Bhutan votes in 2nd ever parliamentary poll

GAUHATI, India (AP) — People in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan were cementing their young democracy Tuesday by voting in the nation’s second parliamentary election. The remote nation of 700,000 had its first election in 2008 after…

NM slaughterhouse ground zero in horse debate

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — About five miles from this southeastern New Mexico town’s famed UFO museum, tucked between dairy farms, is a nondescript metal building that could be home to any number of small agricultural businesses. But Valley…

Napolitano to talk immigration before Senate panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators skeptical of new immigration legislation and of the Obama administration’s record on border security are getting a chance to question Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN’-oh). Napolitano was appearing Tuesday before the Senate…

Myanmar hails EU lifting of sanctions

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — Myanmar on Tuesday hailed a European Union decision lifting political and economic sanctions against the former pariah state, pledging to continue its reforms and march toward democracy. Senior Myanmar diplomat Aung Lynn…

A look at immigrant patients deported by hospitals

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Over the last five years, American hospitals have sent at least 600 immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally back to their home countries to avoid paying for long-term care after serious illness…

Hearing in Aurora teen’s material-support case

CHICAGO (AP) — An 18-year-old who allegedly visited a sham FBI website to express interest in joining an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Syria is set to appear in a Chicago federal court. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi’s appearance Tuesday follows his…

More rain expected for already swollen rivers

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Communities along the Mississippi River and other Midwestern waterways are vigilantly eyeing — and in some cases hastily fortifying — makeshift levees to hold back floodwaters that meteorologists say could worsen or be prolonged…

Trade group says Ohio home sales up nearly 12 pct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio trade group’s report shows statewide home sales rose nearly 12 percent in March compared to a year ago. Ohio Association of Realtor……

Trade group says Ohio home sales up nearly 12 pct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio trade group’s report shows statewide home sales rose nearly 12 percent in March compared to a year ago. Ohio Association of Realtors President Thomas Williams says in a statement that the state’s…

Federal contractor fraud case wrapping up in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The government may be close to wrapping up its case against an Ohio man charged with defrauding more than $225,000 from contractors involved in FBI building projects in Indianapolis and Knoxville, Tenn. An Akron…

Car bomb targets French embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A car bomb targeted the French embassy in the Libyan capital early on Tuesday, wounding two French guards in an attack that President Francois Hollande denounced as an assault not only against France but…

Gay marriage faces pivotal vote in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s long-simmering debate on gay marriage heads to a pivotal vote when a legislative committee decides whether to forward the legislation to the full Senate for a final vote. The entire Senate could…

Boston bombing could prompt US, Russia cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings could provide an opportunity for the U.S. and Russia to find some common ground for cooperation as authorities investigate the two ethnic Chechens accused of carrying out the attack. Ties between…

NYC proposes raising age for cigarette purchases

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for…

Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for…

6 NY pols being arraigned on corruption charges

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Amid a growing perception that corruption is a serious problem in New York, six politicians are up for arraignment in a case that alleges an audacious plot to buy a line on New…

More details sought on mute Boston bomb suspect

BOSTON (AP) — The 19-year-old charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, his throat injured by a gunshot wound, wrote down answers to the questions of investigators about his motives and connections to any terror networks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s answers…

Woman injured in marathon blast faces challenges

BOSTON (AP) — As this shocked city observed a moment of silence, Heather Abbott was following through on a difficult decision — allowing doctors to amputate her left foot, which was mangled in the bombings that shattered the…

Lawyer: Palestinian hunger striker to end fast

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for months is expected to end his hunger strike on Tuesday after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said. Samer Issawi began…

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel winner: I’m not free

BEIJING (AP) — Liu Xia, under house arrest in China’s capital since her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, made a rare appearance Tuesday at a trial, yelling out a car window: “I’m not free.”…