• Citing illness, Suge Knight refuses to leave cell for court

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge stopped short of ordering Marion "Suge" Knight forcibly removed from his jail cell Wednesday after the rap music mogul said he was sick and refused to go to court for a hearing in his robbery case. Los Angeles Superior Court Ronald S. Coen said Knight told deputies he was too ill to leave his downtown LA jail cell. Coen said he did not order deputies to forcibly remove Knight because the Death Row Records co-founder has a hearing in his murder case Friday. Instead, the judge delayed Wednesday's proceedings to coincide with that hearing. But Coen said he would take a harder line with Knight, who is charged along with comedian Katt Williams with stealing a celebrity photographer's camera.

  • Greece: Nearly 12,000 immigrants entered illegally in April

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says nearly 12,000 immigrants were arrested entering the country illegally last month — an almost seven-fold increase from the previous year. The agency said Wednesday that 11,873 people were arrested in April and 6,583 were arrested in March — nearly all on islands facing the coast of Turkey. Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, on a visit to Athens Tuesday, said he would back a European Union relocation plan to assist Greece and Italy. Greece's government has welcomed the plan but is seeking a higher quota, to help it cope with large numbers of arriving from war-torn Syria. According to government estimates, some 37,500 immigrants and asylum seekers have

  • Sheriff: Car that carried teens into river has been found

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    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said a diver has reached a car that carried two teenagers into the rushing waters of the South Platte River in western Nebraska. But he added Tuesday that the car can't be recovered until the river recedes, and hydrologists note the river is expected to reach flood stage late Wednesday or early Thursday. Officials have said 17-year-old Alexis Wiezorek and 18-year-old Noah Ramos have been missing since May 18, when they drove into the river, which had washed out a road on the south side of North Platte. Kramer said the diver could see only silt inside the car but was able to remove a piece of the car's vinyl top, which allowed officials to confirm the car i

  • Late-night TV vet Bill Maher forges ahead with hit formula

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Maher strides into the weekly writers meeting for his HBO show and puts his feet up on the table. His team of scribes, many of whom he's worked with for 22 years, pepper him with ideas and information: the new Republican presidential candidates, the latest outlandish political moves, background on upcoming guests. Every Tuesday, they brainstorm. And every Friday, Maher brings his pioneering brand of political humor to late night TV on "Real Time with Bill Maher," saying he's "not one bit less engaged" than when he launched "Politically Incorrect" in 1993.

  • Saudi-led airstrikes on police headquarters kill 45 in Yemen

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels said. Hundreds had been gathered at the site, close to Sanaa's presidential palace, to receive weapons while others loitered in the grass and under trees before the strike, three men there told The Associated Press. There also were militiamen there from the ranks of the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, many of them wearing traditional Yemeni clothes, they said.

  • Zogenix says former obesity drug reduced seizures in study

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Drugmaker Zogenix said Wednesday that a drug once used to fight obesity before it was taken off the market may help treat a rare disease that causes severe seizures in young children. The company said some patients who were given low doses of the drug fenfluramine had no seizures for five years, and others went several years without experiencing one. The results come from a five-year study of 12 patients who suffer from a condition called Dravet syndrome. Zogenix said it plans to start late-stage testing of the drug in the second half of 2015, and it hopes to file for marketing approval in the U.S. and the European Union in late 2016. Fenfluramine was the "fen" in the anti-obesity treatment known as fe

  • Temperatures soar across Mideast countries amid sandstorms

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    CAIRO (AP) — Temperatures soared across the Middle East on Wednesday, with winds and sandstorms driving people indoors as unlucky pedestrians tried to shield themselves from the sun with books, newspapers or anything they could find. In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the thermometer hit 44 degrees Celsius (112 degrees Fahrenheit) in the afternoon, a level rarely touched this early in the year. Fewer people on foot braved the baking streets near central Tahrir Square, while some sat on plastic chairs dangling their feet into the Nile. Sandstorms later turned skies brown. "While I was taking an exam, the sweat was dropping on the paper," said student Mohamed Said, who had just left class.

  • US Senator Graham in Israel ahead of likely presidential bid

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says allowing the United Nations to decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a "mistake." The South Carolina senator is a Republican foreign policy hawk and critic of President Barack Obama's handling of the Middle East. He was visiting Israel on Wednesday ahead of an expected announcement on a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Following remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before March elections that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, Obama has said he would reassess U.S. policy toward Israel. That means the Security Council could be a potential place to act on the conflict. France also has said it would take a res

  • Denzel Washington's daughter Olivia makes NYC stage debut

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many other aspiring actresses, Olivia Washington is paying her dues at a small, off-Broadway theater. Unlike so many other aspiring actresses, she's not relying on her famous dad. Washington, one of Denzel Washington's four children, played the shy and damaged Laura in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" in a 199-seat theater this spring. She joined the inaugural season of the Masterworks Theater Company, which has found temporary housing in the 47th Street Theater, a short walk from Broadway's glitter. The goal of the company is to present theatrical classics with diverse casts to young people. Its motto: igniting the next generation of audiences.

  • Houston confirms 2 more storm-related deaths; combined Texas, Oklahoma death toll now 19

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston confirms 2 more storm-related deaths; combined Texas, Oklahoma death toll now 19.

  • Teacher to face trial on charges he ID'd pupil in sex case

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A high school teacher charged with intimidating a student by pointing her out to classmates as the person who accused his co-worker of an inappropriate sexual relationship was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on witness intimidation charges. Plum High School teacher Drew Zoldak, 40, told his class last month that he missed school so he could be interviewed by detectives. He pointed out the student and said it was "because of her," police said. Police said he then called the girl to the front of his forensic science class and asked if she would be OK regarding next week's topic, which was sexual assault. Defense attorney Alexander Lindsay said even if that evidence was true, it didn't constitute witne

  • Theft of copper cable causes major disruption on NYC subways

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Subway service was disrupted for hundreds of thousands of commuters Wednesday because of a massive theft of copper cable from train tracks, transit officials said. The theft of 500 feet of cable forced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to suspend train service entirely between the Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel stations in Queens and replace it with shuttle buses during the morning rush. The cable was stolen from about 12 locations along the tracks, the MTA said. The crime caused delays and overcrowding along the entire length of the heavily used A and C lines, which carry 775,000 riders a day, the MTA said. The theft was discovered late Tuesday when a train lost power north of the Howard

  • Study: Ethiopian fossils indicate new forerunner of humans

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A fossil find adds another twig to the human evolutionary tree, giving further evidence that the well-known "Lucy" species had company in what is now Ethiopia, a new study says. A lower jaw, plus jaw fragments and teeth, dated at 3.3 million to 3.5 million years old, were found in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia four years ago. That shows a second human ancestor lived in about the same area and time frame as Lucy's species, researchers said. But not everyone agrees. In a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature, the researchers announce the new find and assign it to a species they dubbed Australopithecus deyiremeda (aw-strah-low-PIH'-thuh-kus day-eh-REH'-meh-dah).

  • EU migration plans under fire from UN chief, member states

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union plans to destroy the boats of smugglers bringing desperate migrants across the Mediterranean and share the refugee burden more evenly came under fresh fire Wednesday from within and outside the EU. In an effort to help manage more than 80,000 people who have landed on European shores so far this year, mostly in Italy and Greece, the EU's executive Commission is proposing to relocate thousands of refugees to other member countries and wants to launch a security operation in the Mediterranean to eliminate the trafficking operations. On a visit to EU's headquarters, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed doubts about the boat destruction plan and said "the priority should be given to life-s

  • AP PHOTOS: Farm lets orphaned or abandoned foals thrive

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    ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive. At The Last Chance Corral, they get that opportunity to live and grow without their mothers. The 2.75-acre horse rescue farm says it has saved thousands of foals and full-grown horses over the past three decades. A handful of staffers are helped by a stream of volunteers who navigate the peaceful barns to monitor the foals' progress. They quietly step around the sleeping foals, taking notes. They replace soiled wood shavings used for bedding and for waste disposal. By hand, they encourage skittish and stressed young animals to drink formula.

  • Letter to Obama discussed at Post reporter's trial in Iran

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A letter a detained Washington Post journalist wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama and a trip he made to the U.S. Consulate in Dubai have become major topics of his espionage trial in Iran. Jason Rezaian, the Post's 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of "espionage for the hostile government of the United States" and propaganda against the Islamic Republic, Iran's official IRNA news agency has reported. The Post has said he faces 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted. The Post, U.S. diplomats and media rights organizations have criticized Rezaian's detention and the handling of the case. His trial also comes amid ongoing negotiations between Iran an

  • Int'l court case against Ivory Coast ex-1st lady admissible

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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges upheld a ruling Wednesday that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast's former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election. The ruling read in court by Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski puts more pressure on Ivory Coast officials to hand over Simone Gbagbo for prosecution in The Hague. The ruling said that the case against Gbagbo is admissible because Ivory Coast had not proved, at the time it challenged the case's admissibility, that Ivorian authorities were investigating her for the same allegations as those she faces in The Hague.

  • Longtime fugitive could have Ohio parole hearing in months

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio inmate who escaped in 1959 and recently was found in Florida could have his first parole board hearing after just a few months back behind bars. Frank Freshwaters' sentence was recalculated based on his time at large and in custody to determine that he'll have a hearing in August on the issue of possible parole, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Wednesday. The exact date will be set later. Freshwaters, 79, is in custody at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, south of Columbus, after being extradited from Florida. He might appear before the parole board in person or via video conference, Smith said.

  • Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections

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    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday. Demonstrators were in the streets again Wednesday, holding leafy tree branches as peace symbols, confronting soldiers and demanding that Nkurunziza withdraw from the elections. Gervais Abayeho told The Associated Press that "a political vacuum in this country ... would be worse that a coup d'état," and that elections will happen whether or not Western governments help. He said the government has already set aside money for the June 26 elections but needs Burundians to give more for election

  • North Korean couple taken by Libyan Islamic State stronghold

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    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman of a local Libyan city council says a North Korean couple has been abducted near the stronghold of the country's Islamic State affiliate. Taher al-Zaroug, spokesman for the western city of Misrata's city council, says the couple — both doctors — were travelling from the oasis of Zallah in central Libya, where they worked for a local hospital for many years. He says they were seized Friday near the coastline city of Sirte, where the Islamic State group has gained a foothold amid Libya's chaos in the past months. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency has not reported on the abduction.




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