• Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

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    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad — though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers. An audio statement on the extremist group's Al Bayan radio station said that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out Sunday's attack in Garland and promised the group would deliver more attacks in the future. The Islamic State did not provide details and it was unclear whether the group was opportunistically claiming the attack. It was the first time the extremists, who frequently call for attacks against the West, claimed responsibility for one in the United States.

  • Iraq sends troops to key refinery amid Islamic State clashes

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Reinforcements were rushed to Iraq's key Beiji refinery amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. But Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, an Interior Ministry spokesman, denied that the extremists had taken over major parts of the refinery, the country's largest, as some Iraqi media reported. Aside from its commercial significance, Beiji is on the road to Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the center of the Islamic State group's power in Iraq. If Iraqi forces hope to retake Mosul, they must secure Beiji.

  • Challenged by 'Going Clear,' another test awaits Tom Cruise

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    NEW YORK (AP) — When Janeane Garofalo asked Brad Bird, the director of "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," about Tom Cruise at a recent Tribeca Film Festival event, she peppered Bird with allusions to the Scientology documentary "Going Clear." Bird called it "a very inside reference," but Garofalo quickly disagreed. "Not anymore," she said. "That documentary ... wooo! 'Going Clear,' we could talk about that all day!" That's probably not what Tom Cruise or the makers of the next "Mission: Impossible" film, "Rogue Nation," want to hear.

  • At Milan Expo 2015, it's still an analog world, after all

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    MILAN (AP) — At Milan Expo 2015, it's still an analog world, after all. The Milan world's fair, which opened May 1 for a six-month run, delights with an urban mishmash of global architecture and culinary specialties as organizers seek to advance a universal conversation on how to guarantee food for all while protecting the environment. One of the fair's chief appeals is the tight urban interplay of representational architectural styles that surprise more than command: Nepalese stupa, Kuwaiti sails, Tajik tiles, Thai bamboo pillars, a Moroccan mud-brick structure, the United Kingdom's enchanting fairy-lit honeycomb and vertical gardens cultivated on the walls of the U.S. and Israeli pavilions.

  • Diplomats: Iran nuke talks to resume next week in Vienna

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    VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say that the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will take place next week in Vienna. The two diplomats say the talks will be held among political directors, the highest level below a meeting of foreign ministers. They say the round is tentatively scheduled to start next Tuesday and end Friday. The U.S. and five other nations are aiming for a deal by June 30 that puts long-term curbs on Iranian programs that could be used to make nuclear arms. Iran denies any interest in such weapons but is negotiating in hopes of sanctions relief. The diplomats, who are familiar with the talks, demanded anonymity Tuesday because they aren't authorized to discuss them. The nuclear nego

  • Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew gets $1.5M

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    WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of a woman who died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head. The Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled Monday in favor of the family of 67-year-old Barbara Grimes in its lawsuit against American Medical Response. The family said in the wrongful death suit that Grimes was being transported in January 2009 after receiving dialysis in Plymouth when a pair of emergency medical technicians rolling her into an ambulance tipped over her stretcher, causing Grimes to fall and hit her head on the ground. She suffered a brain hemorrhage and died five days later. The family's lawyer called her death "unnecessary" and "'easily preventable."

  • UND releases list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — From "Amber Waves" to "Zombies," the list of potential new nicknames for University of North Dakota athletic teams ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. UND released a list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames Monday night, from which a committee will make a short list of finalists that will go to a public vote, likely sometime this year, school spokesman Peter Johnson said Tuesday. State residents voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to dump UND's "Fighting Sioux" nickname, which had been in place since the 1930s. The NCAA considered it hostile and abusive, and it failed to get the endorsement of one of the state's two namesake tribes. The state Legislature put a moratorium on replacing the nickname u

  • US stocks drift lower in midday trading; oil price jumps

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving lower in midday trading following two days of gains that brought the market close to a record high. Vornado Realty Trust slumped 3 percent Tuesday after reporting results that fell short of analysts' forecasts. Other companies rose after reporting earnings that beat estimates. Disney rose 1 percent and Estee Lauder jumped 6 percent. Energy stocks did better than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed above $60 a barrel. Oil hasn't closed above that level since December. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 15 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,098 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 92 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,975. The Na

  • Official: Seniors 'prank' school using trash, urine, animals

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    MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a senior "prank" at an East Tennessee high school that left the floors littered with trash, hay, urine and dead animals took things too far. Monroe County Director of Schools Tim Blankenship told media outlets that the incident last week at Sequoyah High School amounted to mass vandalism and that the students involved won't be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. In addition, Blankenship suspended the school's principal, and a school resource officer was fired. Blakenship said Principal Gary Cole would remain suspended without pay pending the results of an investigation Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones Jr. said Deputy James Fisher was fired for lying about his in

  • Hamas launches crackdown on Salafist groups in Gaza Strip

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The ruling Hamas militant group launched a crackdown Tuesday on radical Salafi groups following a series of unclaimed bombings in the Gaza Strip, arresting dozens of people and setting up military-type checkpoints. Hamas, an Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza for the past eight years, considers the more radical Salafists, who identify ideologically with the Islamic State group, a threat. The Salafists, believed to number several hundred, seek the establishment of an Islamic caliphate and accuse Hamas of being too soft on Israel and failing to adequately impose religious law. On Monday morning, a bomb damaged a wall at a security site run by Hamas' armed wing.

  • Ex-FBI agent to get psychiatric exam after arrest at CIA

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal magistrate has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for an ex-FBI agent arrested at CIA headquarters after a confrontation with security officers. Tunisia Davis of Alexandria was charged with interfering with a federal officer, a misdemeanor, in federal court in Alexandria last week. After a combative court appearance Friday, U.S. Magistrate Theresa Carroll Buchanan ordered Davis held for a psychiatric evaluation. According to court records, Davis on Thursday morning visited NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, then drove to CIA headquarters at Langley. She was arrested after refusing to follow CIA security officers' instructions.

  • UN envoy starts consultations on Syrian civil war in Geneva

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    BEIRUT (AP) — A United Nations envoy began a series of low-level consultations Tuesday in Geneva with representatives of the Syrian government and its opponents in the hopes of restarting peace talks. Staffan de Mistura, however, lowered expectations that the talks would yield any agreement at this point. "These are not yet peace talks. These are closed, low-key, separate, structured discussions with the parties, to consult on the current crisis in Syria," he told journalists. "This is the necessary ground work before we even get to a negotiating table." The talks in Geneva represent the latest international effort to find a political settlement to the Syrian civil war, which has killed over 220,000 people.

  • 7-foot trench collapses outside New Jersey home; worker dies

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    SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — A 7-foot trench has collapsed outside a New Jersey home, killing a Maryland man who was working in a drainage ditch. The accident occurred at around 4 p.m. Monday in Franklin Township. Authorities say firefighters found the 43-year-old Salisbury man buried in the trench when they arrived at the home. Five other workers were nearby when the accident occurred, and they tried to free him after the walls of the hole gave way. Firefighters soon built shoring to extricate the man, and he was freed after about two hours. But he was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m. Authorities say the house was under construction and the workers were digging a trench for utilities.

  • Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show to avoid stirring tensions

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lauryn Hill is canceling a planned performance in Tel Aviv because she wasn't able to also schedule a concert in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah. The singer-songwriter said in a statement Monday that she originally intended to perform in both cities in hopes of being "a presence supporting justice and peace." She says setting up a show in the Palestinian territories "proved to be a challenge." Not wanting to alienate fans, Hill canceled her concert in Israel that was to take place later this week. Hill says she's seeking a different approach to bring her music to fans in the region. She says she's hoping for healing in the area and "the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconcili

  • Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments displayed in Israel

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments. The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks before it is returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility there.

  • Governor to promote computer science classes at high schools

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will travel to high schools across the state to encourage students to enroll in computer science courses. Hutchinson's office announced Tuesday that the governor will travel to at least 10 high schools this month and that more locations will be announced later. Each of the selected schools has been asked to perform an hour of coding with the student body before the visit. The Republican vowed to expand the offerings during his campaign last year and says it will make Arkansas more competitive and improve the workforce. He signed a law in February requiring all public high schools to offer computer science courses beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

  • Miley Cyrus on Bruce Jenner, pink armpits, her new charity

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Miley Cyrus wears pasties or posts photos of her pink armpits, it's not to be a provocateur. The 22-year-old says she's just being herself, and she wants all young people to have that same opportunity. That's why she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBT youth, adding that not all her past relationships were "straight, heterosexual" ones. Cyrus didn't elaborate. "The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power," she said in a Monday phone interview with The Associated Press. "But so many kids don't feel that way. They're under their parents' rule.

  • Kurdish party accuses Erdogan of bias ahead of elections

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's pro-Kurdish party has filed a complaint with the high electoral board accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of breaching rules that require him to be impartial. The People's Democratic Party, or HDP, asked the board on Tuesday to issue a warning to Erdogan and to ensure that he remains neutral in the run-up to Turkey's June 7 elections. Erdogan headed the ruling AKP party until his election as president in August. He wants Turkey to switch to a system where the president yields executive powers and has increasingly been appearing at large rallies where he openly criticizes opposition parties. Erdogan insists he is at an "equal distance" to all parties but says he has a special affectio

  • High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. If there's no activity during a designated time, the younger Dworsky gets an automated email, so he can decide whether to call or stop by. "This is peace of mind, really," he says of the system he installed last year. The Silicon Valley tech executive lives just across town, but the sensors help him keep an eye on his aging parents while also raising a teenage daughter and frequently traveling for work.

  • Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct. Now that Gray is buried, six officers are charged in his death and an uneasy calm has returned to the streets, critics are wondering whether city leaders are capable of implementing the change the city needs without the direct, intensive oversight that comes with a full-fledged civil rights investigation resulting in a federal consent decree.




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