• Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

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    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shiites across Pakistan are mourning and planning to protest after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. Abdul Qudoos Kalwar, a senior police official, says the death toll in the blast in Pakistan's Sindh province rose Saturday after three others died overnight from their wounds. The bombing happened in Shikarpur, roughly 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Pakistan's port city of Karachi. Another senior police official, Saqib Memon, also said Saturday that investigators believe a suicide bomber carried out Friday's attack. Sunni Muslim extremists in Pakistan often target Shiites because they believe them to be heretics.

  • Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas. Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children's stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts. The rest? "These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned," a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The A

  • Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan. But the euphoria among police generals monitoring the Jan. 25 dawn assault in a southern swampland was brief. As daybreak lifted their night cover, the young commandos came under intense rebel fire, trapped in the marshy fringes of Mamasapano town, a Muslim rebel stronghold about 2-3 kilometers (1.2-1.8 miles) from where backup police forces waited. Unable to carry Marwan's body, one of the commandos chopped off his finger and another took pictures as proof of his d

  • IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

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    BEIRUT (AP) — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through digitized, audio dispatches featuring either still photos or text. A change has been noted even before. The first video involving the Japanese, released on Jan.

  • Safiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday. Mihalikova won five consecutive games after Katie Swan took a medical timeout to beat the British player 6-1, 6-4. Top-seeded Safiullin broke Hong Seong-chan's serve in the penultimate game of the opening set, then held his serve to clinch the set on his way to a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over the South Korean. Safiullin also broke Hong's serve to open the second set, then dominated the tiebreaker and clinched the match when Hong hit a backland long. Swan left the court leading 3-0 in the second set and later received treatment for a right thigh

  • Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

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    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed. Five people were killed as they were waiting for humanitarian aid outside a community center and two people were killed in the same neighborhood when a mortar shell landed near a bus stop. By the time an Associated Press journalist arrived at the community center, the bodies were taken away. Nearby trees were cut down by what could have been a projectile. Five other people died Friday in sporadic artillery fire in the west o

  • KC is at the center of far-flung software piracy investigation

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    In what likely could become the largest-ever federal investigation into software piracy, authorities in Kansas City quietly have moved over the last year to seize more than $18.3 million in cash and real estate from those who allegedly profited. Since January 2014, authorities have frozen the assets — including silver ingots, jewelry, luxury automobiles and collectible coins — of a network of online software vendors with hubs in Kansas City, Nevada, Colorado, Maryland and Washington state, court records show. Those vendors sold counterfeit and unauthorized computer software and stolen activation key codes that they had obtained in Singapore, China and Europe, authorities alleged in civil court filings.

  • Motorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life. The group's members, ranging in age from 20s to 70s, were among nearly 200 people whose donations to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center last year kept the Internet executive alive long enough for doctors to put his broken body back together following a motorcycle accident that nearly killed him. "You guys, what you did was probably one of the most selfless, gracious gifts that you could give to anybody," Levine said, choking up as he stepped to a podium at the university's faculty center to thank those assembled for an annual luncheon honoring bl

  • Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. The Australian newspaper's obituary of Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide and who died on Thursday at age 77 after a long illness, opened not with a list of her myriad accomplishments, but with a description of her appearance. "Colleen McCullough, Australia's best-selling author, was a charmer," the obituary began. "Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: "I've never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I

  • ArtsKC establishes an ambitious fundraising goal of $500,000

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    ArtsKC will aim for $500,000 in donations this year from its annual fundraising campaign to support arts organizations and artists in the Kansas City area. The goal sets the bar 20 percent higher than the campaign’s 2014 giving, but organizers are confident that the improved economy will boost the workplace-tied effort. Several area companies already have seeded the 2015 fund with $100,000. ArtsKC Regional Arts Council established the annual campaign eight years ago. Since then it has raised $3.1 million and distributed grants to 719 arts organizations and individual artists. This year’s campaign began at the council’s annual awards luncheon Friday and runs until June 15. Information is at artskc.org.

  • Oil spill risk increases as Bay Bridge radar beacon malfunctions continue

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    SAN JOSE, Calif.—Two years after a 752-foot-long oil tanker collided in heavy fog with the Bay Bridge — an accident Coast Guard investigators blamed in part on a broken radar beacon on the bridge — one of the bridge’s three beacons is broken again. The beacon, which alerts sailors to the midpoint between bridge towers, has failed to work properly since Dec. 17. During those six weeks, hundreds of ships, including fully loaded oil tankers and massive container vessels bound for the Port of Oakland, have sailed under the section of the bridge with the broken radar beacon.

  • German World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92

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    BERLIN (AP) — Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92. Carius died at home in western Germany Jan. 24 after a short illness, according to a statement Friday on the website of the Tiger Pharmacy, which he founded in 1956. He was drafted in 1940 as an infantryman and volunteered for a tank unit, according to his autobiography, "Tigers in the Mud." Eventually promoted to 1st lieutenant, he was wounded multiple times and received several awards, including the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves. In the foreward to his book's 2003 edition, Carius defended his service to Nazi Germany, saying combat troops shouldn't be pain

  • Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself. The ride-booking company on Friday used a blog post to release the results of what it described as a thorough outside examination of its privacy and personal data policies. While popular with users and investors, the company has faced criticism that its employees inappropriately accessed customer data. That is just one problem that Uber is trying to overcome — another is that it does not properly screen drivers that connect with passengers through its app to ensure they have clean criminal records.

  • Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US

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    BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments." But this time, those called to explain themselves were not just domestic opponents of last year's coup. They included the U.S. charge d'affaires, who was asked to clarify a speech by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat in which he urged an end to martial law and suggested that last week's impeachment of ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was politically motivated.

  • Idaho panel calls for collaboration on federal land takeover

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative panel is urging Idaho lawmakers to pursue a collaborative approach while seeking to assume control of federally managed public land. The committee approved sending their report to legislative leaders on Friday after two years of study. The report follows lawmakers' demand for an immediate takeover of public lands, which comprise more than 60 percent of Idaho. The effort is backed by Republican lawmakers who believe the state could manage public lands better than the federal government. In the report, the panel wrote that many Idaho residents "believe a government that is closer to both the people impacted by governmental decisions and the lands managed by the government would produce

  • Test of gun finds only DNA of deceased Argentine prosecutor

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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Testing of the pistol used to kill a prosecutor who had leveled incendiary charges against Argentina's president has found traces of DNA only belonging to him, the lead investigator in the case said Friday. Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment on Jan 18, hours before he was to detail allegations that President Christina Fernandez protected former Iranian officials accused of orchestrating the 1994 car-bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Investigator Viviana Fein said Friday that traces of DNA found on the pistol, its ammunition and other items from the scene "undoubtedly" matched that of Nisman.

  • IBM boss gets bonus despite company's woes

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014. Rometty and other top executives did not take bonuses for 2013, after IBM turned in disappointing results for that year. But even though IBM is still struggling to catch up with recent shifts in the way corporate customers buy technology, it disclosed a new pay package that appears to be a vote of confidence in her efforts. IBM has said it's making progress by selling off less profitable divisions and investing in new businesses including data analytics, cloud computing and mobile software. As CEO, Rometty is also getting a 6.7 percent raise in her ba

  • Broomfield Chamber fetes innovation, gets social at its annual dinner

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    The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner on Thursday asked a question to set the tone for the year: “How will you be innovative in 2015?” The innovation-themed dinner encouraged businesses to break the mold and try new things in the coming year. Chamber president Jennifer Kerr thanked members for their support and highlighted the Chamber's accomplishments for the year, including helping to start nine new businesses, creating and retaining 44 jobs, helping small businesses navigate new health care standards and hosting the first State of the City address in October. Whether Broomfield-area businesses are new or old, large or small, out-of-the-box thinking is key to growing and supporting business, she said.

  • Venezuela allows security forces to use firearms in protests

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    C ARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Human rights groups and Venezuela's opposition are criticizing the government's new authorization for riot police to use firearms to control protests. The new rules were slipped into a resolution this week providing security forces with guidelines on the use of force. Venezuela's constitution bans the use of firearms and toxic substances to control demonstrations, although in practice such means have long been used, including during last year's deadly street battles between police and anti-government demonstrators. The country's main opposition group says it will denounce the measure to the United Nations. It calls the rules an attempt by President Nicolas Maduro to scare Venezuelans from pr

  • Thousands protest right-wingers at Vienna ball, 38 detained

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    VIENNA (AP) — As elegant pairs waltzed under crystal chandeliers Friday, thousands of raucous demonstrators outside their lavish palace ball demanded an end to the black-tie event, which they say draws the far-right fringe from across Europe. Police detained dozens and at least two people were injured. Police estimated the number of protesters at about 5,000 people. Isolated scuffles broke out with helmeted officers in riot gear, and riot dogs were used in at least one instance to disperse demonstrators. Police spokesman Johann Golob said one officer was "wounded" by fireworks and at least one protester was also injured.