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  • Anti-Islamic protesters shout at Muslims at Oklahoma Capitol

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma state Capitol for Friday's first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants as they arrived. The event was hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a means to foster...

  • Louisiana governor's budget: Avoid tax hikes, but limit cuts

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his longstanding refusal to raise taxes while avoiding deep slashes to health care and colleges that might damage a national campaign. The Republican governor's administration on Friday...

  • County supervisor who killed self was target in prison case

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor says an indicted county official who committed suicide had been targeted in a prison corruption case, and he is predicting that more charges are to come. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Harrison County Supervisor William Martin's indictment had been "the next step" in the corruption...

  • Lawyer argues for dismissal of charge in Slender Man case

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate and leaving her for dead has argued that the charge against her should be dismissed because she believed a fictional horror character called Slender Man would kill her family if they didn't attack their friend — a belief he said amounted...

  • Thieves crash car through electronics store in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves drove a car through a high-end electronics store in the latest crash-and-grab heist in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco police say the crime occurred about 4 a.m. Friday at a store on California Street, causing $100,000 in damage to building. Police did not say what, if anything, was stolen. Police are...

  • Big Sean leans on Kanye West more than ever with new album

    ATLANTA (AP) — Big Sean didn't think his single "I Don't F--- With You" would become a hit. But Kanye West, the rapper's mentor, convinced him during a recording session that he had a smash hit. He was also encouraged to release the song after having dinner with Jay Z and Beyonce at their home. "They knew it would be big," said Big Sean of...

  • Fisherman's high court win spurs call for legal reform

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court case of a fisherman hooked by a law meant to preserve documents, not fish, is renewing calls to curb the reach of criminal laws that critics say are too vague. Groups across the political spectrum — from the liberal American Civil Liberties Union to the conservative Heritage Foundation — have long complained...

  • Man charged in 125 mph fatal Ohio crash competent for trial

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of driving more than 125 mph and causing a crash that killed two people on the Ohio Turnpike is now competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled. Andrew Gans, of Kent, next will undergo another court-ordered evaluation to determine if he was insane at the time of crash. He appeared in a Sandusky County court...

  • Parents of slain journalist: Next 'Jihadi John' is on way

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of an American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State group say they are surprised a college-educated, London-raised man is the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" from the video of their son's slaying but also realize stopping him won't end the bloodshed. "The point is if we capture him and bring him to...

  • 30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of a former president in police detention. Protesters, including boatloads from the many outer atolls of this Indian Ocean...

  • Desperate Afghan avalanche survivors await rescue on roofs

    PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — In an endless sea of white, Afghan villagers waited on rooftops Friday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped low over the avalanche-struck region. All around them, homes, people and livestock had vanished under the snow. The avalanche in this impoverished corner of Afghanistan killed at least 168...

  • Off-duty NYPD detective killed in wrong-way crash on parkway

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty New York Police Department detective has been killed when a vehicle traveling the wrong way hit his SUV head-on. State police identified the detective as 46-year-old Paul Duncan, of Hartsdale. He was assigned to the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. The crash occurred at around 4 a.m. Friday...

  • Venezuelan protest deadly force order after young boy killed

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Students and opposition leaders are pressuring Venezuela to roll back a new regulation authorizing police to fire on protesters following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of a police officer. The resolution drew criticism when it was implemented in January, but the debate heated up this week after a police...

  • Iraqi-born cleric faces custody for praising Paris attack

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Iraqi-born cleric recently released from prison in Norway was jailed Friday for four weeks after praising the slaying of cartoonists at the satirical Charlie Hebdo paper in Paris that had lampooned Islam and other religions. Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, was arrested Thursday in Oslo on...

  • Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq prepares for final trials

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — A floating Arctic laboratory four decades in the making has arrived at its home port and stands poised to begin unlocking mysteries of one of the wildest places on Earth. The 261-foot Sikuliaq (see-KOO'-lee-ak) next month will leave Seward, sail around the Aleutian Islands and tuck into sea ice in the Bering Sea. The...

  • Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the Illinois decorating firm Euro...

  • Bonds reduced for father, stepmother in boy-in-basement case

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday reduced the bonds for a Detroit father and stepmother charged with torture and child abuse after the man's missing son was found among boxes in the basement of their townhome. Bonds for Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell were cut from $500,000 to $50,000 by 36th District Court Judge Shannon Holmes...

  • Hungary's premier rejects immigration, multicultural society

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a "refugee camp." In his annual state of the nation speech, Orban called a multicultural society "a delusion" and defended his...

  • Switzerland 1st country to submit pledge for UN climate pact

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The Swiss government said Friday that at least 30 percent of the reduction would be achieved at home and the remainder through...

  • Russian diplomat slams "destructive" US stance

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat on Friday accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could deal "painful" counterblows. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Secretary of State John Kerry breached "diplomatic ethics" when he told U.S. lawmakers earlier this...

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