Monday, May 25, 2015

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - At least three planes have been searched at Newark Liberty International Airport after anonymous telephone threats were made against international flights arriving at several airports.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For viewers of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.
CLEVELAND - The streets returned to calm Sunday after police arrested dozens of demonstrators overnight when protests grew increasingly aggressive in the wake of a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.
WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - A couple missing for two weeks were found Sunday in a remote part of San Diego County with the elderly husband dead and his wife severely dehydrated, after surviving on just rain water and some food, authorities said.
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
PAJU, South Korea - A group of international women activists made a rare crossing from North Korea into South Korea on Sunday, hailing the trip as a "first step in the right direction" toward bridging divisions between the estranged countries.
WASHINGTON - After a 2008 train collision killed 25 people in California, Congress mandated new safety measures to prevent more high-speed disasters.
DUBLIN (AP) - Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The acquittal of a white Cleveland police officer Saturday set off angry but mostly orderly protests while shining little light on how an event that started with a car backfiring could end in a 137-shot barrage, the patrolman firing from the hood of the car and the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.
NEW YORK (AP) - There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
NEW DELHI (AP) - As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his first year on the job, one thing is clear: He understands the power of a good photo.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media is reporting that a rest home fire in central China has killed 38 people and injured six.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media report a fire in a rest home in central China has killed 38 and injured 6.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Officials say Australia secretly held a group of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugees claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam last month.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rican taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona's final fare was highly unusual: a wreath of flowers for his own funeral.
CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who danced in a racy music video that went viral on the internet and referred her to misdemeanor court for "inciting debauchery."
DUBLIN (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the world to find new ways to provide shelter to refugees. People like him.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tens of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of eastern Saudi Arabia on Monday to attend a mass funeral for victims of last week's suicide bombing attack at a Shiite mosque that was claimed by the Islamic State group, attendees said.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City chanting "Uber Out!" and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexicans' disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it's El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname.
SYDNEY (AP) - California's longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
DUBLIN (AP) - Some of Ireland's gay couples planning a civil partnership may receive a surprisingly fast upgrade to marriage.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen.