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Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane dies at 84

May. 13, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Robert C. McFarlane, a top aide to President Ronald Reagan who pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an illegal arms-for-hostages deal known as the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 84. McFarlane, who lived in...

Proposed revision of Mexican wolf management plan draws fire

May. 13, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers want to see at least 320 Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest within the next several years as they try to recover an endangered species that for decades has been the focus of political strife and litigation. While a population...

Qatar, key US ally, faces new accusations of terror funding

May. 13, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Qatar, a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, is facing increased scrutiny over its alleged financial ties to terrorism in a lawsuit from relatives of a slain American journalist and a separate federal investigation into a member of the country’s royal family. The family of Steven...

Alabama shipwreck holds key for kin of enslaved Africans

May. 12, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Keys to the past and the future of a community descended from enslaved Africans lie in a river bottom on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where the remains of the last known U.S. slave ship rest a few miles from what's left of the village built by the newly freed people after the Civil...

EXPLAINER: Who's the Swedish doctor facing execution in Iran

May. 12, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vida Mehrannia is trying to save her husband’s life. Iran is scheduled to put him to death within nine days — by May 21. To Iran, the 50-year-old Ahmad Reza Jalali is a spy for Israel. To his colleagues, he is a respected physician specialized...

Haitian gang leader charged in kidnapping of US missionaries

May. 10, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors in the U.S. have charged the leader of a notoriously violent Haitian gang in connection with the kidnapping of 16 Americans last year, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Germine Joly, 29, who is also known as “Yonyon,” is accused of...

Fueled by momentum, families of hostages lobby White House

May. 04, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The release of Trevor Reed from a Russian prison last week was cause for unadulterated celebration for his family. For Elizabeth Whelan, the experience was far more bittersweet. When Whelan learned in an early-morning phone call from U.S. government officials that...

Condors soar again over Northern California coastal redwoods

May. 03, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The endangered California condor returned to soar the skies over the state's far northern coast redwood forests on Tuesday for the first time in more than a century. Two captive-bred birds were released from a pen in Redwood National Park, about...

Nigerian president says hostages being used as human shields

May. 03, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of passengers kidnapped five weeks ago from a train near Nigeria’s capital are being used as human shields by their abductors, President Muhammadu Buhari said. More than 100 travelers were kidnapped in late March in Nigeria's troubled northern...

Researchers returning for assessment of last US slave ship

May. 01, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Researchers are returning to the Alabama coast near Mobile to assess the sunken remains of the last slave ship to bring captive Africans to the United States more than 160 years ago. The Alabama Historical Commission says a team will begin a 10-day evaluation of...