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  • HK protest talks show gap between students, govt

    HONG KONG (AP) — On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the lineup of seasoned government officials in formal suits. In an unprecedented two-hour televised meeting Tuesday, the students passionately explained why they had taken to the streets for...

  • Court freezes assets of Romanian ex-prison chief

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court on Wednesday froze the assets of a former Romanian prison commander charged with torturing and causing the deaths of 12 political prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s and said the government may also be liable to pay damages to alleged victims. It said the freeze of 89-year-old Alexandru Visinescu's assets...

  • 10 men acquitted in Kurdish terror finance trial

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Wednesday acquitted 10 men accused of terror financing for providing money to a Kurdish separatist group. The Copenhagen City Court said prosecutors did not prove that the at least 130 million kroner ($22 million) transferred to Kurdish organizations was actually channeled to the Kurdistan Workers'...

  • Bobcat that escaped from New Jersey home captured

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat has been recaptured after its latest escape from its owner's southern New Jersey home. Stafford Township Police Capt. Tom Dellane says Rocky was found around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, a day after fleeing from Ginny Fine's home in Stafford Township. The 38-pound bobcat was caught nearby in a humane trap...

  • WWI casualties reburied after DNA identification

    BOIS-GRENIER, France (AP) — Eleven British casualties of World War I who got a name and family history through cutting-edge DNA research have been officially reburied with some of their descendants in attendance. Wednesday's solemn ceremony highlighted how current-day identification technology can make a difference for families who never knew...

  • Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia's president

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer. Joko Widodo, who was sworn in as president on Monday, has long been widely known as Jokowi, a contraction of his two names. Asked by a journalist of The Jakarta Post newspaper...

  • At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns against Cold War redux

    BERLIN (AP) — Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine. Under gloomy skies and a steady rain, Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited one of the few...

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. The driver is the only person to have been detained in the deaths of Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie and...

  • Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and...

  • Display of gruesome photos opens Arias retrial

    PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias saw a series of gruesome photos that showed her ex-boyfriend's dead body crammed into a shower at his house — his throat slit. Lawyers warned jurors that they would see graphic crime-scene photos and sexually explicit images that Arias and former boyfriend Travis...

  • NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and...

  • Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash

    PARIS (AP) — French oil giant Total SA has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Moscow. Barely 36 hours after de Margerie's death, Total's board chose Pouyanne, 51, at a board meeting Wednesday. The swift appointment indicates the board's desire to...

  • 9 migrants injured in Spain border fence rush

    MADRID (AP) — Spain says nine African migrants were treated for injuries as some 200 tried to scale border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. The Interior Ministry said the nine sustained minor injuries in falls during the border rush Wednesday. It said around 70 migrants stayed atop the high fences for...

  • Central Pennsylvania fire kills scores of snakes

    EAST BERLIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning fire in a central Pennsylvania home that killed scores of snakes doesn't appear suspicious in origin. Officials in York County said the blaze was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday in the Washington Township home of a snake breeder. Chief Larry Anderson of the Wellsville Fire...

  • Schools reopen as ambush suspect manhunt continues

    SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) — Schools in a northeastern Pennsylvania district have reopened after authorities did a precautionary search to make sure they weren't harboring the suspect in last month's deadly ambush of a state police barracks. The Pocono Mountain School District was closed Tuesday while police searched the district's campus in...

  • Wanted sex offender was hiding in homemade fort

    BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A convicted sex offender wanted on charges he molested a 3-year-old girl in West Virginia has been found hiding in a homemade fort in the Pennsylvania woods. KDKA-TV ( ) reports U.S. marshals helped local police and the sheriff's office in Brook County, West Virginia, track down 64-year-old...

  • Dec. 15 trial set for 2 in Amish girls kidnapping

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A December trial date has been set for the couple charged with kidnapping two Amish girls from a roadside produce stand last summer in northern New York. Twenty-five-year-old Nicole Vaisey and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Stephen Howells, are charged with sexually exploiting the Amish girls and another child between...

  • Sweden scales back submarine hunt

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's military has withdrawn some of the ships taking part in a submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago. Military spokesman Erik Lagersten said some of the naval assets, including the corvette HMS Visby, returned to a naval base Wednesday for "maintenance" as the search entered "a partially new phase." He rejected the...

  • Polish priest charged with abusing minors

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors say a Polish parish priest has been formally charged in his native country with sexually molesting minors in both the Dominican Republic and Poland. A spokesman for prosecutors in Warsaw, Przemyslaw Nowak, said the priest, whom he identified as Wojciech G., has been accused of 10 offenses, eight being the...

  • Czechs to compensate sterilized Gypsy women

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is working on a plan to compensate Roma women sterilized against their will. The government says Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier should complete the necessary legislation by the end of the year. Details are still to be worked out. Human rights groups believe hundreds of Roma women were sterilized...