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Hundreds of families trapped, starving amid tightened siege by Shiite rebels in Yemen’s Aden

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of families are trapped in their homes by weeks of fierce fighting in the center of the southern city of Aden, running short of supplies — their only lifeline coming from volunteers making dangerous runs across the city’s harbor in rickety boats bearing food and medicine. Their plight is just […]

Peaceful Baltimore demonstrators praise top prosecutor

By Juliet Linderman and Michael Biesecker BALTIMORE — At a grassy plaza across from Baltimore’s City Hall filled with thousands of people on Saturday, speakers praised the city’s young top prosecutor for quickly moving forward with charges against the police officers they see as responsible for the death of a 25-year-old unarmed black man who […]

Nigeria: Nearly 300 freed women, children led to safety

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Their faces were gaunt, their hair tinted orange, their stomachs distended, all signs of malnutrition. They looked ragged, lost, shattered. But the girls were alive and free. They were among a group of 275 children and women rescued from Boko Haram extremists, the first to arrive at a refugee camp Saturday […]

Letter book is series of collected missives thanking Mom

By Leanna Italie The Associated Press Moms. Everybody has one. Not everybody remembers to thank them when it’s well deserved. In time for Mother’s Day, Lisa Erspamer takes care of that in her third “letter” book, a series of collected missives that has already covered some written by humans to their dogs and cats. The […]

If your mom fancies something fancy, consider a tea party

By Alison Ladman The Associated Press Some moms want a spa day. Some moms crave chocolate. And some moms just want a little fancy pampering. If your mom falls into that last category, consider throwing her a tea party this Mother’s Day. And it’s so much easier than it sounds. Brew up some of her favorite teas. Purchase […]

Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions. The fee would start at $175 and increase to $1,400 per car by 2018. It would […]

U.S., Canada unveil oil-train rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars that are used to transport most crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of catastrophic train crash and fire under a series of new rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials. The regulations, which go […]

Environmentalists criticize changes to delta plan

OAKLAND (AP) — Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water aroundCalifornia’s delta. The revision calls for restoring 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat, down from an initial 100,000 acres. State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, slammed the […]

Raiders/49ers roundup: San Francisco drafts Pleasant Grove’s Armstead

Uncertain whether Justin Smith will play another season, and with Ray McDonald already long gone, the San Francisco 49ers were searching for a pass-rusher with a big body. Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead brings that with a 6-foot-8, 292-pound frame. Now, his task is to become better fast at getting to the quarterback in a […]

Oakland poor start continues

OAKLAND — The Athletics couldn’t get out of town fast enough. It’s probably a good thing, too, that the first month of the season is finally over. Manager Bob Melvin’s ballclub has matched its worst home start in Oakland history, has yet to win a day game this season and ended April having dropped six […]

Back in the saddle

The charioteer figure, “Prosperity,” who guides the golden horses on the Minnesota State Capitol building’s “Quadriga” statue, lowers back into its position Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn. The figure was removed last year for repairs.

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