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…

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…