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EDS NOTE: OBSCENE GESTURES - People stand on top of a Baltimore police car in Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Guard called in as Baltimore erupts in violence

Monday, April 27, 2015

BALTIMORE — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order. A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the mayor said. At least 15 officers were hurt, and some two dozen people were arrested. Two officers remained hospitalized, police said. Officers wearing helmets and wielding shields occasionally used pepper spray to keep the …

Villages seek aid as quake death toll tops 4,000

Monday, April 27, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — As the death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 quake, with countries large and small sending medical and rescue teams, aircraft and basic supplies. …

Colo. theater shooter’s trial begins

Monday, April 27, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a “Batman” premiere. The lead prosecutor displayed an …

Italy urges steps to curb migrant crisis

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ROME — Italy pressed the EU on Wednesday to devise robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, including considering military intervention against smugglers and boosting U.N. refugee offices in countries bordering Libya. “We …

Suspect’s misfire foils attack on Paris church

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PARIS — An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday. The 24-year-old computer science student, who was …

Airstrikes resume in Yemen

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Hours after Saudi Arabia declared an end to its coalition’s nearly monthlong air campaign in Yemen, new airstrikes Wednesday hit Iran-backed militants and their allies in two cities, and the rebels said they would welcome …

Human trafficking bill OK’d

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee. The vote was 99-0 …

Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems …

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. But …

Man who shot Reagan seeks to move out of mental hospital

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan is “clinically ready” to live full-time outside a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday. John Hinckley Jr. has been in “full and stable remission” for …

Girl wrongly sent to US returns to Mexican home

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GUANAJUATO, Mexico — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman …

Clean-water advocate swims at Superfund site

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A clean-water advocate took an Earth Day swim in the polluted Gowanus Canal, a federal Superfund site. “I’m going in!” yelled Christopher Swain, wearing a yellow-and-black protective suit and a green swim cap as …

After 5 months, AG nominee heads for vote

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her …