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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk across the tarmac following their arrival on Marine One helicopter at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., to begin their weekend vacation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Obama's trip to Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to […]

03/08/2014

Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Small improvement for Schumacher after 2nd surgery

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Michael Schumacher underwent a second surgery after a brain scan showed small, “surprising” signs of improvement, but grim doctors said Tuesday they could offer no insight into the prognosis for the […]

12/31/2013

In this Sept. 9, 2013 photo, Dong Linhua, 59, works at his workshop in Shanghai. "I heard that the authorities might postpone the age of the retirement, but I sure hope not, since I've already worked for almost 42 years," says Dong. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The world braces for retirement crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin […]

12/30/2013

Lufthansa walkout hits flights at Paris airport

PARIS (AP) — Lufthansa workers angry over staffing shortages abruptly walked off the job at the main Paris airport Thursday, prompting flight cancellations and bringing a new headache to holiday travel. The walkout stranded hundreds […]

12/26/2013

Bartolomeo Gagliano  (AP Photo)

Italian fugitive serial killer captured in France

ROME (AP) — A serial killer who failed to return to prison after a two-day, good-behavior pass was recaptured Friday in France, Italy’s justice minister said, ending an embarrassing episode that had raised questions about […]

12/20/2013

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In France it’s not sexting, it’s textopornographie

PARIS (AP) — France, a nation with a centuries-old reputation for seduction, now has a word for sexting. If you want to send sexually explicit photos or text messages to your lover in France, it’s […]

12/20/2013

Lindsey Vonn speeds down the training course at the U.S. Ski Team training center at Copper Mountain, Colo. on Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)

Speeding up return, Vonn 2nd in downhill training

VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Lindsey Vonn had the second-fastest run in World Cup downhill training Thursday as she increased the pace in her comeback from injury. The American finished only 0.04 seconds behind Dominique […]

12/19/2013

Seleka presidential guards sit in their compound in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, after earlier in the day a mob attacked a mosque in the capital.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Red Cross reports Central African Republic death toll over 500

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — More than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting in Central African Republic, aid officials said Tuesday, as France reported that gunmen fatally shot […]

12/10/2013

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Native artifact sale in Paris makes $1.6 million

PARIS (AP) — A French auction house that ignored a plea by the U.S. Embassy to delay an auction of sacred Hopi masks sold them briskly Monday along with other contested Native American artifacts for […]

12/09/2013

Nearly 200 skydivers, from all over the world, perform a group jump, a day after two skydivers were killed after colliding in midair during a jump from Skydive Arizona, at Eloy Municipal Airport, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Eloy, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Skydivers return to Arizona site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier. Two […]

12/04/2013

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Barcelona-Paris bullet train starts up on Dec. 15

MADRID (AP) – The leaders of Spain and France have announced that a new high-speed rail link between their countries will be inaugurated on Dec. 15. Speaking in Madrid, Spain’s Mariano Rajoy and France’s Francois […]

11/27/2013

Kevin Chenais sits in his mobility scooter in front of an ambulance at St Pancras in London, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Too fat to fly? Stranded Frenchman’s long ordeal

LONDON (AP) — He’s been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home — and his family says it’s because he has been deemed too fat to […]

11/20/2013

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