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Spain: king abdicates for his 'new generation' son

MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Juan Carlos, who led Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced royal scandals amid the nation's near financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his son, making way for a "new generation."


Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday, taking a major step toward ending a crippling territorial and political split with the rival Hamas militant group but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel.


New allergy tablets offer alternative to shots

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For decades, seasonal allergy sufferers had two therapy options to ease the misery of hay fever. They could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or they could get allergy shots for years to gradually reduce their immune system's over-reaction.


Kings advance to Stanley Cup finals vs Rangers

CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings almost went down in their opening playoff series. They flirted with elimination again in the second round. They went to the absolute edge of the offseason in the Western Conference finals.


25 years on, Tiananmen barely known to China youth

BEIJING (AP) — Born in 1989, Steve Wang sometimes wonders what happened in his hometown of Beijing that year. But his curiosity about pro-democracy protests and the crackdown on them passes quickly.

AP PHOTOS: Iran mineral baths offer relief

SAREIN, Iran (AP) — Spring-fed mineral baths on the slopes of Iran's Sabalan mountain draw patients seeking traditional hydrotherapy and tourists seeking a relaxing getaway.


World Cup's most exotic city awaits tourist influx

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Death by giant snakes, malarial mosquitoes or drug-addled, knife-wielding thieves: If the barrage of blood-soaked headlines in the British tabloids is to be believed, that's what awaits soccer fans travelling to the most exotic of Brazil's World Cup host cities, the Amazonian metropolis of Manaus.


EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.


AP PHOTOS: Teams, fans counting down to World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's just 10 days away. The World Cup's opening match is coming June 12 in Sao Paulo, and the final days before soccer's most important tournament have seen a flurry of on- and off-field action.


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