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  • Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes — regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports' first union, the NCAA...

  • Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's capital was changing hands for a third time in little over a month after President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday he would execute a court order reinstating Bogota's ousted leftist mayor. The surprise ruling late Tuesday by the Superior Tribunal of Bogota was the latest twist in a legal saga pitting...

  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people. A union official, Fernandez Tshibondo, said the train jumped the tracks Tuesday near the station at Katongola, a town in Congo's Katanga province. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Wednesday that police had...

  • Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. "Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation," Foreign Minister Sergey...

  • Brazil enacts Internet 'Bill of Rights'

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks. The law signed by President Dilma Rousseff at a global...

  • Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces. Hagel made the comment Wednesday to reporters traveling with him to Mexico City for talks Thursday with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts....

  • Bolivia approves downing of drug-smuggling planes

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A new law in Bolivia authorizes the military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine. But the law signed Tuesday by President Evo Morales can't go into practice until Bolivia buys and installs radar systems at its borders. Morales says he's looking to buy six radars worth $90 million. Bolivia is the...

  • Bolivia threatens to fire protesting soldiers

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Despite a government threat to fire them, some 500 soldiers marched in Bolivia's capital Wednesday for a second consecutive day to demand greater upward mobility within the armed forces. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra said armed forces officials wouldn't meet with the protesters because "there are regular channels for...

  • 6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports

    PHOENIX (AP) — Five senior Arizona child welfare employees who officials said orchestrated a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations were fired Wednesday in the first major personnel action since the cases were discovered in November. Charles Flanagan, who heads a new state...

  • Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows. The vow came at the beginning of the trial on Monday, when an attorney for defendant Siale Angilau asked the judge if she could help get...

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances....

  • Theater producer denies claims he molested teen

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A theater producer sued by a man accusing several Hollywood figures of sexual assault is denying the allegations or that he was in Hawaii when the alleged abuse happened. Attorneys for Gary Goddard issued a statement Wednesday denying that the theater producer molested or gave drugs or alcohol to Michael Egan III. Egan...

  • Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case

    MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out. She and her father gave authorities samples as part of an effort to identify eight of Gacy's victims more than...

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once. A photography exhibition opening at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Wednesday night seeks to put a face on such young people while exploring the difficult...

  • Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84. Heard died April 15 from complications after surgery to repair a broken...

  • Death row case puts Oklahoma in legal bind

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The state's high court delayed the inmates' execution Monday even though the judges are restricted to...

  • Batteries in baby video monitors recalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard. The Woonsocket, R.I.-based manufacturer has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage. The hand-held, color video monitors were sold...

  • Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad. Senegal, a rare example of democratic rule in Africa, was rocked by street protests during the 2012...

  • Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer. Canada's transport minister said the DOT-111 tankers, which are used...

  • Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she is determined to make her country's democracy more representative, and she may have just enough votes in Congress to achieve it. Bachelet proposed Wednesday that Chile end its "binomial" system, which rigs elections to guarantee defeat for politicians who don't make deals...