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Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat
ROME (AP) - A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. Survivor accounts of the number aboard varied, with the Italian Coast Guard saying that the capsized boat had a capacity for `'hundreds" of people. Italian prosecutors said a Bangladeshi survivor flown to Sicily for treatment told them 950 people were aboard, including hundreds who had been locked in the hold by smugglers. Earlier, authorities said a survivor told them 700 migrants were on board.


Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya
CAIRO (AP) - Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group's atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. The release of the 29-minute video comes a day after Afghanistan's president blamed the extremists for a suicide attack in his country that killed at least 35 people - and underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001. Biggs has the same job once held by her mother, Dr. Margaret L. "Peggy" Clark, as a food safety veterinarian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She interacts often with some of the people who worked with and recall her mother's professionalism.


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Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people. As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state's giant economy.


New Hampshire Republican voters are relishing crowded field
NASHUA, New Hampshire (AP) - For New Hampshire Republicans, the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign feel like an embarrassment of riches. The state's notoriously fickle, independent-minded voters are relishing a wide-open Republican race and are in no hurry to crown a front-runner. Nearly 20 potential candidates - senators, governors, business executives and more - have paraded through the state in recent days to curry favor with voters and court party leaders.


Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. "The response has come to you who threaten the nation," the caption says. "To those who test me, take this war as a reply." The message is directed at the Iranian-allied Shiite rebels in Yemen who have been the target of a three-week Saudi-led air campaign. The nationalist fervor whipped up by the war has put calls for reform in the kingdom on hold as people rally behind their king, the troops and the status quo.


Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home
The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy's and drives around in a Toyota. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.


Turkish Cypriot leadership election to go into 2nd round
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - The election for the Turkish Cypriot leadership will go to a second round after none of the candidates managed to garner enough votes Sunday to avoid a runoff, authorities said, as talks to reunify the ethnically-split island of Cyprus are expected to resume next month. The hard-line incumbent, Dervis Eroglu, and independent challenger Mustafa Akinci will vie for the leadership of the breakaway north in next week's runoff. Official results show Eroglu garnered 28.18 percent of the vote, edging out Akinci by just over a percentage point.


Blake Shelton: nominee, host and Lambert cheerleader at ACMs
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Blake Shelton may be going into the Academy of Country Music Awards as a host, performer and two-time nominee, but he has another priority: being a cheerleader. Shelton's wife, fiery country star Miranda Lambert, is the top contender with eight nominations, including the coveted entertainer of the year - an award she has yet to win.


Irving scores 30, LeBron 20 as Cavs beat Celtics 113-100
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut, LeBron James added 20 in his first postseason game with Cleveland in five years and the Cavaliers opened a run toward an NBA title with a 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Irving made five 3-pointers and Kevin Love, another postseason rookie, added 19 points and 12 rebounds.