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  • Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese leader to save son

    TOKYO (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat. Junko Ishido, mother of journalist Kenji Goto, read to reporters her plea to Abe to "Please save Kenji," which she said she sent...

  • Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. The B'Tselem group called strikes on homes "one of the appalling hallmarks of the fighting" and...

  • Vietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiers

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, army deputy chief of staff, said the Huey chopper disappeared from radar about eight minutes after taking off from...

  • China criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPO

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of allowing sales of fake and shoddy goods and other mismanagement in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting its U.S. stock market debut. The report Wednesday by China's industrial regulator said Alibaba allowed unlicensed merchants to use its sales...

  • LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even...

  • Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero. In an emotional news conference Tuesday night, the parents accused the...

  • Egyptian police criticized over death of female protester

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away. According to witnesses and rights lawyers who spoke to The Associated...

  • Sen. Dick Durbin honors Ernie Banks on Senate Floor

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has honored a baseball Hall of Famer who recently passed away with a speech on the Senate Floor. The Democratic lawmaker delivered remarks Monday following the death of former Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks, known as "Mr. Cub," on Friday. Durbin told his constituents that Banks was a great...

  • Venezuela confirms desertion of ex-agent from armed forces

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan official confirmed on Tuesday that the former bodyguard of the head of congress has deserted from the socialist country's armed forces amid reports the man is in the United States to testify against his former boss. Two Spanish-language newspapers reported Monday that the chief bodyguard of National...

  • China's yuan joins top 5 most-used global currencies

    BEIJING (AP) — China's yuan has become one of the five most widely used currencies in global payments, an international financial transactions agency announced Wednesday. The yuan passed the Canadian and Australian dollars in popularity in December, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, which provides...

  • Court rules Australia held 157 Sri Lankans at sea legally

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday narrowly ruled that Australia acted legally when it held 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea for almost a month last year. The High Court judges voted 4-3 to reject a claim for damages for false imprisonment by one of the ethnic Tamils held aboard an Australian customs vessel...

  • Japan's Abe calls latest hostage deadline 'despicable'

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage at the latest threat purportedly by Islamic State militants to kill a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the man and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage. The effort to free Japanese freelance reporter Kenji Goto and Jordanian Lt. Mu'ath...

  • Australian leader vows to consult more widely on knighthoods

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Wednesday promised to consult more widely before bestowing knighthoods in the future as he weathered an avalanche of criticisms over his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the Duke of Edinburgh would be...

  • Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said he was expecting to receive a formal request later in the day from Washington, which also wants to prosecute Guzman on drug...

  • Judge refuses to toss Perry case on constitutional grounds

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's defense...

  • People across the Northeast US deal with snowstorm

    The snowstorm that pounded some areas of the Northeast and barely skimmed others left some residents battling drifts , while others found themselves surprised and a little disappointed by the less-than-predicted amount of white stuff. Some took advantage of the storm-abandoned New York City streets to have a little fun. Here are some of their...

  • 'Wicked storm': Blizzard drops 2 feet of snow on New England

    BOSTON (AP) — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall in Marshfield, Massachusetts, badly damaging a...

  • A sampling of snowfall totals across the Northeast

    A look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast by late Tuesday after a massive winter storm: ___ CONNECTICUT Thompson: 33.5 inches Putnam: 30 inches Lisbon: 26 inches ___ MAINE Lewiston: 27 inches Sanford: 26 inches Portland: 25 inches ___ MASSACHUSETTS Littleton: 34 inches Framingham: 33.5 inches Boston: 27 inches ___ NEW...

  • NYC's 'Rent Too High' candidate facing eviction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who made his political name over the claim that "the rent is too damn high" may soon not have a place to live. Jimmy McMillan, who ran for governor in 2010, said Tuesday he's facing an eviction notice that says he has to leave his rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment on St. Mark's Place by Feb. 5. McMillan...

  • Partial store roof collapse in Philadelphia injures 3 women

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An athletic-wear store's roof partially collapsed Tuesday, apparently as bricks fell from a taller building next door, injuring three women inside. The three women were taken from the Lululemon store to a hospital but didn't have life-threatening injuries, police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. Christine Vamvalis-Haley was shopping...

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