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  • Agca leaves flowers on John Paul’s tomb in Vatican

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican officials said. A Vatican spokesman, the…

  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma’s last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners…

  • Biden: NY officers’ deaths touched soul of nation

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told thousands of people gathered Saturday for the funeral of an officer killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting that their deaths “touched the soul…

  • Chattanooga touts transformation into Gig City

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself…

  • Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

    LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain. Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany,…

  • Argentina’s president suffers fractured ankle

    BUENO AIRES (AP) — The Argentine president’s doctors say Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle. Doctors Marcelo Ballesteros and Daniel Fernandez said in a statement they signed Friday that they have…

  • Key developments in police-communities tension

    The killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to…

  • N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie “The Interview” and compared President Barack Obama to a monkey. The…

  • Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Move over farmers’ markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers. There’s no one model for…

  • Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. Their assignment: Find…

  • Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s suspension of transport connections with the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula is expected to be only a temporary measure, a Ukrainian security official said Saturday. Ukraine blocked rail and bus travel Friday…

  • South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man drowned when an unusually large wave hit a Durban beach in South Africa, emergency services said Saturday. Another 40 swimmers were treated for minor injuries when the big wave hit…

  • North Korea hurls racial slur at Obama, blames US for Internet shutdown amid Sony hacking row

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is spewing insults at President Barack Obama and blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie “The Interview.” Pyongyang has denied…

  • Dead whale in Virginia Beach had broken ribs

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Aquarium officials say a dead whale that washed up in Virginia Beach likely died from a collision with a boat. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1D0JIJt) that the dead minke whale…

  • Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak dies

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland’s leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68. Since the 1990s,…