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Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan, seeking a second elected term, …

Nigeria

Colorado Republicans Plan to File Fetal Homicide Bill

Colorado Republican lawmakers upset about a decision not to file a murder charge in an attack on a pregnant woman plan to introduce a fetal homicide …

Murder

Snow-Starved Sierra Spell Trouble for Drought-Stricken California

Ten thousand feet in the air, in the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, California's huge drought crisis can be measured in inches with a hollow tube.

Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Resources, drives the pole into the snow and retrieves a sample that is used to …

California

Oklahoma Fraternity Members Learned Racist Chant During Cruise, School Says

The University of Oklahoma fraternity members who were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus learned the song during a leadership cruise held by …

Chant

Amanda Knox's Conviction Overturned by Italian Court

Italy's highest court decided today to overturn Amanda Knox's reconviction in connection with her roommate's slaying, meaning that she will not be …

Italy

This App Lets You Take Back Your Awkward Text Messages

There have been times where I wanted to take back an embarrassing text message. Fortunately, there is an app called Strings that lets you permanently take back text messages that you sent out. Created by Be Labs in Seattle, Strings allows users to “spontaneously and fearlessly” share your personal …

Somalia hotel attack: Diplomat, others killed

Gunmen detonated bombs and sprayed people with bullets as they raided a hotel in Somalia's capital late Friday afternoon, killing a Somali diplomat and at least five other people in an attack claimed by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab, officials said.

Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, Somalia's …

Hotels

Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, to retire

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won't seek reelection in 2016, and endorsed New York Sen. Charles Schumer as his successor for his leadership post.

The fifth-term Nevada Democrat has spent months denying retirement rumors, which grew louder after he suffered serious injuries in an …

Harry Reid

Investigators: Lubitz called 'unfit to work'

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was hiding an illness from his employers and had been declared "unfit to work" by a doctor, according to German authorities investigating what could have prompted the seemingly competent and stable pilot to steer his jetliner into a French mountain.

Investigators …

Aviation

Military charges Bergdahl with desertion

House Speaker John Boehner said Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is "innocent until proven guilty" after the U.S. military charged him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, but emphasized in an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash that he was more concerned about the circumstances of his …

Torture

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'plans to give away all his wealth'

Tim Cook intends to "give away all his wealth" after providing for his 10-year-old nephew, according to a new profile of the Apple CEO in Fortune.

Cook spoke to Adam Lashinsky extensively on a range of issues, including his outspoken support for a number of social issues. "You want to be the pebble …

Wealth

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.

The comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a …

Facebook

Lawyers say boyfriend not lying about abduction

He wasn't lying about Denise Huskins' abduction.

That's the message sent Thursday by lawyers for Aaron Quinn, the boyfriend of a woman who may or may not have been abducted in Vallejo, California, according to CNN affiliate KGO.

Quinn really was drugged and bound during the abduction of Denise …

Abduction

Feds: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

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CHICAGO (AP) -- An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Co-pilot acted 'deliberately' to crash plane

Latest developments:

• Transponder data shows that the autopilot on Germanwings Flight 9525 was reprogrammed by someone in the cockpit to change the plane's altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviation data.

• Police searched Germanwings Flight …

Aviation

Germanwings crash: Who was co-pilot Lubitz?

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's voice isn't heard in a recording of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525.

But investigators say he was the one at the controls inside the cockpit, deliberately locking out the plane's captain and setting the plane on a crash course for the French Alps.

The only sound …

Aviation

FBI: Bomb components found in Tsarnaev's family home

BOSTON (AP) — FBI agents told jurors in the Boston Marathon trial that nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other items similar to those used in two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line were found in Dzokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge.

The parts and …

FBI

Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands its ground.

Speaking before senior officials of the Federal Security Service, the main successor to the KGB agency, Putin said "the situation …

Russia

Witness the Deadly Tornadoes That Hit Oklahoma

Tornadoes ripped through large portions of Oklahoma on Wednesday, marking the start of tornado season. The storm killed at least one person and left scores with damaged homes and tens of thousands of households with no power

Weather

Embattled Schock says he leaves Congress with sadness, humility: 'I know that God has a plan for my life'

Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock says he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility. He is vowing to work "tirelessly" to make amends to constituents and others he has let down.

In a farewell speech Thursday, the Illinois Republican said his departure from Congress "is not the end of the story, but …

Government

State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation advocates said.

“Until we have statewide mandatory …

Conservation

DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes supplied by drug cartels, report says

A federal watchdog on Thursday issued a four-year review faulting the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes provided by drug cartels while stationed overseas on government-leased property.

The findings of the four-year review, issued …

Drug Cartels

Jury examines models of bombs used in Boston Marathon attack

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have examined models of the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 deadly attacks.

FBI bomb expert Edward Knapp displayed the models Thursday in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial. Jurors …

Boston

'Miracle': Kids Survive Tornado in Gymnastics Studio Basement

Huddled together in soaking wet leotards, singing to distract themselves, dozens of kids and their coaches survived a direct hit by a tornado Wednesday in their Oklahoma gymnastics studio basement — without a single injury.

Aim High Academy, a non-profit, faith-based gym for underprivileged kids in …

Weather

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Appears to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane

PARIS—Andreas Lubitz was alone in the cockpit, breathing in silence, as his captain pounded on a locked door and passengers screamed. Those chilling sounds—captured in a black-box recording—have left French investigators with little doubt that the crash that killed 150 people aboard Flight 9525 was …

Aeronautics

Man who shot, killed Northern California officer found dead

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Northern California police officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose department in the agency's first on-duty death in 14 years.

Scott Dunham, 57, fatally shot Officer …

California

Deadly suicide bombing near presidential palace in Kabul

Six people have been killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide bombing near the presidential palace in the heart of Kabul, according to Afghanistan’s interior ministry.

The suicide bomber had been travelling in a vehicle packed with explosives, but the target of his attack was not immediately …

Suicide Bombing

Boston bombing jury sees evidence as FBI agents describe mass of debris

The Boston Marathon bombing jury on Wednesday saw evidence, including a fuse and a piece from a pressure-cooker lid, seized at the apartment where accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother lived.

An FBI special agent described sorting through a debris-filled room that was “like a construction …

FBI

Turkish cartoonists convicted for insulting Erdogan

A Turkish court has sentenced two cartoonists to 11 months and 20 days in jail for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Istanbul court on Wednesday ruled to convert the sentence into a fine of 7,000 Turkish liras (approximately $2,700) for cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan …

Cartoons

3 Drinks Give You Liver Cancer, But Coffee Protects

Researchers looking at the causes of liver cancer say they've narrowed down just how much alcohol you have to drink to risk giving yourself the disease: three drinks a day.

But coffee seems clearly to protect people from liver cancer, which killed 746,000 people globally in 2012.

Other risks, …

Drinking