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Yemeni boys gather near the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Alarm grows over Yemen civilian casualties

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties from the strikes and violence roiling the country. Residents of the capital, Sanaa, sought shelter and got little sleep during the …

Iraqi troops reach center of IS-held Tikrit

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. In a statement on Twitter, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the “liberation …

Dress-wearing man killed at NSA had lengthy record

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up and checked into a motel, police said Tuesday. The FBI said the driver, Ricky Shawatza …

Pilot told Lufthansa of ‘severe depression’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany — Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of “severe depression” before he finished his flight training with the German airline. …

Iran talks push past deadline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had …

Ind. governor seeks clarification of law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state’s new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised …

Buhari ousts Jonathan in Nigeria

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator Tuesday in a historic transfer of power following the nation’s most …

Pilot had suicidal tendencies

Monday, March 30, 2015

DUESSELDORF, Germany — How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That’s the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot …

Ind. lawmakers scramble to quiet uproar over religious-objections law

Monday, March 30, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an “Indy Welcomes All” campaign ahead of this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a …

Ramming incident at NSA leaves 1 dead

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire. …

Buhari leads in Nigeria presidential vote as protests persist

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari took a wide lead in the presidential race with almost half of the 36 states reporting results from the March 28-29 general elections. Buhari led with 61.5 percent of …

‘Delete, erase’ era of government a worry to historians

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. Before delete keys on computers, there were paper shredders, erase buttons on tape recorders and trash cans. Think …

Report catalogs lasting damage from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a …