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  • Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel stands in the way of any peace deal because it is perpetuating its military occupation and keeps expanding settlements. Abbas spoke Friday at a…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Authorities arrest man wanted in the killings of a wealthy DC family, their housekeeper WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who was accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their…

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SUSPECT WANTED IN D.C. MURDERS CAPTURED An ex-con accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family…

  • Beer of the Week: Avery Insula Multos Collibus

    WASHINGTON — Don’t try to say it. Just pour it. WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert to talk about Avery…

  • IS forces capture, kill dozens in Syria’s Palmyra

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and officials say Islamic State fighters are combing Palmyra, detaining and killing dozens of people two days after seizing the historic Syrian town. Homs-based activist Bebars al-Talawy and an opposition Facebook…

  • Does D.C. have a mosquito problem — or a people problem?

    WASHINGTON — You may have heard the news story earlier this week on WTOP, announcing that Washington had been named the third worst city in America for mosquito misery, behind only Atlanta and Chicago. That…

  • South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan’s military is accusing the government of Sudan of aiding a new rebel offensive against South Sudanese government forces in the state of Upper Nile, where oil fields are now…

  • Virginia couple killed in fire were married 53 years

    HURT, Va. (AP) — The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office says an elderly couple who lost their lives in an early morning fire had been married for 53 years. WSET-TV (http://bit.ly/1K8cwTG) reports out the fire broke…

  • ECB tells governments: Don’t wait to fix Europe’s economy

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn’t wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth. Draghi said tough measures…

  • Japan’s first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan’s World War…

  • ‘Tomorrowland’ isn’t perfect, but it’s admirably optimistic

    WASHINGTON – Disney has long held a symbiotic relationship between its movies and theme parks. Usually, the films inspire the attractions, from Cinderella’s castle to Dumbo’s flying ride, but occasionally it’s the inverse, from “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “The Haunted Mansion”…

  • Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Amnesty International says both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are almost daily perpetrating war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners. In a new report, the rights group said Friday…

  • China says work on charter for Asian bank completed

    BEIJING (AP) — Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and it is due to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said. Beijing’s…

  • Baker touts tax increase as council gets ready to vote next week

    WASHINGTON — He’s not a salesman, but Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has been working on his pitches lately. They range from trying to sell Gov. Larry Hogan on the Purple Line to getting his…

  • US readies air patrols in search for Rohingya boat people

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia’s west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step…