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N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory
PAJU, South Korea (AP) - North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul's suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a "dangerous declaration of war." Pyongyang said it was immediately deporting the hundreds of South Koreans who work at the complex just across the world's most heavily armed border in the city of Kaesong, pulling out the tens of thousands of North Korean employees and freezing all South Korean assets. The North also said it was shutting down two crucial cross-border communication hotlines.


The Latest: S. Koreans still at joint factory after deadline
Well after the deadline set by North Korea for South Korean workers to leave the joint factory park passed, South Koreans told The Associated Press by phone that they had been instructed to wait for further instructions from South Korean officials.Some South Korean workers left the Kaesong industrial complex in the North before the North's expulsion order, and a handful of others were seen leaving afterward, but South Korean officials didn't know what would happen to its nationals who had not departed by Pyongyang's 5:30 p.m. (Seoul time) deadline. They also didn't how many remained at the factories. South Korea said it would ban reporters from the border crossing on Friday.A manager at a South Korean apparel company at the complex, who declined to give his name, said he and one other South Korean at his company were waiting in an office for word about when they could leave.He said he was not sure whether he would return to the South on Thursday. He said he did not see any North Korean officials and did not know whether other South Koreans were there.


The Latest: US defense secretary wants accelerated campaign
BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he expects a gathering of more than two dozen countries contributing to the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to endorse a U.S. plan for accelerating the campaign this year. Speaking to reporters Thursday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Carter said he would lay out details of the campaign plan in an afternoon meeting with allies and non-NATO partners such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq. In doing so, he will ask the others to find ways to increase or broaden their contributions - either militarily or in other ways such as financial contributions.


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Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in
BURNS, Ore. (AP) - The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy - who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff - was arrested in Portland. The four occupiers yelled at officers to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line as the standoff played out on the Internet Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry.


Clinton struggles to win over younger women
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) - For young women, political revolution is currently trumping the idea of a Madame President. In New Hampshire, women under the age of 45 overwhelmingly backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, exit polls showed. It's a problem for the former secretary of state as she tries to build the coalition of voters needed to win the Democratic nomination, and she knows it, saying of young voters as she conceded New Hampshire to Sanders that, "even if they are not supporting me now, I support them." The numbers are staggering, and not just because Clinton - widely expected to be the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major political party - lost New Hampshire women to a 74-year-old grandfather.


Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations'
HAVANA (AP) - The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island. Odd as the location seems, Pope Francis' and Patriarch Kirill's attempt to reconcile their churches after centuries of estrangement will set the tone for a year of peacemaking in Cuba, a nation trying to shed its historic role as international socialist provocateur. In addition to the meeting of the church leaders, Cuban President Raul Castro is expected to welcome President Barack Obama to Havana as early as this spring to celebrate the detente the two men declared at the end of 2014, ending a half-century of hostility.


Justice Dept. enters Ferguson court case in strong position
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. In suing the city, which took a high-stakes gamble by rejecting a settlement with the federal government, the department will look to prove in court the same constitutional violations it's already alleged on paper: Baseless stops and searches of black drivers, excessive use of force by officers and a profit-driven court system reliant on fines for petty violations.


Pacifica: Residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) - Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them." Having the Pacific as your backyard has its benefits, and its dangers. Crumbling cliffs have forced dozens to leave their homes and others like Thompson may have to join them as EL Nino-fueled storms batter the coast. Last summer, whale watching was at its prime and people who live on the crumbling cliffs of Pacifica were treated to more than 200 dolphin sightings. The moon and sun rises are spectacular, and the air feels like it's a million miles away from smoggy cityscapes.


Q&A: Assessing Yellen's concerns about economy and markets
WASHINGTON (AP) - What's likely keeping Janet Yellen up at night? Everything from market volatility to weak overseas growth to a high-priced dollar that's made U.S. exports pricier and imports cheaper, judging from the Fed chair's testimony Wednesday to Congress. It's a rather gloomier picture compared with two months ago, when the Fed raised the short-term interest rate it controls for the first time in nearly a decade. At that time, Fed officials pointed to a healthy pace of hiring, solid consumer spending and improvement in the housing market. In her semiannual report to Congress, Yellen spent most of her time discussing the risks to the U.S.


USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika
The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter Wednesday to all possible Olympians, acknowledging the growing worries over the virus. "I know that the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you," Blackmun wrote. "I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority." The letter goes on to spell out much of the information that's already been relayed by the World Health Organization and the U.S.