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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A Korean American detained for six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state, the North's media said Thursday - a move that could trigger a visit by a high-profile American if history is any guide. By SAM KIM Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say suicides among middle-aged Americans climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, a period that included the recession. Overall, the suicide rate for the age group jumped 28 percent from 1999 to 2010. And among whites, it shot up 40 percent. By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer
BOSTON (AP) -- Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television. By DENISE LAVOIE and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - The calendar has flipped to May, but winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow. Some students enjoyed yet another snow day Thursday, while utility crews worked to restore power to more than 15,000 Xcel Energy customers. The National Weather Service reported 13 inches of snow at Owatonna and 9 inches in Berne. Rochester, Faribault, Goodhue and Red Wing school districts are among those calling off classes due to the snowstorm.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' net income fell 14 percent in the first quarter, weighed down by losses in Europe and weaker earnings in North America. GM earned $865 million,...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women's health. By LAURAN NEERGAARD and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) -- Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television. Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is headed to Mexico with a domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda. To sell his immigration overhaul back home, he needs a growing economy in Mexico and a Mexican president willing to help him secure the border. By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- As Stephanie Sparks cleaned the kitchen, her 5-year-old son, Kristian, began playing with a rifle he was given last year. She stepped out onto the front porch, poured grease out of a frying pan for the dogs and "heard the gun go off," a Kentucky coroner said. By TRAVIS LOLLER and DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- As Stephanie Sparks cleaned the kitchen, her 5-year-old son, Kristian, began playing with a rifle he was given last year.