Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap TOKYO (AP) - The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. "Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh," Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement. "We will inform you of any developments in due time."
What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending WASHINGTON (AP) - The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit. As the nation's ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both.
Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight turns self in in hit-and-run probe COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself into authorities early Friday after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the incident was being investigated as a homicide and that Knight was a person of interest.
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Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) - Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents. For decades Afghans have fled into Pakistan to escape war and upheaval, but in recent months the tide has reversed, with some 60,000 Pakistanis - more than half of them children - taking refuge in the Gulan camp, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the border in the restive Khost province.
US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) - People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment. Work was just beginning in late 2010 on an ambitious, three-year, $30 million project to build a 15-megawatt hydroelectric plant directly adjacent to the Cerro de Oro dam, with support from a U.S. government agency in Washington.
APNewsBreak: Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia.
Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) - Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 - the first Social Security payout. Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn't realize it at the time, but her check helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs. And it secured Fuller, who never married and had no children, a place in American history.
Cold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana's coast. More than 1,200 young, "cold-stunned" Kemp's ridley sea turtles were stranded in November and December.