• PM: Prosecutor wounded in Istanbul hostage standoff has died

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    ISTANBUL (AP) — Two members of a banned leftist group and a prosecutor they held hostage inside a courthouse in Istanbul died Tuesday after a shootout between the hostage takers and police, officials said. Istanbul's police chief, Selami Altinok said police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end of the hostage situation. The prosecutor, identified by the state-run Anadolu Agency and state television TRT as Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was shot in the head during the standoff and rushed to hospital where doctors tried to save his life, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier Tuesday. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and hospital officials later announced he had died.

  • Baby 4: Newborn spotted with endangered Puget Sound orcas

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    SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters is experiencing a baby boom with a fourth baby orca documented this winter. The newborn was spotted Monday by whale-watching crews and a naturalist in the waters of British Columbia, according to the Pacific Whale Watch Association, which represents 29 whale-watching operators in Washington and British Columbia. The orca was swimming with other members of the J-pod, one of three families of orcas that are protected in Washington and Canada. Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist with the Center for Whale Research on Friday Harbor, confirmed the birth to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man's chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools' Day. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac-Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned to April 1 in Asia. That ushered in a day when Google shows off its playful side by injecting more frivolity into its services. The gag on Google Maps enables visitors to click on a Pac-Man symbol in the lower left of the screen to play the video game on whatever location is listed in the address bar. As has been happening for nearly 35 years, Pac-Man eats blinking dots while trying to elude four "ghosts" — Pinky, Blinky, Inky

  • Toddler found unconscious at eatery; mom faces murder charge

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who locked herself inside a restaurant bathroom for 25 minutes before she was found holding her unconscious 1-year-old son foaming at the mouth has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said Tuesday. Latisha Fisher, 35, told investigators who arrived at the 5 Boro Burger on Monday afternoon that "the devil made me do it," police said. She was later questioned at a midtown Manhattan precinct. A restaurant worker who entered the bathroom saw Fisher holding her son, Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, the police said. Restaurant customers, concerned that Fisher and the child were in the bathroom for too long, contacted workers who used a key to get in, the police said. They then called 911.

  • Police: Man crashed truck, stole forklift while intoxicated

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    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, say a 21-year-old man drove a stolen forklift more than 3 miles while intoxicated to retrieve a truck he crashed. Police Lt. Matt Soden says just before 6 a.m. Monday, Aleksandr Glushko of Delta Junction drove off a road in a pickup and crashed into pipe stacked in a company yard. The pickup was left straddling pipe. Police say Glushko then walked to George Horner Ice Park, stole a forklift and drove off with it. An Alaska Railroad worker spotted the forklift driving by the crash site. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1CIGn3J) police were at the scene when Glushko looped back. Glushko has been charged with felony driving under the i

  • Review: 'Furious 7' drives hard with action, laughs, tribute

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    Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape. Never mind that the film repeatedly presents the impossible — a muscle car attacks an airborne helicopter — fans of the franchise know to suspend disbelief at the door. With nonstop action from start to finish, it's easy — if a bit exhausting — to go along for the high-speed ride. Reality intrudes at the end: The film is dedicated to Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013, and concludes with a montage of images of the actor from his five previous "Fast and Furious" appearances.

  • Correction: Arab Museum-Little Syria story

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    DETROIT (AP) — In a story March 27 about a 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island, The Associated Press, due to incorrect information from the Arab American National Museum, erroneously reported the date the exhibit will open. It opens Oct. 1, 2016, not Oct. 1 of this year. A corrected version of the story is below: Museum's 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island Arab American National Museum's 'Little Syria' exhibit traveling to Ellis Island By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Arab American National Museum is sending its exhibition about one of the earliest Arab-American settlements to Ellis Island, the same place where many of those immigrants first set foot in the U.S.

  • Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties from the strikes and violence roiling the country. Residents of the capital, Sanaa, sought shelter and got little sleep during the night, while some took to the rooftops in anger or frustration, firing automatic rifles skywards toward the roar of warplanes. Schools, universities and government offices were all closed, along with most shops. Few cars ventured onto the mostly deserted streets.

  • Teen accomplice to killer of Georgia toddler makes plea deal

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    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia teenager charged as an accomplice in the 2013 slaying of a toddler during an attempted street robbery two years ago has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson says 17-year-old Dominique Lang pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal attempt to commit armed robbery. Prosecutors dropped a felony murder charge Lang faced in the killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. Authorities say Lang and De'Marquise Elkins were trying to rob the child's mother in coastal Brunswick on March 21, 2013, when Elkins shot the boy in his stroller. Johnson noted Lang helped authorities prosecute Elkins, who is serving a life sentence.

  • Foreign adoptions by Americans reach lowest mark since 1982

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 9 percent last year to the lowest level since 1982, according to new State Department figures. The department's report for the 2014 fiscal year shows 6,441 adoptions from abroad, down from 7,094 in 2013 and about 74 percent below the high of 22,884 in 2004. The number has fallen every year since then — a trend that has dismayed many adoption advocates in the U.S. Trish Maskew, chief of the State Department's Adoption Division, said it was difficult to predict when the number of foreign adoptions might start to rise again. As usual, China accounted for the most children adopted in the U.S., but its total of 2,040 was far below the peak

  • Bull trots on: Stocks grind higher for 9th straight quarter

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The bull market slowed to a trot but didn't stop this winter. Stocks have been buffeted since the start of the year by plunging oil prices, a surging dollar and worries about the timing of a potential rate increase by the Federal Reserve. None of that has been enough to keep the market from logging a small gain in the first three months of the year. It is the ninth straight quarter that the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen. The index has only had three other stretches that long since World War II. That's good news for bulls because the previous three times the market notched a nine-quarter winning streak, the S&P 500 index averaged an increase of 8.1 percent in the 10th quarter. During the l

  • Giant Factories recalls water heaters over fire risk

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Giant Factories of Canada is recalling 240 water heaters that were sold in 2014 because they could catch fire or explode. The company says that in some cases, the joint between the heater's combustion chamber and the tank that holds the water has been damaged. As a result, a safety feature on the heater may not work, and there could be a fire or explosion if flammable liquids or gases are close to the heater. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising consumers to make sure there are no combustible materials near the heater. Giant Factories is recalling 240 atmospherically vented propane and natural gas water heaters with capacities of 30 to 60 gallons.

  • Fast-food labor organizers plan actions for April 15

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food labor organizers say they're expanding the scope of their campaign for $15 an hour and unionization, this time with a day of actions including other low-wage workers and demonstrations on college campuses. Kendall Fells, organizing director for Fight for $15, said Tuesday the protests will take place April 15 and are planned to include actions on about 170 college campuses, as well as cities around the country and abroad. At an event announcing the actions in front of a McDonald's in New York City's Times Square, organizers said home health care aides, airport workers, adjunct professors, child care workers and Wal-Mart workers will be among those turning out in April.

  • Late slide in stocks erases much of the previous day's gain

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slid in late afternoon trading, wiping up much of the market's gain from the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 200 points, or 1.1 percent, to 17,776 Tuesday. The Dow jumped 263 points the day before. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 18 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,067. The Nasdaq composite declined 46 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,900. The price of oil fell $1.08 to close at $47.60 a barrel in New York. Oil lost 4 percent for the month. Kraft Foods had one of the biggest declines in the S&P 500, giving up 4 percent. Luxury watchmaker Movado jumped 11 percent after posting surprisingly strong fourth-quarter results. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-y

  • Monsanto donates $4M to effort to save monarch butterflies

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects. The St. Louis-based company said that of $3.6 million it is donating to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, one-third of that money matches what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contributing. The remaining funds will be set aside to mirror what other federal agencies plan to offer over the next three years.

  • Ex-firefighter arrested after holding 4 others hostage

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 25-year-old Philadelphia man as the disgruntled former volunteer firefighter who held four others hostage with a 9mm handgun in the basement of a suburban firehouse. Police say Paul Jordan held the four firefighters hostage Tuesday after he was fired from the LaMott Fire Company in Cheltenham Township a day earlier. SWAT team members converged on the fire company at about 10:40 a.m. No one was injured in the ordeal, and Jordan was led out of the firehouse in handcuffs about an hour later. It's unclear how long he had been a firefighter or why he was fired. Charges against Jordan have not yet been filed.

  • Police: Man, woman found dead after shooting at downtown Fresno, California, office building

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    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police: Man, woman found dead after shooting at downtown Fresno, California, office building.

  • Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions

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    TURIN, Italy (AP) — For the earliest Egyptologists, a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Turin was considered indispensable. The museum's new director is seeking to return the almost 200-year-old museum to its one-time prominence, boosted by an overhaul of the collection and exhibit space of near-pharaonic proportions. Museum director Christian Greco, who arrived in Turin 10 months ago, well into an ambitious five-year reinstallation of the museum's considerable treasures, aims to make the Egyptian Museum the second-most important in the world, after Cairo. "Our museum needs to be back on the international scene," Greco said in an interview in front of the ancient Temple of Ellesjia on Tuesday, as the museum showed off its five

  • Prosecutors: Police witnesses uncooperative in Ohio shooting

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors are preparing to question more than a dozen police officers as hostile witnesses if they continue to be uncooperative before the trial of another officer accused of firing the final shots of a 137-round barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012, according to court documents. Most of the officers subpoenaed to testify have refused to speak with prosecutors ahead of the voluntary manslaughter trial of Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo, 31. His trial is scheduled to begin April 6. In their motion, prosecutors said without the opportunity to interview the officers first, there is a concern that their testimony will differ from their previous statements given to criminal investigators after

  • Co-defendant pleads not guilty in Vegas mom slaying case

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A co-defendant got a lawyer and pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, attempted murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a Las Vegas neighborhood. Derrick Andrews, 26, remained in custody after his arrest March 20 in the slaying of Tammy Meyers. His newly appointed lawyer, Martin Hart, declined outside court to talk about the case. Andrews is accused of driving a silver Audi sedan carrying co-defendant Erich Milton Nowsch Jr., 19, who police say fired at Meyers and her adult son, Brandon Meyers, on Feb. 12 in a cul-de-sac outside the Meyers home. Tammy Meyers was wounded in the head and died two days later, on Valentine's Day. Nowsch also was in court Tuesday.




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