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With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) - Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom. Through tears, smiles and eyes filled with pain, the survivors of months in the hands of the Islamic extremists told their tragic stories to The Associated Press on Sunday, their first day out of the war zone.


In Congress, income inequality comes with breakfast, lunch
WASHINGTON (AP) - Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It's their life. Many of the Capitol's food servers, who make the meals, bus the tables and run the cash registers in the restaurants and carryouts that serve lawmakers, earn less than $11 an hour. Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess.


Nepal shuts airport to big jets; more bodies found
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but U.N. officials said the overall logistics situation was improving. The death toll climbed to 7,276, including six foreigners and 45 Nepalese found over the weekend on a popular trekking route, said government administrator Gautam Rimal. Nepal's Tourist Police reported that a total of 57 foreigners have been killed in the April 25 quake, and 109 are still missing, including 12 Russians and nine Americans.


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Arab coalition 'reconnaissance' troops land in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - With helicopter gunships hovering overhead, at least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden on what military officials called a "reconnaissance" mission, as fighting raged between Iranian-backed Shiite rebels and forces loyal to the nation's exiled president. It was the first ground landing by coalition forces since the start of the Saudi-led air campaign against the rebels and their allies - forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh - who have captured most of northern Yemen and marched on southern provinces over the past year.


Ohio clinics close, abortions decline amid restrictions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The number of abortion providers in Ohio has shrunk by half amid a flurry of restrictive new laws over the past four years, and the number of the procedures also is declining, according to a review of records by The Associated Press. Both sides agree the added limits and hurdles placed on Ohio abortions have played a role in facility closures reaching to every corner of the nation's 7th most populous state. What is less clear is whether the downward trajectory in procedures is a cause or an effect of some of the most significantly reduced abortion access in the nation.


Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) - The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss. Appearing at a church in the same Pocono Mountains region where Eric Frein spent 48 days on the run, Bryon and Darla Dickson said forgiveness has helped them move on and avoid becoming bitter.


Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years, according to statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution - down from a high of 57 in 1995 - and unless something changes, Jesse Matthew Jr. won't be joining them.


Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots
BALTIMORE (AP) - Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices. Meanwhile, hundreds of jubilant people prayed and chanted for justice at a rally in front of City Hall organized by faith leaders. The rally comes days after the city's top prosecutor charged six officers involved in Gray's arrest.


The Latest: Baltimore lifts curfew after days of tension
5:30 p.m. Baltimore police say they've made nearly 500 arrests and added that more than 100 officers have been injured since large-scale protests broke out after the death of Freddie Gray.


Israeli Ethiopian protest against racism turns violent
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Several thousand people from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night. The protest was mostly peaceful during the day, but by nightfall became violent with at least 20 officers hurt and "multiple protesters" arrested, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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