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  • Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised...

  • Judge expresses doubt about constitutionality of no-fly list

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge expressed skepticism Friday about the constitutionality of the government's no-fly list, suggesting that those who find themselves on it ought to be allowed a meaningful opportunity to clear their names. The lawsuit challenging the no-fly list, filed by Alexandria resident Gulet Mohamed, has been winding...

  • Death penalty sought in Pennsylvania math teacher's killing

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a sixth-grade math teacher during a burglary at her home. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Friday that 25-year-old Thomas Moore tortured Nicole Mathewson and killed her after committing...

  • Deadline nears for 'stateless' in Dominican Republic

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — An important deadline loomed Friday for tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic who were born in the country but are not considered citizens because they are the descendants of migrants, mostly from neighboring Haiti. The people who fall into this category have until Feb. 1 to apply for a...

  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. Jordan has said it will only release an al-Qaida prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, from death row if...

  • Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

    SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic...

  • Man charged in California family's deaths will be own lawyer

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A California man charged with killing a family of four whose bodies were found buried in the desert can represent himself in court, a judge ruled Friday. Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, asked to act as his own lawyer in the hope of speeding up proceedings because he has congestive heart failure, said Robert Ponce,...

  • Prosecutor: Investigators eyed 4th Indy house blast suspect

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators had been suspicious of the man charged this week with murder and arson in the deadly 2012 Indianapolis house explosion before a co-defendant implicated him, a prosecutor said Friday. Monserrate Shirley, whose home exploded in November 2012, provided investigators with information that helped support the...

  • Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International. Raif Badawi underwent the first of what were supposed to be...

  • 26 victims or 27? Newtown panel considers role of Lanza mom

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut panel developing a report on the Newtown massacre debated Friday whether the victims counted in the dedication should include the shooter's mother, a woman who has been faulted for contributing to the tragedy by fostering her son's fascination with guns. The gunman, Adam Lanza, began his rampage on Dec. 14,...

  • Border-watch member sentenced for pointing rifle at deputy

    PHOENIX (AP) — A member of the Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement was sentenced Friday to six months in jail for pointing a rifle at a sheriff's deputy he mistook for a drug smuggler. Richard Malley was initially arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after the 2013 incident along Interstate 8 near Gila Bend, a known drug-trafficking...

  • Cuba's Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami

    MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) — Los Van Van, one of Cuba's greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism. Now the group is returning to a different, less polarized Miami as...

  • Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens. Greece's five-day-old radical left government insists it will honor pre-election promises...

  • Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The gunman who killed three American contractors at the Kabul airport was in an Afghan uniform and was subsequently killed, a U.S. military spokesman said. The spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that the attack that killed three civilian aircraft mechanics is under investigation. Earlier Friday, the Taliban...

  • Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election. Peace Now said on Friday that 450 tenders have been issued. Hagit...

  • UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power. Ban Ki-moon said undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used by leaders to stay in power. Speaking at the summit of the 54-nation African Union, Ban urged African leaders to listen to their people saying...

  • U.Va. head: School to be national leader on campus safety

    After being thrown into the national spotlight on issues of sexual assault, the University of Virginia will consider plans to create a research institute on violence, offer new courses on campus safety and use surveys to create new strategies — all in an effort to become a national leader in improving campus safety. U.Va. President Teresa A....

  • 2 Ex-Penn St. rugby players get probation in team shed arson

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Two former Penn State rugby players have been sentenced to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service on charges they torched the team's storage shed because they were unhappy with their coach. A judge Friday also ordered 23-year-old Christopher Petri and 22-year-old Sean Herbert to pay $31,000 in...

  • House Democrats' new message on the economy: We told you so

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrats' new message on America's economic recovery is: We told you so, and we're going to keep telling you so. The economy is rebounding on nearly every front, even if the middle class still needs help, and it's time to tell that story loudly, top Democrats say. That's the key to reversing their midterm election...

  • African Union postpones report on South Sudan atrocities

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union has postponed releasing a report which is expected to reveal those responsible for atrocities committed in the violence in South Sudan, the chairman of a commission inquiry into the conflict said Friday. The African Union Peace and Security Council deferred releasing the report to advance a...

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