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  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no apology
    Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no apology

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday took responsibility for a bungled security operation in January that left 44 police commandos dead, but offered no public apology for the clash that has become his biggest political crisis in years. Since the secret mission, Aquino's approval and trust ratings have plunged to their lowest level in five years, and a peace process with the country's largest Muslim rebel group has stalled. "To every Filipino who has felt failure or has been hurt …

  • China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines
    China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines

    The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire South China Sea with an expansionist agenda dominated by "massive reclamation" works. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China's efforts were aimed at undermining a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early next year on a Philippine challenge to its claims to the disputed waters. "China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualise its nine-dash …

  • Repairs to downed border fence top $700,000
    Repairs to downed border fence top $700,000

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a steel border fence that was knocked down by debris from a rainstorm last summer. …

  • Oregon's pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved. …

  • Chinese drywall company pays $3.2 million to 7 homeowners

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys say a Chinese drywall manufacturer — Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. — has paid a $3.2 million judgment to the owners of seven homes damaged by the product. …

  • California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know
    California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical. …

  • Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

    BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded an officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, authorities said. An apparent bystander also was shot. …

  • Alaska police officers corral grazing miniature horses
    Alaska police officers corral grazing miniature horses

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police officers in Alaska's biggest city became wranglers early Friday morning, rounding up a couple of miniature horses that escaped from their corral. …

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands
    About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are ... …