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'Hunger Games' salute used as protest in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — The three-finger salute from the Hollywood movie "The Hunger Games" is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop.

German museum shows live replica of van Gogh's ear

BERLIN (AP) — A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives.

At least 7 states brace for possible 'land hurricane'

People in at least six states from the Plains to the Midwest are bracing for dangerous storms that forecasters say could produce hurricane-force winds, very large hail and a few "intense" tornadoes beginning Tuesday afternoon.

President-elect to Egyptians: "Time to work"

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president-elect, the former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, told Egyptians it is now "time to work" to rebuild the country after he was officially declared the landslide winner of last week's election.

Obama boosting America's military effort in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to boost U.S. military deployments and exercises throughout Europe, an effort costing as much as $1 billion to demonstrate American solidarity with a continent rattled by Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Eight states go to the polls for Senate, House, governor primaries

A nursing home scandal and a vow to "make 'em squeal" in Washington are at the center of Senate Republican primaries in Mississippi and Iowa, as voters in Alabama, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana and California cast ballots for Senate, House and gubernatorial races.

Touch and go on Bergdahl release until very end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Right up until the moment Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials were not sure the Taliban would really release the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan in exchange for high-level militants detained at Guantanamo Bay.

Saudi Arabia reports over 100 more MERS cases

Of the 688 confirmed cases, 282 deaths have been reported, 353 people have recovered and 53 are still receiving treatment, the official Saudi Press Agency says.

Ex-army chief declared Egypt's new president

The Election Commission says former army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won Egypt's presidential elections by a landslide victory of 96.9 percent of the vote, with turnout 47.45 percent.

Exchange student says he suspected Boston bomber's role

A Kazakh exchange student awaiting trial on charges of obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing testified that he told federal agents he suspected his friend had a role in the deadly attack.

U.S. to appoint first envoy to Somalia in 20 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in more than 20 years, the U.S. will appoint an ambassador to Somalia in what a senior official on Tuesday described as show of faith for future stability in the war-ravaged African nation.

AP WAS THERE: Troops storm Tiananmen Square

BEIJING (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE — On June 4, 1989, AP reporter John Pomfret was in central Beijing when Chinese soldiers attacked pro-democracy protesters on Tiananmen Square.