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Photos: Shirley Temple

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:53pm

Official: Deal with devil prompted girl's killing

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:44pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Atlanta preps for storm that left 4 dead in Texas

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:26pm

Forecasters warn of potentially 'catastrophic' thick layer of ice.

Report: Authorities justified in Dorner shootout

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:26pm
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of law enforcement officers were justified in using deadly force during a shootout that ended in the suicide of cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner last year inside a burning California mountain cabin, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

White falls to the I-Pod in Olympic stunner

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:16pm

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Maybe it was all too much. Or maybe just one of those bad nights. That debate will last a long time.

Security fears threaten US future in Afghanistan

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:15pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warily watching to see how many U.S. troops might remain in Afghanistan next year, American diplomats and aid workers are facing a withdrawal of their own as security threats and dwindling resources limit their 12-year push to develop the mostly primitive nation.

Yellen: Fed to keep trimming stimulus

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:02pm

By Jonathan Spicer and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Janet Yellen, fresh from taking the helm of the Federal Reserve, made it clear on Tuesday she would not make any abrupt changes to U.S. monetary policy, saying the central bank was on track to keep reducing its stimulus even though the labor market recovery was far from complete. In her first public comments since becoming Fed chief earlier this month, Yellen had testy exchanges with some Republican lawmakers over Wall Street regulation and central bank independence. But she managed to keep financial markets calm by emphasizing continuity with the policy approach taken by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. Yellen said the central bank must keep its eye on the "unusually high" incidence of long-term unemployment and the "exceptionally high" proportion of Americans who can find only part-time work as it plots a tricky reversal of its very accommodative policy stance.

Meet Pascal Tessier, first openly gay Eagle Scout

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:57pm

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Maryland boy has become one of the first openly gay Boy Scouts to achieve the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank since the organization reversed its ban on gay youth nearly six weeks ago. Pascal Tessier, who publicly voiced his opposition to the ban on gay members, started with the group a decade ago as a Cub Scout and earned 21 merit badges before being named an Eagle Scout on Monday, said his father, Oliver Tessier, a consultant in Chevy Chase, Maryland. "It is phenomenal as a statement for the community that he was able to speak out for kids who could not speak out," Oliver Tessier in a phone interview. "He stressed many times that the values he learned from Boy Scouts allowed him to speak out for what was right." Calls and emails to Scouting magazine, which is the group's official publication, and to Pascal's Scoutmaster were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

Obama, Hollande tackle tenuous diplomatic efforts

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:48pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juggling a pair of tenuous diplomatic efforts, President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to come down like "a ton of bricks" on businesses that violate Iranian sanctions while nuclear negotiations are underway. He also conceded "enormous frustration" with stalled Syrian peace talks and offered little hope of ending the conflict soon.

Republicans set stage for raising debt limit

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:41pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to risk spooking the markets, and leading a fractured GOP majority, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday stepped back from a confrontation with Democrats to let Congress vote on increasing the government's borrowing cap without trying to extract any concessions from the White House.

Curls and dimples: Shirley Temple dies at 85

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:37pm

Any kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for "Annie" can only dream of being as beloved — or as important — as Shirley Temple.

Hundreds flock to 'weeping' Mary statue in Israel

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:30pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of people have flocked to a small town in northern Israel to view a statue of the Virgin Mary that residents say "weeps" oil.

Algeria: Plane crash kills 77 but 1 man survives

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:27pm

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country's rugged eastern region, killing 77 people and leaving just one survivor, the defense ministry said.

Yellen to investors: Expect continuity at the Fed

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:26pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.

AP PHOTOS: 10 things to know about Shirley Temple

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:10pm

She was the biggest of child stars. She was the top U.S. box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, bigger than Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper or Joan Crawford. She kept children singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop" for generations, retired from acting at age 21 and went on to a diplomatic career. Here's a look at the life of Shirley Temple, who died Monday at age 85:

IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:57pm
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

Algerian military plane crashes into mountain, 77 killed

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:27pm

By Lamine Chikhi OULED GACEM, Algeria (Reuters) - A military transport plane carrying members of the Algerian armed forces and their relatives crashed into a mountain on Tuesday, killing 77 people, the worst air disaster in the North African country in a decade. State television showed footage of the wreckage of the plane near the village of Ouled Gacem in eastern Algeria, smoke rising from the site and emergency crews scouring the forested area for survivors and bodies. "I saw the military plane crashing, and it was cut into two pieces," Mohamed, a fireman told Reuters at Ouled Gacem, near the crash site in Oum El Bouaghi province, 500 km (300 miles) east of Algiers. Colonel Lahmadi Bouguern told the APS state news agency that 99 passengers and four crew were on board the C-130 Hercules transport plane, which took off from the southern Tamanrasset province and was bound for Constantine.

She put the 'Happy' in Happy Meals; arrest depresses drug dealer

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:09pm

Defense attorney says Pa. woman 'crushed' by charges she sold heroin using Happy Meals        

Exclusive: Clarence Thomas says society overly sensitive about race

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:41pm

"Everybody is sensitive," Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said. "If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah."

Quel choix! Like picking a favorite daughter

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:02pm

President Obama makes personal comparison to choosing favored ally between Britain, France.