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  • Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along. The comments paint a dire picture of life for the ancient community that has long...

  • Infighting as split emerges among Syrian rebels

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fighters of an al-Qaida affiliate seized a northern border town in Syria from rival rebels, activists reported Tuesday, as new infighting threatened opposition gains. The Nusra Front captured the town of Haram in northern Idlib province, said Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory. The town was seized after...

  • Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A destructive wildfire in north-central Washington state grew slightly overnight, but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control, officials said Tuesday. The Carlton Complex of fires had burned nearly 400 square miles and was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, fire spokeswoman...

  • Arizona asks top court to reverse execution ruling

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The state of Arizona is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's ruling and allow an inmate's execution scheduled for Wednesday to proceed. Attorney General Tom Horne's office filed the 23-page request Monday afternoon after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn an earlier ruling that...

  • China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

    BEIJING (AP) — A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai...

  • Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups. Democrats are working to paint themselves as the party of diversity. Their 2014 statewide ticket...

  • Dutch declare day of national mourning

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The country's king and queen will be at an air base in Eindhoven to greet two military planes that are scheduled to arrive...

  • Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond after a judge said she is a flight risk but can be closely monitored until trial. Mo Yun, a 42-year-old who was charged in this month with conspiring to steal trade...

  • To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

    CHICAGO (AP) — Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea — fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records. The goal is to give tens of thousands of teens a better chance to find work or get into college, rather than...

  • Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

    JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water. Traps have been set in Lake Hopatcong, while animal control officers and a private reptile expert have...

  • Explosion levels home in Central Texas; 3 hurt

    WILLIS, Texas (AP) — Officials say an explosion that destroyed a house in Central Texas resonated for miles, and yet three occupants survived the blast. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says the fiery blast happened before dawn Tuesday at a home near Willis, about 40 miles north of Houston. Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy...

  • At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

    BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930. The retired chicken and dairy farmer, whose home sits in the heart of the ritzy...

  • Italy arrests smugglers accused of killing dozens

    MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have arrested five alleged human traffickers accused of murder in the deaths of dozens migrants who were either stabbed to death or perished of engine fume inhalation inside the overcrowded hold of a smuggling boat. Italian police said the five people arrested in Sicily on Tuesday are accused of stabbing and...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos

    BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza, saying they will do everything possible to combat it in their countries. "Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no...

  • Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia

    PARIS (AP) — France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine. Western powers say Russia is supporting the insurgents in eastern Ukraine who allegedly...

  • Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet president

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity "are brought out alive," presidential spokesman...

  • British experts to analyze MH17 black boxes

    LONDON (AP) — Black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators, Britain's prime minister said Tuesday. British experts at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will retrieve data from the flight recorders for analysis, following a request from the government of the...

  • Saudi stock market to allow foreign investment

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi government has approved a measure that will open the region's largest stock market to direct foreign investment next year, news that sent the exchange surging Tuesday to its highest level in nearly seven years. The Tadawul All Share Index closed up nearly 3 percent. The Cabinet's decision Monday,...

  • Report finds Islamic plot to control UK schools

    LONDON (AP) — A British government investigation found evidence Tuesday that Muslim fundamentalists successfully gained control of some schools, raising fears that pupils are now vulnerable to radicalization. It said there was an "effective take-over" by like-minded people of a number of schools in Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city,...

  • Egypt: 20 'terrorists' carried out border attack

    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of Egypt's military says 20 "terrorists" carried out a deadly border post attack that killed 22 soldiers, the deadliest assault on Egypt's military in years. A statement posted Tuesday on the official Facebook page of military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said attackers driving four pickup trucks loaded with...

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