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  • Endangered orangutan born at Indiana zoo

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — There's a new, hairy baby at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. And she's especially rare. An endangered Sumatran orangutan gave birth to a healthy female on Saturday, and the newborn was first seen nursing Sunday, officials at the Indiana zoo said. Less than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild, with about 320 in...

  • Man paralyzed by police urges retrial decision

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Defense attorneys for a young black man paralyzed after being shot by a white city police officer during a traffic stop contend his life is being endangered by a prosecutor's delay in deciding whether to retry him on some criminal counts. Attorneys for Leon Ford, 21, of Shaler Township, made that argument in a motion filed...

  • Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

    HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony. On the second day of the operation, police in helmets swiftly removed metal barricades, tents, canopies and other...

  • Mammoth skeleton sold for $300,000 at UK auction

    LONDON (AP) — A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds (nearly $300,000) at a British auction. Summers Place Auctions near Billingshurst in southern England said Wednesday that the skeleton was one of the most complete examples of the Ice Age mammal. It was also unusually large and is thought to...

  • 2 teens shot by hunter unloading rifle near school

    TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers were shot in eastern Pennsylvania by a man who says his rifle accidentally discharged while he was unloading it. The state Game Commission says the bullet passed through a 14-year-old girl's left knee and entered the abdomen of a 15-year-old boy Tuesday night in a wooded area behind Tamaqua...

  • Body of Canadian found in Montana lake; 2 missing

    CUT BANK, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a Canadian man has been found in a northern Montana lake days after he and two other foreign visitors failed to return from a weekend fishing trip. The Glacier County sheriff's office says the body of 63-year-old Kazuhiko Hayashizaki (kah-zoo-HEE'-koh hay-YAH'-shee-zah-kee) was recovered from...

  • AP Interview: Jordan prince calls for tolerance

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Moderate Muslims must take a stand against religious extremists who violate the core values of Islam, a brother of Jordan's king said Wednesday. Prince Feisal al-Hussein also said that Jordan is trying to defuse religious tensions at a major Jerusalem shrine that is sacred to Muslims and Jews. Jordan serves as custodian...

  • NATO sees Russia ready for Ukraine incursion

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia still has enough troops along Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, NATO's top commander said Wednesday, and Moscow is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine. U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove said a large number of Russian troops are also active inside Ukraine, training and...

  • British tabloid reporter cleared of bribery charge

    LONDON (AP) — A journalist with Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun has been cleared of bribing a press officer for stories about government spending plans. A jury at London's Central Criminal Court found Clodagh Hartley not guilty Wednesday of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. Prosecutors said Hartley paid tax-department...

  • Ferguson protesters across US peaceful, disruptive

    People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson...

  • Saudis suggest no need for OPEC output cut

    VIENNA (AP) — Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia suggested Wednesday there is no need for the cartel to cut its output ceiling despite a plunge in prices that has poorer members of the organization hurting. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi told reporters he expects the oil market to eventually "stabilize itself." That suggests the Saudis, who...

  • South Asian leaders don't sign expected agreements

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, discussed trade and energy cooperation and regional peace on Wednesday, but did not reach a consensus on expected transportation and energy agreements. Hopes for a meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan also appeared to fade. Many had expected that...

  • Ginsburg has surgery for coronary blockage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to place a stent in her right coronary artery. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old Ginsburg had the procedure Wednesday morning after a coronary blockage was discovered. Arberg says Ginsburg had some discomfort Tuesday night during routine exercise and...

  • Powerful earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, prompting villagers to flee to higher ground, but officials said a tsunami was unlikely. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.8 quake hit about 161 kilometers (100...

  • Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago. The bloodshed has been concentrated in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state....

  • Nigeria devalues currency amid falling oil price

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Central Bank of Nigeria says it has devalued of the naira, setting the new official exchange rate at 168 to the dollar from its previous rate of 155. The central bank's governor Godwin Emefiele said Wednesday that the falling price of oil forced Nigeria to devalue its currency. The new exchange rate represents an 8.3...

  • 2 bombings kill 10 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say two bombings at a market and a commercial street have killed 10 people in Baghdad. Police officials say a car bomb exploded Wednesday night at a commercial street in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city, killing seven people and wounding 15 others. Earlier, police said a bomb blast near an outdoor market...

  • Algeria: Army killed one of Frenchman's kidnappers

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's justice minister says the army killed one of the militants responsible for the beheading of a French hiker in September. Tayeb Louh told journalists Wednesday that the militant was killed during a military operation in October. A later investigation revealed his identity. Herve Gourdel, 55, was hiking in...

  • Hiker photographed bear before it killed him

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death. Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa...

  • Moldova: 5 suspected of planning election violence

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan prosecutors are questioning five people suspected of planning violent protests after parliamentary elections this weekend, amid concerns that Russia may try to gain greater influence in the country. Deputy police chief Gheorghe Cavaliuc said authorities found pistols, grenade launchers, military uniforms,...

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