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Discovery of mad cow in Calif. was a stroke of luck

HANFORD, Calif. - A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow.

April 25, 2012 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA and TRACIE CONE Associated Press | World

Company aims to strike it rich by mining asteroids

WASHINGTON - A group of high-tech tycoons wants to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits.

April 24, 2012 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | World

Court in shock as Norway gunman describes massacre

OSLO, Norway - In testimony too graphic for any parent to hear, Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik shocked an Oslo courtroom Friday as he calmly described hunting down teenagers on an island summer camp.

April 20, 2012 | By KARL RITTER Associated Press | World

Lawmaker says more firings likely at US Secret Service

WASHINGTON - A top lawmaker briefed on the investigation into a Secret Service prostitution scandal predicted more firings would follow the forced ouster of three agency employees.

April 19, 2012 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press | World

Texas nurse admits to shooting mom, abducting baby

SPRING, Texas - A nurse has admitted to fatally shooting a young mother in a town near Houston and abducting the dying woman's newborn son whom she apparently intended to adopt, authorities said Wednesday.

April 18, 2012 | By JUAN A. LOZANO and MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press | World

Photos revealed of US troops posing with corpses

WASHINGTON - In another embarrassment to the Pentagon, newly published photographs purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan.

April 18, 2012 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press | World

Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum

ATLANTA - A kindergartner who threw a tantrum at her small-town Georgia school was taken away in handcuffs, her arms behind her back, in an episode that is firing up the debate over whether teachers and police around the country are overreacting all too often when dealing with disruptive students.

April 17, 2012 | By JEFF MARTIN and JERI CLAUSING Associated Press | World

Judges, journalists clash over courtroom tweets

CHICAGO - Getting news from a big trial once took days, moving at the speed of a carrier pigeon or an express pony. The telegraph and telephone cut that time dramatically, as did live television broadcasts.

April 17, 2012 | By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press | World

North Korea launch draws anger as failure wounds pride

PYONGYANG, North Korea - A satellite launch North Korea had hailed as a moment of national pride ended in failure Friday when the rocket disintegrated over the Yellow Sea, earning Pyongyang embarrassment as well as condemnation from a host of nations that deemed it a covert test of missile technology.

April 13, 2012 | By JEAN H. LEE Associated Press | World

See Dan read: Baboons can learn to spot real words

WASHINGTON - Dan the baboon sits in front of a computer screen. The letters BRRU pop up. With a quick and almost dismissive tap, the monkey signals it's not a word. Correct. Next comes, ITCS. Again, not a word. Finally KITE comes up.

April 12, 2012 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | World

Zimmerman makes court appearance

SANFORD, Fla. - Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, as a court document provided new details on the prosecution's case.

April 12, 2012 | By GREG BLUESTEIN and TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | World

Prosecutors face hurdles in Trayvon Martin case

SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors face steep hurdles to win a second-degree murder conviction against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, experts say.

April 12, 2012 | By GREG BLUESTEIN and TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | World

Official: Charges coming in Trayvon Martin death

SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, will be charged in the 17-year-old's death, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

April 11, 2012 | By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press | World

Obama-Romney showdown starts with a harsh tone

MENDENHALL, Pa. - The 2012 presidential general election has begun. It won't be pretty.

April 11, 2012 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | World

Santorum suspends GOP presidential campaign

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Bowing to the inevitable after an improbably resilient run for the White House, Rick Santorum quit the presidential race on Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.

April 10, 2012 | By MARC LEVY Associated Press | World

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