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  • Online video of NY bullying stirs passion, anger
    R620 2012-06-22 17:38:57 UTC
    A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor in New York state that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse. From around the world, small donations for Kare...

  • Zimbabwe lawmakers get circumcised in AIDS fight
    Untitled 2012-06-22 15:06:32 UTC
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In Zimbabwe's parliament, lawmakers belonging to a panel on health issues are setting up an HIV/AIDS testing and male circumcision center. Lawmaker Blessing Chibundo of the Zimbabwe prime minister's party said Friday the campaign, the first of its kind involving the cou...

  • Egypt military blames Muslim Brotherhood for woes
    Egypt_full_600 2012-06-22 14:51:39 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ruling military council on Friday blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for raising tensions by releasing presidential election results early — and defended decisions granting itself sweeping powers. The military statement came as tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square...

  • Greece's new finance minister in hospital
    Untitled 2012-06-22 14:19:05 UTC
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials say the country's new finance minister, Vasilis Rapanos, has been taken to a hospital. The hospital said Rapanos, 65, was undergoing tests, but did not give a reason. State NET television said that his condition was not serious, but doctors have recommende...

  • Checks not guaranteed for all insurance rebates
    Obama-health_1501302c 2012-06-21 20:16:20 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The check may not be in the mail. The Obama administration said in a report Thursday that 12.8 million people will benefit from health insurance rebates averaging $151 per household. But the number of families actually getting a check will be much smaller, experts say. The...

  • Court throws out FCC fines for cursing, nudity
    Untitled 2012-06-21 20:02:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously threw out fines and other penalties against broadcast companies that violated the Federal Communications Commission policy regulating curse words and nudity on television airwaves. But the justices declined to issue a broad ruling on ...

  • Syrian pilot defects to Jordan with plane
    Diaal 2012-06-21 19:46:08 UTC
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian fighter pilot on a training mission flew his MiG-21 warplane to Jordan on Thursday and asked for political asylum, the first defection of an air force pilot with his plane during the 15-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. The air force is considered fie...

  • Questions, answers about history of eugenics in US
    Untitled 2012-06-22 17:45:01 UTC
    Q: WHAT HAPPENED IN NORTH CAROLINA? A: Under the state's eugenics program, which began in 1929, more than 7,600 people underwent sterilizations. Some procedures were forced to weed out the "feebleminded" while others were a voluntary form of birth control. Up to 1,800 people who were sterilize...

  • Assange faces arrest if he leaves Ecuador embassy
    Untitled 2012-06-20 22:06:53 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange has spent years on the move, trying to keep ahead of authorities who want to stop his secret-spilling mission. Now the WikiLeaks founder finds himself confined in the surprising setting of Ecuador's London embassy, where he was holed up Wednesday while diplomats di...

  • Uruguay plan: sell marijuana to registered buyers
    Untitled 2012-06-20 21:42:19 UTC
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's government apparently plans to take a step beyond legalizing marijuana: It wants to sell it. Local news media cited unnamed ruling-party lawmakers saying that the government planned to send a bill to Congress on Wednesday that would legalize marijuana sales...

  • UK: 'Arms' ship for Syria heading back to Russia
    Untitled 2012-06-20 05:18:57 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — A Russian-operated ship said to be carrying military helicopters to Syria appears to have turned back after its British insurer removed coverage for the vessel, U.K. officials said Tuesday. Britain's Foreign Office said the ship, the MV Alaed, changed course in Europe after news ...

  • World leaders weigh stimulus vs. austerity at G-20
    628x471 2012-06-20 05:11:59 UTC
    LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — With major European economies on the brink of collapse, leaders concluding an annual Group of 20 meeting sought Tuesday to reassure the world that they would find a way to put out the debt-fueled economic wildfire that has threatened banks, wiped out jobs and toppled gove...

  • Report: Russia to send marines to Syria
    Nikolay-filchenkov 2012-06-18 18:56:58 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian President Bashar Assad'...

  • Chinese spacecraft docks with orbiting module (Video)
    Shenzhou126__v-grossgalerie16x9 2012-06-18 09:41:54 UTC
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked with an orbiting module Monday, another first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space. The Shenzhou 9 capsule completed the maneuver with the Tiangong 1 module shortly after 2 p.m. (0600 ...

  • Pro-bailout conservatives win Greek election
    Untitled 2012-06-17 23:52:34 UTC
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fears of an imminent Greek exit from Europe's joint currency receded Sunday after the conservative New Democracy party came first in a critical election and pro-bailout parties won enough seats to form a joint government. As central banks stood ready to intervene in case ...

  • IOC probes black market Olympic ticket scandal
    N0329371339883925748a 2012-06-17 23:47:23 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — International Olympic officials have opened a high-level investigation into allegations that authorized representatives in more than 50 countries — including a national Olympic committee — were involved in selling London Olympics tickets on the black market for profit. The Intern...

  • UN observers in Syria suspend operations
    690dd121-26c4-4ec1-9c9b-bec791504ede_cx0_cy6_cw0_w800_r1 2012-06-16 18:55:01 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers in Syria suspended their activities and patrols Saturday because of escalating violence in the country, the head of the mission said, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan for Syria is disintegrating. Maj. Gen. Robert Mood said rising bloodshed ov...

  • Egypt votes to choose successor to Hosni Mubarak
    Xpm104_1498018e 2012-06-16 08:57:57 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Faced with a choice between Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister and an Islamist candidate, Egyptians voted Saturday in a presidential runoff the outcome of which will mean the difference between installing a remnant of the old regime and bringing Islam into government. The race betw...

  • Hurricane Carlotta hits Mexican coast, weakens
    Hurricane-carlotta-makes-landfall-in-mexico-kv1mdhsh-x-large 2012-06-16 08:24:27 UTC
    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A weakening Hurricane Carlotta pushed northward toward the resort city of Acapulco on Saturday after making landfall near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido, where it toppled trees and shook tourist hotels. Rain was falling in Acapulco, but authorities lifted a ...

  • Obama policy to spare many youths from deportation
    Obama-afp 2012-06-16 08:21:30 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama suddenly eased enforcement of the nation's immigration laws Friday, an extraordinary step offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. Embraced by Hispanics, his action touched off an election-year conf...

  • Colombia's legendary police chief heads to Mexico
    Colombia's_legendary_police_chief_heads_to_mexico_ 2012-06-15 18:55:34 UTC
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A signature trophy that Gen. Oscar Naranjo has carefully displayed in glass at Police Intelligence headquarters is odd by any measure: the neatly folded uniform of a rebel commander slain in 2008, clearly showing the holes from the shrapnel that killed him. The four-sta...

  • European leaders discuss continent's debt crisis
    European_leaders_discuss_continent's_debt_crisis 2012-06-15 18:31:29 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron's office says European leaders have held a video conference on the continent's worsening debt crisis. Cameron's office said Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Sp...

  • Following fallout from a Greek euro exit to the US
    Following_fallout_from_a_greek_euro_exit_to_the_us 2012-06-15 08:36:26 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The unthinkable suddenly looks possible. Bankers, governments and investors are starting to prepare for Greece to stop using the euro as its currency, a move that could spread turmoil throughout the global financial system. The worst-case scenario envisions governments defau...

  • Egypt court dissolves Islamist-led parliament
    6ecdbe53-97a4-401c-8201-bbe73341b5c5 2012-06-15 07:09:19 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Judges appointed by Hosni Mubarak dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament Thursday and ruled his former prime minister eligible for the presidential runoff election this weekend — setting the stage for the military and remnants of the old regime to stay in power. The political...

  • Smell of death greets UN monitors in Syrian town
    Image 2012-06-15 07:00:37 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted U.N. observers who entered the nearly deserted Syrian town of Haffa on Thursday, a day after President Bashar Assad's forces overran it as part of a major offensive to recover rebel-controlled terr...