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Kansas hosts birding competition

PRATT, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is hosting a new bird watching contest. The department says its “Kansas Birding B……

Major Beach Boys memorabilia being auctioned off

LONDON (AP) — A cache of apparently forgotten material dubbed “the lost archive” of the Beach Boys, one of America’s greatest and most commercially successful bands, is being put up for auction. The collection of thousands of documents…

9 killed by gunman in Kenya, near Somali border

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police chief says that a masked gunman believed to be a member of an al-Qaida-linked Somalia militant group stormed a hotel in a Kenyan city near the border with Somalia and opened fire…

Rush jams into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rush fans can relax. The band is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian rockers were welcomed into the musical fraternity at Thursday’s 28th annual induction ceremony by the…

Bombing probe highlights expansion of surveillance

As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings shows, it is no longer that easy to get lost in the crowd. There are eyes — and cameras — everywhere. Investigators of Monday’s attack quickly got a vast quantity…

Obama taking action on gun background check system

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons. Federal…

FAA to approve resumption of Boeing 787 flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports say Boeing’s grounded 787 jetliners could soon be flying again. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is set to approve Boeing’s fix for the ion-lithium batteries. The 787 Dreamliner…

A look at the deadly Boston Marathon bombing

Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday killed three people and wounded scores. A look at the facts in the case: ___ THE EXPLOSIONS Two bombs exploded about 10 seconds and 100 yards…

UN compares Iraq death penalty use to slaughter

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights officials is condemning Iraq’s widespread use of the death penalty, comparing it to a slaughterhouse. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Iraq’s justice system is “too seriously…

Hoaxes, scams abound after disasters like Boston

NEW YORK (AP) — The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings has many people eager to help the tragedy’s victims. A group that monitors scams after disasters says thieves are also quick to get to work, setting up…

Mortar fire kills 7 Sunni worshippers in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police and morgue officials say the death toll in a suicide bombing inside a Baghdad cafe has risen to 32 killed and 65 wounded. A suicide bomber set off his explosive belt inside the…

Fierce battles in Syria; US to raise aid to rebels

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says gunmen have shot and killed a government official in a Damascus restaurant. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Ali Ballan, head of public relations at the Ministry of…

Warsaw marks 70 years since uprising in ghetto

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Sirens wailed and church bells tolled in Warsaw as largely Roman Catholic Poland paid homage Friday to the Jewish fighters who rose up 70 years ago against German Nazi forces in the Warsaw ghetto…