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Olympic workers fall from roof while clearing snow

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Six workers have fallen off a roof at the bobsled center for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi when the snow they were clearing slid to the ground. Associated Press technicians who witnessed the fall Thursday said one of the men appeared to have injured a leg and was taken away […]

Vatican comes under sharp criticism for sex abuse

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims. The Vatican insisted it had little jurisdiction to sanction pedophile priests […]

SFC crash firefighter saw girl before hitting her

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger. […]

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick. Police in Springfield say the men pulled a knife on a food delivery driver Tuesday night and demanded the grub and his keys. But then they […]

UT System offers website to track average salaries

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas System has unveiled a website to help track how much graduates on average earned up to five years after leaving school and the likely debt load. System officials in Austin on Thursday announced details of seekUT, which stands for search, plus earnings, plus employment equals knowledge. The […]

Houston man accused of blinding stepdaughter, 2

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area man has been charged with beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter and leaving her blind. Harris County jail records show 26-year-old Angel Martinez was being held Thursday on an injury to a child charge. Online jail records don’t list an attorney for Martinez, who was booked Monday and bond set at $75,000. […]

Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday. Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said two people were arrested after a daylong search for the suspects. Details were […]

5 killed in shootout in Russian region of Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A shootout between security forces and militants in the volatile Russian region of Dagestan killed five people, authorities said. The gunbattle broke out after militants barricaded themselves inside a home in the village of Karlanyurt, Dagestan Investigative Committee spokesman Rasul Temirbekov told The Associated Press. The fatalities included three security force […]

Major change unlikely despite open-Internet ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t expect major changes to how you access your favorite websites and services despite a federal appeals court’s decision to set aside rules meant to ensure equal access to entertainment, news and other online content. Major cable providers already have pledged not to do the kinds of things the rules were […]

Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For the second time in a month, a federal judge has set aside a deeply conservative state’s limits on same-sex marriage, this time in Oklahoma.

Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state. Nearly every day, police […]

Architect charged in Texas public corruption case

McALLEN (AP) — A South Texas architect has been indicted in a widening public corruption probe involving allegations of bribes and projects in the city of Progreso. Federal prosecutors in McAllen on Wednesday announced the arrest of 57-year-old Jesus Bustos on charges of conspiracy and bribery. Investigators allege Bustos paid bribes to obtain contracts on […]

State declines to step in on water dispute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state commission has rejected a South Texas school district’s plea to force the city to turn the water back on so students can return to class. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Wednesday that it did not have authority to address the underlying water fee dispute between La Villa […]

Kenya: Fighter jets kill 30 militants in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan military says it has killed at least 30 Islamic militants in an airstrike on a militant camp in Somalia. A statement from the military Friday said fighter jets attacked the camp at Garbarahey in the Gedo region in Somalia on Thursday, where a meeting was being held. Military spokesman […]

Pakistan to award slain boy for foiling bombing

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister announced Friday that a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber who wanted to attack his school should be honored with the nation’s highest civil award of bravery. Aitzaz Hasan, 17, died Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa […]

French president angry over report on love life

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande threatened legal action Friday over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with an actress, the latest breach in the French media’s practice of turning a blind eye to presidential love affairs. Rumors have long circulated that Hollande might have a lover. The magazine Closer […]

NJ’s Christie looks to recover after staff shakeup

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A wounded Chris Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career, a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest. Allies of Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor and a possible candidate for […]

Stocks move lower after US reports hiring slowdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving lower early Friday after the U.S. government disappointed investors with news that hiring slowed down sharply last month. The Labor Department reported that only 74,000 jobs were added to payrolls in December, the fewest in three years and far less than economists were expecting. The unemployment rate fell, […]

Chemical spill shuts down much of W.Va. capital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the cause and extent of the […]

Laredo businessman guilty of firearms violations

LAREDO (AP) — A South Texas businessman who owns sporting goods and weapons stores has been convicted of trying to export more than 600 assault gun magazines to Mexico. Prosecutors in Laredo say 42-year-old Arturo Gonzalez awaits sentencing after being convicted Thursday of three weapons counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison and […]

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