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May 27, 2015 - 9:18pm
29 min 3 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media are reporting that a preliminary investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday night that the State Administration of Work Safety found the bungalows of the Kangleyuan Rest Home in central Henan province were built with steel sheets stuffed with flammable materials. The government watchdog group also found poorly...

May 27, 2015 - 8:04pm
29 min 3 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council president says "the predominant opinion" of members is that Burundi's elections should not take place as scheduled in late June.

Lithuania's U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, who leads the council this month, said after an urgent closed-door meeting and briefing by U.N. envoy to Burundi, Said Djinnit, on Wednesday that many members pointed to the unrest, tensions and flow of refugees in saying elections are not...

May 27, 2015 - 7:13pm
29 min 3 sec ago

HAVANA (AP) — Ten young female crocodiles born in Sweden are to be released in their parents' former swampy home in Cuba after being returned to the Caribbean island.

The Skansen Zoo in Stockholm sent the reptiles to Cuba's National Zoo in April to help encourage reproduction of the protected species native to the island.

Hiram Fernandez, a veterinarian at the Cuban zoo, says the reptiles will be released soon in Zapata Swamp, about 200 kilometers (...

May 27, 2015 - 7:08pm
29 min 2 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — James Bond will be reunited with Pussy Galore in a new novel to be published this year.

Anthony Horowitz's "Trigger Mortis" features the audacious criminal and "Bond girl," played in the film "Goldfinger" by Honor Blackman.

Horowitz follows Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver and William Boyd in writing Bond novels authorized by the estate of author Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.

"Trigger Mortis" is based on an idea by...

May 27, 2015 - 6:47pm
1 hour 9 min ago

HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. senator leading a delegation to Cuba predicts the two countries are just weeks away from full diplomatic relations.

Sen. Tom Udall says the steps toward full relations that began with the historic detente announced Dec. 17 are nearly complete.

Udall also says "bipartisan support is building" in the U.S. Congress for removing at least elements of the embargo that has blocked commerce with Cuba for five decades. Members of Congress...

May 27, 2015 - 6:26pm
1 hour 9 min ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces have been gathering for a major new offensive to try to take back the Sunni heartland of Anbar province, but Islamic State militants have struck first.

The extremists unleashed a wave of suicide bombings outside the extremist-held city of Fallujah that have killed at least 17 soldiers.

Iraq's Joint Military Command says the militants used a sandstorm that engulfed most of Iraq to launch the attacks late Tuesday night. A...

May 27, 2015 - 5:12pm
4 hours 49 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has freed four men accused of lobbing grenades into a crowd celebrating Mexico's independence day in 2008, killing eight people.

The Federal Judiciary Council said the judge declared the men innocent, ruling that three of them had been tortured into signing confessions.

From the time they were arrested almost seven years ago, the men maintained their innocence. They said they weren't even in Morelia, the capital...

May 27, 2015 - 4:00pm
5 hours 29 min ago

ZURICH (AP) — While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working.

The deepest crisis in FIFA's 111-year history is threatening Blatter's bid to win a fifth, four-year term in a contest against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan on Friday, with European soccer leaders trying to delay the election....

May 27, 2015 - 3:40pm
6 hours 9 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's media operations are in for a major overhaul to make them more efficient.

The head of Pope Francis' reform committee outlined the group's recommendations Wednesday. At a speech in London, Chris Patten said the proposal calls for the Holy See's newspaper, television and radio fiefdoms to be merged under a centralized management, with a souped-up spokesman's office that can operate in multiple languages around the clock....

May 27, 2015 - 3:31pm
6 hours 9 min ago

AP Technology Writer (AP) — A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.

Apple says it's aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples' phones.

The problem only occurs when the iPhone receives a message with a specific string of characters, including...

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