Group suspends Congo for lack of disclosure

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative says it is suspending Congo’s membership for a year over failures to disclose all mineral and oil revenues. A statement Thursday says that despite “significant progress” the country still…

Kenyan parliament fights to retain lavish pay

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Even before they begin their latest session in earnest, newly elected Kenyan parliamentarians are demanding a pay increase after the lavish wages legislators in the previous term earned were reduced. Legislator Mithika Linturi even…
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Kansas Students Honored for Top ACT Score

Students who earn a top ACT composite score should have a wide range of opportunities for their future. ACT scores are accepted at all colleges and universities across the nation. …

Zimbabwe president: No interference in new polls

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations, President Robert Mugabe said Thursday his nation won’t accept outside interference in crucial elections later this year and urged Zimbabweans to vote peacefully to confound foreign critics. In an unusually…

Caro wins $10,000 history prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Historian and author Robert Caro has won yet another award. Caro’s latest Lyndon Johnson book, “The Passage of Power,” has received the Mark Lynton History prize. Caro, whose many honors during the past 40…

‘Transformers’ plans casting call on Chinese TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reality television in China will help cast the next “Transformers” flick. The backers of the fourth installment in the blockbuster franchise announced Thursday that four people will win roles through the “‘Transformers 4′ Chinese…
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Awards Banquet

The awards banquet will take place tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Emerald Ballrooms of the Capitol Plaza Hotel.…

Kerry disappointed by recent talks with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the failure of recent negotiations between six world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear program was disappointing, but he called for patience with upcoming elections in Tehran. Kerry…

Report: Ansar Dine spokesman seeks surrender

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokesman for an al-Qaida-linked group in northern Mali wants to surrender and be extradited to face trial in his home country of Mauritania, according to a news agency there. The Noukachott Information Agency,…
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Obama honors bombing victims in Boston

President Barack Obama is seeking to refocus a nervous nation’s attention on those killed and gravely wounded in what he called an “act of terror” at the Boston Marathon.…

Gun control backers: Senate defeat won’t stop us

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year…

ABC’s Robin Roberts hospitalized again

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Roberts is resting at home and off “Good Morning America” this week after another hospital stay as part of her recuperation from a rare blood disease. The ABC News morning show host said…

Cannes 2013: Films nominated in competition

PARIS (AP) — Nominations for 2013′s Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15-26, were announced Thursday. Here’s the list of the 19 films that will compete for the top prize, the Palme d’Or: “A Chateau in Italy” by…

Karadzic seeks to compel Mladic to testify

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is seeking a subpoena to compel his one-time military chief, Gen. Ratko Mladic, to testify in his defense during his genocide trial at a United Nations war…

From Rockies to Rust Belt, storm brings extremes

CHICAGO (AP) — Nature is throwing all it has at Middle America, from snow in the north to tornadoes in the Plains, and enough rain in Chicago to cause a sinkhole that swallowed cars. National Weather Service watches…