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  • Tensions rise over Afghan civilian deaths

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An investigation into claims that international troops killed scores of civilians in northeast Afghanistan escalated into a feud Tuesday between President Hamid Karzai and senior U.S. military officials who cited a report that Afghan parents have been known to discipline children by burning their hands and feet.

  • 4 American hostages killed by pirates, US says

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire erupted, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.

    The experienced yacht enthusiasts from California and Washington are the first Americans killed by Somali pirates since the start of attacks off East Africa several years ago. One of the American couples on board had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles.

  • NASA: All looking good for Thursday shuttle launch

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is just two days out from sending space shuttle Discovery on its final voyage after a nearly four-month delay.

    Officials said Tuesday the countdown is going well. What's more, there's an 80 percent chance of good flying weather Thursday. Launch time is 4:50 p.m.

  • Bahrain king orders release of political prisoners

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's king ordered the release of some political prisoners Tuesday, conceding to another opposition demand as the embattled monarchy tries to engage protesters in talks aimed at ending an uprising that has entered its second week.

  • Basketball: Source says Anthony headed to Knicks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks finally landed Carmelo Anthony, ending a trade saga and their quest for a second superstar with one blockbuster deal.

    The Knicks beat out the rival New Jersey Nets to win the Anthony sweepstakes by agreeing to a trade with the Nuggets on Monday, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

  • Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon.

  • No Daley on the ballot as Chicago votes for mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — The campaign to replace Mayor Richard Daley has unfolded unlike any in Chicago's history, and almost certainly will end with a mayor unlike anyone who's run City Hall before.

  • Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65, traps more

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — One of New Zealand's biggest cities lay in ruins Tuesday after a powerful earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches on a busy weekday, killing at least 65 people in the country's worst natural disaster in decades.

    The quake even shook a massive chunk of ice from New Zealand's biggest glacier, some 120 miles to the east of Christchurch, where most of the damage was reported.

  • Witnesses report bodies in the streets in Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of slain protesters were left on the streets of the Libyan capital Tuesday and frightened residents hunkered down in their homes as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi sought to crush anti-government demonstrations by shooting on sight anyone outside, residents and an opposition activist said.

    Amid the crackdown, a defiant Gadhafi appeared on state TV in the early hours Tuesday to show he was still in charge, brandishing a large umbrella and wearing a cap with fur ear flaps, and denying reports he had left the country.

  • NM congressman says he's considering Senate race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich said Sunday he's considering running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Bingaman announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012 when his fifth term in the Senate expires.