• Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

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    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman's mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali last year. The prosecutors told the court that Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack, who appeared in court with their 2-week-old daughter, were guilty of premeditated murder. The panel of judges could ignore the sentencing request and decide to impose the maximum, death by a firing squad, if it convicts them. "The defendant has committed sadistic acts to her own mother," chief prosecutor Eddy Arta Wijaya told the court at Mack's trial.

  • Georgian president: must deepen EU, NATO ties

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    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia says the country will continue its push for deepening relations with NATO and the European Union. The assertion by President Giorgi Margvelashvili in his state of the nation address to parliament on Tuesday comes amid concerns in countries bordering Russia about Moscow's involvement in the Ukraine crisis and Russia's increasing denunciation of the Western military alliance. Margvelashvili said "the security and well-being of Georgia are tied directly to European and Euroatlantic integration.

  • Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

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    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday. During an ongoing relocation effort, dozens of bighorns have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. "We've got the sheep where we want them on a broad geographic basis, which is a huge milestone," California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Tom Stephenson said. "We've still got to get their numbers up a bit." Thousands of the sheep once roamed the Sierra Nevada but overhunting and disease spread by domesticated sheep herds caused near-extinction.

  • Iraq: Suicide blast hits bus with Iranian pilgrims, kills 10

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including seven Iranians, according to Iraqi officials. Police officials said the attack happened in the town of Taji, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital where the bomber detonated his explosives as the pilgrims were getting off the bus at a gas station. Hospital officials said two Iranian women and the Iraqi bus driver were among the dead. At least 14 Iranian pilgrims were wounded in the attack. The pilgrims were returning from a trip to the holy Shiite city of Samarra. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

  • Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

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    BOSTON, England (AP) — Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local Lincolnshire accent. Immigration has transformed Boston in the last decade. At least one in eight residents comes from eastern Europe, and the population is growing at double the national rate. The change Boston is seeing is not unique — and unhappiness about Britain's transformation is reshaping the political landscape as voters prepare to choose a new government, fueling support for outsider politicians focused on immigration.

  • 10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

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    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business. Lexington Vintage owner Bonnie Harris tells CBS 46 that she's saddened by the crime, believed to have happened Friday night or Saturday morning. Harris said the rooster attracted attention to the store, which opened in November. Athens-Clarke County police say the estimated value of the Bunyanesque artwork is $3,000, meaning that whoever stole it could face a felony. Harris tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the rooster's installation two weeks ago involved anchoring the big bird in the ground with rebar stakes.

  • Boston University alumnus gives $50M gift to school

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    BOSTON (AP) — Boston University has renamed its business school after an alumnus who made his fortune in the retail industry and donated $50 million, the largest gift in university history. The university's school of management on Monday was renamed the Questrom School of Business after 1964 graduate Allen Questrom and his wife, Kelli, who made the gift through their foundation. The gift, which includes $10 million given in 2012, will be used to endow 10 faculty chairs and enable planning for a new graduate program facility. Allen Questrom became known as a turnaround specialist in the department store field, starting at Federated Department Stores, Inc., and orchestrating turnarounds at Neiman Marcus, Barneys New Yor

  • Image of Asia: Drying chili peppers under the Cambodian sun

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    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a woman dries chili pepper on the ground near the Mekong River in Cambodia, where the three-month harvest season started in February. The people in Russey Chroy village, north of the capital Phnom Penh, harvest the peppers and dry them under the sun before selling them for about $1.50 per kilogram. The tons of dry chili peppers harvested by several thousand villagers in the area are sold locally or transported to be sold in neighboring Thailand. The crop is traditionally their main income, though the villagers also fish and plant rice and other crops.

  • Al-Shabab suspected in killing of Uganda terror prosecutor

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    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police said on Tuesday they are investigating whether the killing of a prosecutor in Kampala was carried out by Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab. Joan Kagezi, a prosecutor in the ongoing trial of about a dozen men facing terror charges, appears to have been the victim of a targeted assassination, Patrick Onyango, a police spokesman in the Ugandan capital, said Tuesday. There are many possible suspects, including al-Shabab, but it is too soon to make any arrests, he said. "We cannot rule out al-Shabab ...

  • Pakistan officials arrive in Saudi to assess Yemen mission

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    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Senior Pakistani officials arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to assess whether to take part in Riyadh's coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen, as the Pakistani prime minister vowed that any violation of Saudi sovereignty would bring a "strong reaction" from his country. The delegation includes Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz and some military officers, Pakistani state TV said. Asif told state TV before departing that he had been in contact with the Saudis in recent days. "God willing, we will be standing with our Saudi brothers," he said. The Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes last week targeting the Iran-supported rebels, known as Houthis, who seized Yem

  • ‘A biography of cancer’ highlights the individuality of the cancer experience

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    When PBS’ three-part documentary based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” wraps up, the public will have gotten to know cancer as a shadowy and deviously brilliant historical figure that has been killing and maiming men, women, and children since the beginning of recorded history. Understanding and finding cures for cancer has obsessed generations of healers, scientists, fund-raisers, politicians and entrepreneurs. As a patient advocate and someone who has watched cancer steal and forever change the lives of family and friends, I hope the film helps redirect some of today’s damaging conversations.

  • Day 7 of deliberations in Atlanta schools cheating trial

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors are set to start their seventh day of deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests. The jury meeting in Atlanta is scheduled to resume its closed-door discussions Tuesday morning. A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013. Many reached plea agreements with prosecutors. Educators have said they faced pressure from supervisors to inflate standardized test scores to show gains in student achievement. The trial began in August with more than six weeks of jury selection. Testimony concluded in late February.

  • South African children's reading project wins Lindgren Prize

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    HELSINKI (AP) — The South African alternative education project PRAESA has been awarded this year's Astrid Lindgren Prize for children's literature for innovative ways of encouraging reading and literature among children and youth. Announcing the award on Tuesday, the prize jury cites the organization for opening "new routes into the world of books and literature for young readers" with the joy of reading as a compass point. The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa was established in 1992 as an independent research unit affiliated with the University of Cape Town. It was born from the struggle against apartheid education and has focused on language-in-education policies.

  • Mediation set for photographer's suit against Justin Bieber

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    MIAMI (AP) — A mediation session is set in Miami in an attempt to resolve a lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber filed by a photographer who says he was roughed up by the singer's security. Bieber was expected to attend the Tuesday mediation behind closed doors at a downtown law firm. In the lawsuit filed in June 2013, photographer Jeffrey Binion seeks unspecified damages for what he claims was an assault by a Bieber bodyguard outside a recording studio. Bieber's security personnel have been accused in several similar incidents involving celebrity photographers known as "paparazzi." While in Miami, Bieber appeared at the electronic Ultra Music Festival and sang with Ariana Grande at her concert Saturday night.

  • 3 of 4 critically injured in NYC blast leave hospital

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    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says three of the four people critically injured in the East Village fire and explosion have been released from the hospital. Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Monday that the remaining patient was in Bellevue Hospital and "doing well." He said fire marshals, the NYPD and the district attorney's office were investigating the cause of Thursday's apparent gas explosion. It killed two people and leveled three buildings. De Blasio said he hasn't ruled out policy changes, or tougher penalties for those caught tampering with gas, but the investigation must conclude that first. The mayor says most residents in the surrounding area who were evacuated immediately after t

  • Turkey: Training, arming Syrian rebels could start in May

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says a joint Turkish-U.S. program to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group could begin in May. Ismet Yilmaz, however, told reporters Tuesday that the sides were still holding talks on the soldiers to be chosen for the program. Turkey and the U.S. reached a deal on training and arming the rebels in February after several months of negotiations. Turkish officials had previously said training would start in March. The U.S. has screened about 1,200 moderate Syrian rebels to participate in training in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the training and providing $500 million for training about 5,000 rebels over

  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year. Arkansas is poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.

  • Spain: Police arrest family, say sons were to join jihad

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    MADRID (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested four members of a family, including 16-year-old twin boys who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters, the Interior Ministry said. A ministry statement said the parents and their sons were arrested in the northeastern city of Badalona, near Barcelona. The ministry said the four were Moroccan nationals. The statement said the boys were suspected of planning to travel to Morocco on Tuesday before going to Turkey and finally Syria. The ministry said authorities believe an older brother joined the Islamic State group in Syria and died last year. The statement said the twins had left school in Spain to study the Quran in Morocco and were in a process

  • Malaysian fish seller to hang for killing 2 British students

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fish seller to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the high court found Zulkipli Abdullah, 23, guilty of stabbing to death Aidan Brunger and Neil Gareth Dalton in Sarawak state last August. "The court ruled that his defense was merely an afterthought. The defense failed to raise any reasonable doubts in the case," Muhamad Iskandar said. He said Zulkipli made an unsworn statement from the dock during his defense. Zulkipli told the court that he was involved in a fight with the two Britons along with two of his friends and that he punched one of them, but denied stabbing th

  • Several Turkish cities hit by power outage

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power. The Turkish Electricity Transmission Company, TEIAS, cited a problem at the Turkey's electricity power transmission network for the worst blackout in Turkey in several years. Metro and tram services came to a halt in Istanbul, Ankara and three other major cities. Police officers were deployed to manage traffic at major junctions where traffic signals were disrupted. Firefighters were called to rescue people stuck in elevators.




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