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Greeks go to polls in critical snap general election

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:52

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in an early general election crucial for the country's financial future, with the radical left Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras tipped as the favorite to win, although possibly without a large enough majority to form a government.

Ashley Wagner wins 3rd US title with record-setting scores

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:46

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Wagner is boasting that the American women can win medals at the world championships.

Truck bombing in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, wounds 2

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:44
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Sunday, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks, officials said.

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:44
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.

'Racing Extinction' documentary a call to save the planet

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:36

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's not too late to save the planet, but documentarian Louis Psihoyos says the time is now.

Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:27

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:19

By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the apparent killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous and impermissible," and again called for the group to release a second Japanese national they are holding. Abe, speaking to public broadcaster NHK, said chances were high that a recording and an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of captive Haruna Yukawa, which emerged late on Saturday, were authentic. The Japanese leader called for the immediate release of the remaining Japanese captive, reporter Kenji Goto, and said he was putting top priority on saving Goto's life. "Again, I strongly demand that Mr. Kenji Goto not be harmed and be immediately released.

Nikki Reed coy about love for Somerhalder, but not animals

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:13

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Nikki Reed was coy when asked about her rumored engagement to actor Ian Somerhalder, saying only, "Life is really great right now and I'm so excited for the future." But she was effusive about her love for animals.

Father of Japanese hostage reported killed still hopeful

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:58

TOKYO (AP) — The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly shown in a video as having been killed by Islamic State militants is hoping against hope his son could still be alive.

Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:56

It was the silence, the smell of ashes and the boundless surrounding expanse that struck Soviet soldier Ivan Martynushkin when his unit arrived in January 1945 to liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. "Only the highest-ranking officers of the General Staff had perhaps heard of the camp," recalled Martynushkin of his arrival to the site where at least 1.1 million people were killed between 1940 and 1945 -- nearly 90 percent of them Jews. The unit found roughly 7,000 prisoners left behind in Auschwitz by fleeing Nazis -- those too weak or sick to walk. Ten days earlier, the Nazis had evacuated 58,000 Auschwitz inmates in sub-zero conditions over hundreds of kilometres towards Loslau (now Wodzislaw Slaski in Poland).

Modi hugs Obama at start of three-day India visit

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:46

US President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi Sunday for the start of a three-day visit to India, receiving a hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he disembarked from Air Force One. Obama, who landed in the overcast capital at around 9:40am (0410 GMT), was accorded a red carpet welcome at the start of a visit which is seen as symbolising a new warmth in sometimes strained bilateral ties. Obama, who is the first US president to travel to India twice while in office, will also be the chief guest at Monday's Republic Day parade in the capital. The visit, which follows a summit in Washington in September, comes less than a year since the Obama administration effectively ended its blacklisting of Modi.

Action Express suffers setback in Rolex 24 at Daytona

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:43

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Defending winner Action Express Racing suffered a setback one third of the way through the Rolex 24 at Daytona when the car lost fuel pressure with Joao Barbosa behind the wheel.

Sharapova, Bouchard into quarterfinals at Australian Open

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:19

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will meet in the Australian Open quarterfinals after advancing with contrasting wins on Sunday.

Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:18

SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday.

U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:09
Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. Several media outlets reported that a Twitter user going by the name Zortic wrote of planting bombs on the two planes, stating in a message to a Delta Twitter account, "I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:09

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday.

Microsoft HoloLens goggles captivate with holograms

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:07

Microsoft's HoloLens goggles have hit a sweet spot between Google Glass and virtual reality headgear, immersing users in a mesmerizing world of augmented reality holograms. The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as "magical" and "unbelievable," the first time in a while such praise was heaped on a Microsoft creation. The augmented reality goggles are a step in a different direction from virtual reality headgear such as Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus system, as well as Google Glass. At private demos of HoloLens in a carefully guarded lower level of Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, cameras, recording devices and even smartphones were not permitted.

Lock of Lincoln's hair among items auctioned in Dallas

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:03

DALLAS (AP) — A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of the slain president's hair has been sold for more than $800,000 at auction Saturday in Dallas.

No. 3 Gonzaga tops Pacific 91-60, wins 36th straight at home

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 22:58

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The plan for No. 3 Gonzaga was to get defensive stops early against Pacific on Saturday night.

Weber's 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 22:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Not that they did before, but it's official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's shot.