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Merkel and Putin square off over Crimea
Luxury shooting ranges cater to new gun culture
Malaysia Airlines pilot's last words give no hint of trouble
Malaysia not sure which way lost jet was headed
Obamacare tested in Florida special election won by GOP
San Francisco firefighters stop big blaze spread
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco firefighters prevented a five-alarm fire from spreading from a condominium construction site to nearby buildings on Tuesday.
CIA-Senate dispute: Who's spying on whom?
Fla. House race could be warning for Democrats
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — After months of railing against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in a hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November.
Pistorius trial: cricket bat, toilet door in court
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Kneeling in court and swinging a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius' toilet door, a South African forensic analyst demonstrated Wednesday how the double-amputee athlete may have bashed the door to get to the girlfriend he had just fatally shot.
Obama to host new Ukrainian PM at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a gesture aimed at rebuking Russia and cementing the West's allegiance to Ukraine's fledgling government.
Pope sees banner first year, but expectations high
After thaw, snow returns to Midwest, Northeast
CHICAGO (AP) — A wet snow forced residents of Chicago and the Midwest to once again break out shovels and slog to work along slippery roads and slow transit lines, a reality check for winter-weary residents who had just reveled in a day or so of spring-like temperatures. Along the storm's eastward track, upstate New York was gearing up for a blizzard.
$600K taken from safe at Osteen's megachurch
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country.
Sandusky's wife: Victims manipulated over money
NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says she "definitely" believes her husband is innocent despite being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and that the victims' financial gain was at play.
49ers acquire Jonathan Martin from Dolphins
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jonathan Martin has had Jim Harbaugh's support all along, from his early college days at Stanford to the offensive tackle's tumultuous year in which he accused a Dolphins teammate of bullying, and even in a formal NFL investigation into the situation in Miami.
Flobots classroom project takes off in Denver
DENVER (AP) — The Flobots, a Denver hip-hop band that gained fame with the hit single "Handlebars," are known for social activism and supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement. Drew Elder, a senior vice president of the investment firm Janus, is more familiar with the cello than with Chuck D.
Cold and snow returns after brief period of warmth
CHICAGO (AP) — Another storm dealt yet another wintery blast to the snow-weary Midwest and a blizzard warning was issued in upstate New York on Wednesday after a day or so of spring-like temperatures teased the region.
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Pistorius trial: cricket bat, toilet door shown
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was probably on his stumps when he fatally shot his girlfriend through a toilet door, a forensic analyst said Wednesday at the double-amputee athlete's murder trial.
India asked to join hunt for missing plane
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia asked India to join the expanding search for the missing Boeing 777 near the Andaman Sea — far to the northwest of its last reported position and a further sign Wednesday that authorities have no idea where the plane might be more than four days after it vanished.
Work until you die: Lifelong labor becomes the new normal
There’s an interesting paradox happening in the U.S. labor market: Today there are more incentives than ever for a healthy, prosperous retirement. Yet over the same time period since investment options like 401(k)’s become available, people have been choosing to work further into their golden years.
Malaysian relative 'praying for divine intervention'
Two suspect men who flew on a missing Malaysian airliner appear to have been Iranian illegal immigrants, officials said Tuesday, lessening fears of terrorism but shedding no light on the fate of the plane's 239 passengers and crew. On the fourth day of a multinational search at sea and on land, relatives desperate for news of loved ones aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 said their hopes for a miracle were ebbing away. Authorities have doubled the search radius to 100 nautical miles (equivalent to 185 kilometres) around the point where the Boeing 777 disappeared from radar over the South China Sea early Saturday, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The 34-year-old son of Malaysian security guard Subramaniam Gurusamy was on the flight to do business in Beijing for an oil company.
Anti-fracking activist barred from visiting friends, grocery store
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A court injunction obtained by Texas-based Cabot Oil & Gas is preventing Pennsylvania resident Vera Scroggins from going to her local grocery store, her friends' homes, schools, or even the hospital. That's because those properties sit atop the more than 200,000 acres in Susquehanna County that the energy producer owns and leases for gas extraction - land on which Scroggins, a determined anti-fracking activist, is not allowed to tread. A judge in October granted Cabot's request to bar Scroggins from the land - more than 40 percent of Susquehanna County, where she lives - after her repeated trespassing, court documents show. Her offending actions included giving a tour last year to anti-drilling celebrities Susan Sarandon, Yoko Ono, and Sean Lennon, the documents said.
Interpol tests giving airlines access to its passports database
LYON, France (AP) — Interpol is allowing two airlines to check passenger passports against its vast database of lost and stolen travel documents — in a test project aimed to let private sector companies help authorities crack down on criminals who travel with fake documents, the police organization's leader said Tuesday.
NSA nominee defends bulk data collection
Black Hawk helicopter rescues man off NC cliff
Live from SXSW: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone
Is Japan building an irresistible terror target?
CIA chief denies agency hacked Senate staff computers
A top US lawmaker's hotly disputed charge that the CIA illegally spied on Senate staff has roiled the intelligence community, fraying ties between the agency and its overseers in Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein brought what had been a behind-the-scenes spat into the public glare Tuesday with her furious broadside against the Central Intelligence Agency, saying its agents searched computers used by staffers investigating its interrogation methods. "I have grave concerns that the CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution," Feinstein said on the Senate floor. She alleged the CIA may have breached federal law as well as the executive order that bars it from domestic spying, but the agency's director John Brennan quickly denied the allegations.
Obama sits 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis
In a bid to get young people to sign up for health care, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in U.S. history to appear on "Between Two Ferns," Funny or Die's intentionally awkward interview show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
Fukushima children face invisible enemy
Ex-Christie aides want judge revoke subpoenas
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for two key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring Gov. Chris Christie's administration are trying to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the matter.
Missing jet traced hundreds of miles off-course
Feinstein accuses CIA of improperly searching Senate computers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush administration.
Malaysia military tracks plane to west coast
Japan marks third anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
Namie (Japan) (AFP) - Japan observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away thousands of victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked the nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power. Survivors bowed deeply and joined hands at remembrance ceremonies in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led tributes to those who died in Japan's worst peace-time disaster. Giant waves also crashed into the Fukushima nuclear plant, sparking reactor meltdowns and explosions, and setting off the worst atomic crisis in a generation. As night fell, an event in a Fukushima park saw about 2,000 lit candles arranged to read "Fukushima 3/11".
Army general's defense seeks new plea deal in sex case
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge on Tuesday dismissed the jury in the midst of an Army general's court martial on sexual assault charges to give prosecutors and defense lawyers time to hammer out a plea deal in the closely watched case.
Russia preparing counterproposals over Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia said Monday it is drafting counterproposals to a U.S. plan for a negotiated solution to the Ukraine crisis, denouncing the new Western-backed government as an unacceptable "fait accompli" and claiming that Russian-leaning parts of the country have been plunged into lawlessness.
'Fatal Vision' author Joe McGinniss dies at age 71
'Burger King baby' seeks birth mom on Facebook
In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother, and tens of thousands of people are trying to help.