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Amid Ebola fear, West Africans in US try to help

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When a friend called Togar Johnson from a bus stop last month to ask for a lift, Johnson made what he considered a difficult but prudent decision: He said no. The friend had recently returned to the United States from Ebola-ravaged Liberia, and Johnson believed contact with him was just too […]

Ebola evades European defenses; pet dog must die 

MADRID (AP) — Health officials in Spain rushed to contain the Ebola virus Tuesday after it got past Europe’s defenses, quarantining four people at a Madrid hospital where a nursing assistant got infected and persuading a court that the woman’s dog must die. The first case of Ebola transmitted outside Africa, where a months-long outbreak […]

Rangers top White Sox 12-0 in Perez’s 1st shutout

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming. When the umpire’s arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo’s check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his fist and waited for a hug from catcher Robinson Chirinos. Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first […]

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters the insurgents in more than 10 cities do not recognize […]

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on […]

Captain of sunken SKorean ferry arrested

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. As the last bit of the sunken ferry’s hull slipped Friday beneath the murky water […]

Professor: ‘Game of Thrones’ pic got me suspended

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from “Game of Thrones” that he says a school official perceived as a threat. Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, says he was suspended for eight days after posting a photo […]

SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the Dragon cargo carrier was shown drifting away in the blackness of space, against the […]

Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard […]

Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

WEST  (AP) — Leaders in a Central Texas town devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new one, calling it a crucial step in West’s economic recovery. The idea has raised anxieties among locals, who say the continued lack of state and local regulations would put them at risk […]

Abbott: Armed school employees OK under Texas law

AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren’t violating state law. The Texas Legislature last year approved a measure allowing rural districts that can’t afford police security to arm designated employees to better protect students. In an opinion Friday, Abbott found that doing so doesn’t […]

Remains of missing woman found in submerged truck

GRANBURY (AP) — Authorities believe skeletal remains found inside a truck recovered from a North Texas lake are those of a woman missing for 35 years.

Afghans flock to polls to vote for new leader

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots. The excitement over choosing a new leader […]

China ship hears ‘signal'; unclear if jet-related

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a “pulse signal” Saturday in Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane’s data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up in the search for the jet. Military and civilian planes, ships with […]

Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.

NYC police: Car flips into Queens creek, killing 4

NEW YORK (AP) — A car heading down a dark, dead-end street in a desolate industrial area flipped over a wooden curb into a creek, killing four passengers, police said Saturday. The driver escaped serious injury and told officers at the scene in the Astoria section of Queens that the four were trapped in the […]

Army may never learn motive of Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD (AP) — Despite evidence that suggests Spc. Ivan Lopez had an argument before going on a shooting rampage, investigators said they may never determine what compelled the Fort Hood soldier to kill three soldiers and wound 16 others before taking his own life. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commander, said that an […]

Stronger vetting of Texas foster parents likely

AUSTIN  (AP) — Stronger vetting of prospective foster parents in Texas is likely following the beating deaths of two young foster children last year. The Dallas Morning News reports that new state rules expected to take effect in September include mandatory interviews with neighbors and additional family members. The Department of Family and Protective Services […]

Ukraine ex-aide shot; No new govt before Thursday

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s new authorities navigated tricky political waters Tuesday, launching a new presidential campaign, working on a new government and trying to seek immediate financial help from the West. Yet protests in the country’s pro-Russian region of Crimea and the shooting of a top aide to fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych — a […]

Leader of Syrian militant group challenges rivals

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a powerful al-Qaida-linked group in Syria gave a rival breakaway group a five-day ultimatum to accept mediation by leading clerics to end infighting or be “expelled” from the region. The ultimatum announced in an audio recording by the leader of the Nusra Front aims to end months of deadly […]

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