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Discovery says Wallenda's next walk is in Chicago

NEW YORK (AP) — Nik Wallenda is taking his high-wire act to Chicago for a tightrope walk to be televised this fall on Discovery, part of the network's strategy to entice viewers with live events.


Welfare agencies probing boy's bathtub drowning

MCCANDLESS, Pa. (AP) — Child welfare officials are scrutinizing the case of a woman accused of drowning one of her sons and critically injuring the other by sitting on them in a bathtub, including whether child protection agencies could have prevented the death.


Dad guilty of murder in tot's creek-tossing death

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat was convicted Thursday of knowing or purposeful murder and could spend the rest of his life behind bars.


Twitter uncaged in Turkey after ban is lifted

By Ozge Ozbilgin and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said. Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local elections last Sunday to stem a stream of leaked wiretapped recordings of senior officials that had appeared on the site, prompting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to say he would "root out" the network. Turkey's Official Gazette on Thursday morning published the Constitutional Court's ruling from Wednesday, further piling pressure on the telecoms authorities to lift the ban, which had faced widespread international condemnation. "The ban has been lifted" the official from Erdogan's office told Reuters by telephone minutes after TIB removed court orders blocking the site from its webpage.


Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interim authorities accused the country's ousted president of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people — but their report Thursday provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev.


Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — Coastal residents of Chile's far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths.


Pastor: Mom in bathtub case once hit kids with van

MCCANDLESS, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman accused of drowning one of her young sons and critically injuring another in a bathtub backed into the boys with her van 10 months ago, her pastor said.


UN: Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surpassed 1 million, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday, calling it a "devastating milestone" for the tiny Arab country with about 4.5 million people of its own.


Yanukovych accused of anti-opposition terror

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Interim authorities in Ukraine on Thursday accused ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's government of using a network of hired killers, kidnappers and gangs of thugs to terrorize and undermine the opposition.


New evacuations in Chile after major aftershock

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — Coastal residents of Chile's far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early Thursday after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.


Parker, Duncan lead Spurs past Warriors 111-90

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big and to rest players, and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game.


Ukraine detains riot police over sniper deaths

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Ukraine said Thursday that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead.


Old habits at Samsung, LG embarrass them abroad

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake, and needed a man's help to understand how to work the phone.


Senators to vote to release terror report summary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee's expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government's actions after the 9/11 attacks.


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