• Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. Army-backed police and villagers also helped take 11 wounded members of the national police's elite Special Action Forces away from the battle scene in and around the village of Tukanalipao in Mamasapano township, where the government suffered its biggest single-day combat loss in many years, officials said. Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan told The Associated Press by telephone that village leaders saw the bodies of at least poli

  • NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Searching for Super Bowl highlights next week after the big game? They'll be available, legally, straight from the source. The NFL has protected its video as fiercely as any league, pushing most users to its website or to its broadcast partners. On Monday, the league and YouTube announced a partnership between two of the most powerful brands in the marketplace, creating an official NFL channel on the video website. Clips will also be directly viewable through simple Google searches. Content posted daily to the portal by the league will include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps and clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice and other original programming from NFL Network and NFL.com.

  • Planetarium at Union Station returns to 'live' sky tours

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The planetarium at Union Station is again reaching for the stars. After years of showing feature films on its 60-foot domed ceiling, the Gottlieb Planetarium has returned to interactive programming, taking visitors on “live” guided tours of the cosmos. Eight times a week, a Science City educator explains the mysteries of the night sky, now using special software that allows the planetarium to customize shows and tailor them to Kansas City. “As far as I know, we’re the only planetarium that is using it as part of our active programming,” said Patrick Hess, planetarium specialist at Science City. The software, called WorldWide Telescope, was developed by Microsoft and made available for free.

  • Missing Mexican journalist found dead in Veracruz state

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — The body of a journalist who was abducted by armed men three weeks ago has been found in eastern Mexico, authorities said Sunday, adding that a former police officer has confessed to carrying out the crime allegedly at the request of the town's mayor. The Jan. 2 disappearance of Moises Sanchez had sparked protests in Veracruz state, where at least 11 journalists have been killed since December 2010, making it one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for reporters. Sanchez was a social activist and journalist in the town of Medellin de Bravo who published a weekly, "La Union," which covered local government corruption and violent deaths, as well as printing citizen complaints.

  • Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi. Standing side by side at the stately Hyderabad House, Obama and Modi cited progress toward putting in place a landmark civil nuclear agreement, as well as advances on climate change and defense ties. But from the start, the day was more about putting their personal bond on display. Modi broke with protocol and wrapped Obama in an enthusiastic hug after Obama got off Air Force One. Obama later told reporters that Modi's "strong personal commitment to the U.S.-India relationship gives us a

  • Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." Malaysian Airlines is trying to recover from twin disasters last year, including the disappearance of Flight 370, which authorities believed crashed 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) off Australia's west coast. The website was later changed to a picture of a lizard, with the ISIS reference removed and the claim of responsibility changed to "Lizard Squ

  • Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country. The U.S. campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is heavily dependent on using drone strikes to take out terror targets. Obama has held up that approach as a model for the military mission against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, which relies on airstrikes instead of U.S. ground troops. Obama, who is traveling in India, said that approach "is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best option we have." "The alternative would be massive U.S.

  • Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party, immediately promised to end the "five years of humiliation and pain" that Greece has endured since an international bailout saved it from bankruptcy in 2010. "The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country," Tsipras told a crowd of rapturous flag-waving supporters. Syriza appeared just shy of the majority that would allow it to govern alone. With 97.6 per

  • Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group. "We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. And with that faith, we will try our utmost to reach that goal. That's how it is," said Yasuhide Nakayama, a Japanese deputy foreign minister sent to Amman, Jordan, to work on the crisis. Back in Tokyo, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the government was still analyzing a video posted online that purported to show one of the two hostages, Haruna Yukawa, had been killed. The government has been in crisis mode since the Islamic State group said in an online video on

  • Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. "This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment. Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130

  • Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. "This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment. Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130

  • Baha Mar mega resort in Bahamas to open finally in March

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Golfers were supposed to be swinging their clubs at the Baha Mar Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course by now and gamblers placing bets at the $3.5 billion resort’s state-of-the-art casino. But Baha Mar is behind schedule, and the Bahamas’ newest resort, which was largely financed by the Chinese government and built with the help of about 4,100 Chinese laborers, will miss all but the tail end of the all-important high season. Instead of opening in mid-December as planned, the 1,000-acre resort along Nassau’s Cable Beach is scheduled to begin receiving guests at three of its hotels on March 27 and at a fourth — the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar — on May 1. The grand opening ceremony, produced by Jamie King and Emilio Estefan

  • Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people. The attack on Mariupol, a strategically situated port city that had been relatively quiet for months, alarmed the West and looked likely further to aggravate relations with Russia. Putting the blame squarely on Moscow, President Barack Obama said the U.S. would work with its European partners to "ratchet up the pressure on Russia." European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini later announced that EU foreign ministers would hold an "extraordinary" meetin

  • Students construct, program robots to perform tasks, compete

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    The silence weighed heavy as the Mars Rover-like machine dubbed The Master Picker took its place. After four months of simulations, it was finally time for The Master Picker to do what it was engineered to do. The robot’s cranelike arm descended, hitting the side of a crate and missing its target. Its inventors, Shayla Reusser and Jose Segura, glanced at each other. Disaster. Then the robot’s arm made its final turn, diving down once again, this time grabbing a strawberry and releasing it into the crate. Success.

  • UN Security Council faces Ukraine, Yemen emergency meetings

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold emergency meetings Monday on the crises in Yemen and Ukraine. Council member Lithuania said Sunday that it had requested the open meeting on Ukraine. Both countries are former Soviet republics. Russia blocked a council statement Saturday that would have condemned the shelling that day in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that killed at least 30 people and wounded more than 90. The council has met about 30 times during the Ukraine crisis but has failed to take action because permanent council member Russia almost certainly would use its veto power.

  • Robotics competition draws enthusiasm

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    The fourth annual Otero County First Lego League competition took place Saturday morning at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo Tays Center, sponsored by NMSU-A and OteroSTEM. The First Lego League is a robotics program intended for 9 to 14 year olds and is designed to get children excited about science and technology. Students from all over the county participated in the competition. The Alamogordo schools that participated were Yucca, Oregon, Buena Vista and North Elementary School. The four teams spent the last several weeks learning about robotics, mechanical design, introductory engineering and how to code and build their team's robot.

  • Extreme right party headed for 3rd place in Greek election

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The specter of Neo-Nazism is no longer haunting Greece. It looks like it is here to stay. The extreme right, anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party, which has Nazi roots, appears headed for a third-place finish in Sunday's election. Its showing comes despite the fact that the party's leader and most of its lawmakers are behind bars, facing charges of participating in a "criminal organization" accused of murders, brutal attacks on migrants and others, extortion and arson. With more than 90 percent of the voting precincts reporting, Golden Dawn was receiving 6.3 percent of the vote, narrowly leading the centrist Potami ("River") with 6.04 percent.

  • Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water. The Navy wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys at least 12 nautical miles off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The devices, about 3 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, send out sonar signals underwater so air crews can train to detect submarines. "It sounds drastic in numbers, but it's really not drastic in its impact," said John Mosher, Northwest environmental manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. "Anti-submarine warfare is a critical missi

  • Belgium sees some room to discuss Greek debt program

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain's Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron predicted that the election victory of Greece's radical left-wing Syriza party would create "economic uncertainty" across Europe, while left-of-center parties welcomed the results as a message that the European Union should change its economic policy. Belgium's finance minister said Sunday that he saw some room to discuss the "modalities" of the Greek debt program with the other eurozone nations after the victory by Syriza which seeks an end to painful austerity measures.

  • Sundance Watch: Quinto and Franco's easy chemistry

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In "I Am Michael," a drama based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's 2011 New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend," James Franco plays the part of Michael Glatze, the ex-gay friend in question. The film, which premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, is a sensitive, complicated and provocative story about a prominent gay activist who, in just a few years, denounces his homosexuality. Michael's transformation is not played for a surprise in the movie. Justin Kelly's film opens with a buttoned-up Michael telling a terrified young man that homosexuality is immoral, before abruptly jumping back in time to show Michael in his activist days (and, in fact, at a raucous rave, where Franco says he was almost b




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