• Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said troops had recaptured…

  • Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards. Opposition to the Transatlantic…

  • Putin says ready to work with United States: TV

    Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being…

  • Another PG&E pipeline explosion: What did it learn from the 2010 explosion?

    A Friday afternoon pipeline explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff gun range left 11 people injured and caused a massive traffic jam on the nearby state Highway 99, according to the Associated Press. The pipeline is owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co (PG&E) and may prompt new questions about…

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  • Texas embraces handgun 'open-carry': What took 'em so long?

    Despite its reputation as a conservative bulwark, Texas has long acted more like California or New York when it comes to aversion to guns in public. Mr. Abbott’s expected signature will make Texas the 45th  state to allow open-carry of handguns in public spaces, a fact that polls suggest is…

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  • One man's last wish, 'Don't vote for Hillary Clinton.' Will it matter?

    Larry Darrell Upright died this week. "In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children .... Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. We promise not to vote for Hillary," one mourner wrote. A CNN poll released Monday shows…

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  • Huckabee for president? Why 2016 won't be like 2008

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he will announce in May whether or not he will launch a presidential bid. Regardless, Huckabee said he will only run if he feels his campaign finances are sufficient to be a serious contender. “I don't want to jump in a pool that doesn't have any water in it.

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  • Israel's Netanyahu says sanctions should remain on Iran

    JERUSALEM (AP) — As the international community moves to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran, Israel's prime minister says crippling sanctions should be maintained against the Islamic Republic until the country ends its regional "aggression."

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  • Bombings kill 12 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings in and north of Baghdad on Saturday killed 12 people, including a soldier and his entire family, said Iraqi officials.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group. The accusation by President Ashraf Ghani,…

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  • Last 2 Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The last two "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" presented the group's Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, 73 years to the day after their daring bombing attack on Japan rallied Americans in World War II.

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  • Castroneves earns pole at Long Beach with track record

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An IndyCar mandate forced Chevrolet to ditch its winglets for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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  • Storm, Dragons join Broncos atop National Rugby League

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Melbourne Storm and St. George Illawarra Dragons joined Brisbane atop the National Rugby League standings with 10 points each after seventh-round matches.

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  • Browne, Langer match record 64s in Greater Gwinnett

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Olin Browne shot a tournament-record 8-under 64 to take the Greater Gwinnett Championship lead and still couldn't relax.

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  • Mathews wins interim WBA lightweight title

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Hometown fighter Derry Mathews won the interim WBA lightweight title after beating Tony Luis of Canada by unanimous decision at Echo Arena on Saturday.

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  • Boko Haram Cameroon attack toll rises to 19, 'many beheaded'

    Yaoundé (AFP) - Nineteen people were killed in Thursday night's attack on a Cameroonian village by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants, a security source said in an updated toll, adding that most of the victims were beheaded. "The final toll from this attack is 19 dead, with a majority of the…

  • Swans, Crows unbeaten in Australian Rules

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Sydney Swans and Adelaide Crows had comfortable weekend wins to remain unbeaten in the Australian Football League after three rounds.

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  • California revises drought plan after pressure from cities

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California water regulators on Saturday revised a still-tentative drought plan by easing cuts for Los Angeles and San Diego and bumping up reduction targets in the areas that consume the most water. With the country's most populous state entering the…