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  • Australia expected to announce more troops bound for Iraq

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia was expected to confirm Tuesday an increase in troops to be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State group. The Cabinet had on Monday night approved the deployment as part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission foreshadowed by the New Zealand government last...

  • Parole board: No clemency for Ga. woman nearing execution

    JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles says it is standing by its decision to deny clemency to a woman set to be executed Monday evening. The board denied clemency last week for Georgia's only woman on its death row, Kelly Renee Gissendaner. The board says in a statement Monday afternoon that, after careful consideration,...

  • Ex-superintendent charged in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

    ATLANTA (AP) — Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that shocked the school system and reverberated nationwide. Hall died due to complications of the breast cancer that prevented her from...

  • Teen suspect charged as adult in fatal Wisconsin stabbing

    WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old as an adult in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old boy in central Wisconsin. The Wausau boy was charged Monday with first-degree reckless homicide. WSAW-TV reports that bond was set at $1 million cash. Although the teen was charged as an adult, The Associated Press is withholding his...

  • Georgia woman nears execution for husband's murder

    JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The only woman on Georgia's death row will become the first female to be executed in 70 years in the state Monday evening, unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in with a last-minute reprieve. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, was scheduled to die by injection of pentobarbital at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson for the...

  • Cops: Man taped women in fitting rooms, shared on porn sites

    WAYNE, Pa. (AP) — A man sneaking around on his hands and knees videotaped dozens of naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the country's largest malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites, police said Monday. Sean Moses, who admitted what he did, is seen on a cellphone video he recorded at the King of Prussia Mall...

  • 'Black Madam' falls ill after 2 days of colorful testimony

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An underground "body sculptor" charged in the death of a London dancer has tangled with a prosecutor who believes her ever-changing names, addresses and business ventures are the work of a classic con. But the hip-hop artist and onetime escort-service entrepreneur known as the "Black Madam" insists she never tried to...

  • Judge: CeeLo Green in compliance with probation in drug case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CeeLo Green has completed more than 150 hours of community service and is complying with counseling requirements that are conditions of his probation in a felony drug case, court records show. The Grammy Award-winning singer has been working with homeless veterans in Los Angeles' Skid Row neighborhood and with a music...

  • Russia, Ukraine reach gas deal to avoid cuts this month

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement late Monday to ensure natural gas supplies to war-torn Ukraine for the month of March, averting possible cuts that could have hit supplies to the European Union. The two countries have fought several gas price wars in past years and Moscow had been threatening to turn off the taps to...

  • Amish jailed in beard-cutting attacks win lower sentences

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge reduced the prison sentences Monday for the leader of a breakaway Amish group and seven followers after their hate-crime convictions were thrown out in their hair- and beard-chopping attacks against fellow members of the faith. The Ohio group's leader, Samuel Mullet Sr., saw his 15-year term reduced to 10 years, nine...

  • Man accused of al-Qaida plot tells US jury he's no terrorist

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man who's acting as his own attorney at a U.S. terror trial told a jury in closing arguments Monday that he was busy chasing women on the Internet at the time of his arrest — not plotting death and destruction at a busy British shopping mall. "Abid is innocent," said Abid Naseer, referring to himself in the third...

  • Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer

    MOSCOW (AP) — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. The emotional account by Anna Duritskaya came amid a swirl of speculation...

  • Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it's shaking up the telecom world to do it. The company said Monday at the wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, that it will soon sell...

  • Heavy snow hits Arizona, hail turns California beach white

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A winter storm has brought snow and rain to Arizona, with heavy snow forcing schools, government offices in the northern part of the state and the Grand Canyon's visitor centers to close Monday. Another 4 to 10 inches of snow were forecast for areas above 6,000 feet in elevation around Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim...

  • Cleveland leaders apologize over blaming boy for own death

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's mayor apologized on Monday after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions. Mayor Frank Jackson said the city's response to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Tamir Rice's family was poorly worded and...

  • Italian tourist killed when hit by piece of Alaska glacier

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said. Alaska State Troopers said Alexander Hellweger, of Sand in Taufers in northern Italy, died Sunday at Lake George Glacier, north of Anchorage. Hellweger was with a group of eight friends...

  • $4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars. The guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after their...

  • Franken skipping Netanyahu speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday Franken, who is Jewish, said the event has become a "partisan spectacle" in part because House Speaker John Boehner arranged it without first advising President Barack Obama. Franken said it's also...

  • Venezuela sets deadline to US to slash embassy staff

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has given the U.S. two weeks to slash its diplomatic mission here to less than 20 percent of its current size as tensions between the two nations rise. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez made the announcement Monday after a rare meeting with the top American diplomat in Caracas. She said the U.S. mission must...

  • Woman admits digging up dad's grave in search of 'real will'

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" but found only vodka and cigarettes pleaded guilty Monday. Melanie Nash, 53, was one of four accused in the plan to open Eddie Nash's vault in Colebrook, then rifle through his casket last May in a scene a prosecutor compared to an Edgar...

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