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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 …

  • Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a former Los Angeles policeman has been charged with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape arrest for allegedly killing a man during an off-duty fight. …

  • Japan core inflation back to zero on-year in February: govt
    Japan core inflation back to zero on-year in February: govt

    Japanese inflation went back to zero for the first time in nearly two years in February as it slowed for a seventh straight month, according to official data Friday …

  • Mexico marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared
    Mexico marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance Thursday by marching to the federal elections office in Mexico City to ask that voting scheduled for June in the southwestern state of Guerrero be suspended. …

  • Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday
    Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press. …

  • Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

    A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for ... …

  • Role of pot candy probed in apparent suicide in Colorado

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado are investigating whether marijuana candy played a role in the suspected suicide of a 22-year-old Oklahoma man. …

  • US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack
    US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility. …