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US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami

KODIAK, Alaska - The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use cannon fire to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami.

April 05, 2012 | By MARK THIESSEN and RACHEL D'ORO Associated Press | World


Is this the end of the gold rush?

NEW YORK - The price of gold, which has climbed for years like a blood pressure reading for anxious investors, plunged Wednesday to its lowest level in three months.

April 04, 2012 | By BERNARD CONDON and MATTHEW CRAFT AP Business Writers | World


911 calls show residents panicked over Colo. wildfire

DENVER - Sam Lucas was among the first to begin calling 911 about a wildfire burning near his home on the outskirts of Denver.

April 04, 2012 | By REMA RAHMAN Associated Press | World


Small cars lead March's auto sales surge

DETROIT - Appealing small cars, low interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March.

April 03, 2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer | World


Police: Calif. attack suspect upset about teasing

OAKLAND, Calif. - A former student expelled from a small Christian university and upset about being teased over his poor English skills went to the school to find a female administrator, then opened fire when she was not there, killing at least seven people, police said Tuesday.

April 03, 2012 | By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press | World


High court has options on health care law

WASHINGTON - The arguments are done and the case has been submitted, as Chief Justice John Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argument. Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They have a range of options, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, although that prospect seems remote after this week's arguments.

March 30, 2012 | By MARK SHERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARA Associated Press | World


Police torture in Russia causes public outrage

MOSCOW - Russia's top investigative agency filed new charges Thursday against police officers accused of torturing detainees amid growing public outrage over police brutality.

March 29, 2012 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | World


Prominent Pakistani acid victim commits suicide

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani acid attack victim Fakhra Younus had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided life was no longer worth living.

March 28, 2012 | By SEBASTIAN ABBOT Associated Press | World


Brains! London exhibition looks inside our skulls

LONDON - Like zombies, human beings can't get enough of brains.

March 27, 2012 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press | World


Pope decries drug violence in Mexico, urges Cuba to replace Marxism

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Benedict XVI denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and urged Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism as he began a pilgrimage Friday that will take him to both countries.

March 23, 2012 | By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press | World


French standoff ends with suspect shot in the head

TOULOUSE, France - In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the apartment of an Islamist extremist Thursday, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being shot in the head.

March 22, 2012 | By JOHANNA DECORSE and SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press | World


French police ready to storm building for suspect

TOULOUSE, France - French police were preparing to storm an apartment building in Toulouse on Wednesday to arrest a holed-up gunman who is suspected in seven killings and claiming allegiance to al-Qaida, a top police official said.

March 21, 2012 | By JOHANNA DECORSE Associated Press | World


Feds, local grand jury to probe Fla. teen's death

SANFORD, Fla. - Federal and local prosecutors are launching parallel investigations into the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a neighborhood watch captain as outrage over the case grows.

March 20, 2012 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | World


'Pink slime' sounds gross, but how does it taste?

All this angst over "pink slime" has made one thing clear: We don't always know what we're getting when we bite into a big, juicy burger.

March 16, 2012 | By J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor | World


Barflies: Sex-deprived male flies go for the booze

NEW YORK - Guys, when your sweetheart says "No thanks" to sex, do you knock back a few stiff drinks to feel better? Turns out fruit flies do pretty much the same thing.

March 15, 2012 | By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer | World


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