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  • Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

    TOKYO (AP) — It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." Zipping cross-country in a super-high speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50...

  • Official: School blasts kill 17, including 10 kids

    DAMASCUS (AP) — A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs. The explosions took place as children were leaving school at the end of classes on Wednesday in a neighborhood dominated by minority Alawites,...

  • Bomb explodes outside Spanish town hall

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry is blaming an outlawed separatist group for a bomb explosion outside a town hall in the northwestern region of Galicia. Ministry delegate for the region Samuel Juarez said all signs indicated the explosion Wednesday outside the town hall of Baralla was...

  • No layoffs planned for Ohio Air Force base

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say there are no layoffs planned at Ohio's largest military base. Every one of the 372 mostly vacant positions targeted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton will still be eliminated. But base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News...

  • At Paris show, carmakers look to better times

    PARIS (AP) — European carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week's Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. The glitz of Paris has been dimmed in recent editions of the world's oldest car show, as cash-strapped...

  • New England Tech Institute announces expansion

    EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The president of New England Institute of Technology has announced a $120 million expansion project that will add more amenities including the school's first dormitory. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1yyVSLe ) that President Richard I. Gouse announced...

  • General Mills plans to cut about 700 to 800 jobs

    NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills plans to cut 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force this month, as the food company wrestles with a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals. The Minneapolis company expects about $135 million to $160 million in restructuring...

  • Bedford mother-son deaths ruled murder-suicide

    EVINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police say the deaths of a Bedford County woman and her son have been ruled a murder-suicide. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 73-year-old Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshot wounds. Her son, 48-year-old Brent Laughon, died from a single...

  • Abbott: Wouldn't veto repeal of Texas DREAM Act

    DALLAS (AP) — Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott says that as Texas governor he wouldn't veto a repeal of a law that gives in-state tuition to immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. The law is supported by other big GOP figures including Gov. Rick Perry and George P. Bush. But in the...

  • Decriminalized pot in Md., yoga tax in DC now law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A spate of new laws went into effect Wednesday for the District of Columbia and Maryland. Now, getting caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana will be akin to getting a parking ticket. Instead of jail time, civil penalties will include $100 for a first offense, $250 for a...

  • 7 arrested in Greece in migrant smuggling ring

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested seven people, including an airline pilot and a ground crew staff member, on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from Thessaloniki to other EU countries. Giorgos Pantelakos, head of Thessaloniki's...

  • Pakistan lawyer: British man on death row attacked

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for a mentally-ill British man on death row in Pakistan has asked authorities to keep his client in hospital after he was wounded by a prison guard. The attorney, Aamer Anwar, says Mohammed Asghar's life is in danger if he is taken back to prison. Asghar was arrested...

  • Syrian official: 17 people killed, including 10 children, in car bombs near Homs school

    DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian official: 17 people killed, including 10 children, in car bombs near Homs school.

  • PetroQuest sells Eagle Ford assets

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette-based PetroQuest Energy Inc. says it netted $9.7 million from the just-completed sale of its Eagle Ford assets. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1ppUFfq ) PetroQuest's leases in the Texas formation produced the equivalent of 195 barrels of oil per day....

  • Protesters to HK boss: Quit or we occupy buildings

    HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. By raising the stakes in the standoff, the...



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