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  • SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan,...

  • Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

    HONG KONG (AP) — Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing. The preliminary version of HSBC's purchasing managers' index edged up 48.3 from March's 48.0 on a 100-point...

  • China Mobile profit down 9.4 percent

    BEIJING (AP) — China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by number of subscribers, said Wednesday its quarterly profit declined 9.4 percent from a year earlier despite a rise in customer numbers as spending per account declined. The state-owned carrier said it earned 25.2 billion yuan ($4.2 billion) in the three months ending...

  • Cause of death at issue in death of Hawaii child

    HONOLULU (AP) — A defense lawyer for a former soldier accused of punching his 5-year-old daughter to death said Tuesday an autopsy showed evidence of lasting injuries that weakened the girl before she died. A federal prosecutor countered during closing trial arguments that medical exams proved that 40-pound Talia Williams died of head trauma...

  • Violence erupts in Rio slum near Olympic venues

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone. Intense exchanges of gunfire were heard when members of an elite police moved...

  • 'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old. The U.N. says hundreds of civilians were killed in...

  • Colombia court reinstates ousted Bogota mayor

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian court has ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. The surprise ruling by the Superior Tribunal of Bogota is the latest twist in an ongoing legal saga pitting the embattled leftist firebrand against Colombia's more conservative political establishment. Petro was...

  • Vietnam sentences American man to death for heroin

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media say a court in Vietnam has sentenced an American to death for heroin trafficking. The Liberated Saigon newspaper says Jason Dinh, 41, was convicted of trafficking 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of heroin at a one-day trial by Ho Chi Minh City's People's Court on Tuesday. The paper said Wednesday that Dinh was...

  • NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires

    NEW YORK (AP) — A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality. The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook...

  • Chile amends constitution to allow expat voting

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile has reformed its constitution to give voting rights to citizens living outside the country. The measure was more than 20 years in the making, and is seen as a major victory for the many Chileans who left the country during its long dictatorship. Tuesday's Senate approval came after a deal between the center-left...

  • Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast

    WEST, Texas (AP) — The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented — and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board presented its preliminary findings about the blast in...

  • Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications law

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico's capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. Protesters carrying signs that read "No to Censorship" and "Freedom of Expression" walked along Mexico City's...

  • 3 more charged in $80M heist in Connecticut

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday. The 2010 theft from the warehouse in Enfield — believed to be the largest theft in the...

  • Jurors hear defendant's audio of fatal shootings

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Jurors listened to an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady...

  • UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides. The Committee on Relations with the Host Country could have made a recommendation to the 193-member General Assembly or asked the U.N. legal office for an opinion....

  • Rwanda's Kagame: Lessons learned from genocide

    MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Rwanda President Paul Kagame tells a U.S. audience that the horrific slaughter of more than 800,000 people in his country two decades ago has taught people in the small East African nation that they "must ultimately be responsible for their own fate." Kagame spoke Tuesday to students, faculty and others at Tufts...

  • Republican Curt Clawson wins special GOP primary

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The former CEO of an aluminum wheel company won a Republican primary Tuesday in a special election for the seat of a congressman who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine. Curt Clawson, 54, defeated Lizbeth Benacquisto, Michael Dreikorn and Paige Kreegel to capture the solidly Republican...

  • Officer shot during undercover buy in New Jersey

    GARFIELD, N.J. (AP) — An undercover drug buy ended in gunfire in a shopping center parking lot on Tuesday, leaving a police officer wounded and two suspects in custody and another hospitalized. The undercover officer was posing as a prospective drug customer and was in the driver's seat of a car with a suspected drug dealer in the passenger...

  • No solution in sight for China shoe factory strike

    BEIJING (AP) — Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas. The on-off work stoppage at Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd.'s massive factory complex in southern...

  • Mexico arrests 46 criminals posing as vigilantes

    MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities said Tuesday that they have arrested 46 people who worked for criminal gangs but posed as members of vigilante "self-defense" groups. The vigilante movement sprang up last year in the western state of Michoacan to fight the Knights Templar drug cartel. The heavily armed vigilantes wear white...

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