• Voter records list 73-year-old NYC woman as 164

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A 73-year-old New York woman has discovered her official voter registration card lists her birth year as 1850, aging her by a whopping 91 years. Luz Pabellon tells the New York Post (http://bit.ly/107UGzc ) she's been voting for years but never knew city Board of Elections records misstated her age by nearly a century. Election officials tell the newspaper origins of the mix-up can be traced to 1978, when Pabellon registered to vote, listing "18+" in the date-of-birth section of her voting card. Years later, the board entered those cards electronically and the Bronx resident's birthdate was somehow entered in as 01/01/1850 by default. The registered Democrat was actually born in 1941.

  • Archaeologists seek movie set in California sands

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes — but these are made of plaster. The giant imitations of an ancient Egyptian scene were constructed more than 90 years ago for the silent black-and-white classic movie "The Ten Commandments." When filming was over in 1923, legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille left them in the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in Santa Barbara County. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1wfvsbZ ) that this week, archaeologists excavated a crumbling plaster sphinx from the ruins. Another was partially exhumed in 2012 but money ran out. When crews went back this year, they found ano

  • Palestinian leader calls settlers "herd of cattle"

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says his people should guard a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims against visiting Jews, who he referred to as a "herd of cattle." Mahmoud Abbas' fiery rhetoric Saturday follows comments he made the previous day that Jews should be banned from visiting the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Palestinian demonstrators have recently clashed with Israeli forces over what Palestinians see as Jewish encroachment on the site. The site is the holiest in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. Israel maintains that it allows free prayer to all but Palestinians claim Israel is unilaterally widening access to accomm

  • Hungary not investigating US corruption claims

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has no plans to investigate corruption allegations which have resulted in entry bans issued by the U.S. to several Hungarians, including unnamed government officials, authorities said Saturday. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Hungary was "not planning any exploratory action in this matter" and wanted the U.S. to provide proof of the corruption allegations. He also said that no minister had informed him of being affected by the ban. "We continue to await the credible information from the U.S. government on the basis of which it made accusations of corruption against Hungarian citizens," Szijjarto told reporters. "Hungary and its government are on the side of openness and transparency."<

  • Iran says number of foreign tourists surges

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The number of foreigners visiting Iran jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier, Iran's top tourism official said Saturday. Masoud Soltanifar said on state TV that the thriving industry could help boost Iran's economy out of recession and bring in much-needed hard currency. He said 4.5 million foreign tourists that came to the Islamic Republic over the period, bringing in some $6 billion in revenue. He attributed the increase to the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has shifted away from the bombastic style adopted under his hard-line predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani, who has advocated for

  • US-led strike kills 8 in IS-held Syria town

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least eight people in eastern Syria, activists said Saturday. The airstrike targeted a distribution station in the town of Khasham in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour late Friday, Deir el-Zour Free Radio, an activist collective, said on its Facebook page. The collective named four of those killed and said another four charred bodies were placed in a nearby mosque. It said the slain men were mostly fuel tanker drivers. Another activist group, the Deir el-Zour Network, described "long tongues of flames" from the strike.

  • Yemen's rebels attack home of Islamist, 12 killed

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's empowered Shiite rebels attacked the home of a rival Islamist politician south of the capital on Saturday, setting off clashes that left 12 people dead, security officials said, adding that the politician was not home at the time. The officials said Shiite rebels and allied fighters attacked the home of a local politician from the rival Islamist Islah party, killing two of his relatives in the town of Yarim, an Islamist stronghold in the Ibb province south of Sanaa. The ensuing clashes left eight rebel fighters and two bystanders dead. Another four rebels were killed when a roadside bomb struck a convoy bringing reinforcements to a battle with Sunni conservative tribesmen raging in both Yarim and

  • UK police to help Thailand murder investigation

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — London's police force says Scotland Yard detectives will travel to Thailand to help with the investigation into the killing of two British tourists. Police said in a statement Saturday that officers would work with Thai police "in ensuring that whoever murdered David Miller and Hannah Witheridge is brought to justice in a fair and transparent way." The battered bodies of Witheridge and Miller were found Sept. 15 on a beach on Koh Tao island. Thai police say two migrant workers from Myanmar have confessed to the killings, but last week the British government summoned a senior Thai diplomat to express concern about the way the investigation had been handled.

  • Families of slain UK aid workers call for unity

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The families of two British hostages killed by the Islamic State group urged people of all faiths to unite against the militants' "hateful acts," as hundreds celebrated the life of slain aid worker David Haines at a memorial service in his Scottish hometown. His brother Michael Haines walked hand-in-hand to a church in the central Scotland city of Perth on Saturday with Barbara Henning, whose husband Alan was killed by the militants in Syria earlier this month. Those attending were asked to wear bright colors, rather than black, in celebration of Haines' life. Speakers included Haines' 17-year-old daughter Bethany, and music included the hymn "Amazing Grace" and the song "Going Home," by Scottish band Ru

  • Paris sculpture removed after vandals strike

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — A controversial green art installation on Paris' tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight. The inflatable sculpture called "Tree" vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for others, including its creator, the artist Paul McCarthy, a giant anal sex toy. Guide wires holding the sculpture in place were severed by vandals sometime overnight, according to French media reports. The sculpture was deflated and folded up on Saturday. Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin blasted the vandalism, calling it "a serious attack on the principle of artistic freedom." The temporary exhibit is part of the FIAC contemporary art exhibition in Paris.

  • 3 Egyptian troops killed in border tunnel collapse

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — At least three Egyptian troops died when a smuggling tunnel on the border with the Gaza Strip collapsed on them as they were investigating it on Saturday, a military official said. Rescuers recovered the bodies of an officer and two soldiers, and were looking for a fourth body in the rubble. Another soldier was injured in the collapse, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief journalists. Egypt's military has been sealing hundreds of smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border because authorities believe they are used to smuggle weapons into the restive Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic militants routinely carry out attacks on soldiers and police.

  • Turkish prosecutors drop corruption probe

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors dropped a bribery and corruption investigation that forced four government ministers to step down earlier in the year, drawing criticism on Saturday from an international graft watchdog which said the case should have been followed through to counter allegations that powerful politicians are able to act with impunity. Prosecutors in Istanbul ruled Friday that there were no grounds for legal action against 53 suspects, including the sons of two former government ministers and a prominent Iranian businessman, who were suspected of bribery and corruption in a case that shook the country in December, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

  • Sudan could be arming S. Sudan rebels, says report

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Sudan's government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the south's civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document. Sudan will provide tanks and artillery and share intelligence with rebels fighting South Sudan's government, according to the minutes of a high-level meeting of security and military officials in Khartoum, that a top American expert on Sudan has concluded are real. South Sudan — which broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a peaceful vote for independence — has had an internal conflict since last December between supporters of the government and former Vice President Riek Machar. Thousands have been kille

  • 9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard death toll to 38

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation. The bodies were seen in a remote mountainous area, but the steep terrain made it impossible for the helicopter to land, said Yadav Koirala from the Disaster Management Division in Katmandu. The helicopter was able to pick up three survivors from near where the bodies were spotted in Dolpa district, he said. The latest fatalities were on snowy slopes that would take hours to reach by foot from the nearest point where the helicopter could land.

  • Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    ROME (AP) — The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor defied Italy's government and registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of foreign gay marriages would be voided, and Rome's prefect vowed to do so immediately. Nevertheless, Mayor Ignazio Marino received thunderous applause upon arrival at the city hall reception room where the couples and their loved ones gathered to make the marriages official in Rome's city ledger. Marino transcribed the date and locations of their weddings, including in Spain, Portugal and the U.S.

  • Sweden underwater activity search continues

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's military continues to investigate reports of "foreign underwater activity" in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces. Chief of operations Jonas Wikstrom says the information "from a credible source" that sparked the operation Friday was still considered worth pursuing the intelligence operation. Wikstrom declined Saturday to give details about the operation, except saying the purpose was to find out whether "there had been or still is ongoing foreign underwater activity." He also declined to say whether they had been in contact with other countries. Neutral Sweden's armed forces have ruled out that it could be some sort of na

  • Endangered northern white rhino dies in Africa

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech zoo says a 34-year-old northern white rhinoceros has died in Kenya, further reducing the world's dwindling population of the critically endangered animal. Suni was born at the zoo in Dvur Kralove in June 1980. The zoo says Suni was found dead Friday in the Ol Pejeta animal sanctuary. The cause of death wasn't immediately clear, but the zoo ruled out he was killed by poachers. He was one of the four northern white rhinos that the Czech zoo moved to Africa in December 2009 in an attempt to save the species from extinction. The zoo hoped it could be easier for them to breed there than in captivity. The zoo said Saturday that Suni was one of seven northern white rhinos left.

  • Berlin governing party chooses new mayor

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's city development minister has been chosen by his party to be the capital's new mayor, signaling a change of style after the charismatic and long-serving incumbent announced his resignation. Michael Mueller won 59.1 percent support in a ballot of thousands of members, the center-left Social Democrats said Saturday. The party leads Berlin's governing coalition. The unexpectedly clear result means he won't face a runoff against either of his rivals: local party chairman Jan Stoess, who polled 20.9 percent, and Palestinian-born caucus leader Raed Saleh, with 18.6 percent. Mayor Klaus Wowereit plans to step down Dec. 11 after more than 13 years in power, nearly two years before his term expires.

  • Soldiers' rights activist jailed in Russia

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been jailed, an advocacy group said Saturday. Ten Russian troops were captured in August in eastern Ukraine amid fighting between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian troops after weeks of Moscow denying involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Authorities insisted the captured soldiers got lost while patrolling the border, and the deaths were accidental and happened in Russia. The Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg, a highly respected non-governmental organization with a long history of working to defend the rights of soldiers, said Saturday that its colleague in southern Russia who was investigating the deaths

  • Prof with 4 beetles named after him has 1 more hit

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — They may not be John, Paul, Ringo and George, but four of the less musical kind of beetle bear Allan Ashworth's name. Now a non-beetle has joined the group (and no, it's not Yoko). Two Chilean researchers at North Dakota State University's entomology laboratory recently identified a new species of damsel bug among the insects Ashworth collected during his many trips to their South American homeland. They named it "Nabis ashworthi" in honor of Ashworth, a retired distinguished professor of geology at the school who already has four beetle species named after him. Entomology doctoral student Eduardo Faundez and research assistant Mariom Carvajal, a freshman majoring in microbiology, found the new species wh