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  • Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

    PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change. The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light. Cities around the world also marked the event, with other landmarks like the Kremlin and the Empire State Building going dark....

  • Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans are lining a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A...

  • Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims

    NEW YORK (AP) — Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim. Meanwhile, investigators worked to piece together exactly what caused...

  • Hundreds rally against Indiana law, say it's discriminatory

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading "no hate in our state," gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been...

  • Winter Olympics inspectors positive after Beijing visit

    BEIJING (AP) — IOC inspectors left Beijing Sunday after offering praise for the Chinese capital's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to hold both the winter and summer games. The inspectors' departure follows a news conference at which Evaluation Commission chairman Alexander Zhukov affirmed...

  • Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face

    BOSTON (AP) — A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face by a man with several gun convictions during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, was struck just below his...

  • 7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder. Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m., reporting the shootings at the...

  • Wildfire threatens Montana ski area, forcing evacuation

    RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities evacuated a ski lodge in southern Montana on Saturday because of a wind-driven wildfire heading toward it. The wildfire was reported about 1:45 p.m. Saturday and had burned an estimated 200 acres of grass and timber about 4 miles west of the community of Red Lodge, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff...

  • Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history. In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were...

  • Charles Dickens' desk to go on permanent display at museum

    LONDON (AP) — They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines — and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public. London's Dickens Museum has received a 780,000 pound ($1.2 million) grant from a government-backed heritage fund to buy the desk at which the 19th-century novelist wrote books including...

  • LA light rail train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A light rail train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries. The Metro Expo Line train was heading east toward downtown shortly before 11 a.m. when...

  • Woman, 2 year old killed, man injured in Bremerton shooting

    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double homicide in Bremerton. The suspect remains at large. Officials say a 29-year-old woman and 2-year-old boy were fatally shot early Saturday. A third victim, a man whose age is unknown, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening...

  • Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties. The U.S. has expressed concern the new Asian...

  • Police officer wounded in Arizona Wal-Mart melee recovering

    COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — A police officer shot during a deadly late-night brawl outside a Wal-Mart store in north-central Arizona was released from the hospital this week. Cottonwood police Sgt. Jeremy Daniels began recuperating at home Thursday, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Daniels was shot in the leg March 21 in an...

  • Bride accused of niece's death after wedding found guilty

    BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her niece hours after the ceremony. Christina George of Patterson Township wept as her hands were cuffed behind her back after the judge revoked her bail, and her relatives and friends cried as...

  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist...

  • Trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force

    DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to state police force. Trooper Alex Douglass, wounded in the Sept. 12 shooting outside the Blooming Grove barracks that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, made his first public remarks Saturday as the borough of...

  • 4 killed while trying to recover gasoline after Mexico crash

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An attempt to take gasoline from a crashed tanker truck led to four deaths and 26 injuries when the vehicle exploded, Mexican officials said Saturday. Tabasco state Civil Defense official Jorge Mendez Landeros said two of the victims died Saturday and two others at the moment of the fire. State health officials said two of...

  • Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday. The final...

  • Feds indict 1 after noose put on Ole Miss integration statue

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi under federal protection a half century ago, says it's a shame that state authorities deferred to the federal government to bring charges after a noose was left on a campus statue of him. The Justice Department said Friday that a former Ole Miss student, Graeme...

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