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Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:53

Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen for a second day, as President Barack Obama said the United States shared a "collective goal" with its regional ally to see stability in the war-torn state. Obama offered support to Saudi ruler King Salman in a phone conversation as it emerged the US military had rescued two Saudi pilots forced to eject from their fighter jet in the region on Thursday. A months-long rebellion by Shiite fighters in Yemen has escalated into a regional conflict that threatens to tear apart the impoverished state at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia has vowed to do "whatever it takes" to prevent the fall of embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, accusing Shiite Iran of "aggression" and of backing the Huthi rebels' power grab.

Officials: Siege of gunmen in Somali hotel enters 2nd day

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:47

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen from the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, who had taken up positions in a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people, were exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later, officials said Saturday

Spartans knock off Sooners 62-58 in East semifinal

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:45

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — All but counted out a little over a month ago, coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are still playing.

Microsoft buys Office collaborator app LiveLoop

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:27

Microsoft said it has purchased the office mobile app LiveLoop, which allows multiple users to collaborate on PowerPoint presentations simultaneously. The purchase is the latest by tech giant Microsoft, after recent acquisitions of other mobile apps for professional use. "We are excited to welcome the talented team from LiveLoop to help build great collaboration across Office applications, part of our strategy and vision to reinvent productivity," Microsoft said in a statement. LiveLoop allows users to share PowerPoint presentations -- a Microsoft Office program -- and PDFs online among collaborators who can access and synchronize the material from any mobile device.

Freshman-led Duke in another regional final, beat Utah 63-57

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:24

HOUSTON (AP) — Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen.

Hawks clinch top seed in East with win over Heat

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:16

DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points, Paul Millsap had 21 and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference with a 99-86 win over Miami on Friday. Al Horford added 15 points and Dennis Schroder had 12 points and 11 assists for Atlanta, who have bounced back from a three-game losing streak with two straight victories. The Hawks had already secured the Southeast Division title.

Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court saga

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:16

SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.

Rockets nab playoff berth with win over Timberwolves

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:15

The Houston Rockets secured their third straight NBA post-season berth with a 120-110 victory over Minnesota. Houston drained a season-high 20 three-point shots, led by James Harden's six and Jason Terry's five. "The guy has been there all season long," Timberwolves veteran Chase Budinger said of Harden.

Nobel's will goes on display for first time

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:15

Alfred Nobel's last will and testament, which played a pivotal role in Swedish history by creating the now-illustrious Nobel prizes, has gone on display for the first time in Stockholm. Until now, only a handful of people had laid eyes on the original 1895 document that has been stashed away in a safe at the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. The Nobel Museum has changed all that, putting it on public display as part of its new exhibition "Legacy". "The aim is to show Alfred Nobel's legacy to the public.

Notre Dame beats Stanford 81-60, advances to Elite Eight

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:10

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lindsay Allen normally focuses on setting others up.

Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:09

The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said amid reports he was severely depressed. The black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were "pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal". German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz's homes netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash".

Italy clears Knox of murder that gripped the world

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:59

Italy's top court has thrown out Amanda Knox's conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal drama that has gripped a global audience. Judges at the Court of Cassation on Friday also quashed all charges against Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after ten hours of deliberations in Rome. Arline Kercher called the decision "odd" given the pair had been convicted twice following the British student's killing in 2007. Sollecito, 31, learned of the verdict at his home in Puglia in southern Italy, where he had driven after attending the final hearing in the high court review on Friday morning.

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:48

SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.

Officials: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen in Somali hotel continues more than 12 hours later

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:45
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen in Somali hotel continues more than 12 hours later.

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:43

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.

Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:42

HOUSTON (AP) — Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament.

Louisville beats NC State 75-65; on to Elite 8

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:39

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game.

Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:33

ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.

South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAAs

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:30

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — For the second straight year, South Carolina found itself trailing late against North Carolina and staring at an early NCAA Tournament exit despite its No. 1 seed.

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:15

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.