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  • More than a foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast

    CHICAGO (AP) — A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest, New York and New England, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago. It's also bad news for those planning to drive to Super Bowl parties. Here's the outlook: ___ THE...

  • Balloon pilots make history with trans-Pacific flight

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an end Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records. Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia...

  • Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main reason why IS fighters were...

  • Vatican investigates 2 cases of child porn possession

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican investigated two cases of child pornography possession in the past year, officials said Saturday. The chief prosecutor of the Vatican city state's criminal tribunal, Gian Piero Milano, cited the two cases in a speech summarizing the tribunal's work in 2014. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi,...

  • NBA great backing marijuana legalization campaign in Ohio

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, a former current NFL player and a prominent fashion designer are among the investors in a group that wants to legalize marijuana use in Ohio, organizers of the campaign announced. The group called ResponsibleOhio on Friday released a list of 11 backers who include Ohio business people and...

  • Man ordered to trial in alleged necrophilia slaying

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says he's considering a mental health defense for a Pennsylvania man charged with homicide and abuse of a corpse in the death of his stepdaughter. Fifty-three-year-old Gregory Graf waived a preliminary hearing Friday in the death of 33-year-old Jessica Padgett. Northampton County District Attorney John...

  • British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

    LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV movies. Her son and daughter said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the...

  • Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday. The refusal comes after representatives from Yemeni political parties met Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at his home,...

  • Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire swept through a plastic packaging factory on Saturday night in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 13 people, a fire department official said. Fire department official Mohammed Farhaduzzaman said the fire was brought under control by late Saturday night and a search was under way for more victims. He...

  • Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian who hurled firebomb

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says troops have shot a pair of Palestinians who were throwing firebombs at Israeli vehicles in the West Bank. Palestinian officials say one of them, 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, was killed and another was lightly wounded. The military says troops fired toward the lower extremities of the firebomb hurlers and...

  • Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants. The move came after the council urged heads...

  • Officials say bombings kill 14 people around Iraq's capital

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed 14 people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. A bomb exploded near a sheep market Saturday morning in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Baghdad, killing four people and...

  • Charlie Hebdo fans to wait for new issue as survivors rest

    PARIS (AP) — There will be no Charlie Hebdo at newsstands this week. The satirical French weekly decimated by a Jan. 7 newsroom massacre by two Muslim radical brothers printed about 7 million copies of its first post-attack issue. The website of the paper that has spoofed Islam's prophet says the next "rendezvous" is in the coming weeks....

  • Big Montana oil spill is latest involving pipeline company

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records. Bridger Pipeline LLC, the operator of the Poplar Pipeline that broke...

  • Obama mingles with power brokers at Alfalfa Club luncheon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon. The gathering was at the home of lawyer Vernon Jordan, a confidant to President Bill Clinton. According to club history, the club is named after the alfalfa because the plant extends its roots far for a drink. The club's main event is...

  • Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

    DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry. The government-held...

  • Macedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The leader of Macedonia's opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democratic Union party, was charged with "violence against representatives of the highest state authorities." He was questioned by an investigative judge, but wasn't...

  • Things to know about the Boston Marathon bombing trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is heading into its second month as Judge George O'Toole Jr. continues the process of questioning prospective jurors individually to find 18 people who can be fair and impartial. Here is a look at what's happened so far and a...

  • Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally

    MADRID (AP) — At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year. Podemos supporters from across Spain converged around the Cibeles fountain Saturday before packing the...

  • Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president

    ROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers. He quickly set as priorities attention to his country's moribund economy and the need for unity in Europe's fight against a "new season of terror."...

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