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Russia readies to hand Putin new term in presidential vote

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election Sunday that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his ...

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial. The Vatican didn't say what exactly Archbishop ...

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hunting

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Big-game hunters tapped by the Trump administration to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies defended the practice Friday, arguing that threatened and endangered species ...

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement. The aircraft crashed in western Iraq a day earlier, said the officials, who insisted on speaking ...

Brilliant, popular physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

By RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek. As slowly as a word per minute, Stephen Hawking used the twitching of the muscle under his right ...

Stephen Hawking: ‘His laboratory was the universe’

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers. Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday at age 76, became the public face of science genius. ...

UK readies response to Russia after spy deadline passes

BY JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister chaired a meeting of the country's national security council Wednesday after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used against a former spy ...

Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world's most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year's top musher at the struggling ...

Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A passenger plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed and burst into flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, killing dozens of people with others rushed to area hospitals, officials said. The death toll ...

More civilians leave Syrian rebel enclave as army advances

By BASSME MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A small group of Syrian civilians on Monday left the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta just outside of Damascus, using a corridor established by the Syrian army amid the military's gains that have effectively divided the area into three ...