Putin claims crushing victory in Russian presidential vote

APTOPIX Russia Presidential Election-23

Vladimir Putin has rolled to a crushing re-election victory for six more years as Russia's...


Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, March 22, the 81st day of 2018. There are 284 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 22, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the commander of American forces in Vietnam, would leave that post to...


Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later

Austin Bombings Southeastern Mail Bombs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife. Two days later, a similar device killed an...


China networks merger seen as party bid to control message

BEIJING (AP) — China’s merging of its major government-owned broadcast networks under the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda arm aims to strengthen the party’s control over messaging at a time when Beijing is struggling to sooth concerns about its rising global influence, analysts and state media...


In Mideast, democracy struggles to strike root

Mideast Democracys Dim Prospects

Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election considered by critics to be a return of sorts to authoritarian rule, after a 2011 revolution that sparked loftier expectations for the region. But the bigger picture is that in the Middle East as a whole, democracy...


Will the Sweet 16 produce more upsets?

APTOPIX NCAA Loyola Chicago Tennessee Basketball

Back to the madness of March and the Sweet 16, starring Loyola-Chicago, Kansas State, Syracuse and whatever other underdog you might want to throw in there — maybe Florida State or Texas A&M. For drama, look no further than the South Region, where the top four seeds are home watching the NCAA...


Austin bombing suspect's uncle says he was smart, kind

ADDITION Austin Bombings

A 23-year-old suspected of planting deadly bombs that struck fear across Austin was described Wednesday by his uncle as a smart and kind “computer geek” and a friend said he was an assertive person who would end up being “kind of dominant and intimidating in conversation.” Neither had any idea what...

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Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Facebook Cambridge Analytica

NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network. But it’s far from clear whether he’s won over U.S....


NKorean sanctions evasions reveal Hong Kong's middleman role

Hong Kong North Korea Middleman Role

HONG KONG (AP) — In the dead of night last month, two tanker ships pulled alongside each other in the East China Sea. One was a North Korean vessel, the other was the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11. Lights on both ships were blazing, arousing a Japanese spy plane’s suspicion they were carrying out a...

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AP Explains: How a phone may have steered hunt for bomber

Austin Bombings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most people who own a smartphone take it wherever they go, a fact of modern life that enabled authorities to hunt down the man suspected in five Texas bombings before he blew himself up Wednesday. The search for the suspect, identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, drew upon...


How police finally found the Austin bomber

Austin Bombings

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The suspected Austin bomber is dead after terrorizing Texas’ capital city for three weeks. And in the end the manhunt wasn’t cracked by hundreds of phoned-in tips, the big pot of reward money or police pleading to the bomber through TV. One of the largest bombing investigations...

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