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  • Turkey fortifies Syrian border; bomb hits Damascus
    Diaalnews 2012-06-29 06:12:16 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other weapons along its border with Syria on Thursday, a military buildup that came as world powers showed new urgency to resolve the crisis before it ignites the region. A bomb exploded in central Damascus near a busy mark...

  • Body of missing 4-year-old Mich. boy found
    Diaalnews 2012-06-29 06:01:36 UTC
    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 4-year-old boy missing for a week was found buried Thursday at his home, a family spokesman said. Carnel Chamberlain's body was found under a wood porch or deck at the home on the reservation of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, 70 miles north of Lan...

  • Will Britain finally replace the House of Lords?
    2b69a7510414bd12130f6a706700f607 2012-06-27 15:45:38 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Can Britain's government ditch the dukes, eject the earls and kick out the cronies? Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday set out ambitious plans to replace Britain's 700-year-old House of Lords, the country's unelected upper chamber, with a smaller, mostly elected body — tak...

  • UN: Violence in Syria worse than before ceasefire
    1538823291_aaa89e1999 2012-06-27 09:16:06 UTC
    GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.N. official says violence in Syria has "reached or even surpassed" levels seen before the ceasefire agreement of April 12. The U.N.'s deputy envoy for Syria Jean-Marie Guehenno says the six-point plan forged by his boss Kofi Annan "is clearly not being implemented." ...

  • Queen, ex-IRA chief plan symbolic Belfast meeting
    493463dfea35a511130f6a7067006c26 2012-06-27 09:08:31 UTC
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander are about to meet for the first time in a symbolic milestone for Northern Ireland's peace process, but journalists wanting to record the moment are being kept at bay. The Wednesday's event will fea...

  • AP sources: Syrian army stable despite defections
    Untitled 2012-06-26 21:49:03 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Syria's military remains loyal despite recent high-profile defections, while the opposition remains fragmented and unable to attack as a unified force, indicating a long, protracted conflict ahead. The Syrian regime is maintaining...

  • CDC trying out free rapid AIDS test at drugstores
    Freeaidstest 2012-06-26 17:32:51 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test? Health officials want to know, and they've set up a pilot program to find out. The $1.2 million project will offer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease...

  • Court ruling leaves Ariz. to rely on feds
    4fe8fee6dd85b.preview-620 2012-06-26 06:27:57 UTC
    PHOENIX (AP) — For all the declarations of victory, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to preserve the "show me your papers" provision in Arizona's immigration law means the state can enforce the statute only with the help of its chief critic: the federal government. The court's decision Monday...

  • Moody's cuts debt ratings of 28 Spanish banks
    Ratingagentur-moodys-540x304 2012-06-26 06:16:04 UTC
    Spain's battered banks have taken another hit, this time in the form of a sweeping downgrade by Moody's. The rating agency said that it is cutting its views on the debt issued by 28 Spanish banks, including international heavyweights Banco Santander and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. The ...

  • Spain asks for bank rescue
    0 2012-06-26 05:44:12 UTC
    MADRID (AP) — Spain has made a formal request for a loan to help clean up its troubled banking sector, the Economy Ministry said Monday. However, the country has yet to specify how much of the €100 billion ($125.39 billion) loan package offered by the 17 countries that use the euro it will ask...

  • 3 policemen shot to death at Mexico City airport
    03271781-5d6a-4fd2-b313-f0b03cb17cca 2012-06-26 02:01:36 UTC
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug trafficking suspects opened fire in a crowded food court at Mexico City's international airport on Monday, killing three federal policemen who were on an anti-narcotics mission as panicked witnesses dove for cover. Authorities have used airport surveillance video to try...

  • Turkey: NATO should view Syria as attacking it
    Untitled 2012-06-25 20:36:16 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Monday it would push NATO to consider Syria's downing of a Turkish jet as an attack on the whole military alliance. The announcement came on the eve of a meeting by NATO's governing body to discuss the incident. Despite deep frustration among many NATO countri...

  • AP Exclusive: Al-Qaida trains Norwegian to attack
    27ec5c6c5903af10f30e6a7067003598 2012-06-26 02:03:57 UTC
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies told The Associated Press on Monday. Western intelligence officials have long feared suc...

  • Final steel beam lifted at 4 World Trade Center
    628x471 2012-06-25 20:10:56 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A final steel beam was lifted Monday atop a new World Trade Center skyscraper — the first expected to open at the site next year since the twin towers were decimated on 9/11. With BeBe Winans singing "God Bless America," workers raised their hardhats in tribute as the mammoth b...

  • Debby soaks Fla.; gov declares statewide emergency
    4fe8a733a2c6c.image 2012-06-25 20:06:09 UTC
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Debby drenched Florida with heavy rains, flooded low-lying neighborhoods and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses as it lingered off the state's coast Monday. The governor declared a statewide emergency, and a tropical storm warning was in ef...

  • Court: No automatic life without parole for kids
    94307-004-b97ff416 2012-06-25 19:58:02 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for state laws to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made, including ruling out the death penal...

  • Mexico front-runner draws crowds, protests
    755-aodj7.aust.55 2012-06-25 01:38:18 UTC
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The front-runner in Mexico's July 1 presidential elections has rallied tens of thousands of supporters at his first mass campaign event in the country's capital, saying he will respect Mexico's democracy and govern for all if elected. Candidate Enrique Pena Nieto is running ...

  • Obama to Hispanics on immigrants: I see my kids
    Untitled 2012-06-24 21:06:41 UTC
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama, in a strikingly personal appeal, renewed his call for an overhaul of America's immigration laws before a supportive Latino audience Friday. He portrayed rival Mitt Romney as an obstacle to measures that would give young illegal immigrants a pa...

  • Israel jittery after Brotherhood victory in Egypt
    Untitled 2012-06-24 19:56:31 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egyptian presidential elections, announced Sunday, has raised fears in Israel that its strategic 1979 peace agreement with its southern neighbor could be in danger. In contrast, in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, ecstatic residents flocked into th...

  • NATO to discuss downing of Turkish plane by Syria
    Turkish_jets_nato 2012-06-24 19:41:42 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO will hold emergency talks on Tuesday to discuss Syria's downing of a Turkish jet fighter, but the alliance is not expected to take military action, even if it confirms Turkey's claim that the unarmed plane was attacked in international airspace. The incident has furt...

  • Turkey calls for NATO meeting over Syria
    Untitled 2012-06-24 10:27:59 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — State television says Turkey has called for an extraordinary NATO meeting over the downing of its plane by Syria in international airspace. TRT television reported Sunday that Turkey has sought the NATO meeting for Tuesday. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tol...

  • Sandusky lawyers raise appeal issue on timing
    0622-sandusky-guilty.jpg_full_600 2012-06-24 01:35:11 UTC
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's lawyers said Saturday they tried to quit at the start of jury selection in his child sex abuse trial because they weren't given enough time to prepare, raising an argument on the trial's speed that could become the thrust of an appeal. And one of the jur...

  • In Va. Senate race, Obama emerging as key figure
    Untitled 2012-06-23 15:23:27 UTC
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The dominant figure in a Virginia Senate race that could determine the direction of Congress next year is President Barack Obama even though both candidates are former governors well-known to voters. Republican George Allen is trying to redeem his political career and win ...

  • Ecuador's envoy heads to Quito for Assange talks
    Untitled 2012-06-23 17:36:42 UTC
    LONDON (AP) - Ecuador's embassy in London said Saturday that ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the bizarre request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange. Assange took refuge inside the embassy on Tuesday and r...

  • Turkey threatens action after Syria downs jet
    Untitled 2012-06-23 23:58:35 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syria said Saturday it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane entered its airspace, insisting it was "not an attack" as both sides desperately tried to de-escalate the episode before it exploded into a regional conflagration. Turkey threatened to retal...