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  • Judge opens inquiry into death of ex-Russian spy Litvinenko

    LONDON (AP) — A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the “utmost…

  • Obama says US must catch up to ensure drones are safe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. laws and regulations haven’t yet caught up with technological developments that have made drones readily available. Obama is responding to the small drone that crashed on the…

  • Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. A Department…

  • Greek bailout critic named new finance minister

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic has been named as finance minister in the country’s new left-wing government. The 53-year-old Yanis Varoufakis was named as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ governing…

  • Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government’s willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of…

  • P&G fiscal 2Q earnings drop 31 pct, hurt by exchange rates

    Procter & Gamble’s second-quarter earnings sank 31 percent as the strong U.S. dollar cut into the performance of the world’s largest consumer products maker. The Cincinnati company, which sells products ranging from Tide detergent to…

  • Imagine Dragons to give surprise performance on plane

    NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine Dragons is ready to rock you — in the sky. The Grammy-winning band and Southwest Airlines announced Monday that the group will perform a surprise Live at 35 concert at…

  • Kurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town

    BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants,…

  • Neymar replaces Messi atop the AP Global Football 10

    LONDON (AP) — Neymar replaced Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi atop the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday for propelling their side to a 6-0 win over Elche in the Spanish league. Neymar and Messi…

  • Orders for US durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in…

  • The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

    8:30 A.M. EST Motorists can get back on the roads in New Jersey and New York City, and subways and buses restart. The governors of New York and New Jersey lift travel bans, though New…

  • Shiite rebel official: Abducted aide to Yemen’s leader freed

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An official representing Yemen’s Shiite rebels says an abducted presidential aide has been set free, after his seizure set in motion days of political turmoil that prompted the country’s embattled president…

  • Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release

    TOKYO (AP) — Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government’s…

  • Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say a raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks. The engine-less tanks were found Monday inside a warehouse in…

  • Push for gay protections in Idaho stirs emotional debate

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of…