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Preakness: Easy for Derby winner American Pharoah, or not?

AP Photo/Garry Jones Now comes the easy part for American Pharoah (AP) — the Preakness Stakes. At least that’s the way Bob Baffert sizes up the next race on the Triple Crown trail. The Hall of Fame trainer is 3-0 when his Kentucky Derby winner runs in the Preakness,...

Iraq signs up 1,000 recruits for Sunni militia to fight IS

AMIRIYAT FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi authorities on Friday signed up the first batch of 1,000 recruits for a new Sunni militia to help its security forces take back the western Anbar province from the Islamic State group, after years of reluctance to arm and train the...

US concerned China behind cyber-attack on US sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is voicing concern over a report that China manipulated Internet traffic intended for a major Chinese Web service company and used it for a cyberattack on U.S. sites. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke’s comments Friday follow a recent...

US Official: China island building now totals 2,000 acres

WASHINGTON (AP) — China’s rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres and could far outstrip that amount as the year goes on, a senior defense official said Friday. The new...
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Russia, China sign raft of economic deals, including loans

AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Chinese leaders on Friday signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, including billions in infrastructure loans for Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow this week...

‘Three Cups’ Central Asia charity reports donation uptick

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Central Asia Institute officials say donors are starting to come back to the Bozeman, Montana-based charity after contributions plummeted amid mismanagement allegations against co-founder Greg Mortenson, who wrote “Three Cups of Tea.” The...

Prosecutor: Suspect In 5 Deaths Confessed To Avoid Execution

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio county prosecutor says the man charged with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of five people has confessed as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty. Nineteen-year-old James Sparks-Henderson was charged Thursday in the November slayings. He made...

Attorney: Suspect In 5 Ohio Murders Made Coerced Statement

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for a Cleveland man charged with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of five people says his client was coerced into giving a statement and was denied access to a lawyer during questioning. Attorney Rufus Sims entered a not-guilty plea for...

USPS reports $1.5B loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have...
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Pressure’s on to enroll in college’s ‘Deflategate’ course

AP Photo/Charles Krupa DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The NFL scandal known as “Deflategate” will be the subject of an undergraduate course at the University of New Hampshire. UNH sports law professor Michael McCann has designed the four-credit class for the fall term. The...