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State of the Union set to awaken populism

The Associated Press February 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will press a politically-divided Congress to approve more tax increases and fewer spending cuts during a State of the Union address focused on stabilizing the...

Same-sex partners see benefits in military

The Associated Press February 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is not extending some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members even though it legally could because the complex issue requires more review and...

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Pope’s resignation surprises church

The Associated Press February 12, 2013

VATICAN CITY — With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already...


After Nemo, Northeasterners begin digging out

The Associated Press February 9, 2013

BOSTON — A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts...

Seedling grown at UT’s LBJ Wildflower Center being planted in Bastrop

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Thousands of pine seedlings grown at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas are being packed up and shipped for planting in Bastrop County. There,...

Texas drops in number of individuals seeking unemployment benefits

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to a level consistent with steady job gains. The Labor Department said weekly applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000. Here...

Congo, M23 rebels act toward peace

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

KAMPALA, Uganda — Representatives of the Congolese government and the M23 rebels signed a preliminary agreement in which both parties accepted responsibility for the failure of an earlier peace deal,...

Boy Scouts decision on gay admits delayed

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

IRVING— Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is delaying until May a vote on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays as Scouts and adult leaders. Any eventual decision...


Icy base slides on surface of Antarctica

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

LONDON — British researchers have unveiled a futuristic Antarctic research base that can move, sliding across the frozen surface to beat the shifting ice and pounding snow that doomed its predecessors. The...

Two of Great Lakes record lowest levels

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and...

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Fans use Facebook to add second set of paws to Monopoly

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced...

Palestinian inmates sneak sperm to wives

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

NABLUS, West Bank — A Palestinian fertility doctor claimed Wednesday that he has used prisoners’ sperm smuggled out of Israeli jails to help their wives have babies, and that five women have...

Cities fight over bones of King Richard III

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

LONDON — The discovery of King Richard III under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester thrilled history buffs around the world. But the news meant a winter of discontent for the rival city...

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Heavy clashes frighten Syrians

The Associated Press February 7, 2013

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels and regime forces fought their most intense clashes in weeks inside the heavily guarded capital of Damascus on Wednesday, activists said, with the sounds of shell blasts echoing...

Exhibitions plumb artistic responses to disaster

The Associated Press February 6, 2013

NEW YORK — Coke Wisdom O’Neal looked at the soggy, stained and discolored photographs strewn about his Brooklyn studio by the salty floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy, sure there was nothing he...

Dell pursuing buyout to go private and attempt turnaround

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such...

Forest Service, Fort Hood agree on deal to accelerate wildfire response

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Army's Fort Hood have reached agreement on a plan to accelerate wildfire response. Under the deal announced...


French troops to leave Timbuktu, head northeast

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

TIMBUKTU, Mali — In a new phase of the Mali conflict, French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight Monday, as French forces planned...

Injured Pakistani girl appears on video

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

LONDON — In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for girls’ education, saying Monday she would keep...

Super Bowl blackout under investigation

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Who turned out the lights? The day after the 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl, the exact cause was unclear, although a couple of potential culprits had been ruled out. It...

Obama stands firm on gun control despite long odds

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, although...

Royal Canadian Mint stops issuing penny

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

TORONTO — Canada started phasing out its penny, the nuisance coins that clutter dressers and cost more than their one-cent value to produce. The Royal Canadian Mint on Monday officially ended...

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Astros, Athletics negotiate five-player trade

The Associated Press February 5, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif.  — The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers on Monday. Right-hander...

Gov. Perry: Boy Scouts should keep no-gay policy

The Associated Press February 4, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said emphatically Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America shouldn’t soften its strict no-gays membership policy and dismissed the idea of bending the organization to the whims...

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Icelandic girl wins right to use her given name

The Associated Press February 1, 2013

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of authorities and Iceland’s strict law...

Protesters break into gov’t building in Athens

The Associated Press January 31, 2013

ATHENS, Greece — Protesters forced their way into a government building in Greece’s latest anti-austerity protests Wednesday, reaching just outside a minister’s office before being expelled...

Teen performer at inaugural events fatally shot

The Associated Press January 31, 2013

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old girl who performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicide toll in the president’s hometown, killed...

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Week of unrest weakens Morsi’s leadership

The Associated Press January 31, 2013

CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist president has been significantly weakened by a week of violent protests across much of the country, with his popularity eroding, the powerful military implicitly criticizing...

High-tech cargo airship being built in California

The Associated Press January 31, 2013

TUSTIN, Calif. — The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testings. Still, the fact that the hulking 230-foot-long...

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A Zimbabwe snack, from tree to dinner table

The Associated Press January 31, 2013

GWANDA, Zimbabwe — In Zimbabwe, mopane worms are a staple part of the diet in rural areas and are considered a delicacy in the cities. They can be eaten dry, as crunchy as potato chips, or cooked...

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Egyptian protesters march, battle police

The Associated Press January 29, 2013

CAIRO — Protesters battled police for hours in Cairo on Monday and thousands marched through Egypt’s three Suez Canal cities in direct defiance of a nighttime curfew and state of emergency,...


Conn. parents call for tougher gun laws

The Associated Press January 29, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. — Parents of children killed in the Newtown school shooting called for better enforcement of gun laws and tougher penalties for violators Monday at a hearing that revealed the divide...

Guatemala ex-dictator faces genocide trial

The Associated Press January 29, 2013

GUATEMALA CITY — A former U.S.-backed dictator who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war will stand trial on charges he ordered the murder, torture and...

Mexican church sparks debate on forgiving killers

The Associated Press January 29, 2013

MEXICO CITY — An order of Roman Catholic priests in Mexico has produced a video urging relatives of drug cartel victims to adopt a Christ-like forgiveness by pardoning even the killers, hitting a...

Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicating, son will be king

The Associated Press January 29, 2013

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she is ending her reign after 33 years and passing the crown to her eldest son, who has long been groomed to be...

Guantanamo lawyer fired by 9/11 suspect

The Associated Press January 29, 2013

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged in the 9/11 attacks fired one of his military attorneys Monday in an apparent sign of frustration and distrust of his Pentagon-appointed...

Former NFL kicker charged with fraud

The Associated Press January 25, 2013

Former UT All-American and NFL kicker and punter Russell Erxleben, who previously served a federal prison sentence for securities fraud, was arrested Thursday on new charges of running an illegal Ponzi...

Fort Hood shooting suspect wants death penalty out

The Associated Press January 25, 2013

FORT WORTH — The new judge in the Fort Hood shooting rampage case faces a controversial decision next week: whether to spare Maj. Nidal Hasan a possible death sentence and let him plead guilty in...

U.S. drone kills seven suspected militants

The Associated Press January 24, 2013

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say a U.S. drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa has killed at least seven suspected al-Qaida militants. The officials say the drone attack took place...

Costly computer virus serves as warning

The Associated Press January 24, 2013

NEW YORK — A computer virus that spread to more than a million computers worldwide, and produced at least $50 million in illegal profits or losses to victims should be a “wake-up call”...

Morocco to change law allowing rape marriage

The Associated Press January 24, 2013

RABAT, Morocco — Nearly a year after Morocco was shocked by the suicide of a 16-year-old girl who was forced to marry her alleged rapist, the government has announced plans to change the penal code...

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Rise of Israeli centrist raises hopes for peace

The Associated Press January 24, 2013

JERUSALEM — The unexpectedly strong showing by a new centrist party in Israel’s parliamentary election has raised hopes of a revival of peace talks with Palestinians that have languished for...

Combat roles opened to U.S. women

The Associated Press January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their...

Lone Star College issues alert amid reports of shooter on Houston campus

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area community college went into lockdown Tuesday afternoon amid reports of a shooter on campus. Lone Star College System issued an alert on its website Tuesday telling...

Files show how LA church leaders controlled damage

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control...

Turkish lawyers jailed for militant links

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has charged nine lawyers, including prominent human rights defenders, with membership in an outlawed leftist militant group...

Ohio highway pileups snare scores of cars

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a southwest Ohio highway pileup involving as many as 85 vehicles has left one person dead. The Interstate 275 crash was one of four pileups that snared...

New Mexico teen had homicidal thoughts

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings told police he had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts. According to...


Russia begins evacuations from Syria

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

BEIRUT — Russia said Monday it is sending two planes to Lebanon to start evacuating its citizens from Syria, the strongest sign yet that President Bashar Assad’s most important international...


Beyonce wows with rendition of national anthem

The Associated Press January 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — Beyonce drew a loud cheer from the audience Monday even before her impressive rendition of the national anthem. The applause started when she took her place with Jay-Z at the Capitol...


Chavez’s illness has military in limbo

The Associated Press January 18, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela — In a country riven by political strife, Venezuela’s military often has served as the arbiter of power. It has launched coups and frustrated them and dispatched soldiers...

UK police open historic child abuse probe

The Associated Press January 18, 2013

LONDON (AP) — British police have launched an official probe into claims that senior politicians had links to a pedophile gang during the 1980s. Scotland Yard says the investigation is looking...

UN: More than 100 killed in Darfur tribal conflict

The Associated Press January 18, 2013

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The U.N. and African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan says more than 100 people have been killed and other 70,000 displaced from their homes because of recent tribal warfare...


Armstrong confesses, bronze taken away

The Associated Press January 18, 2013

LONDON — On the day he went public with an admission of doping after years of denials, Olympic officials disclosed one more embarrassment for Lance Armstrong: He was stripped of a bronze medal won...

FBI director in Libya to review Benghazi probe

The Associated Press January 18, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The FBI director met with top Libyan officials on Thursday to discuss the probe into last year’s killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi where authorities are planning...

Poisoned lotto winner’s body to be exhumed Friday

The Associated Press January 18, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities plan to exhume the body of a Chicago businessman Friday in hopes of learning exactly how he ingested a lethal dose of cyanide. Urooj (oo-ROOJ’) Khan died in July...

Brazilian website fakes girlfriend

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

SAO PAULO — Want to make your ex-girlfriend jealous? Need to show your friends you are in a serious relationship when you aren’t? A Brazilian website says it has the answer: fake girlfriends.

Emergency landing grounds Boeing 787 jets in Japan

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

TOKYO — Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet. All...

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Islamists take hostages in Algeria after attack

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

ALGIERS, Algeria — In a desert standoff deep in the Sahara, the Algerian army ringed a natural gas complex where Islamist militants hunkered down with dozens of hostages Wednesday night after a rare...

Coloradan missing in Grand Canyon

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The mother of a Colorado woman reported missing while on a private river trip at the Grand Canyon said Wednesday that she believes her daughter fell into the water and is dead. Kaitlin...

Helicopter crashes in London; two dead

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

LONDON — A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person...

NASA, Europe unite to plan trip to moon

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is teaming up with the European Space Agency to get astronauts beyond Earth’s orbit. Europe will provide the propulsion and power compartment for NASA’s...

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Gun control becomes top issue

The Associated Press January 17, 2013

Leading up to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, strong emotions are emanating from both sides of the aisle on a range of subjects in today’s highly charged political environment...

Israel to open exhibit on biblical King Herod

The Associated Press January 16, 2013

JERUSALEM — Israel’s national museum said Tuesday it will open what it calls the world’s first exhibition devoted to the architectural legacy of biblical King Herod, the Jewish proxy...

Air pollution in Beijing goes off the index

The Associated Press January 15, 2013

BEIJING — People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing’s murky skyline on Sunday as the air quality in China’s notoriously polluted capital went off the index. The...

Thousands march to protest Russia’s adoption ban

The Associated Press January 15, 2013

MOSCOW — Thousands of people marched through Moscow on Sunday to protest Russia’s new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, a far bigger number than expected in a sign that...

Three Utah men die in Texas plane crash

The Associated Press January 15, 2013

  SALT LAKE CITY — A plane carrying three Utah men crashed shortly after takeoff in Texas Saturday, killing all three aboard, authorities said. The Piper PA-46 had taken off from an airport...

Egyptian appeals court orders Mubarak retrial

The Associated Press January 15, 2013

CAIRO — A Cairo appeals court on Sunday overturned Hosni Mubarak’s life sentence and ordered a retrial of the former Egyptian president for failing to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters...

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