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  • Jindal: GOP leaders in Congress fear repealing health law

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling congressional Republican leaders "fearful" of acting to fully repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Speaking to reporters Saturday at the Club for Growth's winter meeting in Florida, Jindal says Republicans in Washington are not acting on the key issue of the 2014...

  • Maldives opposition to protest until ex-leader freed

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader. Mohamed Nasheed, the Indian Ocean nation's first democratically elected president, was arrested a week ago for allegedly ordering the military to detain...

  • Venezuela officials detain, free 4 North Dakota missionaries

    Four North Dakota missionaries were released by Venezuelan authorities Saturday after being detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said. Bruce Dick, lead pastor at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Devils Lake, said the three men and one woman were released Saturday morning after being in custody since Wednesday....

  • Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota. A statement posted on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte state government...

  • Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years. Still, no one expects drug trafficking or violence to decrease after the capture of Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former grade-school teacher whose Knights Templar cartel once terrorized the...

  • Judge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with opening fire during a municipal meeting in Pennsylvania, killing three people, is competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled. Defense attorneys argued that Rockne Newell has a long history of mental illness and refuses to discuss what happened at the August 2013 supervisors' meeting in the Pocono...

  • Rio Ruckus: IOC, Olympics targeted by environmental protest

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach came to Rio de Janeiro to laud the city's progress in getting ready for the 2016 Olympics. On Saturday, he came up against another side of the games — activists bursting into his hotel lobby to protest what they call environmental destruction brought on by the games. As Bach and his executive...

  • Woman convicted in ex-Penn hoops star's death gets treatment

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death may soon be paroled to the state mental hospital for treatment. Maria Garcia-Pellon, 54, could have been sentenced to 25 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter conviction in the February 2013 stabbing...

  • Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors. "I promise you that over the next few months, you will see article after article arguing that our party can't afford a...

  • Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, went to four homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone in...

  • Officer hospitalized after she's struck, dragged by car

    RIVERSIDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer was struck by a car and dragged for more than 30 feet early Saturday, then thrown into a parked car when the vehicle's driver swerved in a bid to escape, police said. Riverside police say Sgt. Amaya Urtasun was being treated at a hospital for knee and abdominal injuries, but further details on...

  • Police: Man, 60, crushed to death at Ohio machine shop

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 60-year-old man has been crushed to death at a machine shop in Ohio. An Akron police spokesman said the accident occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, when co-workers found him. The spokesman says co-workers used a crane to lift a large metal frame off the victim. The spokesman...

  • Femininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week

    MILAN (AP) — Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan. Designers are incorporating more masculine tailoring, while giving a contemporary edge to normally girly touches like bows, ruffles, lace and, yes, polka dots. Among the runway trends during Milan Fashion Week, in its fourth day Saturday, are silken blouses tied with an off-skew bow around...

  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a "right-to-work" proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event...

  • Winter's reach: Southwest gets snow, California awaits storm

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of the Southwest dealt with a second day of snow Saturday as Californians spent the day waiting for the start of a storm that was expected to bring much-needed rain for much of the state. Sections of central and northern New Mexico received a record-breaking snowfall overnight, with more expected throughout the...

  • Blasts from women suicide bombers kill 4 in north Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A witness and a security officer say four people died when two women blew themselves up at a bus stop in a village in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a series of suicide bombings carried out by females and blamed on the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group. A witness said the two women appeared to be in their late 20s....

  • AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster

    CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours...

  • Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say

    MOSCOW (AP) — Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power. Russian investigators, politicians and political commentators on state television on Saturday covered much...

  • Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown found

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said. The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel "greatly resembles" the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by...

  • Youth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse

    CANTON, Mass. (AP) — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a skating rink on Saturday morning, officials said. Police in Canton said the rear portion of the roof at the Metropolis Skating Rink began to fail as a Norwood youth team was inside, but they were able to get out along with parents...

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