesty said at least 27 people were killed over three days during protests...

  • Baby born on roadside as mom goes into labor while driving

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a pregnant Utah woman driving herself to the hospital gave birth to a healthy, nearly 10-pound baby boy on the side of an interstate highway Saturday. Authorities say the 32-year-old woman's labor became overwhelming shortly after she left the North Ogden area and she called 911. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper...

  • Trial of ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez delayed by weather

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is being delayed by a snowstorm expected Monday. A state courts spokeswoman said Sunday the trial is expected to resume Tuesday. Hernandez is charged in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister. Lloyd's girlfriend...

  • Asians slower to seek immigration protection

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama's reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan. Many advocates have blamed the paltry turnout among young Asian immigrants for the...

  • Boyfriend arrested in rape, brutal attack of California girl

    HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California have arrested a man accused of raping his 16-year-old girlfriend and beating her with a tire iron over the course of five days. Hanford police say 19-year-old Eddie Perez was taken into custody on Saturday night. Sgt. Justin Vallin says the girl's family reported that she had run away about...

  • Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's prison system is defending against a major lawsuit that claims guards and other employees failed to prevent the sexual assault of male inmates under 18 who were housed with adults. After more than a year of litigation, the young inmates have made some important victories. Washtenaw County Judge Carol Kuhnke...

  • Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

    TOKYO (AP) — Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism. The failure to save Goto raised fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot also held by...

  • Storm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast

    CHICAGO (AP) — A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,000 Chicago flights, making roads treacherous and forcing some to rethink plans to attend Super Bowl parties. Blizzard conditions developed in Chicago — where more than a foot was expected by...

  • Marathon bombing defense likely to focus on dead brother

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are pinning their best hopes for saving his life on his dead older brother. The defense is expected to portray Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the mastermind behind the twin explosions that killed 3 people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line...

  • Pretrial meeting set on secret info in US Capitol plot case

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge will meet with prosecutors and defense attorneys on how to handle classified information in the case of an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers. U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith scheduled the pretrial conference Tuesday in the case of Christopher Lee...

  • Toboggan Championships offer a swift, snowy thrill ride

    Thousands of people will descend on Maine for an event organizers say is the only competitive traditional toboggan race in the world. The U.S. National Toboggan Championships will take place starting Friday at Camden Snow Bowl, a town-owned skiing area in the coastal town of about 5,000. Organizers say 425 teams from all over the U.S. and...

  • Toddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgun

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said. According to investigators, the toddler apparently reached for an iPod but found the loaded weapon. Police believe the shooting to be accidental. The bullet...

  • Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian-backed separatists kept up their assault Sunday on a railway hub in eastern Ukraine, the fiercest battle in fighting that the government said has killed 13 of its troops and wounded 20 others over the last day. The separatists attacked several villages around the town of Debaltseve, a rail link between the two...

  • Dan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators say they are still working to determine how much to fine the nation's largest electricity company. It took nearly a week to plug the leak from Duke Energy's Eden coal ash dump that began Feb. 2,...

  • Northern California chief's new approach revitalizes force

    RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police. The photo of Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus with the sign...

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