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  • Troubled history fuel Japan-China tension

    NANJING, China (AP) — Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. "Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be friendly, but they can't be trusted," Qi Houjie said as a frigid wind swept the austere plaza of the...

  • Mortar shells hit near Syrian parliament, kill 5

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state-run media say a pair of mortar shells hit near the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people. SANA news agency says the mortars struck some 320 feet (100 meters) from the parliament in the Salihiya area of the Syrian capital on Monday morning. No one immediately claimed responsibility...

  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved...

  • Sub search for missing jet two-thirds complete

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff. All 159 passengers and seven crew members arrived safely back in Kuala Lumpur,...

  • Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. "Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night....

  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior" in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. The captain initially told passengers to stay in their rooms and waited more than half an hour to...

  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. "Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night....

  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium. But the sexual abuse scandal that festered under his watch...

  • After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

    BOSTON (AP) — For years, state and local officials have conducted a "tabletop exercise" before the Boston Marathon, a meeting that allows them to study a map of the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston's Copley Square and plan for emergencies that could arise during the race. So many new people needed to attend the session this year...

  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday. Several Sherpas already have quit while others are still deciding whether to boycott...

  • Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea. Abe's offering at the Yasukuni Shrine marks the April 21-23 spring festival, one of the shrine's key annual...

  • Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

    HAVANA (AP) — The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb. Part of their building's seventh floor had collapsed into the interior patio, heavily damaging apartments on the floors below. No one died, but the 120...

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SKorean president calls actions of sunken ferry's captain, some crew 'unforgivable, murderous'

  • Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AP) — An international human rights group is calling on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist. Human Rights Watch says Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, known as "Billy," has been missing since he was detained last week in Petchaburi province's Kaengkrachan National Park. Park chief Chaiwat...

  • Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry — just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth. As divers...

  • Car hits packed Florida church, injuring about 20

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through a concrete outer wall and several pews, injuring about 20 people. Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico says the car struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church at around 8 p.m....

  • AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town drags chained 'Judases'

    MASATEPE, Nicaragua (AP) — For 130 years, the people of Masatepe have observed Good Friday by dressing up in colorful masks and costumes and dragging chained "Judases" through the streets of their town in western Nicaragua. Some dress like Roman soldiers. Others don masks designed to inspire fear, although the masks aren't what you might...

  • Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday that two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer are also accused of abandoning the ship. Ahn says prosecutors...

  • Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in the...

  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls. The homegrown terrorist network Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for last week's...

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