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  • EU high court hands Britain win over European Central Bank

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:07:07 GMT

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A European Union high court has handed Britain and its London financial hub a victory by ruling against a European Central Bank decision that would have forced financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be based in the eurozone.

  • A murderer and rapist's views reflect those of many in India

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:59:52 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — When a rapist and killer said the woman brutally attacked on a New Delhi bus was responsible for what had happened to her, his comments were shocking in their insolence and lack of remorse. But the subliminal message has wide acceptance in India.

  • Ex-CIA chief may avoid prison for leaking military secrets

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:47:36 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — If he manages to avoid prison, former CIA director David Petraeus' guilty plea for providing reams of classified material to his mistress will result in far more lenient punishment than that often meted for leaking the nation's secrets.

  • Eurozone showing signs of economic momentum

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:38:35 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone's economy is kicking into a higher gear in the wake of falling oil prices.

  • Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:34:42 GMT

    ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of nationalist glory.

  • Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills 1, traps dozens

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:20:18 GMT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The speaker of Ukraine's parliament says he can confirm only one death in a coal-mining accident in the war-torn east, pedaling back on an earlier claim that 32 laborers had died.

  • Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:19:47 GMT

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen.

  • US, Iran resume nuclear talks after Netanyahu speech

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:16:38 GMT

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Undeterred by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scathing speech against an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. and Iranian negotiators resumed work Wednesday on an agreement meant to crimp Iran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.

  • Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:10:47 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal and that lawmakers "better understand" why the deal is bad.

  • China plays down US concerns over anti-terror legislation

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:55:34 GMT

    SHANGHAI (AP) — China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Wednesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.

  • Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:51:54 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions.

  • Ukrainian parl't told 32 workers killed in coal mine blast

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:45:13 GMT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion at a coal mine in war-torn eastern Ukraine killed 32 workers Wednesday, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament said. Rebels who control the area confirmed only one death but acknowledged that some miners were still trapped.

  • Europe stocks gain, Asia mixed as data, China target awaited

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:46:34 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — European stocks gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target.

  • Ukraine parliament speaker says 32 killed in mine blast in war-torn eastern Ukraine

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:23:45 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine parliament speaker says 32 killed in mine blast in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

  • Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:15:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.

  • Uprising at juvenile camp leads sheriff to call for changes

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:08:17 GMT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — School officials insist that everything is back to normal after a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation center in rural western Nevada. But the local sheriff says the neighboring town is on edge and "at its wits' end" following the latest in a series of violent outbursts by the teenagers.

  • High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:07:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • Details, questions emerge on homeless man shot by LA police

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:06:41 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For months before he was fatally shot by police, a man walked the streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row, with few or no one he encountered knowing anything about his past bank robbery conviction, his wanted probation status or that even the false name he lived under had been purloined from a Frenchman years earlier.

  • In Ferguson, scathing US report brings pressure for change

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:03:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of street.

  • AP survey: Why the outlook for global economy has brightened

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:01:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.

  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:57:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security.