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  • UK government: Data from police killings probes lost in mail

    LONDON (AP) — The British government says files from three judge-led inquiries — two of them into killings by police — have been lost in the mail. The Justice Ministry said Thursday that two discs…

  • Plan to lessen state oversight of Dominion wins backing

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would weaken state oversight of Dominion Virginia Power’s rates has won approval from a Senate panel. A Senate subcommittee voted unanimously Thursday to approve a bill that would…

  • Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi

    ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers were casting ballots Thursday for a new president in a test of Premier Matteo Renzi’s ability to rally his fractured party behind a candidate who would also be palatable to…

  • Rights group blasts IS for atrocities

    BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the “sectarian and abusive” policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism. The criticism…

  • Stock market mixed in early trading; McDonald’s stock jumps

    U.S. stocks edged mostly lower in early trading Thursday, as investors sized up a mix of corporate earnings and economic news. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average gained 14 points, or 0.1 percent, to…

  • St. Louis police review board hearing cut short over scuffle

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first public discussion about a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis was cut short after a commotion broke out in the crowd. The Board of Alderman’s public safety…

  • Barack Obama ‘sings’ ‘Uptown Funk’ (Video)

    WASHINGTON — A video going viral on the web has the United States’ commander in chief saying, “Don’t believe me, just watch.” The latest creation from YouTube sensation, Baracksdubs shows parts of President Barack Obama’s speeches cut…

  • Kerry Butler to join ‘Clinton: The Musical’ off-Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kerry Butler’s next role will take her to the White House — the Clinton White House, that is. The Tony Award-nominated star of “Xanadu” said Thursday she will play Hillary Rodham…

  • Jordan demands IS deliver proof captured pilot still alive

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset…

  • Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety researchers say the chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero…

  • 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…

  • Alibaba run-in with China regulator signals tougher scrutiny

    BEIJING (AP) — For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet…

  • Mom of girl shot by Denver police wants independent autopsy

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

  • Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Shiite rebels took over a key military base south of Sanaa where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces, officials said Thursday. Military officials said the Republican Guard camp captured…

  • NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California. The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite had been scheduled for launch from Vandenberg…