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  • Ohio principal cancels headscarf event, apologizes

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — The principal of a suburban Cincinnati high school has apologized to anyone who was offended after canceling a student-led event that invited girls to spend the day wearing a Muslim headscarf. "The Covered Girl Challenge" at Mason High School was intended to combat stereotypes students may face when wearing head coverings....

  • New England's snowy winter pushes back gardening season

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the dirt. The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule after a winter that lacked the usual...

  • Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change." He says he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He...

  • Caged puppies on car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio. Akron police say the driver didn't realize he did anything wrong by leaving the mixed-breed puppies on the roof. He said Friday he was transporting them for his father, who...

  • After Israeli elections, US Zionists cast votes of their own

    NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the other Israel election. The World Zionist Congress — a global Zionist body that formed more than a century ago but retains significant influence in Israel — is holding elections for U.S. delegates to its global assembly. At stake is leadership of an organization that helps manage agencies in Israel with budgets in...

  • School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they're increasingly serving all children in the classroom. Food policy...

  • UN: Assailants attack convoy, kill 2, wound 1 in north Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali says two assailants attacked a U.N. convoy of civilian workers in north Mali, killing two. The U.N. mission said Saturday that assailants stopped the convoy and shot the drivers dead before setting the vehicles on fire late Friday night. It said another team member was...

  • Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows

    CAIRO (AP) — Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities. On a recent Friday morning, around 300 young people gathered at a central...

  • Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated. Shahidullah Azim, a vice president of the Bangladesh Garment...

  • Massachusetts Statehouse offering access to JFK statue

    BOSTON (AP) — Visitors to the Massachusetts Statehouse will once again be able to view the statue of former President John F. Kennedy up close. Beginning on Tuesday, visitors to the historic gold-domed building will be able to walk out a side door that leads to the statue. Access to the statue, which captures Kennedy in mid-stride, was...

  • A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors

    KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) — Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they're shot. But not in the remote mountain village of Kutarevo, Croatia. Here since 2002, retired social worker Ivan Crnkovic-Pavenka has provided a haven for brown bears that wander into villages in...

  • Afghan parliament approves 16 more Cabinet nominees

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's parliament has approved 16 Cabinet nominees after months of delays. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of the parliament's lower house, said Saturday that the decision now means the 25-member Cabinet of President Ashraf Ghani is nearly complete. There still hasn't been a defense minister approved by parliament...

  • Pope expresses sadness for Chicago prelate's death

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop. In a condolence telegram Saturday sent to current Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, the pontiff offered "heartfelt condolences" to the prelate, clergy and other faithful of the third-largest U.S. archdiocese with 2.2...

  • Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze. Abbas initially rejected Israel's unfreezing of the tax funds because it included a deduction to settle...

  • Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links

    MADRID (AP) — Two Spanish residents have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to jihadi terrorists and membership in the Islamic State armed group, Spain's Interior Ministry said Saturday. The couple, a Moroccan man identified as Ahmed Debza and a Spanish woman named as Nadia Ataich Fernandez, who both live in Spain's north...

  • Police: Man shot, killed by Chicago officer

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have shot and killed a man in the city's South Shore neighborhood after officers said he pointed a gun at them. The Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs said in a statement early Saturday that officers heard shots fired at about 10:10 p.m. Friday and saw a van driving away. A male passenger jumped out...

  • Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony in...

  • Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; teenager killed

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces fired on anti-India protesters Saturday and killed a teenage student on the second day of violent clashes in the disputed Himalayan region, police said. Relatives disputed the official account, saying the boy was killed in custody. The protesters, hurling rocks and shouting slogans, had gathered...

  • Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign. Since March 26, the Saudi-led coalition has been attacking Shiite rebels known as Houthis and allied fighters loyal to Yemen's...

  • First WWI gas attack produced new horrors, changed warfare

    STEENSTRATE, Belgium (AP) — As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd infantry saw something almost surreal drift his way. A yellow-green cloud. He barely had time to react. "All my trenches are choked," Lamour cried into the field telephone to headquarters. "I am falling myself!" These were the...

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