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  • Bulgaria: 'Vampire' skeleton going on display
    One-of-the-skeletons-with-008 2012-06-14 16:13:49 UTC
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Ever since archaeologists announced last week that they have found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians once did that to prevent the dead from emerging from the grave as vampires. On Sa...

  • 50 aid groups demand Israel lift Gaza blockade
    50_aid_groups_demand_israel_lift_gaza_blockade_ 2012-06-14 07:16:44 UTC
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Fifty international aid groups and U.N. agencies have called on Israel to lift its Gaza border blockade, saying it violates international law. Israel began restricting access to Gaza after Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier in 2006. It tightened the blocka...

  • Iran's dreams for influence stymied in Egypt
    Ayatollah_khomeini-ii 2012-06-14 07:03:40 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Iran once saw the Arab Spring uprisings as a prime opportunity, hoping it would open the door for it to spread its influence in countries whose autocratic leaders long shunned Tehran's ruling clerics. But it is finding the new order no more welcoming. Egypt is a prime example. Egy...

  • Comedian Jerry Lewis hospitalized for blood sugar
    Comedian_jerry_lewis_hospitalized_for_blood_sugar_ 2012-06-13 18:22:15 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicist for Jerry Lewis says the comedian is OK after being hospitalized in New York overnight. The 86-year-old Lewis had a health scare Tuesday night just before he was scheduled to receive an award and present another to Tom Cruise at the Friars Club Entertainment Icon...

  • Stocks slip on Wall Street as Italy's rates soar
    Stocks_slip_on_wall_street_as_italy's_rates_soar_ 2012-06-13 17:38:57 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S stocks struggled for direction Wednesday, with the debt maelstrom in Europe as an ominous backdrop. The major stock indexes opened lower, then briefly turned positive. Shortly before noon, the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 were down, while the N...

  • Panetta says no unauthorized info to filmmakers
    Bin_laden 2012-06-13 16:42:34 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says no unauthorized information was provided to filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Panetta, the former CIA director, told the Senate Wednesday that there is a Defense Department office that works with movie pr...

  • Tens of thousands protest Putin despite crackdown
    Untitled 2012-06-12 20:49:29 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Undeterred by a sudden escalation in the Kremlin's crackdown on the opposition, tens of thousands thronged Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first mass protest against Vladimir Putin since he returned to the presidency in May. The crowd was even larger than at a demon...

  • Major instances of soccer hooliganism
    Racism-in-soccerop 2012-06-12 20:20:24 UTC
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian soccer fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw on Tuesday, just hours before the two teams met in a Euro 2012 match. In what appeared to be the most violent incident, Polish soccer hooligans were seen attacking Russians, wh...

  • 'Escape from Alcatraz' gets anniversary attention
    Untitled 2012-06-12 07:16:58 UTC
    ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — For 20th century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft. For Marie Widner and Mearl Taylor, the fabled flight from ...

  • Whoops! UK PM leaves 8-year-old daughter in pub
    Untitled 2012-06-11 22:15:36 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife got home from lunch with friends at a pub in the English countryside to discover they forgot something: 8-year-old daughter Nancy. Nancy was fine — she was quickly reunited with her parents after they realized she was missing. But Cameron...

  • Older dads linked to grandkid health, study hints
    Untitled 2012-06-11 20:13:43 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Finally, some good news for older dads. A new study hints that their children and even their grandchildren may get a health benefit because of their older age. It's based on research into something called telomeres — tips on the ends of chromosomes. Some previous studies hav...

  • Commerce secretary Bryson taking leave of absence
    Untitled 2012-06-12 07:04:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests after suffering a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend. Bryson informed President Barack Obama on Monday that he was taking a medical leave "so ...

  • Military: Syria chemical stocks threaten Israel
    Untitled 2012-06-11 07:01:23 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's deputy military chief has warned that Syria's large chemical weapons stocks could be trained on Israel. According to Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, Syria has the largest arsenal of chemical weapons in the world. If the Syrians had the chance, he said, they would "treat us the ...

  • Oil above $86 as Spain gets funds to rescue banks
    Oil 2012-06-11 06:25:08 UTC
    SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil jumped above $86 a barrel Monday in Asia after Europe offered Spain a $125 billion rescue loan for its troubled banks. Benchmark oil for July delivery was up $2.00 to $86.10 per barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The ...

  • Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast
    Record-rainfall 2012-06-10 04:42:07 UTC
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Record amounts of rain have dropped on the central Gulf coast, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone. The National Weather Service says 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola on Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record ...

  • Calif. filmmakers dominate Student Academy Awards
    Untitled 2012-06-10 04:27:16 UTC
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Students from across Southern California dominated the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 39th annual Student Academy Awards. Amanda Tasse of the University of Southern California and David Wolter of California Institute of the Arts were among the five st...

  • Rebels battle in Assad stronghold of Damascus
    Untitled 2012-06-10 02:33:24 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power. For nearly 12 hours of fighting that las...

  • UN team gets 1st look at scene of Syria massacre
    Diaal 2012-06-08 19:26:31 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. monitors on Friday got their first direct look at a farming village where nearly 80 men, women and children were reportedly killed earlier this week in the latest massacre in Syria, saying they found body parts and damaged homes. Also Friday, explosions echoed over Damascus ...

  • Annan wants new strategy to end Syria conflict
    Kofi_annan_jpg 2012-06-07 21:01:35 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say international envoy Kofi Annan is urging the divided Security Council to unite and act immediately to pressure the Syrian government to implement his peace plan and keep the escalating conflict from spiraling out of control. The diplomats said Annan tol...

  • THE RACE: Obama, Romney busy laying groundwork
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:02:15 UTC
    Publishable Editors Notes: EDITOR'S NOTE_ With 152 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics Both presidential candidates are tending to essentials at this stage in their campaigns. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are cris...

  • Pitfalls, promise for Obama and Romney in Nevada
    Untitled 2012-06-07 18:47:45 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are battling more than just each other in diverse and politically divided Nevada. The president also is fighting against Nevada's dismal economy while Romney faces a better-organized and better-funded state Democratic Par...

  • What $40,000 gets you in presidential fundraising
    Clooney_obama_620 2012-06-06 23:45:05 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama's campaign has a deal for you. Write a big check, and you'll get you a picture with the president and a chance to swap political strategy with him — all while enjoying a gourmet meal at the lavish home of a Hollywood cel...

  • Dow leaps 286 points, its biggest day of the year
    Untitled 2012-06-06 23:38:07 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Speculation that governments in the U.S. and Europe will act to help their economies sent stocks surging to their best day this year. Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart said in a speech that weak job growth over the past two months highlighted the "halting and te...

  • Carrier defends itself over Nigeria plane crash
    Untitled 2012-06-06 23:22:49 UTC
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian airline whose airplane crashed in the country's largest city, killing 153 on board and more on the ground, defended itself Wednesday against growing public criticism, saying its own chief engineer died on the doomed flight. Francis Ogboro, an executive who over...

  • Miss. man executed for killing 4 nieces, nephews
    5807514_600x338 2012-06-06 00:01:57 UTC
    PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children. Henry "Curtis" Jackson Jr. was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. CDT Tuesda...