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  • Romania: ex-minister indicted for money-laundering

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania’s most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and making false statements. Anti-corruption prosecutors questioned Elena Udrea…

  • Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Japan says it has deep trust in Jordan to help secure release of Islamic State group hostage TOKYO (AP) — Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of…

  • Lleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his last

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt plans to have one more shot at his home Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, next year before likely retiring and taking over as the country’s Davis Cup captain.…

  • Gorbachev warns of military conflict between Russia, West

    MOSCOW (AP) — Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war. More than 5,100 people have been killed in a bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine between…

  • Rights group blasts IS for atrocities, Iraq, Syria policies

    BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what the New York-based group described as “sectarian and abusive” policies…

  • Stig Bergling, Swede who spied for Soviets, dies

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died. He was 77. Bergling’s death was first reported Thursday by Swedish newspaper Dagens…

  • Rome Jewish leader triggers police intervention at Auschwitz

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of Rome’s Jewish community and four others were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor’s center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Riccardo Pacifici, whose grandparents were…

  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. The California Department of Public Health tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/15W9x2B) on Wednesday that 79 of those…

  • Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A worker has died in an accident at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie. Taiwan’s Central News Agency said Chen Yu-lung was…

  • Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil…

  • Boat carrying migrants sinks near Bangladesh; 20 missing

    COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized Thursday off the southern coast of Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing, officials said. Local government official Nurul Bashar Chowdhury said…

  • Laser co-creator Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate, dies

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes’ inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning…

  • Mother of girl shot by Denver police seeks separate autopsy

    DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn’t trust the official investigation into the death…

  • ‘Thornbirds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

    SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote…