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  • Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins

    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems of idolatry, along with other symbols of the fabled city. Now that the jihadists are gone, having been...

  • Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama's next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli. Barred by the constitution from seeking re-election, Martinelli is counting on his...

  • Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 30

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. The airstrikes came as another Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for June presidential election, state media said, a poll embattled President...

  • Canada's FM denounces Russia's actions in Ukraine

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday that the international community should not accept Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine and committed to help the country develop its democracy. Baird noted the conflict between Moscow and Kiev was worsening as Ukraine's forces moved to drive pro-Russian insurgents out of...

  • House speaker says world wants US to lead

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that allies of the United States want America to show strong leadership globally, and that he wants some of his congressional colleagues to stop shying away from immigration reform. Boehner said other countries are looking for the United States to lead, and that the 150 troops...

  • 9/11 museum film draws heat for portrayal of Islam

    NEW YORK (AP) — A film that will be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum when it opens next month unfairly links Islam and terrorism, clergy members said in letters demanding it be changed. "The Rise of Al Qaeda," a brief documentary narrated by NBC anchor Brian Williams, shows the growth of international terrorist groups in...

  • Feds weigh protecting orcas in West Coast waters

    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast. NOAA Fisheries said Thursday it would consider a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to expand the critical habitat for southern resident killer whales. NOAA has already designated inland waters of Washington...

  • Family of slain TSA agent files claim for $25M

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow and two children of a security screener killed in an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year have filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles. AlderLaw P.C. said Thursday the claim was filed on behalf of the family of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez,...

  • London school says students abused by US teacher

    LONDON (AP) — A British private school said Thursday that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month. The FBI has asked for international help to find victims of William Vahey, who worked at 10 international schools around the world over...

  • Man dies after Los Angeles police station shooting

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of wounding an officer while shooting up a Los Angeles police station died Thursday at a hospital more than two weeks after the attack, authorities said. Daniel Christoph Yealu, 29. died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Yealu, 29, was wounded in the April 7 shootout...

  • Bernie Goetz headed for trial in NYC pot-sale case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Goetz (GEHTS) is headed toward a trial in his New York marijuana case after rebuffing a plea offer involving 10 days of community service. A defense lawyer told a judge Thursday that Goetz remains uninterested in that deal. Goetz is preparing for a trial in the Manhattan court complex where he was tried in 1985 for...

  • Chicago to name high school after President Obama

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago plans to name a high school after him. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday announced plans to build Barack Obama College Preparatory High School. The selective enrollment high school will be open for the 2017-2018 school year. Chicago Public Schools says its enrollment will be 1,200...

  • Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to...

  • US protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations. Iran's U.N. Mission responded Thursday by rejecting "baseless accusations" raised by Power on the...

  • US awards $4M to help Haitians hurt by drought

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The American government has awarded $4 million to help Haitian families hurt by a drought in the Caribbean nation's northwest. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the money to CARE International. About 60,000 people living in the remote...

  • John XXIII's brief papacy made big mark for church

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words: EARLY YEARS —1940s: One of the Vatican's most skillful diplomats in the tumultuous years surrounding World War II, the prelate...

  • Ukraine foreign minister: Ready to fight Russia

    PRAGUE (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister has blasted the Russian decision to start military maneuvers along their border and said Thursday his country will fight any invading troops. Andriy Deshchytisa told The Associated Press in Prague that Russia's decision to launch the military exercises "very much escalates the situation in the...

  • A look at deeds and words of John Paul II

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood: BY THE NUMBERS —Elected to the papacy in 1978 as first non-Italian pope in 455 years and only Pole. —Upon election he was 58, the youngest pope in...

  • Police capture fugitive in Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in Puerto Rico have captured a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that U.S. Marshals and Puerto Rico police found Jose A. "Coco" Gomez Lopez at a motel in the town of Bayamon. He was sought for his suspected involvement in the May...

  • Management, safety cited for radiation release

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Department of Energy investigators say a radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico was the result of a slow erosion of safety at the 15-year-old site. In a report released Thursday, they also say the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad fails to...

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