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Amanda Knox talks on a phone in the backyard of her mother's house Friday, March 27, 2015, in Seattle. Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. “Finished!” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out late Friday. “It couldn’t be better …

European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit

Friday, March 27, 2015

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The European Union’s aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane. European airlines, such as the Lufthansa Group that includes …

Co-pilot may have hidden illness

Friday, March 27, 2015

MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work on Tuewsday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said. The evidence came from searches of Lubitz’s homes in two …

Rival presidential forces battle at Yemen’s airport

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — Forces loyal to Yemen’s former president stormed the international airport in Aden on Thursday and sent fighter planes to bomb the palace in the southern port city where the current president has been based since …

Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar

Thursday, March 19, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the third leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy. Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2’s arrival …

Calif. proposes $1B in drought spending

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their …

Woman accused of cutting baby from mother’s womb

Thursday, March 19, 2015

LONGMONT, Colo. — A Colorado woman accused of cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and removing her unborn baby went to great lengths to show her family she was expecting a baby herself, even arranging to …

Slayings shock refugee community in NC

Friday, March 20, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — Police in the quiet coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina have a grisly multiple slaying to investigate, allegedly committed by a neighbor who “speaks very little English, if any,” and doesn’t share the language …

Draft agreement cuts Iran’s nuclear hardware

Thursday, March 19, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The United States and Iran are drafting elements of a nuclear deal that commits Tehran to a 40 percent cut in the number of machines it could use to make an atomic bomb, officials told …

Obama orders government to cut emissions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states. By curtailing …

Japanese police arrest suspect in US Embassy bomb threats

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TOKYO — Japanese police said they arrested a man on Thursday accused of making bomb threats against the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and media reports said he is also a possible suspect in recent death threats against Ambassador …

Gunmen kill 19 at Tunisian museum

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TUNIS, Tunisia — Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed a museum in Tunisia’s capital and killed 19 people, “shooting at anything that moved,” a witness said. Two gunmen were slain by security forces following the …

Netanyahu win further cools relations with US

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive Israeli election victory and campaign tack to the right, saying there will be consequences for his sudden reversal …