NKorea vows to bolster nuclear arms over US report

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is vowing to bolster its nuclear program in response to a U.S. State Department report accusing Pyongyang of human rights abuses. Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called the annual U.S. report…

Japan war shrine reflects ruling party nationalism

TOKYO (AP) — Visits by Cabinet ministers and lawmakers to a shrine honoring Japan’s war dead, including 14 World War II leaders convicted of atrocities, signal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to pursue a more nationalist agenda after…

French gay marriage: Water cannon, police legions

PARIS (AP) — Police say legions of officers and a small battery of water cannon are at France’s National Assembly as lawmakers prepare for a final vote to legalize gay marriage. Christophe Crepin, spokesman for the police union…

Iran denies link with Canada terror plot suspects

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday denied any links with an alleged terrorist plot that Canadian authorities claim was directed by al-Qaida operatives in Iran and sought to derail a passenger train. Canadian authorities allege the suspects…

Dutch diplomat sentenced to 12 years for spying

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court has sentenced a diplomat to 12 years for delivering confidential NATO and the European Union documents to Russian agents. In Tuesday’s ruling, judges at The Hague District Court said Raymond Poeteray had…

Israeli official: Assad has used chemical arms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A senior Israeli military official says Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in his battle against insurgent groups trying to topple him. Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the head of research and…

TV reporter says he’s fired for profanity on air

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A weekend news anchorman for a North Dakota television station says he was fired after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities. A.J. Clemente says on Twitter that KFYR-TV of Bismarck fired him Monday.…
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The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Active weather will continue across the nation¼’s mid-section on Tuesday as a frontal boundary cutting across Central U.S. reaches from the Upper Great Lakes southwestward through the Southern Plains. A…

Hearing resumes Tuesday for Miss. ricin suspect

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — More discussion is likely Tuesday of the mental state of the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. Christi McCoy, defense attorney for…

Iraq vet pleads guilty to killing fellow soldiers

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — As family members of his victims looked on, Army Sgt. John Russell described on Monday how in 2009 he rampaged at a mental health clinic in Baghdad during the Iraq War, killing…

Clashes at Sunni protest site in Iraq kill 23

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes erupted in northern Iraq when security forces raided a rally site used by Sunni demonstrators early on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens in an escalation likely to enrage protesters who…

Police: Domestic violence homicide claims 5 lives

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — What began as a domestic violence homicide claimed three more lives before officers fatally shot the gunman, the police chief of this south Seattle suburb says. The 27-year-old gunman fatally shot his live-in…

Some games take points to win, others take fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a Super Bowl matchup for the ages: cats vs. dogs. The Puppy Bowl, a fixture on Animal Planet during the Super Bowl for nearly a decade, will have new competition next year from…

Kerry attends first NATO foreign ministers meeting

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers met Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the wars in Syria and Afghanistan, and to learn the views of a new member of their club — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry…

Quotations of the day

“They were more than murderers. They’re terrorists. They terrorized the city. The nation has been terrorized.” — Amy McPate, who thinks the death penalty should be used in the case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. ___…

Social media editor in court on hacking charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A social media editor who has worked for two of the nation’s largest news-gathering organizations is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday to face charges that he conspired with hackers to deface the…

Another hearing in Afghanistan rampage case

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians during a 2012 rampage, faces another preliminary hearing Tuesday. Defense lawyers for Robert Bales and military prosecutors were convening at Joint…

NTSB probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) — As airlines prepare to begin flying Boeing’s beleaguered 787 Dreamliners again, federal investigators are looking at how regulators and the company tested and approved the plane’s cutting-edge battery system, and whether the government cedes too…

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…