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Former Israeli premier Olmert found guilty in bribery case

1 hour 39 min ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial on corruption charges.

Nigeria awaits tense poll results, UN chief calls for calm

1 hour 40 min ago

Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for calm after deadly riots followed 2011 polls. The United Nations Secretary General congratulated Nigeria for holding a "largely peaceful and orderly" ballot, as the head of the country's electoral commission said Sunday that the first results could be announced the following day. Military fighter jets and ground troops pounded Boko Haram fighters in the northeastern state of Bauchi on Sunday after a series of attacks on polling stations at the weekend.

Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

1 hour 41 min ago

The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards.

Obama to attend opening of Institute honoring Sen. Kennedy

1 hour 47 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain are among the guests scheduled to pay tribute to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy at the formal dedication of an institute named for him in Boston.

At least 10 trapped after mudslides in flood-hit Indian Kashmir

1 hour 47 min ago

At least 10 people are missing after mudslides triggered by heavy rain buried homes in Indian Kashmir on Monday, police said.

Iran nuclear talks race towards deadline

1 hour 50 min ago

Global powers were due to gather with Iran Monday, seeking to slot into place the last pieces of a complex puzzle to curtail Tehran's nuclear programme as diplomats said tentative agreement on some parts had been reached. US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the team of six world powers -- who hope an end to more than a decade of nuclear tensions with Iran may be in sight -- for their first full plenary session of the latest round of talks. While diplomats said some key points appeared to have been resolved to ensure Iran cannot make a covert dash for a nuclear bomb, they cautioned that the outlines of a political understanding were not yet fully agreed. "We are here because we believe a deal can be done," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters in Lausanne late Sunday as he became the last of the P5+1 group of foreign ministers to arrive in the Swiss town for the talks.

Hernandez fiancee set to resume testimony in murder trial

2 hours 4 min ago

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected to take the stand for a second day of testimony in his murder trial and talk about a box she disposed of from their basement the day after a man who was dating her younger sister was killed.

Focus shifts to cause of NYC explosion after 2 bodies found

2 hours 10 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea

2 hours 22 min ago

The quake hit at a depth of 33 kilometres (20 miles), some 55 kilometres from the nearest city of Kokopo on New Britain island and 787 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially cautioned that "hazardous" tsunami waves could hit some coastal areas in PNG. Mathew Moihoi from Papua New Guinea's Geological Observatory said officials were still unable to make contact with more remote areas to determine whether there had been any sea level changes. Leonie Fakal, a housekeeper at the Seaview Beach Resort in Kokopo, said all the staff and their two guests ran outside when the quake hit.

Late audits halt trading in Morgan Stanley-backed stocks

2 hours 29 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major companies in a prominent $1.4 billion Asia investment fund managed by New York banking giant Morgan Stanley unexpectedly told securities regulators they will not file their financial statements on time and froze trading in their stocks, actions generally considered to be cause for concern.

Teen libertarian is face of Brazil's young free-market right

2 hours 57 min ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Microphone in hand and standing atop the sound truck, the raspy-voiced protest leader jabbed his finger into the air shouting for the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, igniting wild cheers from the crowd below him.

Notre Dame beats Baylor, advances to 5th straight Final Four

3 hours 8 min ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd struggled with her shot for the second straight game. Lindsay Allen was there again to help the Fighting Irish advance.

Pentagon chief mulls easing military enlistment standards

3 hours 11 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.

Nets keep up playoff push, beat Lakers for 3rd straight win

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:51

NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Anderson patrolled the locker room area in a Michigan State hat, screaming "Spartan!" so loudly that his teammates wondered how they could live with him for the next week.

Leonard's hot NBA finish sparks Spurs over Grizzlies

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:44

San Antonio (AFP) - San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, powering the reigning NBA champion Spurs over Memphis 103-89.

NBCSN's Engblom gets stitches after struck in head by puck

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:38
PITTSBURGH (AP) — NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom needed stitches after taking a puck to his forehead late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

'Spirit in the Sky' singer injured in California crash

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:34
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The singer-songwriter behind the 1969 rock hit "Spirit in the Sky" was hospitalized on Sunday after being critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a motorcyclist.

Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:31
SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, generating a small tsunami and frightening locals near the epicenter, but prompting no reports of damage or injuries.

Verdasco upsets Nadal as Serena, Murray advance at Miami Open

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:30

Fernando Verdasco upset second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in a third-round matchup of Spaniards to advance at the ATP and WTA Miami Open. Nadal, a four-time Miami runner-up, leaves the Masters Series hardcourt event without a title again this year after his 11th appearance. Verdasco, ranked 34th, defeated Nadal for the second time in a row after losing their first 13 meetings, although that most recent prior meeting came three years ago in Madrid. "Obviously always beating a player like Rafa is one of the biggest victories that you can have in tennis," Verdasco said.

Asian stocks mostly higher after Yellen rate rise remarks

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:23
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday as investors digested Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling U.S. interest rates were expected to rise sometime this year but when they did they would do so gradually.