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LOS ANGELES - Police fatally shot a homeless man in the Skid Row area during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had hold of his gun before three other officers opened fire, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.
BALTIMORE - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a daughter of working-class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, said she had one question as she weighed seeking a sixth term: "Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?"
Gov. Wolf's proposal Tuesday for a historic increase in state education spending was received like a Christmas bonus in March by school officials in the region, and they said they were especially pleased about what it might mean for property owners - lower taxes.
The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, a decision that flies in the face of numerous rulings by federal judges in Alabama and other states across the country who have said banning gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
After years of flat or declining funding, Pennsylvania's state universities and community colleges were thrilled to see Gov. Wolf propose significant increases Tuesday.
NEW DELHI - Police in New Delhi filed a complaint Tuesday to block the showing of an hour-long documentary that includes controversial remarks by one of the assailants of the young woman who was fatally gang-raped in a moving bus in 2012. The rapist, who was interviewed in the prison by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, blamed the victim for going out late at night.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad's military said.
WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months.
WASHINGTON - In a rousing speech before Congress punctuated by more than 40 bursts of applause, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assailed the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran, bluntly telling the United States that "this is a bad deal."
WASHINGTON - In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress yesterday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb."
LOS ANGELES - A homeless man killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank-robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said Tuesday.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing one miner and trapping over 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said.
PARIS (AP) - More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris' old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest.
LONDON (AP) - The 19-country eurozone's economy is kicking into a higher gear in the wake of falling oil prices.
PARIS (AP) - A top European human rights body says France isn't doing enough to prevent spanking and other kinds of corporal punishment of children.
NEW DELHI (AP) - When a rapist and killer said the woman brutally attacked on a New Delhi bus was responsible for what had happened to her, it sounded shocking around the world. But not in India.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen.
VRINDAVAN, India (AP) - Indian tradition says a widow will spend her life in seclusion, mourning her husband and avoiding public gatherings. If she comes to a wedding, she is thought to bring bad luck to the family. If she comes to a birth ceremony, she brings bad luck to the baby.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal and that lawmakers "better understand" why the deal is bad.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London, Paris and Brussels, for 757 million pounds ($1.1 billion), wrapping up a major deal months before the general election.
PARIS (AP) - Nuclear manufacturer Areva has announced a 4.8 billion euro loss for 2014, more than its entire market value, plunging the powerful French nuclear industry into turmoil.
TOKYO (AP) - Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen says he's found a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank over 70 years ago.
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - A British citizen fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria, a Kurdish commander said Wednesday.
ROME (AP) - Italy's Coast Guard is bringing nearly 1,000 migrants to southern Italian ports from several different boat rescues, but 10 migrants perished at sea.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - After a year of calamity, Malaysia Airlines is shrinking to survive.