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Woman to wed slain French soldier posthumously

Mar 24, 2012

PARIS (AP) — The pregnant girlfriend of a French soldier killed in a dramatic gun rampage will wed her partner posthumously, a family lawyer said Saturday.

Paratrooper Abel Chennouf was shot dead earlier this month at a cash machine in southern France, one of a series of killings blamed on ...

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Iraq prison staff detained over jailbreak

Mar 24, 2012

By YAHYA BARZANJI, Associated Press

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — An Iraqi police official says prison officials and guards have been detained after 17 prisoners including 10 al-Qaida-affiliated detainees broke out of jail in a northern Iraqi city.

Police on Saturday said the entire staff of the ...

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French investigators focus on gunman's brother

Mar 24, 2012

By JOHANNA DECORSE and RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — The brother of an Islamist fanatic behind a deadly shooting rampage in France celebrated his martyr-like death and may have helped him, police and a lawyer said Saturday.

Counterterrorism authorities are expected to decide early ...

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UN chief urges NKorea to reconsider rocket launch

Mar 24, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a long-range rocket.

Ban's office said in a statement that he made the comments Saturday during a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Ban arrived in Seoul earlier in ...

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Decibel alert: Partisans dial up health care noise

Mar 24, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's national shouting match over health care will only get louder next week as the Supreme Court weighs the fate of President Barack Obama's overhaul.

With formal arguments off-limits to cameras, supporters and detractors have ...

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At least 2 dead in 2 small plane crashes in Colo.

Mar 24, 2012

By STEVEN K. PAULSON and THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A pilot whose plane crashed — possibly after a midair collision with another aircraft — was conscious when people ripped off the door of her Cessna 180 to pull her to safety, but authorities said two people in the ...

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Space junk misses station astronauts

Mar 24, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket missed the International Space Station early Saturday. However, it came close enough to force six astronauts to seek shelter in escape capsules.

NASA says the space junk was barely close enough to be a ...

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Ex-UN chief Annan to visit China for Syria talks

Mar 24, 2012

BEIJING (AP) — China says former U.N. chief Kofi Annan will visit next week to discuss efforts to mediate an end to the crisis in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says Annan will visit China on Tuesday and Wednesday. Annan is a joint U.N.-Arab League envoy and will visit China after ...

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Top New Zealand scientist Paul Callaghan dies

Mar 24, 2012

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sir Paul Callaghan, a top New Zealand scientist who gained international recognition for his work in molecular physics, has died after a long battle with bowel cancer. He was 64.

His death was announced Saturday in Wellington.

Callaghan was best known for his work ...

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3 shot near Eastern Michigan University campus

Mar 24, 2012

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Police say three people have been shot and wounded in a vehicle near Eastern Michigan University during an apparent attempted narcotics sale.

Ypsilanti police Sgt. Troy Fulton says the gunman remained at large early Saturday following the shootings Friday night. He says the ...

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Obama heads to SKorea for nonproliferation summit

Mar 24, 2012

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama has departed for Seoul, South Korea, for an international summit on keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.

More than 50 world leaders are expected to attend the gathering on Monday and Tuesday.

Obama's visit comes amid ...

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Pope focuses on Mexico's children during visit

Mar 23, 2012

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

SILAO, Mexico (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI worked to build the future of Mexico's church by reaching out to children Saturday as tens of thousands of teenagers streamed into a vast, shade-starved park to camp out overnight ahead of a ...

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Arrest in shooting of Atlanta policeman from roof

Mar 23, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police on Friday arrested a suspect in the shooting of an officer who they say was targeted from a rooftop in a busy business district.

Officer Dexter Toomer was hit in the leg in the city's Little Five Points neighborhood Thursday night, police said. Toomer was treated at a ...

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Girl's voice mails gone after T-Mobile promotion

Mar 23, 2012

By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — When Faron Butler wanted to hear his daughter's voice, he went to the voice mails she left him before she died of cancer at the age of 14.

"If I had a bad day or week, I'd listen to her voice. I'd listen to it a couple of times a week," Butler ...

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Medco settles Calif. pension fund kickback case

Mar 23, 2012

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A New Jersey company that manages prescription benefits has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle an investigation into influence-peddling at California's largest public pension fund, officials announced Friday.

The California attorney ...

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9 charged in sexual attack on teen in St. Paul

Mar 23, 2012

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nine suspected gang members and associates were charged Friday in a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl who was forced back inside an abandoned St. Paul house and raped after trying to leave a party last November, authorities said.

The girl and ...

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Indictment unsealed in LA Coliseum contracts probe

Mar 23, 2012

By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A felony indictment unsealed Friday accused former executives and concert promoters of a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the once venerable site of Olympics, Super Bowls and political ...

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NM police involved in shootings got union checks

Mar 23, 2012

By JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police officers involved in a rash of fatal shootings over the past two years were paid up to $500 under a union program that some have likened to a bounty system in a department with a culture that critics have long contended ...

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Blacks say history of bias against them in FL city

Mar 23, 2012

By MIKE SCHNEIDER and SUZETTE LABOY, Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Before the charges that police botched the investigation of the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were complaints that they went easy on an officer's son who beat a black homeless man, or that officers pull over ...

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MF Global exec says Corzine ordered $200M transfer

Mar 23, 2012

By MARCY GORDON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former MF Global executive appears to contradict testimony from Jon Corzine, saying the former senator and New Jersey governor ordered the transfer of $200 million last fall out of a customer account days before the brokerage firm collapsed,

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