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  • Winners and losers under Obama's immigration plan

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system in decades, shielding millions from deportation. Among those breathing easier: a Mexican woman in Birmingham, Alabama, who barely missed qualifying for a reprieve in 2012 but can apply now because she has three U.S.-born children; a...

  • Anti-government protest in Albania's capital

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Albanians protested on Saturday against their government's economic policies, including tax and energy price increases. The demonstration on the main boulevard of Tirana, the capital, also demanded action against the country's unemployment rate of nearly 18 percent. The protest, which ended...

  • Egypt lawyers union: Judge 'terrorizing' attorneys

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's lawyers union has criticized an Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of a prominent activist on trial over a 2011 protest. Judge Mohammed Shehata gained international notoriety for sentencing three Al-Jazeera English journalists to prison. Now he's been criticized by Egypt's lawyers union in...

  • 3 years later: No charges in missing toddler case

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The clock is ticking on some of the charges the mother of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds wants brought in her case. The statute of limitations on lesser charges like child endangerment expires in a matter of weeks, on the third anniversary of Ayla's disappearance. Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported...

  • Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion

    LONDON (AP) — A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday. The London Fire Brigade said that five of the 14 were taken to hospital and some 400 guests were evacuated to a nearby hotel...

  • Family pays tribute to slain hostage Alan Henning

    LONDON (AP) — The family of slain hostage Alan Henning has paid tribute to his life, gathering for a private memorial service. Henning, a 47-year-old taxi driver from the town of Eccles in northwest England, was abducted minutes after his aid convoy entered Syria on Dec. 26, 2013. Islamic State group militants beheaded him in October....

  • Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press. Although...

  • Puerto Rico sees slight drop in unemployment rate

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly as the U.S. territory struggles to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate was 14 percent in October, compared to 14.1 percent in September. In October of last year, the rate was 14.9...

  • Thousands take part in Spanish anti-abortion rally

    MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a demonstration in Madrid to protest against the conservative government's decision to scrap plans to restrict the availability of abortion. The march Saturday took place under the slogan "Every Life Matters." Some 500 buses brought people from all over the country to take part....

  • Anti-government protest takes place in Albania

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Albanians are protesting the government's economic policies, claiming they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high unemployment. Police said Saturday's demonstration on the main boulevard of Tirana, the capital, has been peaceful. The protesters are supporters of the main opposition...

  • Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago, but a boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote and highlighted the sectarian-charged divisions gripping this strategic U.S. ally. The country's most...

  • Egypt to host major economic conference in March

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy. Ibrahim Mahlab said Saturday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are partners in organizing the gathering. The two Gulf countries...

  • Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said. The fighting focused on Ramadi's eastern Sijariya neighborhood, which the extremist group said it captured Friday. An official with the...

  • UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers. The companies issued a statement Friday announcing they had reached agreement on the...

  • Nagorno-Karabkah says it killed 2 Azeri soldiers

    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an operation to recover the bodies of three helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan this month. The separatist region's army revealed the overnight operation in a statement Saturday. The Azerbaijani region and some adjacent...

  • Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900

    BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that the U.S.-led airstrikes have...

  • Congo's army hunts assailants after attack in east

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A provincial governor says Congo's army is searching for the perpetrators of a new attack in the country's east that civil society groups say killed at least 50 people. North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku said Saturday that nine bodies had been recovered from the attack committed by unknown assailants near the town of...

  • Germany releases, deports convicted Russia spy

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have released a woman convicted of spying for Russia and deported her after she served half of her prison sentence. Heidrun Anschlag and her husband Andreas, known only by the fake names on the Austrian passports they used to enter Germany, were arrested in 2011 and sentenced to 5 ½ and 6 ½ years respectively...

  • Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday. Socrates, who was Portugal's prime minister from 2005 to 2011, was taken into custody late Friday with three others,...

  • Classroom sex abuse case to cost nearly $140M

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once lawyers began digging into Mark Berndt's past, they discovered a three-decade pattern of odd behavior and complaints about the teacher that school administrators either missed or ignored. Both students and teachers had complained about the popular elementary school teacher who was eventually convicted of committing...

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