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  • Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
    Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.

  • Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico
    Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning.

  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
    Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities— typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.

  • Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls
    Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.

  • Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
    Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

    DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belonings as they could carry.

  • NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convictd of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.

  • Dueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in
    Dueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law.

  • Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come
    Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.

  • Chicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances.

  • South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marced to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.

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