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  • 4 French journalists back home after Syria ordeal

    PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home on Sunday to joyful families awaiting them at a military airport outside Paris. The four, Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, were freed by their captives a day earlier at the Turkish border. They were captured in two...

  • Egypt gunmen kill police captain near Cairo

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed an Egyptian police captain and a conscript on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry's media center said the joint security patrol was trying to stop a suspicious vehicle on the road to the canal city of Suez early in the morning when its occupants opened fire. Captain...

  • Orthodox Patriarch: Syria's Christians won't yield

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places." In comments to mark Easter, Patriarch John Yazigi called on the warring sides to end the practice of "intimidation, displacement, extremism and takfiri...

  • Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they entered the compound at Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police arrested 16 masked Palestinians who threw rocks and firecrackers as the site was opened to tourists on Sunday. Two officers were hurt. The violence erupted as...

  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    DENVER (AP) — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup at...

  • Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the...

  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth. Over the past two weeks, a piece of East Gros Ventre Butte has slowly collapsed toward the west side of Jackson — shearing one hillside...

  • Road accident kills 36 in southern Pakistan

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a passenger bus has rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway in the south, killing at least 36 people, including 17 women and children. Police officer Zia Soomro says the bus was headed north near the town of Pannu Aqil when it hit the truck early Sunday. He also...

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the...

  • 'Touched by an Angel' producer back in series TV

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. A new golden age has brought more daring shows, from "Mad Men" to "House of Cards" to "Breaking Bad," and more ways to see them. But Williamson says her Hallmark Channel series, "Signed, Sealed,...

  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others. A section of the route over the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, a climbing pass where the avalanche...

  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    PARIS (AP) — Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war. Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres — all said to be in good health — were freed over the...

  • Mayor's menu filled up: 1 day, 24 restaurants

    JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry. Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn...

  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. But they couldn't get there quickly enough. No one can move that fast. Not even the people who have spent their lives in...

  • Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the urgent need to find something that can help solve the mysterious disappearance six weeks ago. The...

  • San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate. The agents, posing as honest businessmen...

  • Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors. Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning at the Yasukuni shrine ahead...

  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say...

  • Man detained after threats at LA Times building

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of making threatening statements about a shooting and forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building was being held Saturday for a mental health evaluation, police said. A psychologist requested a 72-hour hold for the 28-year-old man at a hospital after he was detained Friday night, Sgt. Keith Green...

  • Hate crime charge in NY attack on Sikh professor

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said Saturday. Christian Morales, 20, was charged with aggravated harassment in connection with September's attack on...

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