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  • The Latest: Couple sought in woman's killing, kidnapping

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:46:51 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of three children whose mother was killed in Southern California (all times local):

  • Dutch police arrest man seen with ski mask on terror charges

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:42:57 GMT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of "preparing a terror crime" after he was spotted driving through the southern city of Eindhoven last week wearing a ski mask.

  • State hopes '22' highway sign won't be as coveted as M-22

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:40:52 GMT

    GLEN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Thieves have been stealing highway signs that mark a popular road in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

  • Police: Man charged in Texas mosque threat later apologized

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:27:36 GMT

    WATAUGA, Texas (AP) — Police say a man accused of calling a Fort Worth-area mosque threatening to decapitate Muslims later called back to apologize.

  • Court charges man who named dog after Nigerian president

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:14:00 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A man who wrote the name of Nigeria's president on his dog and paraded the pet in an area where the leader is popular has been charged with breaking the peace.

  • Black teen pushed down by Iowa officer got money for secrecy

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:08:47 GMT

    WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a white police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement including a secrecy provision that may violate state law.

  • German diplomat's son petitioning Va. governor for pardon

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:56:07 GMT

    DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — A German diplomat's son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an "absolute pardon" and parole based largely on blood analysis.

  • Finland arrests Iraqi suspected of killings in 2014 in Iraq

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:55:09 GMT

    HELSINKI (AP) — Police in Finland have arrested a 24-year-old Iraqi man on suspicion of murder and war crimes related to the massacre of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers by the Islamic State group in 2014.

  • Man charged over rock-throwing that hurt teacher gets parole

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:44:56 GMT

    LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first of four young men charged over a rock-throwing episode on a Pennsylvania interstate that caused severe brain trauma to an Ohio teacher has been granted parole.

  • AP EXPLAINS: How Colombia conflict developed over decades

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:42:16 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia's government and leftist rebels in Havana put the final touches on a historic peace deal, The Associated Press explains how the conflict began and developed over the decades, eventually culminating in a plan to end the half-century guerrilla conflict.

  • Zimbabwe police fire tear gas, gunshots to quell protests

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:37:45 GMT

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police have fired tear gas, water cannons and gunshots to stop hundreds of youths protesting against police brutality in the capital, Harare.

  • Kansas man faces sentencing for role in foiled bomb plot

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:36:42 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Alexander Blair has admitted his role in a foiled terrorist attack: aiding a wannabe Islamic State jihadist's plan to detonate what they thought was a bomb at a Kansas military post to kill or maim as many U.S. service members as possible. Blair says "nobody is perfect" and blames a genetic disorder for allowing others to take advantage of him.

  • Rio Olympics over, final decision on Brazil president looms

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:21:46 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The last medals have been handed out, the athletes have all gone home and the fireworks at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium are fading into memory. Now Brazil's real drama begins.

  • Woman delivering Chinese food is fatally shot during robbery

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:03:10 GMT

    WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police say a woman delivering Chinese food in Connecticut has been shot and killed during a robbery.

  • Correction: Amusement Ride Safety story

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:54:09 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about the lack of unified regulation for amusement park rides, The Associated Press erroneously reported which states have no laws regulating the industry. Montana was omitted from the list, which also includes Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. It also incorrectly included South Dakota, which passed a law requiring inspections in 2014.

  • Trial of Russian man charged with hacking comes to close

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:47:11 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers will make their closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information.

  • Tulsa man pleads not guilty in slaying of Lebanese neighbor

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:34:07 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor.

  • Boy, 14, accused of killing grandma during fight over school

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:31:10 GMT

    HARBORCREEK, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been charged with fatally shooting his grandmother during an argument over school.

  • Review: Cyborgs fight for their rights in 'Deus Ex'

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:21:56 GMT

    In the 1970s, "The Six-Million-Dollar Man" had all us kids fantasizing about the cool bionic parts we'd all be getting one day. Super-speedy legs? An arm that can punch through brick walls? An eye with a built-in zoom lens? Who wouldn't want to be Steve Austin?

  • Lawyer: Timbuktu residents felt shame after sites destroyed

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:06:18 GMT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — By reducing historic mausoleums in Timbuktu to dusty piles of rubble, Islamic extremists desecrated holy sites, leaving residents ashamed and impoverished, a lawyer said Wednesday at the trial of the man accused of leading the destruction.

  • Judge denies bond for man held in 5 Alabama killings

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:03:40 GMT

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A judge is refusing bond for a Mississippi man accused of killing five people and an unborn child in Alabama.