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7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A drive-by shooter went on a "mass murder" rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday.

In Ukraine heartland, politics second to money

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — In the roiling debate over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatist attacks have turned increasingly bloody, neither the country's richest man nor some of his dirt-poor compatriots have much time for patriotism, ethnic feuding or political parties.

Pope thanks Jordan for welcoming Syrian refugees

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis has thanked Jordan for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an "urgent," peaceful solution to the conflict.

China launches anti-terror drive after bombing

URUMQI, China (AP) — Authorities announced a security crackdown Saturday in China's Muslim northwest after a deadly bombing raised questions about whether tightening Beijing's grip might be feeding anti-Chinese anger and a rise of organized terrorism.

Obama: US must do more to care for veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must work harder to make sure veterans get the opportunities and benefits they have earned.

Election under threat in eastern Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents have prevented at least half of the election districts in the embattled east of the country to prepare for Sunday's presidential election, a Ukrainian official says.

Indian court drops charge against NYPD officer

NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in India's capital has dropped a weapons charge against a New York City police officer and is allowing him to leave the country, his lawyer said Saturday.

5 things to watch for during pope's Mideast trip

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis' trip to the Middle East offers a host of symbolically important — and potentially problematic — moments, from the gifts he'll receive to the venues he'll visit and words he will pronounce. Here are five things to look for during his trip starting Saturday to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.

Pope to see Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On the first leg of his three-day Mideast trip, Pope Francis will get a firsthand look at the plight of Syrian refugees and witness the toll the civil war next door is taking on Jordan.

Thai army: Ex-PM, protest leaders held 'to think'

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's coup leaders will detain former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders for up to a week to give them "time to think," a military spokesman said Saturday.

Gates: I would have allowed gay adults in Boy Scouts

DALLAS (AP) — Robert Gates, the new president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Friday that he would have moved last year to allow openly gay adults in the organization but said he opposes any further attempts to address the policy now.

Jury finds ex-soldier eligible for death penalty

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury on Friday decided a former Hawaii soldier convicted of murder is eligible for the death penalty in the first capital case in the history of Hawaii's statehood.

Thailand coup leader a strong defender of monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) — The general who led the military takeover of Thailand is known as an ardent defender of the monarchy, an adversary of the former prime minister at the center of the nation's political crisis, and a prickly personality prone to snap at unwanted questions.

California kidnap victim faces credibility test

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Neighbors say Isidro Garcia is a doting father, loyal husband and good provider for his family. That doesn't mean he's not all the things prosecutors say he is: an abusive rapist who kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and eventually made her his wife.

Texas man charged in killing of Iranian student

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal fraud investigation led to a Jordanian-born man being charged with murder in district court in the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist two years ago, prosecutors said. Authorities are also now taking a new look at an unsolved killing to see if the cases are related.

Challenges await Pope Francis as he embarks on Mideast trip

Pope Francis says this weekend’s trip to the Holy Land is “strictly religious” — “[a] pilgrimage of prayer,” he called it — but it will also be a huge political and even physical challenge for him. Starting on Saturday, Francis, 77, will visit three separate...

Canadian rehab center confirms it's treating Rob Ford

(Reuters) - A Canadian rehabilitation facility on Friday said it was treating Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who had largely disappeared from sight after promising to seek help for an alcohol problem. The GreeneStone Clinic Muskoka, located in cottage county some 200 km (125 miles) north of Toronto, issued a statement asking the public and media respect its patients' privacy. Ford, who shot to prominence last year after admitting to smoking crack, buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking, insisted for months he did not have a problem. Earlier this month he told a Toronto newspaper that rehab was "amazing".

LA kidnapping case will test victim's credibility

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Neighbors say Isidro Garcia is a doting father, loyal husband and good provider for his family. That doesn't mean he's not all the things prosecutors say he is: an abusive rapist who kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and eventually made her his wife.