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Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted.

34 injured in Staten Island blaze

Fire tore through three townhouses on Staten Island, injuring 34 people including two young children who were tossed out a window from a smoke-filled second-floor apartment into the arms of neighbors below, authorities and witnesses said.

European Central Bank cuts rates to help eurozone

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has cut two key interest rates, one of them into negative territory — a highly unusual step that underlines the urgency of its efforts to keep the eurozone economy from sliding into crippling deflation.

Police arrest man in elevator stabbing of boy, 6

NEW YORK (AP) — A man believed to have stabbed a 6-year-old boy to death and critically injured a 7-year-old girl in a knife attack in a public housing building elevator that didn't have security cameras was arrested just minutes after the mayor and the police commissioner publicly identified him and appealed for help catching him, police said.

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

TOKYO (AP) — A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.

Violence against women: What is — and is not — different this time

The 25-year-old gunman entered the crowded classroom early that morning, armed with a rifle and a hunting knife. Before the 60 students could really register what was happening, he’d ordered the men to leave, then opened fire on the women, shouting, “You’re all a bunch of feminists, and I hate feminists!” By the time he turned the gun on himself, he’d left 14 dead and 10 more injured.

Obama, top European allies conferring on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama is consulting with two of his most important European allies — Britain and France — as they navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power.

Pilot ejects as Navy jet crashes into sea

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say a Navy jet crashed into the sea as it prepared to make a late-night landing on an aircraft carrier, but the pilot ejected and was listed in stable condition.

Israel advances 1,500 settlement homes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's housing ministry said Thursday it was advancing plans for nearly 1,500 new settlement housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

State governments may be expanding wealth gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.

No injuries in California military jet crash

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) — A Marine jet crashed into a residential area and destroyed two homes in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, but no one was injured, authorities said.

GM recall probe to clear senior execs: WSJ

(Reuters) - An internal probe of General Motors Co's GM.N delay in recalling cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths is expected to conclude there was no concerted coverup and clear senior management of blame, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The report will conclude that GM managers did not make connections and act on evidence of problems linked to deadly accidents, and it will recommend changes to GM culture and management, the Journal said. But GM's general counsel, Michael Millikin, who was co-lead of the internal probe with former U.S. prosecutor Anton Valukas, is expected to continue to work for the automaker and is cleared of responsibility for the mishandling of defects and the recall delay, the people told the newspaper. Barra is expected to announce the findings of the internal probe on Thursday.