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Report: US resorted to torture after 9/11 terror

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:22:39 +0000

A nonpartisan commission's review of America's anti-terrorism response after the 9/11 attacks reported Tuesday that it is "indisputable" the United States engaged in the practice of torture and the Bush White House bears responsibility.



Health law could overwhelm addiction services

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:26:51 +0000

It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addi



EU foreign policy chief warns Albania on election

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 06:51:52 +0000

The European Union's foreign policy chief warned Albanian leaders Tuesday that the conduct of forthcoming parliamentary elections would be a major test for the country, which hopes one day to join the 27-nation bloc.

EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks at a news conference in Tirana, Tuesday April 16, 2013 saying that the Brussels considered Albaniaís June parliamentary elections as a test for the functioning of its democratic institutions and the progress toward the bloc. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)


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China criticizes US force strengthening in Asia

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:27:46 +0000

In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area.

FILE - In this March 17, 2013 file photo released by the South Korean Navy via Yonhap on March 18, 2013, South Korea and U.S. warships participate in their joint military drill "Foal Eagle" in South Korea's West Sea. In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday, April 16, 2013, that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area. (AP Photo/South Korea Navy via Yonhap, File) KOREA OUT


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Text of Obama's remarks on Boston explosions

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:23:42 +0000

Text of President Barack Obama's remarks following the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon:



Obama: 'We will find out who did this'

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:20:53 +0000

President Barack Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


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NKorea lashes out anew over protest in Seoul

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:44:55 +0000

North Korea lashed out anew Tuesday at South Korea over a small public protest in Seoul in which demonstrators burned effigies of the North's leaders, saying it would not hold talks with its southern neighbor unless it apologized for anti-North KoreanNorth Koreans carry flowers to giant statues of North Korean late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. North Korea celebrated Monday the 101st birth anniversary of national founder Kim Il Sung, its most important holiday of the year. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCENorth Korean soldiers offer flowers for North Korean late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. North Korea celebrated Monday the 101st birth anniversary of national founder Kim Il Sung, its most important holiday of the year. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCEA man, left, in his suit, stands posing for photos while a soldier, right, squats down examining the lawn outside the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. The palace, which was the official residence of Kim Il Sung until his death in 1994, is now a mausoleum where the two late leaders' embalmed bodies lie in state. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)A North Korean soldier guarding the entrance to Pyongyang's Kumsusan mausoleum, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, looks back through the doors of the main gate Monday, April 15, 2013. North Koreans turned out on Monday to mark the 101st birthday of Kim Il Sung. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)People queue up outside a food shop in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)South Korean journalists try to shoot North Korean side at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCEA South Korean army soldier aims his machine gun during an anti-terrorism drill against possible terrorists' attacks at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)South Korean protesters burn effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung at an anti-North Korea protest on the birthday of Kim Il Sung in Seoul, South Korea Monday, April 15, 2013. South Korea's defense minister, Kim Kwan-jin, told a parliamentary committee in Seoul on Monday that North Korea remains ready to launch a missile from its east coast, though he declined to disclose how he got the information. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)South Korean protesters burn effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung at an anti-North Korea protest on the birthday of Kim Il Sung in Seoul, South Korea Monday, April 15, 2013. South Korea's defense minister, Kim Kwan-jin, told a parliamentary committee in Seoul on Monday that North Korea remains ready to launch a missile from its east coast, though he declined to disclose how he got the information. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)A North Korean child covers the eyes of her father as she sits on his shoulders watching mass folk dancing in front of Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, April 15, 2013. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongy[...]


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Republican money backs immigration push

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:56:07 +0000

As Congress readies for a drawn-out immigration debate, an expanding network of Republican fundraisers is pressing for a path to legal status for millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.

FILE - In this July 11, 2008 file photo, Frank VanderSloot, who owns Melaleuca, Inc., a healthcare products company, is seen in Idaho Falls, Idaho. As Congress prepares to take on illegal immigration, an expanding network of Republican fundraisers is quietly, but aggressively, pressing for a pathway to legal status for millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally. Business leaders and major donors who raised tens of millions of dollars in the last election are meeting privately with Republican lawmakers — and other top GOP fundraisers — who may be reluctant to support what critics call “amnesty” for immigrants who broke the law. At the same time, a coalition of pro-reform fundraisers is funneling donations to a new crop of outside groups designed to protect like-minded congressional Republicans fearing backlash on a political issue that could alienate the GOP’s core conservative supporters. (AP Photo/John Miller, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, Marriott International Chief Executive Officer John Willard "Bill: Marriott Jr. is seen in the East Room of the White House in Washington. As Congress prepares to take on illegal immigration, an expanding network of Republican fundraisers is quietly, but aggressively, pressing for a pathway to legal status for millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally. Business leaders and major donors who raised tens of millions of dollars in the last election are meeting privately with Republican lawmakers — and other top GOP fundraisers — who may be reluctant to support what critics call “amnesty” for immigrants who broke the law. At the same time, a coalition of pro-reform fundraisers is funneling donations to a new crop of outside groups designed to protect like-minded congressional Republicans fearing backlash on a political issue that could alienate the GOP’s core conservative supporters. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)


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As US talks up diplomacy, NKorea takes hard line

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:59:34 +0000

The United States and Japan opened the door Sunday to new nuclear talks with North Korea if the saber-rattling country lowered tensions and honored past agreements, even as it rejected South Korea's latest offer of dialogue as a "crafty trick."U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry waves to the media upon arriving at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Sunday, April 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a "Tomodachi" youth event at U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. "Tomodachi" seeks to inspire and empower the young people of Japan and America, giving them the experiences, skills, and confidence to achieve their dreams and contribute to a better world with scholarships. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, salutes as he prepares to depart Capitol International Airport in Beijing for Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. At left is Kerry Senior Staff member Glen Johnson. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, tours the Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. The United States and Japan on Sunday offered new talks with North Korea to resolve the increasingly dangerous standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but said the reclusive communist government first must lower tensions and honor previous agreements. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, whispers to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after their joint press conference at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Kerry and Kishida said their countries are committed to new talks with North Korea if the reclusive communist government begins abiding by previous agreements on its nuclear program. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)South Korean soldiers patrol through their military fences near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 14, 2013. North Korea on Sunday rebuffed a South Korean proposal to resolve rising tensions through dialogue, dismissing it as a "crafty trick" by the rival. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his lecture to students at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Monday, April 15, 2013. Kerry is here as part of Asian tour amid a tense situation over a possible missile launch by North Korea. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Monday, April 15, 2013. Kerry is in Tokyo as part of Asian tour amid a tense situation over a possible missile launch by North Korea. (AP Photo/Issei Kato, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe share a few words during a photo opportunity shortly before their bilateral meetings at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Monday, April 15, 2013. Kerry is in Tokyo as part of Asian tour amid a tense situation over a possible missile launch by North Korea. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)[...]U[...]


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US opposes coercive China action in island dispute

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:50:20 +0000

The United States says it's committed to defending Japan and opposes any coercive action by China to seize territory under Japanese control in the East China Sea.

U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose for photographers prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry waves to the media upon arriving at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Sunday, April 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)


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Kerry hopes next Palestinian PM can work with US

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:29:24 +0000

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he hoped the Palestinians pick a new prime minister who can work with the United States and "establish confidence" so that Mideast peace can advance.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011 file photo, Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian officials say Fayyad has officially submitted his resignation, and is waiting for a reply from President Mahmoud Abbas.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry waves to the media upon arriving at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Sunday, April 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)


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Cartel money laundering trial begins in Texas

Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:56:01 +0000

A multimillion-dollar horse racing and breeding operation run from an Oklahoma ranch was actually a front for a notorious Mexican cartel to launder millions of dollars in drug money, prosecutors alleged Tuesday at the beginning of a trial for five defenda

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, FBI agents overlook a horse ranch under investigation in Lexington, Okla. Prosecutors say a racehorse-buying operation was supposed to be a clandestine way for one of Mexico's most powerful and violent drug cartels to launder its illegal proceeds in the United States. But authorities reined in the operation partly because those who ran it didn't keep a low profile. At least four of the 18 individuals indicted in the scheme are set to be tried in an Austin, Texas, federal courtroom starting Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Brett Deering, File)

FILE - In this June 12, 2012 file photo, FBI agents overlook a horse ranch under investigation in Lexington, Okla. Prosecutors in Texas say Jose Trevino Morales, a brother of two top leaders of Los Zetas, oversaw the purchase of hundreds of quarter horses at a ranch in Oklahoma. He's charged with conspiracy to launder drug money in a case with more than a dozen other defendants. Jury selection in the trial begins Monday, April 15, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Brett Deering, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2012 file photo, A Dash of Sweet Heat is led into the sales ring by an unnamed Heritage Place employee during the fall mixed sale in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors in Texas say Jose Trevino Morales, a brother of two top leaders of Los Zetas, oversaw the purchase of hundreds of quarter horses at a ranch in Oklahoma. He's charged with conspiracy to launder drug money in a case with more than a dozen other defendants. Jury selection in the trial begins Monday, April 15, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)


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Wagner, Gold help US win World Team Trophy

Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:20:44 +0000

Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold finished on the podium in the free skate on Saturday to help the United States win the figure skating World Team Trophy.



Goal of nuclear-free NKorea tests US, China ties

Sat, 13 Apr 2013 07:07:41 +0000

Bound by threats from North Korea, the U.S. and China agreed Saturday to rid the bellicose nation of nuclear weapons in a test of whether the world powers can shelve years of rivalry and discord, and unite in fostering global stability.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Chjina Gary Locke upon arrival at Beijing Capitol International Airport Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is escorted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi prior to their meeting at the Chinese Foreign Ministry Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is greeted by Chinese Foreign Ministry Director General of North America Division Xie Feng upon arrival at Beijing Capitol International Airport Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, at the Chinese Foreign Ministry Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi prior to their meeting at the Chinese Foreign Ministry Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks down the stairs from his official aircraft as he arrives at the airport in Beijing, China Saturday, April 13, 2013, (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, second right, at the Chinese Foreign Ministry Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gesture prior to their meeting at the Chinese Foreign Ministry Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, talks with reporters aboard his government aircraft shortly after departing Seoul Air Base, Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 13, 2013, for Beijing, China. To rear of Kerry are Senior Staff members Glen Johnson, second right, and Jen Psaki, right. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, looks at Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Saturday, April 13, 2013. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Yohsuke Mizuno, Pool)[...][...]


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US stresses limits of NKorea's nuclear firepower

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:46:33 +0000

On the brink of an expected North Korean missile test, U.S. officials focused on the limits of Pyongyang's nuclear firepower Friday, trying to shift attention from the disclosure that the North Koreans might be able to launch a nuclear strike. They in

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, greets upon his arrival at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Friday, April 12, 2013. Kerry is traveling directly into a region bracing for a possible North Korean missile test and risking that his presence alone could spur Pyongyang into another headline-seeking provocation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se share a few words while waiting for a group meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Friday, April 12, 2013. Kerry is making his first-ever visit to Seoul amid strong suspicion that North Korea may soon test a mid-range missile. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

North Korean children hold up red scarves to be tied around their necks during an induction ceremony into the Korean Children's Union, the first political organization for North Koreans, held at a stadium in Pyongyang on Friday, April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


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Brits, Americans feud over park, tongues in cheeks

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:27:06 +0000

The British and the Americans are quarreling — albeit with tongues in cheek — over territory again, this time over who has the world's smallest park.Allison Wildman crouches low to get a photo of Mill Ends Park in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged--Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)Mill Ends Park sports a myriad of colorful decorations in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged--Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)A tiny bazooka-wielding army figure crouches behind a rock deep in the flowers and foliage of Mill Ends Park in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged--Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)Mill Ends Park sports a myriad of colorful decorations in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged--Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)A tiny plastic pig is fenced in with flowers at Mill Ends Park in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged--Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)A plaque illustrates the history of Mill Ends Park in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged--Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)A plaque illustrates the history of Mill Ends Park, located just to the left of a passing motorcyclist, in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dis[...]


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US approves Japan entry into TPP trade talks

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:01:40 +0000

The United States on Friday approved Japan's entry into negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a critical step for Tokyo's inclusion in a regional trade pact that underpins the Obama administration's efforts to boost exports to Asia.



Wambach, Morgan highlight new pro soccer league

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:07:51 +0000

Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, United States' Abby Wambach trains during soccer practice for the 2012 London Summer Olympics at Cochrane Park in Newcastle, England. Wambach and Alex Morgan are to headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States. The season kicks off Saturday, April 13, 2013, with FC Kansas City hosting Morgan and the Portland Thorns FC in Kansas. Wambach, who will play for the Western Flash in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., will travel Sunday to face Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, file)

FILE - In this July 25, 2012 file photo, United States' Alex Morgan, center, is challenged by France's Wendie Renard, left, during their women's group G soccer match before the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics in Glasgow. Morgan and Abby Wambach are to headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States. The season kicks off Saturday, April 13, 2013, with FC Kansas City hosting Morgan and the Portland Thorns FC in Kansas. Wambach, who will play for the Western Flash in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., will travel Sunday to face Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Clark)


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US names Russians targeted for sanctions

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:40:22 +0000

The Treasury Department on Friday announced the names of 18 Russians subject to financial sanctions and visa bans because of their alleged violations of human rights.

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2009 file photo, Nataliya Magnitskaya holds a portrait of her son, Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in jail, as she speaks with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. The Treasury Department on Friday announced the names of 18 Russians subject to financial sanctions and visa bans because of their alleged violations of human rights. The list, an outgrowth of a law enacted last December to hold Russian officials accountable for human rights abuses, is certain to further strain relations with the Moscow government. Russia has strongly objected to the act and threatened to retaliate with its own sanctions. The act is named for Magnitsky, who was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates. He died in prison the next year, allegedly after being beaten and denied medical treatment. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)


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Hymnal that dates to 1640 could fetch $30M

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 06:43:52 +0000

A tiny hymnal from 1640 believed to be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States is going up for auction, and it could sell for as much as $30 million.

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT THAT PURITANS NOT PILGRAMS PRINTED THE BOOK -This April 2013 photo provided by Sotheby's and taken in New York shows what they describe as ‘the world’s most valuable book,’ the Bay Psalm Book, which is the first book ever printed in what is now the United States. The book was published in Cambridge, Mass., by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It came just 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The last time a copy came on the auction block in 1947, it sold for a record auction price of $151,000. At the time, it surpassed auction prices for the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s “Birds of America.”(AP Photo/Sotheby's)

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT THAT PURITANS NOT PILGRAMS PRINTED THE BOOK -This April 2013 photo provided by Sotheby's and taken in New York shows what they describe as ‘the world’s most valuable book,’ the Bay Psalm Book, which is the first book ever printed in what is now the United States. The book was published in Cambridge, Mass., by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It came just 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The last time a copy came on the auction block in 1947, it sold for a record auction price of $151,000. At the time, it surpassed auction prices for the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s “Birds of America.”(AP Photo/Sotheby's)

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT THAT PURITANS NOT PILGRAMS PRINTED THE BOOK -This April 2013 photo provided by Sotheby's and taken in New York shows what they describe as ‘the world’s most valuable book,’ the Bay Psalm Book, which is the first book ever printed in what is now the United States. The book was published in Cambridge, Mass., by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It came just 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The last time a copy came on the auction block in 1947, it sold for a record auction price of $151,000. At the time, it surpassed auction prices for the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s “Birds of America.”(AP Photo/Sotheby's)


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Obama expects more provocations from North Korea

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:05:12 +0000

President Barack Obama says he expects North Korea to make "more provocative moves" over the next several weeks.



Hagel says NKorea can't reach US with nuke

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:50:59 +0000

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says neither Iran nor North Korea is capable of attacking the United States with a missile armed with a nuclear warhead.



A look at US-South Korea joint military exercises

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:16:53 +0000

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula rise very predictably each year when the United States and South Korea conduct large-scale joint military exercises to prepare for a crisis. Tensions usually don't get as bad as they are now, as the U.S.-South Korea Fo

FILE - In this Thursday, March 28, 2013 file photo, U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bomber, left, flies over near Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea. North Korea’s loathing for the military exercises can be traced, partly, to the flight of two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers - among the war-fighting wonders of the world - that took off from their Missouri bases in late March and flew more than 6,500 miles to drop dummy munitions on an uninhabited South Korean island near the border before returning home. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jung-hun, File) KOREA OUT

In this Wednesday, April 10, 2013 photo, U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly during a military exercise at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Osan. South Korea. The names of U.S.-South Korean war games staged over the years don't sound all that threatening: Team Spirit, Ulchi Focus Lens, Key Resolve ... Foal Eagle. But whatever they're called, the annual show of force is guaranteed to get a rise out of Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


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Isner wins US Men's Clay Court Championship

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:23:05 +0000

John Isner of the United States beat Argentina's Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday.Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, waves to the crowd after defeating Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, in their quarterfinal tennis match 6-4, 6-4 in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, returns a shot to Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, in their quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. Almagro won 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, returns a shot to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, in their quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, returns a shot to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, in their quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, reacts to losing a point against Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, in their quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)John Isner hits a return against Ricardas Berankas, of Lithuania, in a quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Ricardas Berankas, of Lithuania, hits a return to John Isner in a quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, reaches to return a shot to Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, in their quarterfinal tennis match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. Almagro won 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Rhyne Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, of Spain, in the second set of their quarterfinal tennis tournament match in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Rhyne Williams, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, of Spain, 7-6 (1), 1-6, 6-4, in their quarterfinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship Friday, April 12, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, returns a ball against Rhyne Williams, of the United States, during a semifinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Almagro won 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Nicolas Almagro, right, of Spain, shakes hands with Rhyne Williams, left, of the United States, after their semifinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Almagro won 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, returns a ball against Rhyne Williams, of the United States, during a singles semifinals tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Rhyne Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, in their semifinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston. Almagro won 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)John Isner, right, of the United States, reacts after defeating Juan Monaco, left, of Argentina, in a s[...]


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Air Force general: Actions aim to deter NKorea

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:17:26 +0000

The United States sent its most powerful airplanes to the Korean peninsula in recent weeks in part because it wants North Korea to know what the American military is capable of doing, the top U.S. Air Force commander in the Pacific said.