March 1st, 2015

World News

In Russia, brief moment of defiance for dwindling opposition to mourn Putin foe Boris Nemtsov

By Laura Mills, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

MOSCOW – For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honour of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke out with chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no to ... Read More »

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AP Essay: ‘Jihadi John’ may not be as menacing now that he’s unmasked; ‘Just a murderer now’

By Gregory Katz, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

LONDON – As “Jihadi John,” he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of Islamic State and its self-declared caliphate. His professional-looking videos began with a political rant and ended with his ... Read More »

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Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job, routing 764 feet outside station

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession ... Read More »

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Sierra Leone: Vice president in quarantine after possible exposure to Ebola as new cases rise

By Associated Press, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Sierra Leone’s vice-president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will carry ... Read More »

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Coyote ugly: Upscale NY suburb stirred by nasty debate over whether to kill the wily varmints

By Jim Fitzgerald, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters in and around Chappaqua have counted 160 incursions into backyards and streets over the last ... Read More »

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Process of carving up $60 million from Penn State for anti-child abuse efforts gets underway

By Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use. “There’s certainly a tremendous need,” said Linda Rosenberg, executive director of the Pennsylvania ... Read More »

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Joint birthday party for NY couple, both over 100 years old and married 82 years

By The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. – A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays – and their combined ages will be 212. The Journal News reports Duranord Veillard turned 108 on Saturday. His wife, Jeanne Veillard, won’t turn 105 until May. The couple celebrated Saturday ... Read More »

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Thousands march in Russia to mourn slain Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, declare ‘I am not afraid’

By Laura Mills And Lynn Berry, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

MOSCOW – Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said “I am not afraid,” thousands of Russians marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition. Russian President Vladimir Putin has marginalized and intimidated his political opponents, jailing some and driving others ... Read More »

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Afghan avalanche death toll rises as rescue teams reach remote villages buried beneath snow

By The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

KABUL – An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a massive avalanche in a mountainous valley near the capital Kabul rose to 198 as bulldozers and other machinery began clearing roads and rescue teams were able to reach remote villages that have been cut off for almost a week. Najimudin Khan, deputy ... Read More »

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Myanmar captures rare white elephant celebrated by kings and believed to bring good luck

By The Associated Press on March 1st, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country’s western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday. The 7-year-old female was captured Friday, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a reserve in Pathein township, forestry official Tun Tun Oo said. It’s the ninth white elephant ... Read More »

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