Coroner says death of oil heir Andrew Getty appears to be from natural causes or accident LOS ANGELES (AP) - The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. The death appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said, but it has been initially called an accident because of medication found at the scene.
Nigeria's president concedes defeat, congratulates Buhari on electoral victory ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, paving the way for an unprecedented peaceful transfer of power in Africa's most populous nation.
On isle once home to Americans, Cubans look back and ahead: 'I don't feel like an intruder' ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba (AP) - Fidelia Rodriguez looks at photos of the Smith family, the Americans who once owned the home she has lived in all her life. She lives behind the big house where the Smiths raised their children, a property now owned by the Cuban state. Her home was the servants' quarters. She was just 11 years old in 1960, with Cuba engulfed in revolutionary fervor, when armed men stormed the Smith home and told Rodriguez's father that it was being confiscated by the revolution. During the commotion, her father suffered a heart attack and died, leaving Fidelia and her six siblings fatherless.
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Iran nuclear talks push past deadline; gaps still to bridge on program restraints LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, although there still were "several difficult issues" to bridge.
Indiana governor wants to clarify religious-objections law; Arkansas passes similar bill INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays. The Arkansas proposal now goes to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has said he will sign it.
Lufthansa: Co-pilot told flight school in 2009 he had 'previous episode of severe depression' FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of "severe depression" before he finished his flight training with the German airline. The airline said Tuesday that it has found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in 2009 when he resumed his training in Bremen after an interruption of several months.
In Etan Patz missing-boy case, defense focuses on longtime suspect who was never charged NEW YORK (AP) - The longtime suspect in the disappearance of Etan Patz is looming over the murder trial of the man who confessed to killing the 6-year-old boy. Jose Antonio Ramos wasn't charged criminally in the case that helped galvanize the national missing children's movement. But for decades, the convicted pedophile was considered the prime suspect, until the bombshell confession in 2012 by Pedro Hernandez, a former teenage stock clerk who worked at a convenience store where Etan was headed when he vanished.
Dominican Republic seeks to improve conditions, prospects for informal larimar mining BAHORUCO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The men in ragged clothes, many barefoot and covered in grime, scramble deep into the earth, searching for veins of a blue-green stone believed to exist only in the southwestern mountains of the Dominican Republic. The stone is larimar, and its existence under these wooded slopes has been both a boon and a curse for men such as Juan Pablo Feliz, who says there is no other work in the impoverished region. Few strike it rich, but the gem has provided modest incomes for about 1,000 miners and their families since they began working the deposits four decades ago.
Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles; ambulance called to her Bel Air neighborhood LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joni Mitchell was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, but details on her condition have not been released. "Joni has been hospitalized," said a statement on the Mitchell website. "We are awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know."
AP Newsbreak: AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4 million for first time this year NEW YORK (AP) - Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record.