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  • Zambian president dies after long illness

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since...

  • German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 ½ years

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period. In one incident a female driver was hit in the neck by a ricochet but survived. The case of the 'Autobahn sniper' baffled police until last year, when they placed license plate scanners...

  • China eases monopoly on credit cards

    BEIJING (AP) — China says it will ease restrictions on credit cards in a move that might give Visa, MasterCard and other foreign competitors greater access to the Chinese market. Foreign companies will be allowed for the first time to apply to set up credit card clearing operations in China, said a Cabinet announcement late Wednesday. It gave...

  • Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior government official says hopes are fading for 18 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey. Rescue workers are using huge pipes to pump water from 350 meters (380 yards) underground, but Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Thursday that the operation is being hampered by mud and damage inside the...

  • Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors

    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official said Thursday, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive under the mud. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera estimated the number of dead in Wednesday's...

  • Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed for failure for the fourth time. The countries that make decisions about Antarctic fishing finish a 10-day meeting Friday in Hobart, Australia. Most favor a U.S.-New Zealand proposal to ban most...

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Supporters of ballot measures to legalize marijuana in Oregon and Alaska are focusing on young voters, who are considered more likely than others to favor legal pot, but less likely to cast a ballot. Ethan Nadelmann is head of Drug Policy Action, a major contributor in the national campaign to legalize marijuana. He...

  • Questions, answers about Hawaii lava flow

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown. The lava is...

  • Wait for daughter's body ends on her 17th birthday

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hwang In-yeol and his wife waited seven years to have a child, and then she was born on Oct. 29, 1997. After a ferry disaster in April that killed her and 303 others, the couple waited again for nearly seven months to see Ji-hyeon's body. The vigil ended Wednesday when divers retrieved their only child's body on her...

  • San Francisco fans revel in team's hat-trick win

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They cheered every strike and pop fly together. They booed every pitch called as a ball in unison. Then, when victory was theirs, an orange and black sea standing shoulder-to shoulder roared as one. Giants fans gathered in the streets of San Francisco uncorked the champagne, lit bonfires, danced in a mosh pit and hugged...

  • After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut

    TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry. Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt solar-panel facility, set up earlier this year in a former rice paddy near his home in...

  • AP PHOTOS: Israel prison hosts inmate fashion show

    RAMLE, Israel (AP) — Alert the fashion police: prisoners in an Israeli jail have presented their debut collections, bringing the do's and don'ts of design straight to the halls of a penitentiary. Neve Tirza prison, Israel's only women's prison, hosted its first fashion show on Monday where models on towering heels strutted on a red catwalk,...

  • Elaborate FBI repairmen ruse shown in videos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An undercover government agent wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman recorded everything he saw as part of an international gambling bust in a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in July. Defense lawyers say in a court filing that the FBI shut off Internet access to the suspects' villas and...

  • Hernandez lawyers to argue for murder trial move

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are set to go before a judge to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage. A hearing is scheduled Thursday in Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez's lawyers...

  • Afghan war amputees find new life, pride in sports

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — From her wheelchair, Maryam Samimi punched the air as the referee's whistle signaled her basketball team's win in an Afghan national tournament, a moment of joy in a country often unkind to those missing limbs. Many amputees in Afghanistan languish without access to care and become depressed and isolated. And with...

  • Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission. State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of...

  • Parents of Mexico missing meet with president

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met with parents of 43 teachers college students for the first time since they disappeared over a month ago, when investigators say police detained the students and handed them over to a drug gang. The mothers and fathers of the missing have grown increasingly frustrated at the pace of...

  • Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past three years, had...

  • Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 feet from a Pahoa residence — about the length of a basketball court, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The couple that...

  • Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is headlining a rally Thursday in Portland, Maine, for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. The six-term congressman is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in next Tuesday's elections, and the race is neck and neck. Democrats are counting on an Obama visit so close to the elections...

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