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Arrest of Gulf Cartel chief sparks Mexico border gunfights

posted: 04/18/2015 2:13 p.m. Discuss

MEXICO — Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico's border with the United States.

U.S. troops arrive in Ukraine for training exercises

posted: 04/18/2015 1:03 p.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — About 300 US Army paratroopers on Friday arrived in Ukraine for training exercises with national guard units, a move criticized by Moscow and eastern Ukraine's Russia-backed separatist rebels.

Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge

posted: 04/18/2015 1 p.m. Discuss

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated.

Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

posted: 04/18/2015 12:54 p.m. Discuss

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal on Saturday marked the anniversary of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche with a memorial and a government announcement that it will set up a welfare fund for mountaineering and trekking workers in the Himalayan nation.

Florida gyrocopter pilot driving home to await next hearing

posted: 04/18/2015 12:48 p.m. Discuss

RUSKIN, Fla. — A mail carrier is driving back to Florida to await his next hearing for flying his gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn.

Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base

posted: 04/18/2015 12:30 p.m. Discuss

SANAA, Yemen — Militiamen loyal to Yemen's exiled president besieged an air base once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said.

Australia arrests 5 teens for alleged IS-inspired terror plot

posted: 04/18/2015 10:59 a.m. Discuss

SYDNEY — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said.

Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

posted: 04/18/2015 10:29 a.m. Comments 2

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could.

Police: Man shot, killed by Chicago officer

posted: 04/18/2015 9:50 a.m. Comment 1

CHICAGO — Chicago police have shot and killed a man in the city's South Shore neighborhood after officers said he pointed a gun at them.

Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer

posted: 04/18/2015 9:49 a.m. Comment 1

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze.

Police: Officers kill man who charged at them near St. Louis

posted: 04/18/2015 9:47 a.m. Discuss

JENNINGS, Mo. — Authorities say police officers shot and killed a suburban St. Louis man after he charged at them.

Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

posted: 04/18/2015 8:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day this week with a visit to the Florida Everglades.

Afghan suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 33

posted: 04/18/2015 8:50 a.m. Discuss

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 33 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.

AG impasse 'gone too far,' Obama scolds

updated: 04/18/2015 2:49 a.m. Comments 3

President Barack Obama on Friday hailed what he called "some outbreaks of bipartisanship and common sense in Congress" over trade, Iran and Medicare in recent days but went on to lacerate Republican senators for holding up his nominee for attorney general for months.

30-day grace vexes state's ethics panel

posted: 04/18/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are perplexed about how to administer a new law that restricts their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.

Businesses reassess role after development pick

posted: 04/18/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' business leaders are beginning to sort out what role the private sector will play in future economic development after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the nonprofit Arkansas Economic Development Foundation to expand its place in attracting new business.

Huckabee circles May 5 in Hope as decision day

posted: 04/18/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 2

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to his hometown of Hope on May 5 to announce whether he'll run for president.

Restart school talks, judge urges

posted: 04/18/2015 2:39 a.m. Comment 1

A federal judge said Friday that it's not his place to manage the separation of the Pulaski County Special and Jacksonville/North Pulaski school districts, and he urged the parties in the case who have stalled in their negotiations to restart their talks.

Cardinal George, doctrines' defender, dies

updated: 04/18/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex-abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against President Barack Obama's health care law, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.

German leaders join service for jet victims

updated: 04/18/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The leaders of Germany on Friday joined hundreds of mourners in one of the country's most hallowed cathedrals to honor the passengers and crew members who died when a jet smashed into a French mountainside last month.

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