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Syrian rebels capture main border crossing with Jordan

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts, prompting government bombing raids on the area, activists said Thursday.

Durst lawyers: FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Millionaire real-estate heir Robert Durst returns to court Thursday, where his attorneys planned to argue that the FBI searched his room illegally and police covered this up in statements used to get an arrest warrant on Louisiana weapons charges.

Gunmen kill two in dawn attack on Kenya university

Map of Kenya locating Garissa, where gunmen stormed a university ThursdayMasked gunmen stormed a university in northeast Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing at least two people at the campus not far from war-torn Somalia's lawless border. "Gunmen forced their way into Garissa University by shooting at the guards manning the main gate at around 5:30 am," said Kenya Police Chief Joseph Boinet. The university has several hundred students from different parts of Kenya. At least two people have been killed and four injured in the attack, according to Kenya's official National Disaster Operations Centre.


Suicide blast kills at least 13 in east Afghanistan: officials

File photo of an Afghan National Army soldier patrolling an area in Khost ProvinceKhost (Afghanistan) (AFP) - A suicide bomber Thursday killed at least 13 people and wounded around 40 others, including a prominent Afghan lawmaker, in an attack near a complex housing the governor of a restive eastern province bordering Pakistan, officials said.


Wife of imprisoned Greek ex-defense minister flees hospital

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned former Greek defense minister escaped from a psychiatric hospital where she was serving her sentence on the same corruption charges as her husband, police said Thursday.

'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Ryann Simmons sits with the dog his girlfriend is fostering at their home in Moses Lake, Wash. The dog, Theia, survived being run over, beaten with a hammer and buried, and now needs surgery. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.


Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

Kristen Hooper, center, and Robert Loyd, right, hold a sign on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol thanking Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for calling for changes to a religious objection measure in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The measure faced a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-gay.


Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act.

School threats by text, phone apps frustrate schools, police

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, students pass by Seven Lakes High School after being evacuated and released from school for the day after a bomb squad was called to the school after a potentially explosive device was found. Threats against schools don’t just come written on bathroom walls these days. Spread using smart phone apps, social media and Internet phone services, anonymous reports of bombs or other threats of violence are forcing school evacuations and a response by police swat teams or other authorities to what in the vast majority of cases turns out to be a hoax. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Threats against schools don't just come written on bathroom walls these days. Spread using smartphone apps, social media and Internet phone services, anonymous reports of bombs or other threats of violence are forcing school evacuations and responses by police or other authorities.


Drought: California taking sweeping steps to conserve water

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, talks Mark Cowin, left, Director of the California Department of Water Resources and Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the DWR, on a snow barren meadow where the snow survey is held near Echo Summit, Calif., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Gehrke said this was the first time since he has been conducting the survey that he found no snow at this location at this time of the year. Brown and Cowin attended this snow survey to see the conditions for themselves and later Brown announced that he signed an executive order requiring the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns to cut water usage by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.


Boston Marathon opens new 'front door' on Boylston Street

BOSTON (AP) — A few blocks from the finish line and even closer to the spot where the second bomb exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers are building a combination clubhouse, interactive museum and retail store that, for the first time, gives them a year-round, public presence.

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