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  • Venezuela prosecutor may put jailed mayor in house arrest

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The jailed mayor of Venezuela's capital may be released from prison to house arrest for health reasons. The Public Prosecutor's Office announced Friday night that the change would allow Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma to undergo surgery and recuperate. Ledezma was arrested by the secret police during a dramatic raid on...

  • Arizona sheriff's re-election chances called into question

    PHOENIX (AP) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio has remained politically invincible in his 22 years in office in Arizona, despite federal investigations and a history of legal woes that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. But his latest entanglement in the courts is his toughest test yet after he acknowledged to a judge presiding over his...

  • 1 sailor dies, 1 hurt while training in Virginia base pool

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — One sailor has died and another has been seriously injured while training in a swimming pool at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, officials say. The two were found unresponsive Friday at the bottom of the base's Combat Swimmer Training Facility, which personnel use for fitness training. Both were...

  • Philippines, China trade accusations over sea threats

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of artificial islands, but China reiterated its claim on the strategic waterways. A Chinese vessels flashed powerful lights and radioed the Philippine navy...

  • Man charged with making threats in Islamic State group case

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a "massacre" would happen if authorities did not free six men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. According to an FBI affidavit, Mahamed...

  • Police: NYC airplane cleaner pocketed 1,429 liquor bottles

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say an airplane cleaner has been arrested on charges she pocketed nearly $15,000 worth of contraband from planes grounded in New York City, including nearly 1,500 unopened bottles of liquor. A spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police says Juanette Cullum has been charged with grand larceny and...

  • Thousands attend 1st 'preppers' expo in Utah suburb

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of survivalists and "preppers" are gathering in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy for the first PrepperCon, featuring demonstrations of underground bunkers, food storage and armored vehicles. Scott Stallings, one of the show's founders, says the Friday and Saturday event was inspired by the success of ComicCon...

  • Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home. Fred W. Pagan, an office administrator for Cochran, was arrested Thursday. Court papers said Customs and Border Protection officers found a package on April 9...

  • Oregon US Attorney Amanda Marshall resigns from office

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall has resigned six weeks after temporarily stepping away from her duties for health reasons. Gerri Badden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the top federal prosecutor in Oregon resigned on Friday. Badden declined to give Marshall's reasons. The 45-year-old Marshall said last...

  • UN: Myanmar stability at risk if Rohingya issue not solved

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Stability in Myanmar's most sensitive region can't be achieved unless it addresses the issue of citizenship for minority Rohingya Muslims, the United Nations secretary-general warned its authorities Friday. Ban Ki-moon told a delegation from the Southeast Asian country that the U.N. has seen "already troubling signs of...

  • Documents: Argument over boyfriend before Wisconsin killings

    TOWN OF PIEHL, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teen accused of killing her mother and stepfather carried out the slayings the same day they warned her 22-year-old boyfriend to stay away from her, according to court documents made public Friday. Ashlee Martinson, 17, was formally charged in Oneida County after being brought back from Indiana, where she...

  • Chileans moved after dangerous volcanic mudflows detected

    ENSENADA, Chile (AP) — Authorities urged 2,000 people living near the Calbuco volcano to evacuate Friday after potentially devastating mudflows of volcanic debris were detected in a nearby river, the result of two huge eruptions this week that sent ash across large swaths of southern South America. Chilean officials said the evacuations were...

  • Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to...

  • 'Watch out, Russians': Wright gives ambassador 'power dress'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "House of Cards" star Robin Wright has given the real-life U.S. ambassador to the United Nations a "power dress" fitting of the name. In the latest season of the popular Netflix series, Wright plays the ambassador role that Samantha Power takes on every day. The two spoke together Friday at the Women in the World...

  • Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93. Bartoszewski died after being taken to a hospital in Warsaw on Friday afternoon. His death was...

  • Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA said Friday observations of a dwarf planet have been delayed slightly after a communication glitch. The Dawn spacecraft circling dwarf planet Ceres was supposed to kick off its science campaign in the morning, but it didn't receive a command from ground controllers as expected. Dawn briefly went into safe mode,...

  • Mexico officials investigate case of girl wrongly sent to US

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have launched an investigation of possible criminal conduct in the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly sent to the U.S. to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother, authorities said Friday. Alondra Luna Nunez was returned to her family in Mexico on Wednesday after DNA testing in the United States showed...

  • Angelina Jolie rips world powers on Syria's refugee crisis

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with world powers Friday to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over Syria's four-year conflict. Jolie briefed the council as special envoy for the U.N. on refugee issues. Syria's ambassador said simply of...

  • UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; at least 550 dead

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 have been killed in the past month, including 115 children, the U.N. said Friday. Amnesty International said in a new report...

  • Dallas Zoo giraffe whose birth was seen online named Kipenzi

    DALLAS (AP) — A giraffe born at the Dallas Zoo as people around the world watched online has been named. The Dallas Zoo said Friday that the name Kipenzi (kih-PEHN'-zee) has been chosen for the female calf born April 10. The name means "loved one" in Swahili. Zookeepers had offered up three choices. The other two possibilities were: Adia...

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