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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan waves at supporters in Yola, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

Africans open new front to fight Boko Haram

Friday, January 30, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut. Nigeria has suffered through years of violence from the Muslim extremist group known as Boko Haram, and now its neighbors are starting to take on the … 0

Does milk do a body good?

Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff. It … 0

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

Friday, January 30, 2015

BEIRUT — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group’s propaganda technique. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through … 0

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

Friday, January 30, 2015

ISLAMABAD — A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years. … 0

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

Friday, January 30, 2015

JOHANNESBURG — The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those … 0

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

Friday, January 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. The … 0

Cold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released

Friday, January 30, 2015

GRAND ISLE, La. — 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 … 0

French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists

Friday, January 30, 2015

PARIS — It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation’s deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But … 0

Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s casket

Friday, January 30, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge says a funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin’s brother. Robert Oswald bought the pine bluff casket for his brother. It was exhumed in 1981 amid conspiracy theories that it … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, January 30, 2015

Michigan Lottery drawings have some people seeing double LANSING, Mich. — One day’s Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double. The winning numbers for the Midday Daily 4 on Thursday afternoon and the Daily 4 numbers drawn … 0

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Friday, January 30, 2015

∎  ABC’s “This Week” — Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis. ∎  NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association. ∎  CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; former … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, January 30, 2015

White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids WASHINGTON — Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, said … 0

Obama’s proposed Pentagon budget exposes familiar GOP divide

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to the “sequester” cuts in 2011, neither really thought they would happen. The cuts were considered so terrible that they would force the parties to broker a compromise. The … 0