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What is hate? Rutgers webcam case rekindles debate

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A week before Dharun Ravi was sentenced to jail for using a webcam to spy on a gay college roommate who later killed himself, supporters rallied behind him, arguing that New Jersey laws should be changed so that someone in his situation could not be found guilty of a hate crime.

May 22, 2012 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press | World


Facebook stock jumps in public debut

NEW YORK - Facebook is updating its status to "public company" as its stock jumps in its debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

May 18, 2012 | By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer | World


Whites lose US majority among babies, census shows

WASHINGTON - For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.

May 17, 2012 | By HOPE YEN Associated Press | World


AP source: RFK Jr.'s wife hanged herself

BEDFORD, N.Y. - The Kennedy family, so practiced at public mourning, is grieving again after the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr. was found dead at her home in suburban New York.

May 17, 2012 | By JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press | World


Ex-tabloid editor faces phone hacking charges

LONDON - Ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, her husband and four others were charged Tuesday over alleged attempts to conceal evidence of Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal, prosecutors said.

May 15, 2012 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press | World


Ga. student battles flesh-eating bacteria

AUGUSTA - After 10 days in the hospital, a Georgia graduate student fighting a rare flesh-eating infection isn't letting the breathing tube in her throat stop her from mouthing questions such as "Where am I?" and "How long have I been here?"

May 14, 2012 | The Associated Press | World


Kidnap-slaying suspect kills himself; 2 girls rescued

GUNTOWN, Miss. - A man wanted by the FBI for killing a mother and daughter and kidnapping two other girls shot himself to death as officers closed in, but the two children were rescued without injuries and released from a hospital Friday.

May 11, 2012 | By ADRIAN SAINZ and HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press | World


Orangutans at Miami zoo use iPads to communicate

MIAMI - The 8-year-old twins love their iPad. They draw, play games and expand their vocabulary. Their family's teenagers also like the hand-held computer tablets, too, but the clan's elders show no interest.

May 09, 2012 | By DAVID FISCHER Associated Press | World


North Carolina votes on constitutional ban on gay marriage

RALEIGH, N.C. - The national debate over gay marriage focused Tuesday on North Carolina, as voters decided whether to make it the 29th state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

May 08, 2012 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | World


Designer details scheme to funnel money to Edwards

GREENSBORO, N.C. - An interior designer testified Thursday about his role in funneling secret money from a reclusive millionaire to an aide of John Edwards' in a scheme that included checks labeled for fake antique furniture purchases.

May 04, 2012 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | World


Bin Laden's last words go online

WASHINGTON - In letters from his last hideout, Osama bin Laden fretted about dysfunction in his terrorist network and crumbling trust from Muslims he wished to incite against their government and the West.

May 03, 2012 | By KIMBERLY DOZIER AP Intelligence Writer | World


Blind activist now wants to leave China

BEIJING - A blind activist said Wednesday that U.S. officials told him that Chinese authorities would have beaten his wife to death had he not left the American Embassy, where he sought sanctuary after fleeing persecution by local officials in his rural town.

May 02, 2012 | By ALEXA OLESEN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press | World


World workers express anger, gloom on May Day

MADRID - Banging drums and waving flags, hundreds of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities Tuesday with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis.

May 01, 2012 | By DANIEL WOOLLS Associated Press | World


White House threatens to veto student loan bill

WASHINGTON - The White House threatened a veto Friday of a Republican bill keeping the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, objecting that the measure would finance its $5.9 billion cost by abolishing a health care program.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | World


Court find Charles Taylor responsible for Sierra Leone war crimes

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands - In a historic ruling, an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds."

April 26, 2012 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | World


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