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Putin officially divorces wife of 30 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage, Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday, following a surprise breakup announcement last year. "The divorce has taken place," Dmitry Peskov said, without giving any further details. Putin and his wife announced that their marriage was over last June in a live broadcast on Russian state television, confirming longstanding speculation that they had separated. The Kremlin made clear at the time that their breakup had yet to be formalized.


Newtown gunman's neighbors want his house torn down

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.


Stolen Gauguin on Sicily kitchen wall for years

ROME (AP) — A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector's home in Britain has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker's kitchen.


Judge halts execution, cites drug source secrecy

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday stopped the scheduled execution of a serial killer in Texas, saying justice department officials must disclose information to the inmate's lawyers about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill him.


Ted Cruz: Religious liberties under attack

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Possible Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said Wednesday that religious Americans have a duty to take a stand against policies, such as President Barack Obama's health care law, that could threaten their liberties.


New Palestinian recognition bid largely symbolic

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to seek further international recognition of a "state of Palestine" — despite promises to hold off while negotiating with Israel — has thrown into disarray the troubled U.S. mediation efforts on a peace deal. Here's a look at the possible repercussions.


Bombs at Egypt university hit riot police, 1 dead

CAIRO (AP) — Three bombs exploded Wednesday outside Cairo University's main campus, hitting riot police deployed against near daily protests by Islamist students, killing a police general and wounding seven others, including several top police officers.

Senators press Barra about GM's delay in recall

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra underwent a second day of harsh questioning from Congress Wednesday, as lawmakers pressed her for answers about mistakes the company made in not recalling cars with defective ignition switch for a decade.


Senators set to demand 9/11 'torture report' release

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel appears likely to demand the release of a contentious torture report that has sharply divided lawmakers and the CIA, as two centrist senators joined the push Wednesday for a summary of the review to be declassified.


Massive Chile quake still not the expected 'big one,' say experts

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation north. Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth's crust.


AP Interview: Yanukovych hopes for Crimea return

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Ukraine's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, said Wednesday that he was "wrong" to invite Russian troops into Crimea, and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the Black Sea peninsula.


Blast kills 6 at Afghan Interior Ministry compound

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform killed six police officers Wednesday inside the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in the heart of Kabul, authorities said, the latest in a wave of violence as the Taliban threatens to disrupt this weekend's presidential election.

Sheer size is just 1 complexity in Indian election

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a country where men have long told their wives whom to vote for, Sheila Kumar says she has no intention of letting her husband dictate her vote in next month's national election.


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