• Iran Guard rejects inspection of military sites

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard says inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard's deputy leader, said Sunday on state TV that allowing the foreign inspection of military sites is tantamount to "selling out." Iran and six world powers have reached a framework agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions, and hope to strike a final deal by June 30. A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the State Department said Iran would be required to grant the U.N. nuclear agency access to any "suspicious sites.

  • Breakaway Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader

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    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriots are electing a new leader for the breakaway north of Cyprus in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month. Some 177,000 residents are eligible to vote Sunday for seven candidates, including hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu and main challengers Sibel Siber and Mustafa Akinci. Turkish Cypriot official Mustafa Erulgen said polls have opened and voting is proceeding smoothly. Results are expected Sunday night and trigger a likely runoff election next week, if no candidate receives enough votes to win outright on the first ballot.

  • Wildfire near Southern California dam threatens 300 homes

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    CORONA, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire that broke out in a forested basin near a Southern California dam triggered the evacuation of about 300 homes late Saturday, authorities said. The fire, which was reported shortly after 6 p.m. in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin, quickly spread to at least 175 acres, said Capt. Mike Mohler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He said firefighters on the ground were hampered by difficult access to the raging blaze. "The fire is fueled by thick brush in a riverbed that hasn't burnt in years," Mohler said. "The fire is creating its own weather, so firefighters are having difficulty getting in there.

  • Tulsa reserve deputy's attorneys release training records

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    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Defense attorneys released some of the training records Saturday for a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect in Oklahoma. The records for Robert Bates include certificates showing what training he received, job evaluation reports and weapons training and qualification records dating to 2008. Bates' attorneys said the 64 pages of records released to The Associated Press and other news organizations include records Bates copied and kept for himself. Although there are time gaps in the documents provided, some of the records seem to indicate Bates was proficient in firearms and dozens of other training courses.

  • Officials: 3 shot, injured at Delaware State cookout

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    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Three people were shot and injured Saturday night at a cookout on the Delaware State University campus, officials said, and authorities are searching for the shooter. The shooting happened at about 8 p.m. at a university-sanctioned fraternity and sorority event, DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said. Three people were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover with injuries that were not life-threatening, Holmes told The Associated Press. DSU President Harry L. Williams said in a news release that the victims' names have not been released and it isn't clear whether they are Delaware State students. No arrests had been made as of 11 p.m. Saturday, Williams said, and students have been told to stay insi

  • Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

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    BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program. PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, host of the show that traces the ancestry of well-known guests, said in separate statements that they didn't censor the slave-owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of the actor emerged and Gates chose to highlight them in October's segment featuring Affleck, they said in the statements posted on the PBS website.

  • Intervention by Alaska governor spares lives of bears

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The lives of a black bear and four cubs that have been feasting on garbage in an Anchorage neighborhood will be spared after the governor on Saturday asked the state's fish and game commissioner whether they could be moved rather than shot. Garbage cans in the densely populated neighborhood of Government Hill aren't sufficiently bear-proofed, The Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1EYTvDg ) reported. Those opposed to killing the bears argued the animals shouldn't be punished for taking advantage of an easy food source. Gov. Bill Walker said he felt the bears had done nothing wrong and it was right thing to do. "I'm sure there will be plenty of criticism about the governor getting involved in

  • Thunderstorms cause power outages, flight delays in Texas

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Storms packing winds approaching 90 mph are sweeping across parts of Texas and Oklahoma, causing widespread power outages in the Dallas area — including at a professional soccer game. FC Dallas tweeted that its game against Toronto was being delayed Saturday night because the storm had knocked out half the lights at Toyota Stadium. The Dallas Morning News reports the storm also delayed the Academy of Country Music's Party for a Cause festival in Arlington. All flights at Dallas Love Field were halted until the storm passed. Oncor spokesman Kris Spears tells the Morning News tens of thousands of power outages were reported across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Report: DOJ, FBI acknowledge flawed testimony from unit

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000, The Washington Post reported. Twenty-six of the 28 examiners overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, the Post reported Saturday, citing information from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project.

  • Ohio woman's search for birth mother leads to co-worker

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    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 38-year-old woman's quest to find her birth mother ended in a surprising place — the company where she works. WKBN-TV in Youngstown reports http://bit.ly/1ztZr15 that La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark requested records that were made available recently by the Ohio Department of Health. She learned her mother's name is Francine Simmons. She looked her up on Facebook and saw that she worked at InfoCision, the teleservices company where she works. She knew of an employee named Francine. She reached out, and the next day, got the long-awaited phone call. "I said, 'I think I'm your daughter," Mitchell-Clark said. Simmons said she always wanted to connect with the daughter she gave up as a 15-year-ol

  • Last 2 Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The last two "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" presented the group's Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, 73 years to the day after their daring bombing attack on Japan rallied Americans in World War II. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, age 99, gave the medal to the museum's director in a ceremony at the museum near Dayton attended by military and political officials and relatives of the original 80 Raiders. The medal, awarded by Congress earlier in the week, arrived in a ceremonial B-25 flight. "We proudly hand over our Congressional Gold Medal to (museum director retired Lt. Gen.) Jack Hudson, who we trust will respectfully guard it and h

  • Castroneves earns pole at Long Beach with track record

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    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An IndyCar mandate forced Chevrolet to ditch its winglets for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Winged or not, those Penske cars are still awfully hard to catch. Helio Castroneves set a track record and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya finished right behind him during qualifying Saturday, giving Team Penske the top two spots at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. "Every time I go to the race track, I feel like we not only have great speed and a great team — and that's what it's all about," Castroneves said after his 42nd pole, fourth on the career list. Castroneves, the 2001 champion at Long Beach, had a time of 1 minute, 0.66294 seconds around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.

  • Independent league experiments with 3-ball walks

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The Long Island Ducks and Bridgeport Bluefish tried some radical speedup rules Saturday in an exhibition of the independent Atlantic League. Batters were awarded walks when the count went to three balls. Strikeouts were called when there was a foul ball with two strikes. Ten batters walked on three balls and eight batters were called out on foul balls, league spokesman Marty Appel said. The Ducks won 1-0 with a four-hit shutout in a game that took 2 hours, 15 minutes. Major League Baseball is trying less radical speedup rules, such as a clock timing breaks for pitching changes and between innings. For minor league teams affiliated with big league clubs, a pitch clock is being used at T

  • Some victims of California explosion released from hospital

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. investigators were at the scene Saturday of a natural gas pipeline blast at a sheriff's gun range, as four of the 11 people injured in the explosion were released from the hospital. The victims included two Fresno County sheriff's deputies, a public works employee and eight jail inmates, according to sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti. The deputies and two of the inmates were released. The public works employee and another inmate were in critical condition, with the inmate's condition considered life-threatening, Botti said.

  • 'Star Wars' design team teases 'Force Awakens' themes

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is about a generational transfer in more ways than one. Set 30 years after the events in "Return of the Jedi" and coming to theaters just over 30 years after the film first debuted, that idea remained top of mind for the film's brand new production design team, fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday. In other words, they didn't have to reinvent the wheel. They just had to update it a bit. Rick Carter, an Academy Award winner for "Lincoln" and "Avatar," was joined on stage by his co-production designer Darren Gilford ("TRON: Legacy"), Doug Chiang ("Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"), and Industrial Light + Magic Art Director Christian Alzmann ("A.I.

  • Ohio officer praised for restraint, refused to shoot suspect

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer is being praised for holding his fire even as a slaying suspect charged him, saying repeatedly, "shoot me." WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported (http://bit.ly/1EXuKaK ) the tense moments were captured Thursday on a body camera worn by New Richmond officer Jesse Kidder. The video shows Kidder repeatedly backpedaling and telling 27-year-old Michael Wilcox he doesn't want to shoot him. "Law enforcement officers all across the nation have to deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death," Kidder said. "I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force.

  • Scarlett O'Hara outfit fetches $137,000 at auction

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — An outfit Vivien Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" has fetched $137,000 at auction. Heritage Auctions offered the gray jacket and skirt, featuring a black zigzag applique, plus other items from the Academy Award-winning film at auction Saturday in Beverly Hills, California. Dallas-based Heritage said more than 150 items from the movie, including costumes and props, were offered by James Tumblin. He formerly was in charge of the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios. Tumblin began collecting items associated with the MGM film in the 1960s. He paid $20 for the Scarlett O'Hara outfit after spotting it at a costume company.

  • Sheriff: Cannot yet arrest woman bragging of killing cat

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff said Saturday that he could not arrest and charge a veterinarian shown in a Facebook post bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow unless an investigation determines the picture of the dead cat is genuine. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said he was disturbed by the image that shows Kristen Lindsey holding up what she described as a dead feral tom cat. He has assigned two deputies and an investigator to the case. "I've had people calling me from all over the country expressing their concern," Brandes said, speaking from a pasture while inspecting his cattle. "I just want everybody to know several things. We can't arrest and charge someone like that based on a picture on the interne

  • Man who went on 9-day killing spree in 1977 denied parole

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A convicted California serial killer who went on a nine-day rampage that claimed the lives of four people has been denied parole and cannot reapply for seven years. Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, now 56, and his friend, Mark Titch, were convicted in 1977 after committing the murders during robbery or burglary attempts in Orange County. Thomas, who was 18 at the time, and Titch, who was 17, were both sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Titch died behind bars last year. The two were neighbors at a Stanton apartment complex that the police had dubbed "The Zoo" because of the criminal activity there, City News Service reported. Their first victim was Laura Stoughton, 20, who interr

  • BC-BOX--Mayweather-Pacquiao,ADVISORY

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    Editors, A look at the stories the Associated Press is planning in the weeks before the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and a coverage plan for the May 2 match. This advisory will be updated as more content is added. This update adds the publication of BOX-MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO TICKETS. If you have any questions please contact AP Sports at 212-621-1630. Friday, April 17 BOX--MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO TICKETS LAS VEGAS — Don't expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. SENT: 800 words.