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July 23, 2014 - 11:27am
4 min 41 sec ago

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — British investigators have begun examining the flight recorders from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

They say Dutch authorities have delivered the plane's voice and data recorders to the agency's base in southern England, where information will be downloaded. Experts will also check for signs of tampering.

Dutch officials, meanwhile, say they've taken charge of the investigation, and they're pleading for complete access to...

July 23, 2014 - 11:18am
4 min 41 sec ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Just 20 miles from the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane wreckage, pro-Russia rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets today. The separatists say one of the pilots was killed, and another is being sought by rebel fighters.

The insurgents deny having missiles that could hit a jetliner at cruising altitude, but they say they do have ground-to-air missiles that could hit targets as high as 11,500 feet.

In fighting on the...

July 23, 2014 - 10:59am
4 min 41 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner of a group home raided last week because of abuse and filthy conditions defended her 'tough love' approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.

Seventy-nine-year-old Rosa Verduzco says "my strength was failing and there were things I couldn't keep an eye on."

Verduzco spoke with the Univision television network in an interview, excerpts of which were published Wednesday.

Verduzco said she...

July 23, 2014 - 9:34am
1 hour 24 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico is now facing a second lawsuit in response to a new law that would allow certain public corporations in the U.S. territory to restructure their debt if needed.

U.S. hedge fund BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the law is unconstitutional.

The company holds bonds issued by Puerto Rico's power company, which many believe will be the first to restructure...

July 23, 2014 - 9:28am
4 min 41 sec ago

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Taiwanese Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted by the government's Central News Agency as saying 11 other people were injured when the plane crashed and caught fire while making a second landing attempt.

Yeh was quoted as saying the flight,...

July 23, 2014 - 9:22am
1 hour 34 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.

The Commission proposed Wednesday to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.

Energy savings can be achieved by improving building...

July 23, 2014 - 8:29am
1 hour 14 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was suspending its flights "until further notice."

The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from...

July 23, 2014 - 8:21am
1 hour 4 min ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a police official said.

Saado Ali Warsame, who also was a popular singer of Somali folk music, was shot dead by gunmen who pulled up near her car as she was being driven to a hotel, said Somali police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

The Somali Islamic extremist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on Warsame,...

July 23, 2014 - 7:53am
1 hour 4 min ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed three abducted aid workers in the southern Philippines after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives, officials said Wednesday.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the three aid workers and a companion were kidnapped last Thursday in remote Talipao town in Sulu province where they were checking on families who...

July 23, 2014 - 7:40am
3 hours 24 min ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

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