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Obama, Merkel to display unity against Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine.


Northern Ireland waits for verdict in Adams arrest

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland is waiting. The country's most famous — and infamous — politician could be charged over a decades-old slaying of a Belfast mother of 10, or walk away a free man.


3 killed in Ukraine offensive near Slovyansk

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out in the early hours on Friday around a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. Three deaths were reported in early fighting.


Ukraine forces seek to retake key city, 3 killed

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out Friday around a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. Three deaths were reported in early fighting.


Toll up to 19 dead in car bomb in Nigerian capital

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll from a car bomb that exploded on a busy road in Nigeria's capital rose to at least 19 overnight, police said Friday from the city that within days hosts an international conference.

Police use new tool to source crowds for evidence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are employing a new crowdsourcing tool to help with a Southern California investigation into an annual party gone awry last month that left dozens of people injured including several police officers.


55 U.S. schools face federal sex assault probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — From huge state universities to small colleges and the Ivy League, 55 schools across America are facing federal investigation for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students.


Seattle mayor proposes phased-in $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday proposed a phased-in increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years — a compromise endorsed by both business and labor that would make the city's pay baseline the highest in the nation.


Colombian shaman dismisses role in UK teen's death

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian shaman is showing no remorse and taking no responsibility for the death of a British teenager who drank a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual.


Remains of Vietnam vet missing since 1980 ignite murder probe

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in northern Nevada are investigating the suspected murder of a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran whose remains were found last summer in a septic tank near the historic Comstock mining town of Virginia City nearly 34 years after he disappeared.


Cuba keeps spot on U.S. terror list

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba labeled as absurd and manipulative an annual U.S. State Department report that once again designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, a setback for advocates hoping for a change in Washington's Cuba policy this year. The annual Country Reports on Terrorism issued on Wednesday continued to list Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as countries that have "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." Cuba has been on the list since 1982. Cuba's Foreign Ministry "energetically rejects the manipulation of a matter as sensitive as international terrorism by turning it into an instrument of policy against Cuba and it demands that our country be definitively excluded from this spurious, unilateral and arbitrary list," the Cuban government said in a statement late on Wednesday. Opponents of Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba had hoped it would drop Cuba from the list this year in a sign U.S. President Barack Obama might want to normalize relations with the communist-ruled island 90 miles from Florida.


Appeal of cheerleader's suit seen as major test of online speech

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court heard arguments Thursday over whether a gossip website should have been immune from a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, a case that Internet giants such as Google and Facebook are watching closely.


Military sex assault reports up 50 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform and that the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assaults.


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