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  • Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert believes college sports can address the concerns of union organizers without changing the entire model. Emmert acknowledged Wednesday, in an interview with The Associated Press, that under a proposed new governance structure, the richest sports programs would have the autonomy to provide more...

  • UN denies S. Sudan government statement

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. mission in South Sudan says the government is providing "erroneous" information relating to a recent massacre. The U.N. mission on Wednesday said South Sudan's Minister of Information incorrectly told a news conference that residents seeking protection were turned away from a U.N. base and were directed to...

  • Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

    CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki was...

  • American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S. citizen has been arrested in Venezuela on attempted murder and weapons charges after he allegedly shot another man, authorities said Wednesday. Venezuela's Supreme Court said Todd Michael Leininger was arrested after a raid on his house in the Western border state of Tachira. The statement said he shot and...

  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership. The slow-motion ouster of Pavel Durov from the network known as...

  • 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 announced that the DOT-111 tankers, which...

  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. Syria flatly denied the...

  • UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries. Nigeria's U.N. Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu, the current council president, said the allegations were raised during a closed-door council meeting following a briefing...

  • Lawyer: US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon

    HAVANA (AP) — The lawyer for a U.S. man jailed for nearly five years in Cuba says he is determined to go home in the next year, be it alive or dead. Scott Gilbert is the attorney for Alan Gross. He says Gross is suffering a number of ailments. On May 2, Gross will turn 65 years old. Gilbert says Gross is hopeful his case can be resolved by...

  • As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension. In recent days, Abbas has revived attempts to reconcile with Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized Gaza from him in 2007. He...

  • Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet limits

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's governing party appeared to step away on Wednesday from a proposal that would authorize officials to block Internet and telecom signals, pulling back a day after anti-censorship protests that ended in clashes in Mexico City. Sen. Emilio Gamboa, leader of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in the Senate,...

  • Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police in Kenya's capital intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said. The car exploded just outside a police station's main gate in central Nairobi, turning the car...

  • Chief has few answers on latest police shooting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A press conference called to address the latest shooting by the troubled Albuquerque Police Department raised more questions than answers Wednesday about the killing of a suspected car thief during a foot chase. Chief Gorden Eden says police were unable to recover video from the body camera worn by the officer who...

  • Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged with making a call during the November Thanksgiving holidays in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on the way to shoot up Yale University, police said Wednesday. Jeffrey Jones, 50, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless...

  • Former Fortune 500 exec indicted in fatal NH crash

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive has been indicted on murder charges in a New Hampshire crash in December that killed a Vermont man and his pregnant wife. Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, told investigators he was trying to kill himself when he steered his pickup across an Interstate 89 median in Lebanon. The truck went...

  • Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against a former Blackwater security guard whose actions allegedly triggered the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad nearly seven years ago. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed the indictment against Nicholas Slatten after a...

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed gun carriers can take their weapons, as the governor signed a bill allowing them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances. Following mass shootings in recent years, some states have...

  • Some notable social media gaffes, missteps

    A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes: — JP MORGAN CHASE: Fresh off a multibillion-dollar settlement...

  • Oscar-nominated director of sled dog film dies

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced a documentary detailing a 1925 sled dog run in Alaska to deliver life-saving serum has died. Daniel Anker died Monday at age 50. His wife, Donna Santman, says her husband died of pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma. Anker's film, "Icebound," details the...

  • NC fines state fair ride operators over injuries

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 after a mishap at the 2013 state fair that left five people injured, three of them critically. The state Department of Labor announced the civil fines Wednesday after a lengthy investigation into the Oct. 24 accident with the Vortex ride....