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  • India says it will act against BBC for airing banned film

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:43:34 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home minister says the government will act against the British Broadcasting Corporation for ignoring a court order and airing a documentary about a fatal New Delhi gang rape in which one of the attackers blames the victim.

  • Singapore sentences 2 Germans to caning for vandalism

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:38:53 GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of a rattan cane and nine months in prison after they were found guilty of vandalizing a public train carriage, according to court documents.

  • Md shootings: Suspect's divorce petition dismissed this week

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:36:50 GMT

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland learned his petition for divorce was dismissed at the height of the shooting streak.

  • Strange circumstances surround gold heist on Interstate 95

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:18:11 GMT

    WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers.

  • Ex-Ukraine minister arrested in Spain for embezzlement

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:33:21 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested former Ukraine finance minister Yuri Kolobov, who is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state funds.

  • Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:16:18 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intel operation carried out on foreign soil.

  • Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:49:15 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

  • Faucet theft from German spy building causes water leak

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:03:15 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Police say someone removed faucets from the still-incomplete headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service in Berlin, causing a large water leak.

  • US envoy to SKorea in stable condition after knife attack

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:47:56 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday.

  • Veterinarian detained in East Timor returns to Oregon

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:19:45 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A globe-trotting veterinarian held for six months in a Southeast Asian country has returned to Oregon, landing Wednesday night at Portland International Airport.

  • US finds racist, profit-driven practices in Ferguson

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:07:35 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb.

  • Batum rallies Trail Blazers past Clippers 98-93 in OT

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:48:15 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer that forced overtime, then set up three alley-oop baskets and added a clinching 3 in the final minute to rally the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 98-93 on Wednesday night.

  • Autopsy fails to pinpoint death cause for Oregon baby in car

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:35:52 GMT

    HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An autopsy has failed to pinpoint a cause of death for a 6-month-old girl whose father says he forgot her, leaving her in his car for six hours with the windows rolled up in a suburban Portland parking lot last October.

  • US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:26:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

  • Facebook posts about job land US contractor in Emirates jail

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:24:46 GMT

    A hallmark of American life — griping about work — has landed a Florida man in a Middle Eastern jail.

  • Today in History

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:00:40 GMT

    Today is Thursday, March 5, the 64th day of 2015. There are 301 days left in the year.

  • Venezuelan mayor's arrest casts light on unlikely marriage

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:00:33 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — She was raised by a leader of Venezuela's opposition and made a name for herself on a popular anti-government TV show. He is the tourism minister and one of the socialist administration's most passionate defenders.

  • Australia police charge 6 with smuggling drugs from Colombia

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:41:07 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Six men were charged in Sydney with drug smuggling and more than 480 kilograms (1,060 pounds) of cocaine and methamphetamine have been seized in Columbia and Australia in a joint Australian-Colombian police operation, officials said Thursday.

  • More mutilated animals found in California's capital city

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:34:51 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More mutilated animals were found Wednesday in California's capital city, the third discovery in as many days.

  • Police: Maryland shootings random; evoked DC sniper memories

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:49:33 GMT

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland, including a building at the National Security Agency, chose his targets at random, police said Wednesday.

  • Former chief of Bolivia drug police under investigation

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:44:10 GMT

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties.