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  • Japan tankan survey: businesses wary, spending plans flat

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released Wednesday. The Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey will likely reinforce the conviction among many that more stimulus is needed to sustain growth as Japan...

  • No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman...

  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers Tuesday to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Pence's move to quell a backlash over the law comes as Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass similar legislation....

  • Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty. The London-based human rights group expressed alarm at the 28 percent jump in death sentences: 2,466 people in 55...

  • Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law. Illinois law requires a special election to be held within 115 days of the...

  • Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the...

  • Brown grad student dies after jumping off campus building

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Brown University graduate student from South Korea has died after jumping from the 12th floor of a campus building. Police officials tell the Providence Journal that the 25-year-old student's death Tuesday afternoon was a suicide. University spokesman Mark Nickel says the student plunged from the Sciences Library...

  • Texas university breaks silence on McConaughey speech fee

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas university that booked Matthew McConaughey as its May commencement speaker has broken the silence on the Texas-born actor's speaking fee. The University of Houston said in a statement Tuesday that it was paying McConaughey speaking fees totaling $135,000 plus travel expenses, as well as a $20,250 commission to the...

  • Bullet prompts partial evacuation, delays at Alaska airport

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau, Alaska, airport was partially evacuated after a bullet was found on a passenger ramp before a flight. The unfired, .22-caliber bullet was found Tuesday morning, prompting the removal of passengers on two Alaska Airlines planes, one of which was bound for Seattle. A nearby departure lounge also was cleared...

  • Christie spars with teacher at New Jersey town hall

    KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got into a heated exchange over pensions with a public school teacher at a town hall meeting Tuesday that was marked by frequent outbursts from protesters. Christie, a Republican who is considering a run for president in 2016, has been holding weekly town hall meetings across the state to...

  • Oversight panel issues subpoenas in Secret Service incident

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said the agents can shed light not...

  • Man, 20, charged with misdemeanor in St. Louis train attack

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man was charged Tuesday with assaulting a St. Louis light-rail commuter who reported he was attacked after being asked about last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown and the ensuing racial unrest in nearby Ferguson. St. Louis prosecutors charged Ronald Williams with misdemeanor third-degree assault...

  • Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree that she's joined others on a "debt strike" and refusing to pay back the money. On Tuesday, she walked out of a meeting with officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the...

  • Girlfriend charged with murder in off-duty officer's death

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The girlfriend of an off-duty police officer has been charged with shooting him to death inside his home after she originally contended it happened accidentally when she removed a gun from their dog's mouth, authorities said. Tyaina Finch was charged with murder, aggravated assault and possessing instruments of crime in the...

  • Airplane strikes car during emergency landing in Minnesota

    HAWLEY, Minn. (AP) — A small airplane has collided with a car while making an emergency landing on a Minnesota highway. No injuries were reported. Pilot David Gowan of Minot, North Dakota, tells radio station KFGO that the incident happened Tuesday morning after he took off from the airport in Hawley. He picked up a passenger and refueled his...

  • Nurse imprisoned in Ohio malnutrition death has new charges

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A nurse serving a 10-year prison sentence in the malnutrition death of an Ohio teenager with cerebral palsy has been charged with health care fraud. Federal authorities say 45-year-old Mollie Parsons recently was indicted on four counts of health care fraud. A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for her attorney....

  • Coroner awaits test results of soccer player hit by car

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coroner's office said Tuesday it will await the results of blood and urine tests before determining what caused the death of a University of California, Berkeley, soccer player who was hit by a car on a Los Angeles freeway. Medical examiners usually determine someone hit by a car died of blunt force traumas. But because...

  • New trial for man convicted of killing wife's grandma in '87

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a new trial for a brain-damaged man sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother — a conviction protested by high-profile supporters including writers Arthur Miller and William Styron. The court ruled 4-2 that Richard Lapointe, 69,...

  • Truck crashes into North Texas convenience store, killing 1

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A woman has died of injuries she sustained when a truck crashed into a convenience store in North Texas. Fort Worth police spokeswoman Tracey Knight said the adult male driver was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter after being treated for minor injuries. His name was not immediately released. Knight...

  • Obama commutes sentences of 22 people in federal prison

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama's push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. The effort could lead...

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