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  • Slovenian lawmakers approve same-sex marriage, adoption

    3 minutes ago

    (AP) LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian lawmakers have approved same-sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples amid opposition from conservative groups and the Catholic Church. Parliament voted 51:28 Tuesday to pass changes to the family law allowing homosexual couples to ...

  • Wife of arrested Caracas mayor seeks international support

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    (AP) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma is asking the Organization of American States to intervene on the opposition leader's behalf. Mitzy Ledezma met with officials Tuesday at the regional organization's Caracas headquarters. Venezuela's socialist ...

  • Smithsonian issues ban on using 'selfie sticks' in museums

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    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Cameras and pictures are allowed, but selfie sticks are now banned at the Smithsonian museums. The Smithsonian Institution issued a new policy Tuesday saying the use of selfie sticks is now prohibited, along with tripods and monopods ...

  • Portuguese jets will head to Romania for NATO mission in May

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    (AP) BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Four Portuguese F-16 fighter jets and 150 Portuguese troops and civilians will be sent to Ukraine neighbor Romania in May and June to participate in NATO aerial policing missions, Romania's top defense body said Tuesday. The ...

  • Canadians 'Spocking" the image of ex-PM on $5 bill

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    (AP) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star ...

  • Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Midday' game

    53 minutes ago

    (AP) PHOENIX (AP) — The winning numbers in Tuesday morning's drawing of the Arizona Lottery's "All or Nothing Midday" game were: 06-09-10-12-13-15-16-17-18-19 (six, nine, ten, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen)

  • Lawyer: NSA leaker Edward Snowden wants to return home

    1 hour, 12 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer for former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden says he wants to return to the United States if he's guaranteed a fair trial. Anatoly Kucherena said at a news conference Tuesday that he has teamed ...

  • Argentina top court rejects president's criticism

    1 hour, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Supreme Court is rejecting President Cristina Fernandez's recent criticism and demands for answers in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Fernandez asked for the status of the investigation led by ...

  • Washington DC cherry blossom peak predicted for April 11-14

    1 hour, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is predicting a peak bloom for Washington's cherry blossom trees between April 11-14. Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the park service announced the peak bloom date Tuesday. The average date ...

  • US commander: arming Ukraine would boost pressure on Putin

    1 hour, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — The commander of U.S. Army Europe says there's no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but that they would add "muscle" to diplomatic efforts. Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Tuesday in Berlin that ...

  • French president to make historic trip to Cuba

    2 hours, 30 minutes ago

    (AP) PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande will travel to Cuba in May in the first such trip by a French head of state. The visit comes as President Barack Obama is increasing U.S. ties with Cuba, and the Caribbean island ...

  • Islamic State group releases 4 more Christian hostages

    2 hours, 43 minutes ago

    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has released four more Christian hostages from dozens who were abducted by the extremists last week. The four hostages — a married couple, a woman and a 6-year-old girl — ...

  • Carnival bringing larger cruise ship to New Orleans

    3 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carnival Cruise Lines said Monday it is increasing its cruise capacity in New Orleans by replacing the smaller Carnival Elation ship with the Carnival Triumph. Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch ...

  • 2nd ski train added to celebrate Winter Park anniversary

    3 hours, 59 minutes ago

    (AP) DENVER (AP) — Winter Park Resort and Amtrak are adding a second ski train trip after the first one sold out in 10 hours. They announced Tuesday that the ski train will run March 15 in addition to the trip ...

  • Mexico upset by presidential appointments for key posts

    4 hours, 7 minutes ago

    (AP) MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena is being criticized for having a possible conflict of interest in his nominations for attorney general and Mexico's highest court. Critics are blasting his choice of Arely Gomez to replace Jesus Murillo Karam ...

  • Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

    5 hours, 11 minutes ago

    (AP) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks to discourage poaching during World Wildlife Day. Kenyatta said Tuesday that 25 years after the historic banning of the ivory trade, new demand ...

  • Right-wing Israeli activist hurls juice at Arab lawmaker

    5 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — A right-wing activist threw a bottle of juice at a contentious Israeli Arab lawmaker and called her a "terrorist" at a political gathering in central Israel. Lawmaker Hanin Zoabi, who is running for re-election in the March ...

  • Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee replaces chairman

    5 hours, 20 minutes ago

    (AP) STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize awarding Norwegian Nobel Committee has elected a new chairman to replace Thorbjoern Jagland, whose six-year tenure has been lined with controversies. The former labor politician was replaced Tuesday by the panel's deputy ...

  • UN urges Sri Lanka to quickly address mistrust of new gov't

    5 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A U.N. envoy urged Sri Lanka's new government on Tuesday to address skepticism among ethnic Tamils about its efforts to promote post-war reconciliation, saying there should be more progress in accountability and in human rights ...

  • UN Security Council OKs sanctions regime for South Sudan

    5 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution setting up a system to impose sanctions on South Sudan in the hope that it will press rivals leaders into ending a conflict that has killed tens ...

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