• Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. Ten soldiers were killed and 30 others were wounded in the ground and air strikes in the marshy boundary of Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces in the southern Philippines. The clashes displaced 120,000 villagers at the height of fighting, and about 30,000 have returned home as the clashes eased, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang told a news conference. In a final gunbattle Sunday, four soldiers and 16 insurgents were killed, including a rebel commander, the military said. Government f

  • Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes

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    MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Eight people died and 10 others were injured when a van from a church ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in rural southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday in Glades County at an intersection. Glades County is east of Lake Okeechobee. Lt. Gregory S. Bueno said the van was heading back to Fort Pierce, which is north of West Palm Beach on Florida's Atlantic coast, after a weekend convention in Fort Myers. There were 18 people on the van. The driver and seven passengers are confirmed dead. Bueno said it was not foggy in the area when the crash occurred. The 10 other passengers were taken to four h

  • Iran says US drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq; US denies claim

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's Revolution Guard says a U.S. drone strike has killed two of its advisers in Iraq, though the U.S. said Monday it has only struck militants in its campaign against the Islamic State group. The claim came as negotiators on Monday attempted to reach a deal on Iran's contested nuclear program, which hard-liners in the Islamic Republic have opposed as giving away too much to the West. The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website the strike happened March 23, just after the U.S.-led coalition began airstrikes to support Iraqi forces trying to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit. It identified the dead as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, saying they were buried Sunday. It called them advisers, without elab

  • UnitedHealth to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran

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    The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, has muscled up in its fight against rising specialty drug costs, spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, process claims and run prescription drug plans for insurers, employers and other customers. They help negotiate prices customers and insurers pay for drugs and are seen as a key component in the push to contain rising costs from specialty drugs. These are complex medicines that often represent treatment breakthroughs but come with much higher prices than older, more traditional medicines. UnitedHealth Group Inc. already has a PBM business named OptumRx that fills about 600 million prescriptions an

  • Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

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    The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for "Shake It Off," and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song. "More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of the fans watching know how much I adore you ... we've gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart," a glossy-eyed Swift said at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "Like, you make me so happy." The pop star also won best lyrics for her other hit song, "Blank Space.

  • Turkish Cypriot soccer president: No going back on deal

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    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — In an effort to do away with decades of isolation, the president of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot soccer association said Monday he's determined to follow through with a decision to join the Cyprus Football Association. Hasan Sertoglu said he has already sent a letter notifying FIFA that the Cyprus Turkish Football Association is bringing its statutes in line with international norms. He said that will enable them to join the internationally recognized Cypriot association. Sertoglu lashed out at critics he says are trying to undermine the move because they see it as a blow to Turkish Cypriot autonomy in the ethnically divided country. "This is not a political issue. We're doing it for the future

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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    Singaporeans mourned the death of their deeply admired longtime leader, Lee Kuan Yew, with people forming long lines last week to pay their respects and write condolence messages. In other scenes from around Asia last week, the Dalai Lama attended the opening day of the Shotan festival, during which Tibetans eat yogurt and enjoy traditional opera, while Hindu girls in India recognized as "kumari," or living goddesses, participated in ceremonies during the Ram Navami festival. At a candlelight rally in Bangladesh, activists remembered those who were killed in 1971 on the eve of the country's independence from Pakistan.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for March 30

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    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. 8 DIE WHEN CHURCH VAN CRASHES Eight people are dead after a church van crashed into a canal in rural southwest Florida early Monday. The Florida Highway Patrol says the 10 others were injured were taken to four hospital in the area with injuries ranging from stable to critical. Trooper say the driver ran through a stop sign and across all lanes of U.S. 27 before crashing into the cana..

  • Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. The conviction could land Olmert five years in prison, in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, all but ensuring the former premier will not return to politics for many years to come. "His behavior constitutes a breach of trust which harms the public, harms morality, and harms the public's trust, in how he behaved corruptly," prosecutor Uri Korev said followin

  • Malaysia proposes anti-terror laws to curb Islamic militants

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has proposed two new anti-terror laws that reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts to curb militant activities in the country. The government has detained scores of Malaysians suspected of supporting the Islamic State militant group. Critics however, slammed the laws as a revival of a controversial security law that was repealed in 2012 and warned it could severely curtail civil liberties. The Prevention of Anti-Terror bill introduced Monday needs to be approved by Parliament for it to become law. It would allow authorities to detain suspects indefinitely without trial.

  • Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

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    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles. Officials ordered residents along the banks of the Jhelum River to move to relief camps as the water crossed the danger threshold in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. More than a dozen people were trapped inside two houses that partially sank into the ground after a landslide hit Budgam district, police said. Rescuers were digging through huge piles of mud in an effort to reach them.

  • China evacuating from Yemen, suspending anti-piracy patrols

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    BEIJING (AP) — China is evacuating its citizens from Yemen and suspending anti-piracy patrols in the area amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. Three Chinese navy ships were diverted to the port of Aden to rescue Chinese nationals caught in the conflict, state media reported on Monday, marking only the second time Chinese military assets have been used in such a mission. About 122 Chinese were evacuated from Yemen to Djibouti, and authorities were working to assist the more than 400 remaining Chinese, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

  • 4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker

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    Can your broker or adviser be trusted? There is no way to be 100 percent certain, but far too many investors don't even take a few simple steps to protect themselves. Start by asking questions. Here are four key ones, and tips for finding the answers. __ WHO'S PAYING YOU? If a broker or adviser is pushing a specific investment, maybe it's because they're getting paid to do so. Many mutual funds charge one-time "sales loads" or annual "12b-1" fees that come out of your pocket and go into theirs. Cheaper, equally good funds may be available, but they may not tell you. Make sure to also ask about commissions, markups or hidden fees they may get for selling stocks, bonds and insurance products.

  • Strong quakes strike off South Pacific nation of Tonga

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    SYDNEY (AP) — A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles), striking 109 kilometers (68 miles) northeast of Tonga's Hihifo district Monday night. It was followed 30 minutes later by a magnitude-6.5 quake that had a depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles) and struck 99 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Hihifo. Leveni Aho, Director of Tonga's National Emergency Management Office, said his staff was trying to make contact with officials on the islands near the epicenter, but had not

  • Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1 and injuring several

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    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official said. Attempts to force the rhino out of Hetauda city by honking car horns and beating drums were unsuccessful, with the animal running from one area to another, government administrator Ram Prasad Thapaliya said. Teams with tranquilizer guns were on their way to attempt to capture it, he said. Thapaliya said the rhino gored down a 61-year-old woman on the outskirts of Hetauda, a city of about 135,000 people that borders a forested area. An unknown number of people were injured, he said.

  • Iran nuclear talks at crunch time

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    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. With the March 31 target fast approaching, the top diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran were meeting to try to bridge remaining gaps and hammer out the framework deal that would be the basis for a final accord to be reached by the end of June. U.S.

  • Iraq: Twin car bombings in Baghdad kill at least 11

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — A pair of car bombings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for talks with the Iraqi officials. Shortly before noon, the two explosive-laden cars went off simultaneously in a commercial area of the Shiite-dominated Husseiniyah district in northeastern Baghdad, a police officer said. Two policemen were among the dead. At least 26 people were wounded in the attack, he added. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media. The U.N.

  • Airstrikes shake Yemen's capital as Shiite rebels push south

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A series of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition have shaken Yemen's capital into the early morning amid the group's campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies. The strikes Monday in Sanaa come as the rebels, also known as Houthis, pushed south toward the port city of Aden, Yemen's economic hub and the latest seat of power for those allied with embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Hadi fled Yemen last week, sparking the airstrike campaign. Monday marked the fifth day of the airstrike campaign against the Houthis and their allies, largely forces loyal to deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. The strikes have targeted fighters, jets, air defense systems and Scud missile launch pads that could thre

  • 11 killed when bus falls into gorge in eastern India

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    PATNA, India (AP) — A bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve on a mountain road in eastern India and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 11 people, police said Monday. Twenty-six passengers were injured, some critically, in the accident in Garhwa district of Jharkhand state, police Superintendent Priyadarshi Alok said. He said the bus overturned after it fell. The bus was traveling from Raipur city to the neighboring state of Bihar when the accident occurred. India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most accidents are blamed on reckless driving, poor road maintenance or aging vehicles.

  • A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has found former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert guilty on charges of fraud and breach of trust in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter. Here's a look at Olmert's four-decade political career: 1973 — Olmert follows in his father's footsteps and is elected to parliament as member of the nationalist Likud party. 1988 — Olmert joins the Cabinet of hawkish Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. 1993 — Olmert is elected mayor of Jerusalem, beating legendary longtime mayor Teddy Kollek. 1996 — Olmert supervises completion of an archaeological tunnel near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, triggering deadly Palestinian riots.