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'Jarring job crisis' seen in Arab Spring countries

IMF chief Christine Lagarde praised Arab Spring countries Thursday for making economic progress but warned that they are still facing a \"jarring job crisis.\" Speaking in Morocco, the director general of the International Monetary Fund said youth unemployment in those countries are among the highest in the world. Since 2011, uprisings have swept over Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, forcing out veteran strongmen, and protests calling for change have also shaken Bahrain. Lagarde said that despite the bleak political situation of what she termed the \"Arab transition countries\" and its effect on other regional nations, there is some good news.

Okla. attorney general agrees to stay of execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

No plans for Obama-Putin meeting at D-Day events

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both leaders attend next month's events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Residents: 50 bodies found in Nigeria violence

Residents of a town attacked by Boko Haram said at least 50 bodies have been recovered, many horribly burned, and they criticized security forces for failing to prevent the attack even though they had been warned that the Islamic militants were nearby.

Rebels blow up historic Aleppo hotel in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels bombed a once luxurious, historic hotel being used as a government army base in the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, levelling the building and causing multiple casualties in a giant explosion carried off by digging tunnels under the complex, activists and militants said.

Bear kills woman in northern Alberta

A female Suncor Energy employee has been killed by a bear on the company's oil sands base camp site near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, a company spokeswoman said. The large male black bear attacked the woman in a busy part of the sprawling industrial complex, approximately 25 kilometers north of Fort McMurray, on Wednesday afternoon.

Syrian rebels claim massive Aleppo hotel bombing

BEIRUT (AP) — A rebel-claimed bombing Thursday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo leveled a hotel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area, activists and militants said.

NFL draft prospects consider life in the big time

NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing diamond studs and pressing a cellphone to his ear, Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy saunters into a gift suite, compliments of Diddy, and closes his eyes as he slides into a barber chair for a trim.

New frog species found in troubled Indian habitat

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scientists have discovered 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs in the jungle mountains of southern India — just in time, they fear, to watch them fade away.

House set to approve new Benghazi investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up.

Therapy dog helps troops deal with postwar stress

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield.

Obama HHS nominee gets first turn before senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the federal health care agency — and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul — is making her first appearance before senators who will help decide her confirmation.