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Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer wrongly convicted of three murders in a New Jersey bar and whose successful struggle for exoneration inspired a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, has died in Toronto. He was 76. ... Full story

Pope Francis delivers Easter appeal for global peace

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for "an end to all war and every conflict" as he delivered his traditional Easter message from the central balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica. ... Full story

Operation Comfort strives to help vets ‘reinvent their dreams’

DA NANG, Vietnam — Janis Roznowski has made it her mission to provide comfort to wounded veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. ... Full story

Debate over Armenian museum will continue at appellate hearing

WASHINGTON — The legal fight over a proposed Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial has lasted nearly as long as the horrors the project is supposed to commemorate. ... Full story

Veterans bike through Vietnam to help heal wounds of war

HUE, Vietnam — Whenever Army Maj. Yancy Baer deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan — and when he came home the last time in 2009 to face the amputation of a leg — Vietnam veterans were always there to greet him and lend their support. ... Full story

In Easter vigil, Pope Francis urges Catholics to rediscover their faith

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday urged Catholics to rediscover the roots of their faith, as he led an Easter vigil in Saint Peter's Basilica, the last solemn ceremony leading up to the most important feast in the Christian calendar. ... Full story

Woman gets 3 years in prison for distributing 'staggering' amount of bath salts

BANGOR, Maine — A Hudson woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years in federal prison for the role she played in helping distribute a large amount of bath salts in Bangor. ... Full story

South Korea ferry toll nears 50 amid relatives' protest

SEOUL, South Korea — The number of people killed in the sinking of a South Korean ferry approached 50 on Sunday, national media reported, as relatives of the passengers clashed with police on the island of Jindo. ... Full story

Iran says dispute with world powers over key nuclear reactor resolved

Tehran - Iran and six world powers have resolved their differences over the country's plutonium-producing Arak reactor, Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday. ... Full story

Suspect in Mass. triple murder obtained U.S. visa through Portland agency

A suspect in three unsolved murders in Waltham, Mass., who had ties to the Boston Marathon bombers and was killed by FBI agents while being questioned in Florida, first came to the U.S. from Chechnya on a visa issued by a foreign-exchange organization in Portland, according to recent congressional testimony by Sen. Susan Collins. ... Full story

President Obama signs law to block Iranian envoy to UN

Washington - President Barack Obama signed a law Friday that allows Washington to deny visas to anyone - including United Nations envoys - who has engaged in terrorist acts against the United States. ... Full story

California's water wars reach 'new level of crazy' this year

California water authorities are killing salmon and destroying farming. ... Full story

Four French Journalists Freed From Syria (Raw Video)

Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media. ... Full story

Scalia criticizes historic Supreme Court ruling on freedom of the press

WASHINGTON — This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, its most important pronouncement on the freedom of the press, but the ruling has not won the acceptance of Justice Antonin Scalia. ... Full story

Man Indicted In Aaron Hernandez Gun Trafficking Investigation

A Florida man who authorities suspect had a role in shipping weapons to accused killer and ex-NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Wednesday on charges of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to a federal grand jury that is investigating interstate firearms trafficking. ... Full story

Pope Francis Presides Over Good Friday Mass (Raw Video)

Pope Francis presided over Good Friday Mass at the Vatican on Friday evening. ... Full story

Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings

Kansas City police used tips about an erratic driver, a fingerprint from a plastic bag of shell casings and a bullet from a house that was shot last year to link Mohammed Whitaker, 27, to a series of recent highway shootings. ... Full story

South Korea arrests captain of ferry that capsized and sank

SEOUL, South Korea — Captain Lee Jun Seok was arrested early Saturday as investigators examine the actions of the crew of the ferry that capsized and sank this week off the southwest coast of South Korea. ... Full story

Eastern Ukraine separatists reject de-escalation deal

Donetsk, Ukraine - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine vowed Friday to defy an international de-escalation deal until the government in Kiev agrees to conditions including withdrawing troops. ... Full story

Bail denied for defendant in dismemberment case

A murder defendant accused of dismembering his alleged victim was ordered Thursday by Circuit Judge Karen Ahn to remain in custody pending trial without the opportunity for release on bail. ... Full story

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