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Lieberman latest person to withdraw from FBI director search

WASHINGTON " Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman has withdrawn from consideration for the role of FBI director. Lieberman interviewed last week with President Donald Trump, who publicly identified him as a leading candidate.But...

Forces loyal to LNA seize control of Libyan air base

BENGHAZI, Libya " A spokesman for the Libyan National Army says forces loyal to the LNA have seized control of an air base in the country's south that had been under control of western militiamen.Col. Ahmed Mosmary says a brigade...

Forecasters expect 'above-normal' Atlantic hurricane season

MIAMI " U.S. government forecasters expect warm ocean waters will fuel an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 11 to 17 named storms, with five to nine...

Day care worker charged in infant's death

BALTIMORE " A day care worker in Maryland who police say fatally assaulted an 8-month-old girl has been charged with murder.Police said in a statement Thursday that day care worker 23-year-old Leah Walden is charged with first-...

Thousands of Finns honor former president

HELSINKI " Tens of thousands of Finns have lined the roads in central Helsinki to honor former President Mauno Koivisto as his coffin was borne from the Helsinki Cathedral to the city's main cemetery.Koivisto, a World War II...

Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel pickup truck emissions

DETROIT " Shares of General Motors are down more than 2 percent Thursday after a lawsuit alleged that its diesel pickup trucks cheat on emissions tests.The lawsuit filed in Detroit federal court says the pickups with Duramax...

Propylene leak in New Jersey rail car leads to evacuations

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. " Propylene is leaking from a rail car in an industrial park in New Jersey, sending a plume of gas into the air and leading to evacuations.Gloucester County spokeswoman Debra Sellitto says a valve stem...

Last Japanese peacekeepers pull out of South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan " The last Japanese peacekeepers with a United Nations mission have left South Sudan. The team was Japan's first with an expanded mandate to use force if necessary to protect civilians and U.N. staff.Japan...

Berlin Wall, 9/11 symbols offer message to Trump at NATO

BRUSSELS " A U.S. president who wants to build walls is celebrating the collapse of one of the world's most iconic barriers: the Berlin Wall.Donald Trump looked on Thursday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary-General...

Greek ex-premier Lucas Papademos wounded in Athens bombing

ATHENS, Greece " Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has been wounded in an explosion in a car in central Athens.Authorities say the daytime blast left the 69-year-old Papademos with non-life-threatening...

Judge orders Maine broadcasters to produce interview tapes

PORTLAND, Maine " A judge has ordered Maine broadcasters to produce unaired tapes of prosecutor interviews in a murder case.The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and...

Senate panel Oks ex-Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy

WASHINGTON " The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of former Sen. Scott Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.The move " by voice vote on Thursday " all but assures that the full Senate will...

Brewing company creates beer in honor of baby hippo Fiona

CINCINNATI " The Cincinnati Zoo's prematurely born hippo named Fiona is getting a new beer in her honor.Listermann Brewing Company is releasing a Team Fiona New England-style IPA. The hippo's care team helped brew the beer.And...

The Latest: Oil price falls further on OPEC production news

VIENNA " The Latest on OPEC's talks on extending its production cut agreement :6:20 p.m.The price of oil is down further after OPEC and other nations said they had agreed to extend their production cuts for...

House bill would require sports groups to report sex abuse

WASHINGTON " The House has passed legislation to require amateur sports groups recognized by the U.S. Olympics Committee to report allegations of sexual abuse to police.Thursday's vote was 415-3. The sponsor, Republican congresswoman...

NATO inaugurates sprawling, expensive new Brussels HQ

BRUSSELS " President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts on Thursday inaugurated the alliance's new headquarters in Belgium, a sprawling 1.1-billion-euro complex expected to be fully up and running early next...

OPEC and other oil countries extend oil production cut of daily 1.8 million barrels until March

VIENNA " OPEC and other oil countries extend oil production cut of daily 1.8 million barrels until March.

Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos targeted in bomb attack in central Athens, injuries reported

ATHENS, Greece " Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos targeted in bomb attack in central Athens, injuries reported.

Italian court nixes foreign directors named for 5 museums

ROME " An Italian administrative court has nixed the selection of five museum directors, siding with critics of a much-vaunted reform which allowed experts based abroad to compete for top posts.Culture Minister Dario Franceschini...

Philippine military says 31 Islamic State group-linked militants have been killed in besieged southern city

MARAWI, Philippines " Philippine military says 31 Islamic State group-linked militants have been killed in besieged southern city.

Markets Right Now: Retailers lead US stocks higher

The latest on developments in financial markets :9:35 a.m.A strong batch of earnings from retailers including Best Buy is sending stock prices higher in early trading on Wall Street.Best Buy soared 12 percent...

Convicted killer lunges at co-defendant while verdicts read

BOSTON " One of four people charged with murder lunged at a co-defendant and shouted profanities and "I'm not going to forget!" while their guilty verdicts were being read in a Boston courtroom.Omar Bonner, Omar Denton, Andrew...

The Latest: Romanian police detain 7 migrants near Hungary

MADRID " The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis :___3:25 p.m.Romanian border police say they have detained seven migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea who are suspected of trying to illegally cross the border...

Iraqi forces release videos countering claims of abuse

BAGHDAD " An Iraqi commander says allegations that an elite interior ministry unit fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul abused civilian detainees are "incorrect."Abdul Amir al-Muhammadawi, spokesman for the Emergency Response...

Victims of the bombing: Parents, children, policewoman

LONDON " The bombing at a Manchester concert on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. Here what's known about them so far:___Chloe Rutherford, 17, and her boyfriend Liam Curry,...

GLAAD reports slim increase in LGBTQ representation in film

LOS ANGELES " The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive.GLAAD's annual study...

Hungary sees no reason to change law affecting Soros school

BUDAPEST, Hungary " Hungary's government says it sees no reason to alter its recently amended education law which could force a university founded by billionaire George Soros to leave the country.Prime Minister Viktor Orban's...

Official: At least 13 soldiers killed in southern Kandahar

KABUL, Afghanistan " An Afghan official says at least 13 soldiers have been killed and eight others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents.Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said Thursday the...

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

WASHINGTON " There's a glimmer of hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday.Beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies...

List of Dr. Beach's top 10 beaches for 2017

Here is the 2017 list of top 10 beaches in the U.S., compiled by Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach.1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida2. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii3....

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in US

SIESTA KEY, Fla. " The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten's fur " all because it's comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz.For that reason,...

Russia's UN ambassador to take job in summer

MOSCOW " A top diplomat says a new Russian ambassador to the United Nations will take his post soon.Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov confirmed Thursday that Vasily Nebenzya has been tapped for the job. In remarks carried...

Ambulance taking man home crashes on road, killing patient

DUANESBURG, N.Y. " Authorities say an ambulance transporting a man home has crashed on an upstate New York road, killing the patient.The Schenectady County sheriff's office says the crash occurred Wednesday evening in the town...

Ford to replace product chief in management shuffle

DETROIT " A person briefed on the matter says Ford Motor Co. will announce a management shakeup Thursday that includes replacement of its global product development chief.The person says Vice President of Global Purchasing...

New York City mayor still won't cheer for hometown Yankees

NEW YORK " He has served a full-term as New York City mayor, but Bill de Blasio has never attended a New York Yankees game during his tenure. And he doesn't plan to break the streak now.The Democratic mayor grew up outside...

France says Erdogan to look into case of French photographer

BRUSSELS " A senior French official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will look into the case of a French photographer who was taken into custody in Turkey and started a hunger strike to protest his detention.The...

Attempt to rebrand Harlem as 'SoHa' leaves residents fuming

NEW YORK " Community activists in New York City say an attempt to rebrand a section of Harlem as "SoHa" " short for South Harlem " is insulting and another sign of gentrification run amok.NY1 reports ...

US jobless claims rose slightly to 234,000 last week

WASHINGTON " Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remained at historically low levels.THE NUMBERS: Applications for weekly unemployment aid rose 1,000 to 234,000, the Labor Department...

German police: Manchester bomber passed through airport

BERLIN " The suspected bomber in the concert attack in Britain passed through a German airport before the attack, police said Thursday.Salman Abedi spent only a short time at Duesseldorf airport's transit area four days before...

Applications for US employment benefits rose slightly last week to 234,000, still at historically low levels

WASHINGTON " Applications for US employment benefits rose slightly last week to 234,000, still at historically low levels.

Israeli police: US tycoon questioned in Netanyahu probe

JERUSALEM " Israeli police say U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has been questioned as part of a corruption probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Adelson is a Netanyahu confidante and owns a free pro-government...

Manchester police chief says families of attack victims distressed by leaks to The New York Times

MANCHESTER, England " Manchester police chief says families of attack victims distressed by leaks to The New York Times.

Manchester police chief says it will take 'several days' to formally identify attack victims

MANCHESTER, England " Manchester police chief says it will take 'several days' to formally identify attack victims.

Manchester police chief says authorities searching homes after 'significant' arrests

MANCHESTER, England " Manchester police chief says authorities searching homes after 'significant' arrests.

Manchester police chief says searches have found important items in attack investigation

MANCHESTER, England " Manchester police chief says searches have found important items in attack investigation.

Kenya says 2 police officers killed by improvised bomb

NAIROBI, Kenya " A Kenyan official says two police officers have been killed by an improvised bomb near the place where four officers died a day earlier in a similar explosion.The attacks have raised concerns that the al-Shabab...

Red Cross says it's stepped up aid across Syrian front lines

BEIRUT " The International Committee of the Red Cross says that aid deliveries across front lines in war-torn Syria have significantly stepped up, compared to earlier years of the conflict.A statement on Thursday by ICRC president,...

Iran claims third underground missile production site built

TEHRAN, Iran " An Iranian semi-official news agency says the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has built a third underground facility designated to produce ballistic missiles.The semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday...

Denmark: South Korean woman to be extradited

HELSINKI " Danish authorities say a South Korean woman wanted for questioning in connection with a corruption probe in her home country has dropped her opposition to extradition from Denmark.Spokesman for Danish state prosecutors...

The highest-paid CEOs by state

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2016, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy...