Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.
04/01/2015 - 09:06 AM
A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran nuclear negotiators resumed talks here Wednesday, just hours after abandoning a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreeing to press on. However, as the discussions dragged on, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks, and prospects for agreement remained uncertain.
04/01/2015 - 09:05 AM
UN rights chief: Boko Haram fighters murdered captive women
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief said Wednesday his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters retreating from advancing military forces in Nigeria murdered women and girls they had taken as "wives," along with other captives.
04/01/2015 - 09:01 AM
Albanian authorities evacuate village after oil well blast
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities are evacuating residents of a village following an explosion at a Canadian-owned oil well. No injuries were reported.
04/01/2015 - 08:58 AM
American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia — one year after the U.S. and European Union began imposing sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine.
04/01/2015 - 08:55 AM
Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in LA
Canadian singer Joni Mitchell, one of the symbols of the Woodstock generation, was in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday, according to her website. "Joni has been hospitalized. "Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits.
04/01/2015 - 08:53 AM
European shares reverse early losses on strong factory data
TOKYO (AP) — European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March, helped by strong growth in new business. Asian markets were lackluster after weak data from China and Japan.
04/01/2015 - 08:52 AM
Man killed by NSA police had lengthy record
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Court documents show that a cross-dressing man killed during a violent encounter at the National Security Agency had a history of theft and assault, and was mistaken at least once for being a woman.
04/01/2015 - 08:51 AM
Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC president
Mustafa Kamal resigned Wednesday as president of the International Cricket Council, accusing colleagues within the game's global body of acting "unlawfully". Kamal, a Bangladeshi national, said the ICC had robbed him of his right to hand out the prizes at the cricket World Cup that concluded in Melbourne on Sunday. Instead that honour went to India's Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who took over as ICC chairman last year. I am no longer ICC president," he told reporters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
04/01/2015 - 08:45 AM
Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's interior minister says security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit and that he expects them to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours."
04/01/2015 - 08:45 AM
Hard money, soft standards? Tough questions for China's new bank
China scored a diplomatic coup by enticing almost 50 countries including key US allies to join its new development bank. By Tuesday's deadline to seek founding membership of the $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) a total of 49 countries and Taiwan had applied, the finance ministry and governments said. They include four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, 17 out of 34 members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Conspicuous by their absence are the United States and Japan.
04/01/2015 - 08:44 AM
GoDaddy revs up tech sector with Wall Street offering
GoDaddy, which has built its reputation trying to make Web hosting sexy, storms into Wall Street with a stock offering Wednesday aiming to revive the public markets' appetite for technology. Arizona-based GoDaddy is expected to raise more than $400 million in an initial public offering (IPO) which marks the end of a noticeable drought for the sector, which has been pumped up by cash from private equity investors. In another sign that seems to hint at keen investor interest, GoDaddy has raised the number of shares on offer from 22 to 23 million. GoDaddy, known for its provocative television ads with scantily clad women and its sponsorship of race car driver Danica Patrick, will be only the fourth IPO for the tech sector so far this year, according to Renaissance Capital.
04/01/2015 - 08:43 AM
Iran nuclear talks resume on seventh day after deadline missed
Lausanne (AFP) - Foreign ministers from global powers resumed talks on curtailing Iran's nuclear programme Wednesday after missing a deadline to reach a framework deal, US officials said.
04/01/2015 - 08:35 AM
International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters marking the high-stakes move.
04/01/2015 - 08:35 AM
Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes hospital
ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Federal marshals are reviewing their security procedures after an inmate receiving treatment at a northern Virginia hospital overpowered a private guard, took her gun and set off a frenzied nine-hour manhunt.
04/01/2015 - 08:27 AM
Lufthansa executives visit Alpine crash site where 150 died
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — The heads of Lufthansa and its low-cost airline Germanwings are visiting the site of the crash that killed 150 people amid mounting questions about the co-pilot and how much his employers knew about his mental health.
04/01/2015 - 08:24 AM
States increasing production caps for microbreweries
PHOENIX (AP) — Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.
04/01/2015 - 07:58 AM
Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.
04/01/2015 - 07:55 AM
French ex-president appears before financial investigators
PARIS (AP) — Three days after a resounding electoral victory for his conservative party, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing before investigators probing financing of his failed 2012 re-election bid.
04/01/2015 - 07:54 AM
Man kills woman, himself in California office shooting
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man with a history of domestic violence stormed into a medical office building in California and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself.
04/01/2015 - 07:51 AM
Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist.
04/01/2015 - 07:50 AM
Natural causes or accident likely in Getty heir death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home from was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.
04/01/2015 - 07:47 AM
Japan's Takeda offers $2.2 bn to settle US drug lawsuits: report
Japan's top drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical has offered $2.2 billion to settle US claims linked to its diabetes drug Actos, in what would be one of the biggest US payouts over patient lawsuits, a report said Wednesday. Citing three people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News said the firm has offered the huge settlement to close more than 8,000 lawsuits alleging it concealed the medicine's cancer risks. Last year a federal jury in Louisiana ordered Takeda and US-based Eli Lilly & Co. to pay a combined $9.0 billion in damages to a patient who said Actos had caused his bladder cancer. Takeda has faced at least nine trials since 2013 over claims it tried to cover up Actos' cancer risks, including the Louisiana trial.
04/01/2015 - 07:46 AM
Spurs burn Heat in rematch of last year's final
The defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last year's NBA Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the struggling Heat. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while French guard Tony Parker added 16 points and a game-high five assists and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the 14th win in 17 games for the Spurs and their fourth in a row, boosting San Antonio to 48-26 on the season, one loss behind Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference.
04/01/2015 - 07:34 AM
Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.
04/01/2015 - 07:15 AM
Indiana debate exposes Republican divisions
WASHINGTON (AP) — It is a debate many Republicans hoped to avoid.
04/01/2015 - 07:11 AM
Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.
04/01/2015 - 07:10 AM
After Christie's privatization, NJ lottery missing targets
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Chris Christie privatized New Jersey's lottery two years ago, he said its new overseers would "modernize and maximize" the games.
04/01/2015 - 07:09 AM
Curry and Thompson help Warriors beat Clippers 110-106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry snaked through the paint, came out near his bench, dribbled behind his back and faked Chris Paul to the floor on a jumper from the left corner, drawing oohs from the crowd.
04/01/2015 - 06:50 AM
LEADING OFF: Kluber vs Bumgarner, Swisher back
A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:
04/01/2015 - 06:45 AM
Still scoring after all these years, Ovechkin gets 50th goal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is 29, and his hair is flecked with gray nowadays. His coaches and linemates keep changing, as have the ways opponents try to stop him.
04/01/2015 - 06:42 AM
German cop awaits verdict in cannibalism website killing
A verdict is expected Wednesday in the trial of a German former police officer who allegedly killed a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists. Detlev Guenzel, 57, stands accused of murder driven by sexual lust and disturbing the peace of the dead although there is no evidence that he ate any part of his victim. Lawyers representing the family of the deceased, 59-year-old Polish-born Wojciech Stempniewicz, have requested a 15-year sentence, usually the maximum in a murder case. Prosecutors said they stopped short of this demand because Stempniewicz said he wanted to die.
04/01/2015 - 06:32 AM
Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.
04/01/2015 - 06:20 AM
Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
04/01/2015 - 06:10 AM
Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.
04/01/2015 - 05:53 AM
Senior drivers strive to stay on the road
Don Robertson isn't the type to let a snowstorm on the first day of spring -- or his age -- stop him from doing his appointed rounds. "Driving means to keep motivated," says "Mr. Don" as he set outs in his SUV to pick up a fellow Jersey Shore senior who no longer holds a driver's license. Nearly 85 percent held driver's licenses in 2010, compared to barely half in the early 1970s, according to American Automobile Association (AAA) research. "We know through research that older drivers are among the safest on the road," said Jacob Nelson, the AAA's director of traffic safety advocacy and research.
04/01/2015 - 05:43 AM
Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon.
04/01/2015 - 05:41 AM
On Cuban isle once home to Americans, a look back and ahead
ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba (AP) — Fidelia Rodriguez looks at photos of the Smith family, the Americans who once owned the home she has lived in all her life. She lives behind the big house where the Smiths raised their children, a property now owned by the Cuban state. Her home was the servants' quarters.
04/01/2015 - 05:28 AM
Nigeria elects Buhari as president in historic vote
Challenger Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria's presidential election by 2.57 million votes, official results showed Wednesday, defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation. The gripping contest also capped a remarkable transformation for 72-year-old former army general Buhari, who led a tough military regime in the 1980s but now describes himself as a "converted democrat". Thousands spilled onto the streets of northern Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, in celebration, shouting campaign slogan "Sai Buhari" ("Only Buhari") as he took an unassailable lead with one state to declare. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Buhari won 15,424,921 votes, or 53.95 percent, of the 28,587,564 total valid ballots cast.
04/01/2015 - 05:10 AM
Djokovic defeats Dolgopolov in Miami; Venus Williams loses
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Before the first set ended Tuesday, Novak Djokovic had busted a racket in anger, drawn jeers from the crowd and received two code violations, which cost him a point penalty.
04/01/2015 - 04:58 AM
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