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  • 'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word

    BEIJING (AP) — "Duang!" That's movie star Jackie Chan's latest contribution to Chinese mass culture and entertainment. It's not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like "ta-da!" A new mash-up video of the old ad has made "duang" a trending topic on China's social media. The sound began circulating days before...

  • US envoy to SKorea in stable condition after knife attack

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert examining his blood-covered left hand and holding...

  • US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. The dual reports marked the...

  • Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon. The problems began in the late 1990s when...

  • Facebook posts about job land US contractor in Emirates jail

    A hallmark of American life — griping about work — has landed a Florida man in a Middle Eastern jail. Ryan Pate, a helicopter mechanic from Belleair Bluffs, Florida, took to Facebook after a dispute over sick leave with the company he was working for in the United Arab Emirates. He was home in Florida at the time, but when he returned to Abu...

  • Australia police charge 6 with smuggling drugs from Colombia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Six men were charged in Sydney with drug smuggling and more than 480 kilograms (1,060 pounds) of cocaine and methamphetamine have been seized in Columbia and Australia in a joint Australian-Colombian police operation, officials said Thursday. Australian police and customs officers found 230 kilograms (507 pounds) of liquid...

  • Microsoft outlines plan to bridge Xbox and PC video gaming

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is attempting to break down the walls surrounding console gaming. Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running...

  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create a "moderately prosperous...

  • Obama, Carter, Rice pay tribute to Notre Dame's Hesburgh

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years as president, was remembered Wednesday as a world leader in social issues but someone whose main goal was helping people connect with God. "Father Ted Hesburgh filled many roles throughout his life:...

  • Maduro rejects speculation he'll suspend Venezuela elections

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro is rejecting speculation that he is considering suspending Venezuela's legislative elections later this year. Maduro said Wednesday that even under the most adverse circumstances he would go forward with the vote. "Rain, thunder or lightning, this country is going to have parliamentary...

  • Effort set to recover body found on Mexico's highest peak

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An effort was planned for Thursday to recover a body found buried in snow and ice high on Mexico's tallest peak, officials said. The expedition would begin before dawn, according to the Puebla state press office. Climbers found the body Sunday at an elevation of about 17,388 feet (5,300 meters) on the north face of the Pico...

  • Police: Maryland shootings random; evoked DC sniper memories

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland, including a building at the National Security Agency, chose his targets at random, police said Wednesday. Anne Arundel County Chief Timothy Altomare said the shootings over the past week evoked memories of two snipers who killed 10 people in 2002 in the...

  • Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter. Governors in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey declared states of emergency in advance of...

  • Dominican Republic temporarily closes consulates in Haiti

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic has announced the temporary closure of five of its consulates in neighboring Haiti because of security concerns. The move comes a week after at least 10,000 Haitians marched in Port-au-Prince protesting what they consider chronic mistreatment of their countrymen in the Dominican...

  • Former chief of Bolivia drug police under investigation

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties. A judge was to decide Wednesday whether Gen. Oscar Nina should be jailed. Nina's wife and two children were ordered...

  • China plans to boost military budget by 10.1 percent in 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced Thursday that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 percent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The increase to about $145 billion in spending would mark the fifth year in a row of double-digit increases despite the country's...

  • Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said at a news conference in...

  • Jane Fonda says male domination of world has been 'wounded'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jane Fonda said Wednesday the male power structure that has dominated the world for centuries has been wounded — "but there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded beast." The actress and women's rights activist spoke in a telephone interview ahead of U.N. meetings next week to assess progress toward women's equality. She...

  • Chemical fire at Vancouver's port prompts evacuation

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Vancouver health officials are warning people near the city's port to stay indoors due to a fire in a shipping container holding an industrial disinfectant and bleaching agent. Sections of Vancouver's port were evacuated Wednesday afternoon and nearby streets were shut down. The city's fire department says...

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Congress resolves to flee DC pre-snow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing gets Congress moving like the forecast of snow. The House, followed by the Senate Wednesday, reached rare bipartisan agreement on the desire of lawmakers to beat a forecast snowstorm out of town. The town being Washington, D.C., where anything white falling from the sky disrupts schools, the federal government, air...

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