EU nations strongly divided over plan to take in migrants

LUXEMBOURG — European Union nations failed to bridge differences Tuesday over an emergency plan to share the burden of the thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean, while on the French-Italian border, police in riot gear forcibly removed dozens of migrants.


London love fest: Michelle Obama charms, thrills schoolgirls

LONDON — Michelle Obama's visit to a girls’ school in a diverse east London neighborhood turned into a love fest Tuesday when she was greeted with singing, poetry and interpretative dance on her mission to promote education for girls.


India, China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady

NEW DELHI (AP) — Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a report published Tuesday.


Beachgoers warned against swimming after shark attacks

OAK ISLAND, N.C. — A North Carolina beach town is advising against ocean swimming after two youths were mauled by at least one shark over the weekend — but the beaches remain open.


Report says UN not equipped to tackle today's challenges

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The United Nations and other international institutions are in urgent need of reform if they are to tackle global challenges ranging from massive violence in fragile states to runaway climate change and global economic shocks, a high-level commission said in a report released Tuesday.


Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: 'I identify as black'

NEW YORK — The woman who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and “takes exception” to the contention that she tried to deceive people.


Defense: Colorado theater gunman studied mind to fix his own

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — After nearly three years of mystery, a clearer but conflicted portrait of James Holmes emerged from the first few hours of his trial in the Colorado theater shootings.

National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — National Guardsmen fanned out across the city, police with riot shields blocked streets, and firefighters doused smoldering blazes Tuesday after looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

Choppers ferry injured in Nepal; new mudslide hits village

GORKHA, Nepal — Helicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,600 people, ferrying the injured and delivering emergency supplies. Officials said 250 villagers were feared missing in a new mudslide.

New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

PALO ALTO — A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.

Few vets getting care through $10 billion VA program

NEW YORK — A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.

American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike

WASHINGTON - An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year, the government ...

After 4 decades as fugitive, ailing man turns himself in

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn't.

Obama sounds alarm on climate damage in visit to Everglades

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — Amid lurking alligators and the steamy heat of Florida's Everglades, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sounded the alarm about damage from climate change he said was already wreaking mayhem in Florida and across the United States.

Hong Kong faces resistance with Beijing-backed election plan

HONG KONG — Hong Kong's government unveiled election reform proposals Wednesday, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city's top job.

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