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AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear smugglers sought extremist buyers

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks. Read More


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South Carolina cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of Miss South Carolina 1954 found her flood-soaked pageant scrapbook on a dining room floor littered with dead fish on Tuesday, as the first sunny day in nearly two weeks provided a chance to clean up from historic floods. More »


Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012. More »


Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly U.S. attack on a hospital in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials have called a "mistake," leaves open the possibility that the decision to open fire exceeded the authority under which American forces have operated since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago, officials say. More »


Fighting erupts in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes are battling insurgents in central Syria. More »


Thousands of drug inmates approved for early prison release

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records. More »


As Clinton campaigns, complications with her old boss arise

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked." Clinton has described the president's immigration strategy as "harsh and aggressive." And as Obama tries to rally Democrats around the chief economic proposal of his second term, the party's presidential front-runner has stayed conspicuously silent. More »


Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. More »


Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean 'epidemic' in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. Not 24 hours after her daughter was born via cesarean, Faria was being pampered at an upscale Rio de Janeiro maternity clinic. More »


Tom Hanks finds student's ID card, sends tweet to find her

NEW YORK (AP) — If your name is Lauren then actor Tom Hanks is looking for you — but only if you lost your student identification card. More »


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