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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 PM

The world at 6 p.m. Times EDT.

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— CHRYSLER-RECALL — Chrysler recalls nearly 470,000 Jeep SUVs because they may shift into neutral on startup.

— HOLDER — Holder: Critics who argue against using civilian courts in terror cases are 'simply wrong.'

— ISRAEL-PROTEST — Thousands of Israelis protest proposed budget that raises taxes, cuts benefits.

— GABON-MARCH — Thousands in Gabon march to protest ritual mutilation killings.

— WEAPONS PLANT INTRUSION — Judge: nun, 2 other convicted nuclear protesters to stay in jail until sentencing in the fall.

— PEOPLE-CHRIS BROWN — Chris Brown's curbside demon art scares Hollywood Hills neighbors.



WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog's upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011. The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted. By Stephen Ohlemacher.

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ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory following a historic election marred by violence, as unofficial, partial vote counts showed his party with an overwhelming lead. If his victory is confirmed, it would be a remarkable comeback for the 63-year-old Sharif, who has twice served as the country's premier but was toppled in a military coup in 1999. . By Sebastian Abbot and Rebecca Santana. AP photos, video.

— PAKISTAN-PHOTO-GALLERY — Pakistanis defy dangers, go to polls.


WASHINGTON — Beyond the Air Force's embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions. Do those entrusted with the world's most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions? And is there a morale crisis among these officers? This matters because the missiles form a critical part of America's nuclear defenses. There is little room for error. Although none has ever been fired in anger, the risk of accidental launch or unauthorized intrusion is real. By National Security Writer Robert Burns.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Two car bombs exploded in a Turkish town near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing around 40 people and wounding 100 others, officials said. Turkey's deputy prime minister said Syria's intelligence and military were "the usual suspects" behind the bombings, but said authorities were still investigating the attacks. By Suzan Fraser.

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SOUK AL-JUMMA, Tunisia — On the day he chose to die, Adel Khedri woke up at 6:30 a.m., took his black backpack and headed down to the busy boulevard where he worked as a cigarette peddler. It was the last in a series of odd jobs that had defined a hand-to-mouth existence. He stopped at the tree-lined Avenue Habib Bourguiba, once the stage for the first of the Arab Spring uprisings. There he poured gasoline over his body and set himself on fire. Adel died 19 hours later. One of his last words to a doctor at the burn center was "faddit" — slang for "fed up." Adel's self-immolation is one of 178 in Tunisia since another high school dropout-turned-street vendor set himself on fire two years ago and launched the Arab Spring. His story reflects the continued despair of young people throughout the Mideast who have no jobs and no hope. By Karin Laub.

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ATLANTA — Even with Republicans holding unprecedented political power across the South, Democrats remain mostly in charge of urban centers in otherwise conservative states. Yet increasingly that control is threatened, not at the ballot box, but by Republican-led legislatures reaching into local governing decisions, often over objections. In Georgia and North Carolina, GOP efforts range from regionalizing the Charlotte airport, the Atlanta metro transit system and the Asheville water system to redrawing district lines for local offices to benefit Republican candidates. By Bill Barrow.



UNDATED - Year after year, the clock ticked by and the calendar marched forward, carrying them farther away from lives left behind and pulling them deeper into a horrible, isolated existence. Now, for the three women freed from captivity inside a Cleveland house, the ordeal is not over. Next comes recovery - from sexual abuse, from constant terror and from sudden, jarring reentry into a world much different than the one they were taken from a decade ago. By National Writer Jesse Washington.

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TEHRAN, Iran — A pair of powerful and divisive figures register to run in Iran's presidential election, providing a jolt to the political landscape ahead of next month's vote to pick a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. By Ali Akbar Dareini.

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SAVAR, Bangladesh — A seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building was panicked, dehydrated and suffering from insomnia as she recovered in a Bangladesh hospital Saturday, but was in generally good condition, according to her doctors. The rescue of 19-year-old Reshma Begum brought a boost to the workers who had spent more than two weeks pulling decaying bodies from the rubble. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim task and the death toll surpassed 1,100 in the world's worst garment industry disaster. By Julhas Alam and Farid Hossain.

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SAO PAULO - Brazilian drivers are dying at far higher rates than those in richer nations, in part because they're riding in cars made with fewer safety features than the same versions of the cars sold in Europe and the United States. Unsafe cars contribute to a Brazilian death rate that is nearly four times that of the U.S. While U.S. fatalities declined in the past decade, in Brazil the number killed rose 72 percent, pointing to a gap for the South American giant's new middle class whose surging spending power has outpaced consumer protections taken for granted in more developed countries. By Bradley Brooks.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts make a rare and hastily planned spacewalk to replace an ammonia pump outside the International Space Station, hoping the new equipment will fix a serious leak. So far, NASA says no new leak has been found, which is good news, but it could be days before victory can be declared. By Marcia Dunn.

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LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson's 1995 trial is the stuff of legends, the precipitous fall of a Hall of Fame sports hero from the pinnacle of public adoration to a murder defendant who, although acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend, was never absolved in the public mind. Less is remembered about the 2008 Las Vegas trial that sent Simpson to prison for a bizarre hotel room robbery in which he said he just wanted to take back his own memorabilia that had been stolen from him. On Monday, Simpson returns to court for a hearing that will decide whether he was so poorly represented in that case that he should be freed and get a new trial. It is, in many ways, a last-ditch effort that will decide the ex-football star's future. But Simpson's past — as always — will be the backdrop. By Linda Deutsch.

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On the very day John F. Kennedy died, a cottage industry was born. Fifty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, it's still thriving. Its product? The "truth" about the president's assassination. Most who've published their doubts and theories haven't gotten rich — and some have even bankrupted themselves. But for others, best-selling books and blockbuster movies have raked in massive profits. Now, with the 50th anniversary looming, a new generation is set to cash in. Part of an occasional AP series marking the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. By National Writer Allen G. Breed.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Some University of Missouri students preparing to return to the family farm are analyzing their own family finances for firsthand lessons in the economics of modern agriculture. The focus on data in agricultural economist Kevin Moore's Returning to the Farm class intentional. Rather than work with combines or learn the proper chemical mixes of common fertilizers, Moore's students create business plans using their own family's financial information. By Alan Scher Zagier.

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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Nursing women in uniform, female civilian Army employees and spouses visiting the Third Army headquarters here won't have to hide in a rest room any more if they want to breast feed their babies or express breast milk for their infants. This week, women at the high-tech Army headquarters are celebrating something distinctively low-tech: a special room set aside for nursing mothers' exclusive use.

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RICHMOND, Va. — When he was hired in 2010 as chef at Virginia's historic Executive Mansion, Todd Schneider came with celebrity cachet, claiming connections to cooking world stars such as Martha Stewart and Paula Deen. And when a cable channel toured the governor's mansion, Schneider became co-star to first lady Maureen McDonnell, showing off the gardens he tended and the kitchen he ran. "We're like a big family here," Schneider said. But not anymore: The once-celebrated chef no longer works at the mansion and is accused of pilfering food from the governor's official residence. By Steve Szkotak.

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WASHINGTON — Steady drips of information about a horrific night in Libya are fueling Republican arguments and ads designed to fire up the conservative base and undercut the Democrats' early favorite for president in 2016. Strategists in both parties disagree on the issue's power to influence elections next year and beyond. But after eight months of trying, Democrats are still struggling to move past the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last Sept. 11. By Charles Babington.

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WASHINGTON — The old saying that "what goes up must come down" doesn't apply to carbon dioxide pollution in the air, which just hit an unnerving milestone. The chief greenhouse gas was measured Thursday at 400 parts per million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world's benchmark. It's a symbolic mark that scientists and environmentalists have been anticipating for years. By Seth Borenstein.

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WASHINGTON — Can we agree on this? Americans still think alike much of the time even if our politicians don't. Maybe the great division in politics these days lies between Washington and the rest of the nation. By Connie Cass.


— AIRPORT TOWERS — Control towers at 149 small airports to stay open through the end of September.

— OBAMA — Obama calls on Congress to help more homeowners, confirm choice to lead federal housing agency.



NEW YORK - Mother's Day has taken a dark yet funny turn in a fresh round of books about derelict parenting. These moms curse a lot, drink to excess, reveal scary truths and draw twisted little stick figures of their kids pooping and whining relentlessly. They love their munchkins, to be sure, but there's something about the scorched earth narrative that sells memoir-ish parenting books these days, so they went for it. And they're joined by some funny dads who touch on motherhood in equally twisted ways. By Leanne Italie.

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ULTIMATE SURVIVAL ALASKA — Dallas Seavey knows what it's like to mush across the wilds of Alaska. Now to see if he can survive being dropped off in the middle of that wilderness and navigate his way out without the help of a dog team. Seavey, 26, who became the youngest Iditarod champion ever when he won the 1,000-mile sled dog race across Alaska in 2012, is among eight mushers or outdoor adventurers featured in the latest reality show set in Alaska. "Ultimate Survival Alaska," which premieres Sunday on the National Geographic Channel. By Mark Thiessen.

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A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live, and what is expected at court in the week ahead.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The 34th America's Cup encountered rough waters soon after billionaire Larry Ellison proposed holding sailing's premier race on San Francisco Bay. Fierce political opposition and lawsuits erupted over the cost to city coffers and the environment. Before the first boats hit the water for practice, the field of racers shrank from a dozen to four. But no blow compared to the death of a two-time Olympics medal winner this past week in yet another capsizing. By Paul Elias.

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— AMERICA'S CUP-CAPSIZED BOAT — The head of the America's Cup planning effort says he expects sailing's most prestigious event to go forward after the death of a sailor on a training run in the San Francisco Bay.


— BLOOMBERG NEWS - JOURNALIST: Bloomberg LP says it has corrected a "mistake" in its newsgathering policies and cut off its journalists' special access to client log-in activity on its terminals after Goldman Sachs complained about the matter last month.

— WHITE HOUSE SMOKE — Smoke forces reporters, photographers out of West Wing of the White House. AP photos.

— PRINCE HARRY-COLORADO — Prince Harry spends the day at the Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. AP photos. AP video.

— CALIFORNIA FAMILY KILLED — In an ongoing search, officers from at least a dozen state and federal law enforcement agencies have fanned out across an area of rugged terrain along California's remote north coast where they believe 45-year-old Shane Franklin Miller, suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters, has taken cover.

— BARRICADED HOME — NJ police: Gunman in daylong standoff is holding hostages; authorities hope for 'peaceful end'. AP photo.

— EGYPT-MUBARAK — Prosecutors says new evidence to be presented in retrial of Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak. AP photos.

— PLANT EXPLOSION-PARAMEDIC STATEMENT — Texas EMT denies explosives charge; authorities haven't linked him to fertilizer plant blast.