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  • Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

    UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) — Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king's burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in Sweden, to display it to the public...

  • UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

    PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high. Paris-based UNESCO says 774 million people worldwide cannot read, and most people in sub-Saharan Africa don't own any books but cellphones are increasingly widespread. The report...

  • F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is convicted. The trial could spell the end of the 83-year-old Ecclestone's career running F1, which he turned into a billion dollar business. Here are five things to know about the...

  • Delay sought in loud music killing trial

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida man charged with murder in the killing of a teenager during an argument over loud music are asking that his retrial be delayed. A judge in Jacksonville will consider Wednesday the request by Michael Dunn's new attorneys. Dunn's retrial is set for May 5 on charges that he killed 17-year-old...

  • Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25. According to Lebanon's sectarian-based power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the...

  • Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane. The search coordination center said Wednesday evening that police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia. Its...

  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the...

  • Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

    LONDON (AP) — The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents. The former British prime minister said that tackling "a radicalized and...

  • Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Riot policemen...

  • UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

    GENEVA (AP) — The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored. With only $1.2 billion pledged, the agency heads are renewing their December appeal and emphasizing that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the...

  • More powerful sonar likely next step in jet search

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean. The search coordination...

  • AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon. Ahead of them: at least a nine-hour climb in darkness up...

  • Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier — and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still is. Deer still balk at crossing the border with Germany even though the physical fence came down a quarter century...

  • AP PHOTOS: Entering the monkhood a rite of passage

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — With golden umbrellas covering them from the equatorial sun, boys in princely attire are hoisted onto the shoulders of their fathers and uncles, part of a ritual carried out this time every year at Buddhist pagodas all over Myanmar: young would-be-novices preparing to enter the monkhood. They circle around the temples...

  • Fugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon'

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January. Grand jury transcripts released Monday say Kelly Swoboda kept handwritten...

  • US Sugar finishes season with 5.5M tons of harvest

    CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) — One of the nation's biggest sugar producers has wrapped up the season's harvest. U.S. Sugar says its 198-day season yielded 5.5 million tons of sugarcane. That's down from 5.8 million tons last year, in part because of wet weather that flooded some fields and affected crops. A company spokeswoman says heavy rain...

  • Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal. William Rousan's last words were, "My trials and transgressions have been many. But thanks be to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, I have a new...

  • Pirates rob Singapore tanker in Malacca Strait

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates stopped a Singapore-owned tanker in the Malacca Strait and stole several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday. Marine police deputy commander Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the tanker was sailing from Singapore to Myanmar when it was boarded by up to 10 pirates...

  • FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire. The negligence suit that seeks $100 million in damages is the first filed in connection with the April 10 freeway crash in...

  • Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father...

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