• Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

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    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests. Russia's parliament this week passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. Also, businessmen close to Putin now control Russia's leading social media network, VKontakte. Speaking Thursday at a media forum in St.

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  • US protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations. Iran's U.N. Mission responded Thursday by rejecting "baseless accusations" raised by Power on the status of human rights and civil liberties in the country. Iran was one of 19 members elected Wednesday by the U.N. Economic and Social Council to four-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2015. The others were Burundi, Guinea, Mauritania, South Africa, Sudan, China, India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela, Greece, Israel, Turkey and the United States.

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  • Ukraine launches operation against insurgents

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    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Within hours of the Ukrainian operation, which killed at least two pro-Russia militants, Russia's defense minister announced new military exercises for troops massed near Ukraine's border. The statements by Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sharpened anxiety over the prospect of a new Russian military incursion into Ukraine. Russia's foreign minister warned a day earlier that any attack on Russian citizens or interests in eastern Ukraine would bring a strong response.

  • Panel makes recommendations to stop domestic abuse

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    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Creating a state database of concealed handgun permits and encouraging health care providers to screen patients regularly for physical abuse are among dozens of recommendations from a panel of Maine officials and law enforcement members who examined recent domestic violence homicides. The Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel released its biennial report Thursday based on 21 cases of domestic violence-related homicides that occurred between 2009 and 2013. Attorney General Janet Mills says that in 14 of those cases, the perpetrators of domestic violence showed suicidal behavior before they committed or tried to commit a crime.

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    The world at 2 p.m. Times are EDT. At the Nerve Center, Mike Stewart and Stephanie Siek can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Swayne Hall (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. TOP STORIES AFGHANISTAN KABUL, Afghanistan — Three American doctors are gunned down at a hospital by a government security guard, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan that has rattled aid workers, diplomats and journalists.

  • BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest, OK

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    Oklahoma at 1 p.m. CDT Jill Bleed is on the desk and can be reached at 405-525-2121. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. TOP STORIES: EXECUTION DRUGS-OKLAHOMA LAWSUIT OKLAHOMA CITY — Two condemned inmates at the center of Oklahoma's now-resolved legal confusion will be put to death Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937. Gov. Mary Fallin announced her decision Thursday, a day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles standing in the way of the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. US SENATE-SHA

  • Ukraine foreign minister: Ready to fight Russia

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    PRAGUE (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister has blasted the Russian decision to start military maneuvers along their border and said Thursday his country will fight any invading troops. Andriy Deshchytisa told The Associated Press in Prague that Russia's decision to launch the military exercises "very much escalates the situation in the region." Deshchytisa said his country had been taught a lesson by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. "We will now fight with Russian troops if ... they invade Ukraine," he said. "The Ukrainian people and Ukrainian army are ready to do this. Ukraine will confront Russia. We will defend our land. We will defend our territory.

  • Fakahany, Mancini picked for AP Nerve Center posts

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Tamer Fakahany and John Mancini, veteran news executives for The Associated Press, have been appointed global news managers for the cooperative, Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes announced Thursday. "The job of these 'flag officers' will be to make sure we are getting it first, getting it right, getting it creatively and comprehensively and getting what our customers need," Oreskes said. "And in an era where real-time rumors can become real-time global errors in moments, the flag officers will work with regional and format leader to infuse an undisputed grounding in AP standards and ethics into everything we do." The new positions are part of the AP's Nerve Center, which coordinates the AP's worldwide c

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    Missouri at 1 p.m. Dana Fields is on the desk and can be reached at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: CRIMINAL CODE JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to the first comprehensive rewrite of the state's criminal laws in decades. The House and Senate voted Thursday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. The measure would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, and reorganize crimes to fit the new penalty structure. By Jordan Shapiro. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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    Iowa at 1 p.m. CDT. Barbara Rodriguez is on the desk and can be reached at 515-243-3281. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: GREYHOUND RACING DES MOINES — A bill ending greyhound racing in Council Bluffs but allowing dog owners to operate a track in Dubuque has advanced to a full Senate committee. By David Pitt. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

  • The top 12 government programs ever

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    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help? Yet as I show in my new book, "Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better," most domestic federal programs have not been shown to meet even these minimal standards. A smattering of the numerous examples: farm subsidies, flood insurance, ethanol requirements, Amtrak, student loans and many housing programs. All the more reason, then, to study the successes to learn from them. To this end, I selected for closer analysis a dozen programs that academic studies ge

  • The top 12 government programs ever

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    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help? Yet as I show in my new book, "Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better," most domestic federal programs have not been shown to meet even these minimal standards. A smattering of the numerous examples: farm subsidies, flood insurance, ethanol requirements, Amtrak, student loans and many housing programs. All the more reason, then, to study the successes to learn from them. To this end, I selected for closer analysis a dozen programs that academic studies ge

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Updated: 26 min ago

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help? Yet as I show in my new book, "Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better," most domestic federal programs have not been shown to meet even these minimal standards. A smattering of the numerous examples: farm subsidies, flood insurance, ethanol requirements, Amtrak, student loans and many housing programs. All the more reason, then, to study the successes to learn from them. To this end, I selected for closer analysis a dozen programs that academic studies ge

  • Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins

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    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems of idolatry, along with other symbols of the fabled city. Now that the jihadists are gone, having been chased off by a French military intervention last year, masons are working to restore the mausoleums. The vandalized tombs serve as a bitter reminder to residents of this city, long known as a place of learning and of tolerance, of the savageries visited upon them during the almost year-long rule of the jihadists.

  • Mexican vigilantes search caves for cartel leader

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Members of a self-defense group in western Mexico are searching an extensive cave system in the hunt for the last fugitive leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel. Vigilante leader Estanislao Beltran said Thursday there are signs that the Knights Templar cartel used the caves near the town of Arteaga as a hideout. The vigilantes and federal forces took control of Arteaga three days ago. Arteaga is located in western Michoacan state, and is the hometown of cartel leader Servando "La Tuta" Gomez. The cartel's other top leaders have been captured or killed. Beltran said vigilantes are still searching the cave system, which appears to lead into a nearby valley.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes bill for Capitol repairs

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate resurrected a plan on Thursday to spend up to $160 million to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol. The Senate voted 33-9 for a House-passed resolution that would authorize repairs to the Capitol. The bill called for vote of the people on whether to issue $120 million in bonds to pay for repairs, but the Senate amended it to authorize a bond issue of up to $160 million without a public vote. The bill now goes back to the House, where Sen. Greg Treat said he hopes to pick up some votes from the Democrats. "We're serious about it. We're serious about the number. We want it to go to the governor's desk," said Treat, R-Oklahoma City, who answered questions about the bill on