UNHCR: weekend shipwreck deadliest ever in Mediterranean CATANIA, Sicily (AP) - The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, making it the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean. New details of the tragedy were emerging as the U.N. High Commissioner Refugees and other aid agencies interviewed the handful of survivors who arrived overnight in Catania, Sicily.
Bush preparing to delegate many campaign tasks to super PAC DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts-and-bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash. The concept, in development for months as the former Florida governor has raised tens of millions of dollars for his Right to Rise super PAC, would endow that organization not just with advertising on Bush's behalf, but with many of the duties typically conducted by a campaign.
5 Things to know about Jeb Bush's campaign finance strategy DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics. Here's a look at his plans to vastly enhance the role his super PAC will play in his all-but-announced campaign for president. ---
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Trafficking deal clears path for attorney general vote WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday to move forward on a stalled human trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee within days. The deal unveiled on the Senate floor aimed to solve a dispute over abortion that has stalled the once-popular trafficking bill for weeks. Attorney General-designate Loretta Lynch was caught in the crossfire, infuriating Democrats, because Republican leaders decided to hold off on her confirmation vote until the trafficking bill was resolved.
Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests. The Vatican said Tuesday that Bishop Robert Finn had offered his resignation under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign early for illness or some "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.
Lawyer: No answer on why man who died in custody was stopped BALTIMORE (AP) - The lawyer for the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of spinal injuries he sustained during an arrest in Baltimore, said he believes the police had no reason to stop the man in the first place. Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 after police "made eye contact" with him and another man and the two started running, authorities said. Gray was placed in a transport van, and roughly 30 minutes later was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Gray died Sunday of what Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez described as "a significant spinal injury" at a Monday news conference.
Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader. The conviction, which can be appealed, and muted Islamist reaction following it underscore the dramatic downfall of Morsi and Egypt's once-powerful Muslim Brotherhood group. However, Morsi escaped receiving a death sentence in the case, which Islamists derided as a "farce."
Latest on Boston bombing trial: Penalty phase set to begin 10:20 a.m. About a dozen anti-death penalty protesters are demonstrating outside the federal courthouse as a jury gets ready to hear evidence on what punishment Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) should receive.
Eritrea, North Korea called world's most censored states UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has issued its annual list of the world's top 10 most censored states.
Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph TOKYO (AP) - A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile (1.8 kilometers) at a speed exceeding 600 kph (373 mph).