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US judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over asylum claims

SEATTLE " A federal judge in Seattle has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought on behalf of tens of thousands of immigrants around the United States who may not have been told that they had a one-year deadline to apply for asylum.The...

Woman arrested after 3 die in shooting, but not for shooting

A woman believed to have driven three men to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and burglary warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested...

Sean Spicer tells reporter to 'stop shaking your head'

NEW YORK " White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter to "stop shaking your head" during an exchange at his daily press briefing Tuesday.Spicer appeared annoyed by April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American...

Sports-for-peace group: Programs have reached 350K people

UNITED NATIONS " A group that promotes using sports to build peace says more than 350,000 people worldwide have been involved in its projects in the four years since the United Nations agreed to celebrate the idea every April.The...

Police: Bus shooting suspect says he feared other passenger

LAS VEGAS " A police report says a man accused of killing one man and wounding another on a double-decker Las Vegas Strip transit bus told detectives he felt threatened by a man who sat near him and was trying to scare him with...

Man exonerated for attempted murder free after 20 years

LOS ANGELES " A man whose attempted-murder conviction was tossed by a California judge walked free Tuesday after 20 years in prison.Marco Contreras, now 41, was embraced by his mother as his lawyers cheered following a Los...

Mom angry over Dallas airport pat down of special needs son

GRAPEVINE, Texas " A mother says she and her special needs son were "treated like dogs" after her request for alternate screening at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport led an officer to closely pat down the boy.Jennifer...

Senate votes to approve Montenegro's admission into NATO

WASHINGTON " Montenegro is set to become NATO's newest member after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tiny Balkan nation's entry into the alliance.Senators on Tuesday approved a resolution of ratification, 97-2.Despite...

Cyclone Debbie: Couple stranded on Hamilton Island told by hotel to 'pay up or get out'

A couple holidaying on Hamilton Island left stranded after their flight was cancelled due to Cyclone Debbie have claimed their hotel told them to "pay up or get out".Rachael Aracic and partner Tyson Griffiths, from Melbourne, were...

APNewsBreak: Cyanide device on US land broke agency policy

BOISE, Idaho " A cyanide device for killing coyotes that spewed the poison on a boy and killed his dog was set up on public land in Idaho in February despite a decision months earlier by federal officials to halt use of the devices...

May vows Brexit deal for all in UK, including EU nationals

LONDON " Prime Minister Theresa May says she will enter European Union exit talks representing everyone in Britain " including millions of EU nationals living in the U.K.May plans to ask the EU for a divorce on Wednesday, triggering...

How major US stock market indexes fared on Tuesday

U.S. stock indexes closed sharply higher Tuesday as investors welcomed a survey showing consumer confidence has climbed to the highest level in more than 16 years. Bank stocks led the broad market rally, which snapped an eight-day...

What a murdered former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov said in one of his final interviews

Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian lawmaker facing corruption charges in Moscow who fled to Ukraine and became a critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot twice in the head and killed outside a posh hotel here in the country's...

The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is facing preliminary charges over allegedly fake jobs

PARIS " The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is facing preliminary charges over allegedly fake jobs .

SEC asks Arkansas to exempt stadiums, arenas from gun law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. " The Southeastern Conference said Tuesday it wants Arkansas lawmakers to exempt college sporting events such as football games from a new law greatly expanding where concealed handguns are allowed, citing concerns...

The Latest: Chief: Charges meant to help overdose victims

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio " The Latest on the ACLU asking an Ohio city to stop charging drug overdose survivors criminally :4:45 p.m.The police chief of a small Ohio city that criminally charges drug users...

The Latest: New lawsuit filed over Arkansas executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. " The Latest on developments regarding Arkansas' plans to execute eight inmates over a 10-day period next month :3:40 p.m.Five of the eight Arkansas inmates facing lethal injection next...

Top North Carolina GOP official fights to save bathroom bill

RALEIGH, N.C. " The top Republican in North Carolina's executive branch is throwing a blunt counterpunch to the Democratic governor's call to repeal the state's "bathroom bill," despite current and future economic losses stemming...

Court cuts sentence of UK marine who killed injured militant

A British court yesterday shortened the sentence of a Royal Marine convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, meaning he will likely be released from prison within weeks.Sgt. Alexander Blackman was convicted...

Former Czech Academy of Sciences head to run for president

PRAGUE " Jiri Drahos, the former president of the Czech Academy of Sciences says he wants to run for president of the Czech Republic next year's election.Jiri Drahos announced his candidacy on Tuesday.The 68-year-old Drahos...

Judge examines role of Giuliani, US official in Turkey case

NEW YORK " A judge says he'll look into what roles ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a former U.S. attorney general have in the defense of a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.Manhattan...

Ministers heading to French Guiana to try to quell strike

PARIS " The French government has decided to send a high-level ministerial mission to French Guiana as the region faced its second day of a general strike by some 27 labor unions over crime and economic difficulties.French...

Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. " Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of...

Ivory Coast court finds ex-president's wife not guilty

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast " An Ivory Coast judge says former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been found not guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes.Kouadio Bouatchi said Tuesday that Gbagbo was acquitted. The prosecution had...

North Sydney swimmers joined by a shark for their morning laps in ocean pool

Swimmers doing their morning laps at an ocean swimming pool yesterday had no idea what lurked beneath the surface.North Sydney swimmer Jennifer Hill was swimming in the pool for more than an hour before she realised a shark had...

Austere Texas spending bill passes Senate amid budget woes

AUSTIN, Texas " Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under...

In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target

WASHINGTON " In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role.Priebus, a genial Midwesterner with deep ties to the Republican...

Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill

WASHINGTON " Senate Republicans and the White House sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans insisted on Tuesday they were not ready to give...

President Trump asserts immunity against defamation claims

NEW YORK " Republican President Donald Trump's lawyers say he's immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice."The lawyers say in a New York state Supreme...

Cosby lawyers ask to exclude his testimony on other women

PHILADELPHIA " Bill Cosby's lawyers want to prevent jurors at his Pennsylvania sex assault trial from hearing his lurid deposition testimony about giving pills and alcohol to a string of women before sex.The 79-year-old comedian...

Mexican singer 'El Chapo de Sinaloa"'plans mayoral run

MEXICO CITY " A Mexican norteno ballad singer known as "El Chapo de Sinaloa" says he plans to run as an independent candidate for the mayorship of Bahia de Banderas, a suburb of Puerto Vallarta.The singer's manager confirmed...

Fake Florida plastic surgeon gets 10 years for manslaughter

From a Florida prison in November 2011, Shatarka Nuby penned a letter to the state's health department about her cosmetically enhanced buttocks.Her rear end had hardened and turned black, she wrote. Side effects from the years-old...

Nielsen's top programs for March 20-26

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.7 million.2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.09 million.3. "NCIS: Los Angeles,"...

'60 Minutes' tops ratings for first time since 2008

NEW YORK " CBS' "60 Minutes" returned this week to a familiar place it hadn't been accustomed to visiting that much lately: first place in the prime-time television rankings.The venerable newsmagazine hadn't finished as the...

National Grid proposes 1,200-megawatt New England project

CONCORD, N.H. " National Grid on Tuesday announced a transmission project that would bring up to 1,200 megawatts of clean energy from Canada to the New England power grid and run along existing lines in Vermont and New Hampshire.National...

Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200

GREAT FALLS, Mont. " A patron who stole a book from a Montana library in 1982 has returned it after reading it at least 25 times, having it restored and having the author sign it.The man said having the stolen copy of Richard...

Judge tosses lawsuit over US database on suspicious behavior

SAN FRANCISCO " A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a federal information-sharing program of flagging innocent people as potential terrorists.U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco said Monday that the standard...

The Latest: Abbas awaiting US word on Israel settlements

AMMAN, Jordan " The Latest on the Arab Summit :10:30 p.m.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he's waiting to hear from the U.S. on the extent to which Israel is willing to curb settlement construction.Abbas...

O'Reilly says he's distracted by congresswoman's wig

NEW YORK " Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig."He said that during an appearance...

Commander says US may have played role in Mosul deaths

WASHINGTON " A top U.S. commander says the United States probably played a role in the deaths resulting from a March 17 airstrike in Iraq.But Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander leading the fight against Islamic State...

Sudan president, sought by ICC, welcomed by Jordan's king

AMMAN, Jordan " Sudan's president, sought by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, has been welcomed in Jordan despite calls by human rights groups to deny him entry.Omar al-Bashir is among 21 Arab leaders...

Uber diversity report says 36 percent of employees are women

NEW YORK " Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.The report comes as pressure mounts on the company in light of sexual harassment claims by a former employee.Thirty-six...

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest military draft

JERUSALEM " Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are protesting in Jerusalem over the military draft.Tuesday's protest was one of several following the recent detention of a rabbi's son who refused to report to a draft office.Exemptions...

Review: 'Lola' is tough, gritty, graphic crime thriller

"Lola" , by Melissa Scrivner LoveMelissa Scrivner Love's "Lola," her first novel, utilizes her television background and familiarity with law enforcement to craft a tough, gritty and graphic crime thriller.Lola, who had...

Brazil police arrest former Petrobras executive

SAO PAULO " Police have arrested a former executive engineering manager of Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras for his alleged role in a mammoth corruption-kickback scheme.Prosecutor Roberson Pozzobon tells reporters that...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBook charts for week ending March 26, 2017 :iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books1. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter - 9780062429063 - 2. Big Little Lies by...

Ivanka Trump, Education Secretary DeVos promote STEM careers

WASHINGTON " Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are calling on young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.They say those fields will provide the jobs of the future.Trump and DeVos...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending March 26, 2017:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. NBA 2K17, 2K4. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi5. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations6....

Puerto Rico man bit off head of girlfriend's dog

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico " A man in Puerto Rico has been sentenced to seven years in prison for biting off the head of a Chihuahua and punching his girlfriend.Authorities said Tuesday that a judge also ordered Luis Arroyo to pay...

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending March 26, 2017:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story2. Sing3. Passengers 4. Moana 5. Assassin's Creed6. Arrival7. Office Christmas Party8. Miss...